of all, thank you very much for this interview! Could you introduce yourself
in few words please?
Of course. I am an artist, composer, singer and actor, interested in people and willing, as an artist and as a man, to create a better world
Many artists I
have interviewed so far told me they started with their music career very
early, mostly in teenage years what is no surprise in some way. How was
with you Fabrizio?
Brian Ice is your artist
name. Can you tell me did you choose it by yourself and how did you decide what
name to choose?
I wanted to have ICE in my nickname, after an old friend’s game (he used to call me so). Then my producer asked me to add a first name before it, and I chose Brian because it’s the most similar to my own name, Fabrizio, and because it sounds good
Your first label was
legendary Memory Records. Could you tell me how you get into Memory?
I recorded a demo song, the very first version of Talking to the night at Roberto Lajolo’s home, with an 8 track recorder of his, he contacted Memory and they liked, so they called me to sing the definitive version. Then Roberto and I worked to complete the song for the best
First single released
was Talking To The Night? Can you tell me a little bit more about that single?
I can tell you it was pretty different in its very first version, it even had a different title, something like “Do you love me now?”, but then I had this flash of the chorus in my mind and I remember I wrote it, along with the lyrics, in about thirty seconds!
You worked with R. Lajolo
and G. Isgro on every single in the 80's (for Brian Ice). Tell me about them
please. Who are they? Did they working on some other projects you know and Idon't?
They were and are good colleagues and friends. I know Roberto is working with musical software and instruments now, and Giuseppe wrote some songs for the Italian pop market. We used to work very well together because we were very happy and motivated, really a good team
Your producers were
A. Zanni and Stefano Cundari. Legendary guys from legendary music company. If
you can tell me about them as well?
Don’t know much about Zanni. I saw him a couple of times to sign deals and so on. He cared more about the economical side of Memory. Stefano was a great engineer and studio producer. He knew what he wanted, he had great passion
You were not only singer,
but composer as well. You composed many songs: Brian Ice - Tokyo for instance,
together with R. Lajolo. Can you tell me a bit of your composer work in the
80's? Not to forget that you also released Body Power (Dancing In The Tears,
Nothing, It's A Life, Fire), Roy (Destiny Time, Shooting Star (Six Times)),
Alan Ross – Ciao Ciao, Kissing The Kiss – Run Stop etc. etc. etc.
I was appreciated by dance producers because I write lyrics that, as we say, “sound”. That means that the right words are in the right place to contribute to the sound and musicality of the song. And also because I try to be a little poetic and, as my fans write to me, this gives them something more than an “easy” Italo dance song. I am still working a lot for Japan (Rodgers Music) and I really enjoy it. Roy, Alan Ross and others were friends, and I’m proud I contributed to their success
I have to tell you,
since I am big fan of italo disco and italo is my big love it is nothing strange
to tell that sometimes I have dreams about italo. You maybe wouldn't belive
but some years ago I was dreaming that it was summer and I am on the beach with
friends and in one beach restaurant I've heared playing Roy – Destiny
Time! This is crazy dream, isn't it?! I can't believe now I am able to tell
you, to tell guy who made that song!
If I could make you dream something good, that’s even more than I hoped with my songs!
Memory Records is one
of the best italo label for many fans and for me as well. Think it was a privilege
releasing songs for them. Would you agree with me?
Yes, definitely. It’s been a privilege
First single brought
you great success. After that followed no less then great success of others
singls – Tokyo, Night Girl, Over Again, Walking away... Every singl was
success and I believe you were very satisfied?
I was proud and pleased I had a job, and a job that made people happy. That’s not a common gift from Above
Could you tell me what
80's song of yours is your best?
Talking to the night, of course…
Did you met any other
artists from Memory?
I met and worked with KOTO, Alan Ross, Roy, and not only Memory artists like Albert One, Miko Mission, Scotch and others
Memory gathered in one
place so great and legendary italo-disco names, I wonder did you have friends
among them? If so, do you still have contact with them after many years?
Unfortunately I lost track of many of them. But in this legendary genre, one minute in an occasional meeting is enough to be friends again, because Italo disco artists are friends forever!
What do you think about
so called „Golden Era“ of the 80's, italo disco era?
That it was a big time. Extraordinary melodies in an easy and characteristic arrangement
You were making italo
disco songs. I wonder was italo style of music you liked or it was strictly
No, I really liked it. I came from rock and pop, and I loved to put down in easy lines what my deepest thoughts were. When I listened my song on the radio for the first times I thought it was really something!
I would like now to
talk a little bit about your work with Giancarlo
Pasquini. Could you tell me please how you met him and how did you start
working with him?
About 12 years ago, working on “Dance girl”, Ala Bianca’s boss Tony Verona asked me and Franco Diaferia to do a mix at Giancarlo’s studio. We met there. After a while I let him listen to some works of mine and he asked me to write songs with him, so we started
Mostly your songs was
releasing for Flea, then for A. Beat C... I wonder, who decided which song going
„out“ for Flea, which for A. Beat C. and why? What is the criteria?
The record company, the owner, the producer, the “boss”. That is really few of my business, I only give ‘em the songs
Maybe you could tell
me which song of yours you made for Flea or ABC is your dearest and why?
I like many of them, like “Soul gasoline” (Dave Rodgers), “Nothing’s gonna take my love from you” or Brian Ice’s recent “One day” and “Ev’ry night”. The reason is the message and/or the melody that I still believe to be the most important part of a song
What are you doing today
I still work with Giancarlo Pasquini, but I’m currently working for musicals. I wrote all songs and lyrics for “Sketch – the musical” (http://www.musicalnet.it), I wrote 2 comedies, and I’m an actor. I’ll be on stage starting from 12th of January at Teatro della Luna (Milan) in a big musical (“The Sound of Music”) with Tv stars Michelle Hunziker and Luca Ward
What is your goal and where do you see yourself in, let's say, few years from now?
To become a big theater, cinema and tv star and to write music for important projects like very big musicals. Is it too much?
Do you have any message
for your fans? .
Keep on believing in your dreams, and smile. People need to smile and to have smiles around them. Never underestimate the power of your personality. Read the books of my favourite philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard (http://www.lronhubbard.org or
http://profile.lronhubbard.nl if you prefer it in Dutch). That’ll help you and I to create a better world.
Thank you very much
Brian Ice for this interivew. Of course I could ask you much more questions
but I understand that you are busy. I wish you all the best. Your fan Zeljko.
Thank you for asking. Wish you all the best
Big thanx to Henrik Markstedt!!!
© Zeljko Vujkovic - 2004