I, Felix Lombardo, was born on 27 September 1977, yes, The 1977, exactly that year which remains in history for having revolutionized the music scene forever.
It may seem an insignificant detail but I can assure You that I would probably not have suffered all these sentimental complexes if I was born in 1976 or 1978.
Being born in that exact year has always made me feel tied, imprisoned by something that unfortunately I could never see or experience. A bit like being born without having ever met your father – forever sentimentally divided between pride and regret.
As I said, I was born on 27 September 1977 in a small, lush, green town less than an hour from Venice In Italy. One of those places where everything seems motionless and perfect, where everyone and everything seems to play a well-defined part as if It had been accurately written and described in a television script.
I graduated in graphic design and photography but my great and undisputed love has always been Music. I started to play very late, already fifteen or sixteen, thanks to my Father, the saint of my Father, who bought to me my first drum – a black “RANGER” if my memory is correct.
So I spent the following two years playing in several pseudo-Rock and Grunge bands in the area and finally joined Verona’s modern music academy. Those were the years of the Grunge movement, the years of Seattle…..
Nirvana, Sound Garden, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and so many more.
I studied at the Academy for many years without ever earning a degree, I’ve never been a good student. Never. I gained my bread playing the drums for more than a decade traveling far and wide all over the northern Italy….
For me those years will remain forever in my memory but I would like to forget them for many reasons.
In 2004, age 24, I met and started working as a technical and personal assistant of the famous Cuban percussionist Ernesttico. He was one of the most important personalities of the Italian music drumming scene. My job was to take care of all the logistics, technical and instrumental parts of his performances.
Undoubtedly pushed by this encounter, I began to study Afro-Cuban percussion in depth. It was a professional relationship that lasted for almost eight years and a friendship that continues to this day. These unforgettable years are the ones that have marked me as a musician and as a man.
In 2010, overwhelmed by an existential and artistic crisis, I completely abandoned music and started working as a graphic designer. Then in 2012 I moved to London where I got back my vitality.
In London I started to play with the post punk band Delta Unit, led by the eccentric singer songwriter Denise Humphreys. I recorded 4 tracks with them, released in 2017 on the album “Delta Unit” produced by the legendary Dave Allen and boasting collaboration as Knox (Vibrators), Jon Klein (Siouxsie and the Banshees) and Armando Cotugno (24 Grana)
In 2015 I meet the genial Mark Tilton, co-founder of the band “The Membranes” and guitarist in the band “Marc Riley and the Creepers”. This was undoubtedly the encounter that changed my experience here in London. With Mark I recorded percussion on two tracks that will be released on the debut album of his new band Black Crack. Produced by Louder Than War editor, John Robb and boasting the collaboration with Dinosaur Jr drummer, Murph.
Parallel to this period, two other projects took shape: “Suspicious Objects”, a band with multiple influences which I am co-founder of with Dan Atrill, Steve Hargrave and Sid Matteo Di Pietro, and this blog “ RRRabbit.
RRRabbit is the natural consequence of my passion for music and my obsession for understanding, acquiring and researching it. This blog is a place where, driven mainly by meetings and experiences, I record my findings.
My goal is not to write reviews or to look like Pitchfork, who are the experts.
My goal is to share what I find interesting, sometimes expressing my points of view and above everything, to describe music through all those stories and all those people who are involved in it.