Infidel Interview #126: Richard Von Sabeth


First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?

Thanks to you for this interview, my name is Riccardo Sabetti. I'm 36, I live in Rome but I was born in Naples, and I'm the founder of Spiral69, a new wave band with a good story behind it.

I took this pseudonym as a joke several years ago on social networks because I did not want to turn out to be my real name ... but over time people started to believe it was my real name, so I'm Richard Von Sabeth now!

How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

I like doing simple things,

I do not participate in the Roman scene. It's a city with a lot of blinders, the sambra people have to do all the same things otherwise you're out.

Years ago it was not so, there was a strong artistic ferment and I found many interesting vibrations that made me grow up as a musician.

Now I find the inspirations in literature, movies and traveling.

Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What is your thoughts on the nature of genres and styles, and do you have any particular ones which you find to your enjoyment more, listening and/or production-wise?

I do not identify myself in any scene, often my music is very traversal, this is also a problem because listeners of now want things defined and channeled into stereotypes.

I especially love closing myself in the studio and experimenting, I often do it on the basis of demos recorded maybe on my phone with piano or guitar. For me the creative process is a long thing that includes pauses where I focus on listening to albums that inspired me.

When it comes to fan and critic feedback, how much do you take it to heart, and how much do you feel it evolves, pushes, or holds your sound in place? Do you feel that the personal response and interaction in the live environment and the subsequent positive press you've regarding both your live and recorded music has consciously encouraged you to do things a certain way?

Usually I do not mind too much about comments on social media, simply because music is a very subjective thing. I continue on my way and I try to grow from time to time based on my experiences.

Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started? Would you say that creativity has evolved you spiritually, emotionally, or logically?

Absolutely yes. Music has completely changed my life and it still does.