If you would like to read Brocarde’s interview with Rock Hard Italy Magazine in English, please see the full translation below:
Rock Hard Italy: Hi Brocarde! And welcome on our pages!
We are here to talk about your new single and video “Last Supper”, and of course about your artistic perspective and future plans.
Let’s start from your latest work: when did you start working on the single? Where did you find the inspiration for the lyrics? And what about the video? What kind of suggestion did you give to the director?
Brocarde: I wrote Last Supper several years ago, I had so much bottled up tension and angst about the music industry and society as a whole. My Last Supper, a penultimate opportunity to indulge and question what we class as normality. It calls on people to defy expectations, celebrate their difference, not conform and question everything. It asks, if it all ended tomorrow, what would you leave behind? a legacy? a great love? a social media following?
Rock Hard Italy: The video is psychological, it depicts my demise, it has lots of underlaying narratives and ideas that evolved over a course of time. I directed it myself, wrote the storyboard and did everything I could to make sure it matched the vision I had internally.
What did it come first? The idea for the song or the inspiration for the images? Or did you work developing both of that concepts together?
Brocarde: I knew what my music video narrative would be as soon as I started writing the song, I could see the storyline and aesthetic unfolding in my mind.
Rock Hard Italy: In my opinion there’s a strong connection between the song and a kind of critical point of view regarding the contemporary society and our way of life: is this correct? And what is the role of the metaphoric images you created?
Brocarde: It’s a political song, it’s not a critique on society specifically, just certain elements of human nature and what we’ve come to accept as the norm. Acceptance of what’s normal and usual, leaves a certain bracket of people feeling lost and as if they don’t fit in. Corrupt politics, mass consumerism and the obsession with instant gratification has created a big black hole. The point really is to make people question and think about what’s important, your social media following isn’t going to comfort you in your hour of need.
Rock Hard Italy: At the same time, the food seem to be another target of your attack: we are no more “what we eat”, just like the famous philosopher Feuerbach said; nowadays we feed ourselves with poison, often in a hurry, without talking to each other when we sit around a table….
Brocarde: Do we taste or do we eat? the balance between delicacy and gluttony, and is it actually food we are eating at all? Reversing the food chain, scrutinising how and what we consume and turning the tables to see if it feels uncomfortable. The weird balance between a metaphorical last supper and an actual Last Supper is inspiring.
Rock Hard Italy: Is there any movie or author that inspired the inspired the visionary development of the video?
Brocarde: I try hard not to be influenced by external forces, which is near impossible as subconsciously we become infiltrated.
Now it’s time to talk about your career and your artistic point of view: music isn’t the only way you use to express yourself. Do you still are involved in design projects?
Rock Hard Italy: I have a creative mind, it’s difficult for me to switch off and it’s difficult for me to do things by halves. I design clothing, I released a full clothing collection with my single, it features all the lyrics from Last Supper. I wanted to create a uniform that is 100% Brocarde. I’m also excited by aesthetics and love creating visual photography, so I released a photography book with the stills from my music video.
Rock Hard Italy: If I’m not wrong you actually live in the U.S.: what forced you to move from the English countryside to a big city like L.A.?
Brocarde: I actually live in the U.K. I spent time in the U.S recording and creating. Travelling and experiencing different cultures and environments helps me creatively, it free’s my mind.
Rock Hard Italy: During all of your career you always refused common trends or ordinary forms of expressions: what are your goals and expectations, regarding the things you do?
Brocarde: I think it’s important to celebrate what makes you unique and interesting, trends are transitional and fleeting, it’s more productive to have a good grasp of what you personally can offer. Everybody has something that gives them a point of difference, there’s just no need to have a cloned culture.
Rock Hard Italy: Are you actually working on something new? When will you realize an entire album? Could you give us any preview about it?
Brocarde: I create everyday, be it writing, designing or imagery. I have already written my album and I’m excited to share it. Last Supper is ironically just the first course.