Today we have featured on our Discovery Friday an artist that is active in the scene both on labels and releasing independently. Abobo! His music has also been featured on various outlets including Luigi Donatello, That 80’s Guy, Synthspiria, etc! This is a guy that you should really be on the look out for!
We got a quick bio rundown for you right here for those of you that don’t already know about him.
Abobo (Alessandro Aiello) approached the world of music when he was seven, studying piano. In that period he studied authors like Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. It’s the end of the 80s and the radio broadcast the successes of pop, funk and italo disco, and being Alessandro strongly interested in that sound, he begins to collect tapes of the greatest artists of that period. At fourteen Alessandro stops studying classical music, and inspired by the musical background developed during childhood and early adolescence, which also includes movie and videogame soundtracks, of which Alessandro is a great lover, approaches the g-funk music scene, producing Italian and American artists. Around 2010 runs from g-funk and inspired by the first synthwave artists, begins to work on new projects. The path is long and only in 2016, thanks to the label Sunlover Records, he releases his first official work “Addictions”, with clear funk and italo disco influences. In 2018, after releasing one album, three EPs and five singles, Abobo leaves Sunlover Records and in February he releases his first single of his new artistic path, Sax Appeal.
We asked him what gear he uses to create that signature sound of his- it’s a mix of FM synthesis and rompler based units. It’s classic in all the right ways.
- Roland JD-Xi
- Yamaha Reface CS
- Roland JD-Ki
- Roland D-05
- Yamaha RY10
- Yamaha RX7
- Yamaha SY22
- Yamaha DX7 IID
- Korg M1R
- Samson microphone
- Soundcraft mixer
- Nintendo NES Action Set
He’s also one of the players in helping to create a better synthwave scene in an upcoming web based project that you should all be on the look out for in the very near future! The Synth Collective.
Find his music right here on bandcamp!