Davide Bregola  

Enzo Fileno Carabba  
Giancarlo De Cataldo  
Tommaso De Lorenzis  
Girolamo De Michele  
Pablo Echaurren  
Valerio Evangelisti  
Cecilia Finotti  
Giuseppe Genna  

James Lavelle (english)  
James Lavelle (italiano)  
Andrea Manni  
Andrew Masterson  
Aldo Nove  

Pierpaolo Pasolini  

Tommaso Pincio  
Andrea Piva  

Serge Quadruppani  

Simone Sarasso  
Filippo Scozzari  

Roberta Torre  

 Alan Wilder (english)  
Alan Wilder (italiano)  
Wu Ming  
Wu Ming 1  
Wu Ming2  

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James Lavelle

James Lavelle: Dj, producer, boss boss of Mo' Wax record label, founder of Unkle’s project, the aliens behind Psyence Fiction (1998), Never, Never, Land (2003) and recent, extraordinary War Stories (2007). Collaborations with DJ Shadow, Thom Yorke, Ian Brown, Richard Ashcroft, Mike D, Badly Drawn Boy, 3D of Massive Attack  and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age  We can talk with him in a break of Unkle’s world tour. Few questions,  curt replies: this is Mr. Lavelle.




Let's talk about War Stories: in what ways do the guests participate in the creative process of the album?  

 Because it is a collaboration they are essential to the creative process.  But depending on the song and the artist each collaboration is different.


Tell me something about your writing process: can you talk a little about atmosphere when creating/producing music?   

It depends on the situation.  The writing process on this record was very relaxed being written mostly in the desert, for me personally I need to me to escape to write which generally means a quiet environment and somewhere that is going to inspire your head to go to a different place.


What you think in retrospect of your previous albums? Are you satisfied by results of work done?  

I am generally never satisfied.  I think that is why you want to continue and write more records.  There are of course songs that you tend to like more than others over a period of time but even that can change due to mood and atmosphere.  I suppose albums are generally about capturing a period of time both emotionally and creativly, so sometimes it depends on how you feel about that period of time which again changes.


How do you approach your live shows? What about the War Stories tour, musicians involved, atmosphere and the shows in general?  

We tried to create a live experience which would show the three albums in a more traditional live enviroment.  The best things to do as far as opinion of the show is see it.  But I think up until now it has been working well.  For me what is important is to try and create something that combines a visual and sonic experience.


Do you record all Unkle's live performances?  

No it depends.


At what point do you get involved with Unkle's videos?  

From the start.  


Personally, I was too excited by Unkle's remix of Depeche Mode's John the revelator. What did you want to achieve with it and how do you imagine a Depeche Mode recording produced by Unkle's touch?   

It is not my favourite.  I did not think it was one of their best songs so for me I didnt actually achieve what I would have hoped.


Are you producing anyone right now, or do you have an artist or a band you’d like to produce?  

Im currently just working on this album and will start maybe in the studio mid next year.


What are you most proud of at this point in your career?  



Did you originally want to be an artist or a Dj-producer?  



What’s your own record collection like? Is it mostly vinyl?  

Up until two years ago mostly vinyl, now mostly cd.  My record collection is a mixture of musical genres, collected over the last 20 years probably have something in the region if 20,000 records. 


Are you a reader? What kind of books do you read? What influence does it have on your own writing?  

I am not a massive reader, I tend to read a lot of non fiction.  And yes a lot of the things that I do read will influence me as in most things I take in around my life.


Thank you.


Special thanks to Charlene Myles



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