Who We Are

INERT PROJECT is an encounter between Raffaele Cileo (electronics & programming) and Alessio Lottero (guitars, bass & keyboards). Almost 7000 kilometers separate Florence from New York, the cities where the two musicians live. Alessio is from Genoa, lives in New York, but the project is born in Tuscany. The two musicians have a passion for the soundtracks of crime thrillers by American or Italian authors. So they begin to record the first sessions. From there they develop the first home made demos, which demonstrate the birth of Heartburn“. The compositions develop via web with an intensive interchange of files. In summer 2012, Raffaele consigns to Beppe Massara, music producer and Tarock Records A & R,  a demo-tape with 15 tracks. Immediately Beppe likes the work and decides to produce the whole album of INERT PROJECT. The original electronic rhythmic parts are re-recorded by Apulian musicians who are for a long time collaborators at Tarock Records: Paolo Ormas, Constantino Massaro and Francesco DettoleAll the acoustical drums of the disk are recorded in the studio, while the wind sections are performed by Marco Nicolini, a saxophone player from Genoa. Due to the geographical distance,  Internet is the only medium which allows them to finish the production of the disk. It’s a long year of work with several briefings via Skype organized in order to define the tracks structures, which are mixed between May and August 2013. Tarock Records publishes the album on September 30th 2013, and “Heartburn” is released on all the most important online platforms. The first single, «Police Radio», is proposed by some national radios and gets good reviews, and little by little excellent write-ups in the most important music magazines. The tracks are all instrumental, and the sound is a mix of noise, industrial, funk and blues music, inspired by the crossover sonority of the Nineties and the soundtracks of police and crime series.  The dark atmospheres make way for groovy percussive rhythms; low-fi fragmentary sounds trail away between complex guitars and cracking drums; bluesy melodies alternate with distorted licks and Seventies wah wah riffs. All this creates epic and intensive moments which lead to more ethereal harmonies. The music of „Heartburn“ is a journey between past sonorous memories which becomes on his part an original soundtrack of atmospheres and future stories. At the end of 2014, the second album of the duo arises: “The New York Sessions“. A 4 track EP, fully recorded, mixed and mastered at Bass Hit Studios in Manhattan. The production of the album is confided to the Italian musician and composer Simone Giuliani, who is working since many years in the US. Giuliani takes also care about the arrangements. In this case the work relocates notably from the dark funk lines of „Heartburn“ to electro-acoustic sounds, never tested before by the band, in a sort of rough and minimal folk. The drums of the first works vanish and give space to nervous electronic rhythmics. Steel strings guitars and dobros become protagonists. It happens that the tracks of the New York Sessions find the way to some documentary films of the Swiss television channel „NZZ Format“ in Zurich. An opportunity to popularize the music of INERT PROJECT in the world of TV and soundtracks for films. It’s precisely Zurich (Switzerland) the point of restart of INERT PROJECT with its third work, still in the mix phase. „The Hog’s Revenge“: That’s the title of the new 4 track EP which continues in a way the electro acoustical progress of the preceding albums and partially the distressed nights of „Heartburn“. The work is sort of a reverence to the dark and sober atmospheres of today’s Berlin, where, in the first months of 2015, the recording sessions start. The material then arrive to Italy to be arranged and mixed, this time independently: The first self produced album by INERT PROJECT.

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Band Members


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Alessio Lottero

Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Arrangements
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Raffaele Cileo

electronics, programming and arrangements
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Marco Nicolini

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