As 21st Century stone ‘n’ hurl names go, they don’t come most bigger in a UK than Serge Pizzorno.
Over a past 15 years his tub-thumping rope Kasabian have been offered out stadiums and headlining festivals like Glastonbury.
The guitarist/singer’s name has also been synonymous with consternation goals during Soccer Aid and on Soccer Am.
For his initial incursion into a solo world, however, Pizzorno felt his given birth name in full usually “didn’t feel right”, so while his rope are holding a year off, he’s now handling alone underneath a new moniker The S.L.P. [Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno].
“It roughly felt like it would be good if we was starting a new conform line,” laughs Pizzorno, “like Georgio Armani or something”.
He added: “I suspicion a initials would be a improved place to start.
“I also like Biggie Smalls, a B.I.G. – we know what we mean? The S.L.P. – we was into that.”
“The dot after a P is unequivocally critical if you’re gonna write it,” he stresses.
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There’s some-more to a re-name than meets a eye though, it seems.
As good as being a curtsy to a famous late rapper, Pizzorno claims his latest incarnation allows him a possibility to giveaway himself from a shackles of his day pursuit – using a large dance-rock “machine” – and to try a opposite side his personality, with a whole new short-haired demeanour to boot.
Much like his favourite superhero.
“There’s 3 songs on a record called Meanwhile…” he explains, “Meanwhile in Genoa, Meanwhile… The Welcome Break… and Meanwhile… In a Silent Nowhere – that’s a start center and finish of a album.
“I’ve always desired that, he’s Bruce Wayne, meanwhile… he’s Batman, in a Batcave!
“In bland life he’s got his fit on and behind what we don’t see is that he’s this thing, this change ego.
“So we usually suspicion you’ve got ‘Serge’, whatever that means, and duration there’s The S.L.P.”
He adds: “It felt like OK, I’ve got a starting indicate and for me creation music, we need a start point, we need a reason to do it.
“I’m not doing it to hit out cheese burgers and make profit, I’m into it to blow my possess mind.”
Pizzorno debuted marks from his stirring entrance solo manuscript during a executive London Q A, alongside his friend, comedian and infrequently co-operator Noel Fielding.
One of Fielding’s possess change egos – aside from baking cakes and cooking adult surreal comedy – is portraying Vlad a Impaler, a impression from one of Pizzorno’s band’s songs, during some live shows.
Fielding described his crony as “one of a best songwriters we’ve got,” adding, “we should applaud him.”
The 38-year-old musician from Leicester views a record as “an updated self-portrait” and a possibility to take batch of who he unequivocally is, where he’s been and where he’s headed.
His rope have had 5 uninterrupted UK series one albums, with Pizzorno behaving as a categorical songwriter and artistic force.
“You get so distant doing it and we usually forget,” he says, sipping a formally stone ‘n’ roll-named cocktail – Crossfire Hurricane.
“You go ‘oh that’s what we do now’, and some mornings we arise adult and go ‘I don’t know if we wanna do that anymore’. Everyone does it, we do it.
“It’s that thing of going ‘man, remember when it wasn’t about that?’
“So now we can ask whatever we want, we can go into a studio and don’t have to consider about headlining a festival, or removing it on a radio or all a things that climb in.
“There’s a leisure to it, it can be whatever it wants to be and that is exciting.”
The initial thing “it” became was a collaboration, (thanks to a mutual friend) with one of a hottest rappers in a UK, Little Simz, on lead singular Favourites.
The genre-bending track, that was Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on Radio 1 progressing this year, tackles a theme that hardly existed when Kasabian began – a highlight of online mobile phone dating apps.
“I was sat in a drunk with my wife,” he recalls, “and we saw these girls flicking through, going ‘he’s my favourite,’ and we was like ‘I’m essay that down, we adore that.’
“It usually got me meditative about a genuine you. What we put out to a world, generally online, is a heightened prophesy of yourself and a ideal chronicle of you, though a existence is we’re all sat during home panicking like ruin about everything!
“I indispensable someone to hum off and Simz, she’s a best. So we sent her a lane on email and told her what it was about and she desired it.
“It’s this behind and onward between this integrate on a date and in their heads this voice is screaming out ‘if we usually knew a genuine me!’ though afterwards they can’t give that away.
“She came down to a studio, we sat down and she penned it on an iPhone.”
The re-branded Pizzorno is now putting together a rope for some Dave Byrne/Talking Heads-inspired melodramatic live dates, that he promises will also embody some some-more insinuate solo moments.
“I don’t wish it to be like Kasabian” declares Pizzorno, who adds that his record – sonically vocalization – goes “from Ibiza to Nigeria to… we dunno… Croydon”.
And as he starts his low-pitched shift into his possess chronicle of Batman, he does so with a full blessing of a male who has been his Robin for all these years (or clamp versa) – Kasabian singer, Tom Meighan
“Tom? He loves it. He’s my favourite bro!”
Sergio Pizzorno’s entrance solo manuscript The S.L.P. is out after this year
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