Slow Wave Sleep is a surreal band founded in 2015 by Emilio Larocca Conte, born on July 14th, 1988 in Maratea, in the Italian region of Basilicata. After a period of experiments with collaborations and cross-media projects, the debut album L’Ultimo Uomo has been produced in a single room in Berlin and published on January 23th, 2018, a work where Emilio’s background flowed into an eclectic music style with lyrics in Italian. Few months later, Chroma is out together with the music video of Elogio della Follia, produced thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, and the book Spettro, representing another turning point in which a live band is born to promote SWS on stage. In the meantime, he continues to release instrumental tracks with the Project Vena.
SWS aims to tell stories through a “liquid” style of music because sounds, like water, adapts the idea to any container feeding our souls and showing the best version of ourselves. The entire production is focuses on Rèfles, a fictional character and the bizarre narration of life through his dreams.
Emilio is also a member of RELIC (death metal, ITA) and has collaborated with Jureduré (pop/folk, ITA), OndAnomala (mediterranean rock, ITA), Spookshow Inc. (industrial rock, LIT), Leon Buche (pop, GER) and numerous other artists as a guitarist. Furthermore, he worked as a production assistant for the composers Jacopo Baboni-Schilingi, Michele Tadini, Marco Biscarini, Antonio Rimedio, Daniele Furlati. As a composer, he writes soundtracks for films, short films, videogames as well as ambient music. He founded the production company Nilasphere and manages the art collection of his grandfather (https://www.emiliolarocca.com/).
Emilio Larocca Conte – vocals and guitars
Stella Canonico – bass and backing vocals
Gabriele Larocca Conte – drums, percussions and samples
Gilberto Ongaro – keyboards, synths and backing vocals
Andrea Cascini – guitars and synths
Filippo Cresci – guitars