With an immediate sensibility for music, Sardinia’s own Foby has quickly risen through his pristine productions and wondrous melodies. Now acting as Blessed Cross’ A&R, and as a partner at Ogu Records with mentor Giangi Cappai. A live performer, sound engineer, and producer, Foby is continually learning, seeing to see what lies beneath as he pushes sound in unexpected ways, cementing his own legacy. Now, the Italian producer presents his latest creation in the shape of ‘Life Storm’, an affirming collaboration with partner-in-crime Giangi Cappai.
To celebrate the release of Foby & Giangi Cappai’s ‘Life Storm’ on their own Blessed Cross Records, we sit down with Foby to learn more about the inspiration behind the release, their chemistry in the studio, his role in the label, and more.
Electronic Groove: Hi Foby, and welcome back! It’s a pleasure to have you with us for a chat once again. How have you been doing?
Foby: Hi Guys, it’s always a pleasure! I’m doing great, thanks for asking. I am very focused on closing this fantastic 2021 lined up with important releases and collaborations.
Electronic Groove: Sounds like fun! Now you have a new release with Giangi Cappai titled ‘Life Storm’. Congratulations… What’s the story with this one, inspiration-wise?
Foby: Yes, right! Thank you! ‘Life Storm’ was born by chance, like all the collaborations I did with Giangi. Every day we talk on the phone to discuss matters with the label and some ideas and once in a while, I will tell him: ‘Well Giangi, maybe it’s time to pull out some bombs’ (in a very spontaneous and natural way)…hehe.
Electronic Groove: It’s quite a unique single that we really dig. It brings together an eclectic-electronic journey with a beautiful blend of styles. What was the process in the studio for this one like?
Foby: Normally I create a large part of the idea and Giangi finalizes it making it a real song. The inspiration was born simply by giving free rein to what I have inside without paying attention to what may be the trends of the moment, with the sole purpose of creating truly beautiful music.
Electronic Groove: What’s it like working with Giangi? What roles do you each take on?
Foby: Giangi is like an older brother to me! I have deep respect for him both as a person and above all as an artist. He is a legend in the world of electronic music and thanks to him I am here… at the same time, I believe that working with me is also a stimulus for him. Let’s say we support each other and have a fantastic understanding. Aside from music production, I’m A&R of Blessed Cross Records but most of the decisions are done together.
“The inspiration was born simply by giving free rein to what I have inside without paying attention to what may be the trends of the moment, with the sole purpose of
creating truly beautiful music”
Electronic Groove: Did you guys learn something new through the process? Did you pick up any new software or gear that is present on ‘Life Storm’?
Foby: For years now I have no longer had the ‘GAS’ syndrome and I think that knowing deeply your analog and software equipment is more important than trying to buy new synths to create something new.
Electronic Groove: How how has the reception been so far? How do you manage expectations by now?
Foby: We are very satisfied with the work done so far. In relation to the new single we have been in the Beatport charts for 10 consecutive days when the song was still in exclusive presale … so I would say it was a good result!
Electronic Groove: And where does the title ‘Life Storm’ come from?
Foby: The title ‘Life Storm’ was my idea and it contains all the battles that we live daily within ourselves. I can describe these battles and bring them out through music. It has always been like this for me.
Electronic Groove: The track has definitely lots of things going on, and it feels as it could be taken in any direction. Are there any remixes planned?
Foby: For the moment we have not yet planned any remixes but together with Giangi we talked about the possibility in the future to create some ‘alternative’ version.
“We also have several releases that are very beautiful and which I think will amaze our audience as it will make them understand how far Blessed is willing to go”
Electronic Groove: How is the closing of the year looking? Any gigs? New productions? What can we expect from Foby and Blessed Cross going forward?
Foby: Musically speaking, I can say that 2021 for Blessed was its best year, both in terms of the number of releases, but above, all the quality. In these last two months that remain, we also have several releases that are very beautiful and which I think will amaze our audience as it will make them understand how far Blessed Cross is willing to go.
We started this process with the release of ‘Life Storm’ which paved the way for this concept that we want to convey. In regards to 2022, I envision a Blessed Cross label showcase touring various cities around Europe with our lineup of incredible artists, and who knows, we might cross over to the American continent This is our goal. To make this happen by next year. In fact, we are looking for partners who support us and believe in this project, so, if you know someone… ;)
Electronic Groove: Thank you for your time Federico! We wish you all the best!
Foby: Thanks to you guys, it was a real pleasure!
Foby & Giangi Cappai’s ‘Life Storm’ is out now via Blessed Cross Records. Purchase your copy here.