Slow Wave Sleep started in 2015 as a literary project, a diary where Emilio used to transcribe his dreams and thoughts in order to control the pain and build self-confidence. When he started studying electronic music production the whole concept with stories and characters flowed into music. After a period of instrumental demos, the official debut L’Ultimo Uomo has been produced in a single room in Berlin and published on 23rd January 2018, where the background of Emilio is fused into an eclectic style of music with lyrics in Italian. Few months later the second album Chroma is out, together with the music video of Elogio della Follia produced thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. In the meantime, a band is born to bring Slow Wave Sleep live on stage.
Meanwhile, Emilio forms a band to bring slow-wave sleep to life, starting to get noticed in clubs, festivals and competitions throughout Italy. Emilio, Gilberto, Stella and Gabriele entered the studio in February 2019, helped by Mimmo Crudo (OndAnomala, Il Parto delle Nuvole Pesanti), to record the new album live. From this moment on, Slow Wave Sleep is no longer a solo project but a band.
SWS aims to tell stories through a “liquid” style of music because sounds, like water, adapt the idea to any container and generate life. Although each release is a concept album, the songs have no explicit reference to the whole concept. SWS can go also beyond music and so far has been led into short films (“Sgamos vs Fates“), books (“Spettro“) and contaminations (“Project Vena” and “Hypnagogic Vol.1“), with the help of other artists interested in the project.
Emilio Larocca Conte – vocals and guitars
Stella Canonico – bass and backing vocals
Gilberto Ongaro – keyboards, synths and backing vocals
Gabriele Larocca Conte – drums, percussions and samples
Andrea Cascini – guitars and synths (guest)
Filippo Cresci – guitars (guest)
Emilio, born on 14th July 1988 in the South-Italian region of Basilicata, 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 catalogue of his grandfather (https://www.emiliolarocca.com/).