Bernardino Femminielli


What is your name?
My name is Bernardino Femminielli
What is the story behind your name?
Don’t really remember, I think that Femminielli was rather to evoke several sensibilities of my work…
Hometown: Montréal
Home base: Montréal
Latest recording/release: Just released the Sprezzatura cassette on Robert & Leopold
Describe the vibe/feel of this album in five words:
Hedonistic, unchaste, debauched, mystical, sexual…
What have you been listening to lately?
These days I listened to a lot of contemporary music from the 60s and 70’s. With every listening, I say to myself that I should make my own compositions leaving only fragments of ideas with a small pulses, creating a kind of abstract/addictive pop music which will leave space for the imagination. But right now my purpose is to only compose music which will make your brain dance by avoiding an overload of intellectual information.
What is your craziest/most memorable/favourite tour story?
Driving all the way from Seattle to Chicago in 2 days is the worst/craziest thing to do.
What’s your pre-show routine?
Drinking beer and talking with people…
…And post-show?
Drinking beer and talking with people…
Who would you love to share a bill with?
To tell you the truth, I really don’t know, probably anybody who’s rich and famous…
Who are your dream collaborators (living or dead)?
My dream collaborator would be someone who would know how to play with the subtleties of life, how to measure things from one extreme to the other. Right now, I can say that I am very very well surrounded and I wouldn’t exchange these people for anyone else. If we speak about persons who were a big influence on my work and with whom I shall like collaborating, I would include Franco Battiato, Robert Ashley or Alejandro Jodorowsky… But a dream has to remain a dream… You know, I am afraid of being disappointed or to disappoint them, haha!
If you could see your music, what would it look like?
Maybe like this? That’s was made by my friend Sabrina Ratté who also made other video artworks for me in the past. She’s a dream collaborator!
Most crucial equipment for your music making:
An open mind and some 80’s Roland Sequencers…
What did you do last Wednesday?
Nothing really exciting, I was probably working or buying records…
When and where are your upcoming shows/performances?
Well, I got no plans of doing others shows for the rest of the year I’m just trying to focus on the recording of my full lenght album and performing others shows with my side-project, Labios.
  • Bernardino Femminielli is Fixture Records‘ last guest for their Montreal Sessions residency. Be sure to tune in between 3-5pm on Tuesday December 27th to listen to the band perform, chat and hang out with Tessa!
  • Interview by Amanda and Amber.