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V I T T E R B O

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VITTERBO likes to make music.  Noisy or abstract or groovy. Organic or electronic. Alone or with friends.

Vitterbo likes to draw disfigured faces, and to exhibit them. Some words to sum up ? Black & White. Contrast. Drips. Blots. Paper. Canvas. India ink. Acrylic. Aerosol. Water. Self-portraits without mirror. Automatic gestures. Spontaneity. Accumulation. Unaware. Thoughtless. Chancy. Outlet.

He sometimes likes to turn his pictures into images, often in black and white. Sometimes he even enjoys doing silkscreen prints at home, or making cheap videos.

Basically, Vitterbo likes to do things by himself, when he can. Not as a militant or something, simply as an artisan.

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His first solo public appearance dates back to 2004 with the release of an album called 7 ½ tries. This record was composed on an Atari 1040STF and a S2000 sampler, then burned and slipped into handmade sleeves and distributed for free to anyone who was willing to listen to some music hesitating between hip-hop and noisy lo-fi electro, halfway between a 1996 DJ Shadow and Fugazi.

As a follow-up to this disc, he released Blind in 2006, a record that was produced in the same conditions and with the same equipment, just a little more defective. It was a kind of commissioned album, composed with the help of emergency and the night as an illustration of an ephemeral and friendly “artistic” installation. 45 minutes of dark, noisy, ambient electro.

Those records were smuggled from Italy to Poland & from France to Czech Republic…

2011. Between two sketches or silkscreen prints for records sleeves, Vitterbo turned his sampler back on. Meanwhile the Atari is enjoying a peaceful retirement and has yielded its place to some equipment progress.

Firstly, this comeback was motivated by a collaboration with Gran Kino, in the context of their new show 1989 for witch he created musical interludes, inserted voice-overs…

Then, he came back for a re reading of Blind, which was ill-treated, transformed and finally totally reinvented for , a Dance show by contemporary dancer Amanda Bouilloux. This resulted in a 35-minute sound piece for an encounter between the body, words and noisy superimpositions…  

2012. A third solo album was released in june, called SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO STICK WITH THE OLD SCHOOL WAYS

23 tracks, 46 minutes and 44 seconds of instrumental hip-hop based on samples, beats, some keyboards and scratch, proudly calling for the influence of the mid-90’s. Pretty well received by french hip hop medias like ABCDR du Son, SURL and others, this album was released on his own label, Young & Green Records, in a limited CD edition, silkscreen-printed at home.

In 2016, Vitterbo produced HATE, INDIVIDUALISM, FEAR AND HAVIN’GUNS. Same tools, same rules. Maybe less scratches and more keyboards. Maybe more soul and jazzy. But still inna « old school » way, somehow. The limited and hand-printed CD edition was quickly sold-out but here it is in digital version :

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Between those two records, he worked on the project Vitterbo vs the World !a remix series, quickly tinkered just for fun, of some classic hip hop masters.

He also released the exclusive track (F)ever for the Jarring Effects digital compilation JFXBits 6…

In parallel, Vitterbo continues – compulsively – to draw and paint… In 2017 & 2018 he exhibits his paintings in Lyon (fr) and around (Valence, Chalon sur Saône, Mâcon…).

Gueule Cassée :: Toile 60×80 cm :: encre de chine & acrylique

 

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