“ODDKO is the animal within – the wild beast longing to break free of society’s cage.” — Giovanni Bucci
ODDKO, a Los Angeles based band in conception since 2011 and created by musician and award-winning visual director Giovanni Bucci (www.giovannibucci.com), is a manifestation of the animal within – the wild beast in all of us – driven by instinct and the longing to break free of society’s cage.
The bands’s debut 13-track album, Escape The Maze, is the fruit of Gio’s eclectic tastes, passion, and his desire to make a vibrant new multifaceted work of art. The album’s soundscape includes a range of influences from metal and alternative, to classical, electronic, and cinematic sounds. Each track will be released individually as singles in the upcoming months.
The album’s first single, Disobey, delivers an engagingly dark surreal experience, a taster of the album’s observations on contemporary society. The video for the track was directed by Gio himself and produced together with Paola Rocchetti through visual arts production company Void n’ Disorder (www.voidndisorder.com). “Disobey” explores themes of Man vs. Machine, of Nature vs. Technology, and paints the goddess Hekate as a 21st Century nightmare, ensnaring victims and bending them to her will. The video beckons to the beast within, the hungry animal straining against the leash. A call to the wild: Disobey.
One of the most significant aspects about the video is the seamless integration between music and visual, along with a fast paced edit, connecting different surreal environments. This overload of visual elements has been made on purpose — leaving the viewer both stunned and dazed.
Gio composed and recorded Escape The Maze entirely, initially tracking guitars, bass, electronics, programming drums, and lyrics, before collaborating with the likes of Francesco Paoli (Fleshgod Apocalypse), Veronika Coassolo (Tricky, Subsonica), Giacomo Castellano (Vasco Rossi, Piero Pelù), and Dave Tavanti (Kpanic). Production and recording of cellos, violins, drums, bass, guitar and various arrangements were orchestrated by Daniele Marinelli. The final magic touches were made in Los Angeles with the help of producer/sound engineer Rob Romano, and the album was mastered by Howie Weinberg (Rammstein, Madonna, Metallica).
Gio partnered with Paola, through Void N’ Disorder Shop (http://voidndisorder.com/shop/oddko-merch), to design a small designer apparel line inspired by “Disobey” music video.
Prior to the ODDKO project and the release of Escape the Maze, Gio has blazed his own trail in the industry. His background is multicultural; spending his life across four countries (Italy, Netherlands, UK and USA), which has deeply influenced his approach to music and art. He’s directed two award-winning videos for Korn, with additional music clients including Jane’s Addiction, MGMT, Andrea Bocelli, Timbaland, and Lindsey Sterling. He’s also done notable work as a motion designer for films such as Star Trek, RoboCop and Pacific Rim, while his services have been commissioned for high profile clients including Disney, Red Bull, MTV, Warner Bros, BBC, and Netflix.