I guess I had good ear training," he adds. The native Spanish speaker began developing his acoustic instrumental guitar repertoire while working towards his Honours Bachelor of Commerce at McMaster University. "I wrote a lot of music throughout my time as an undergraduate, bottling up experiences and influences into these acoustic instrumental songs," explains Emilio. Released on Hamilton-based indie label Maisonneuve Music, Emilio's debut single "Marth" fuses the artist's eclectic influences into an artful mix of new and old. "Fingerstyle guitarists Andy McKee, Don Ross, and Antoine Dufour are a few obvious influences," explains Emilio. "But I was also listening to a wide range of other music while writing these songs -- avant-garde metal, progressive rock, indie folk, even psychedelic pop.
Everything from maudlin of the Well and The Mars Volta to Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver." The song title's origin is unequivocally modern -- and uniquely reflective of Emilio's love of video game subculture. "I'm a huge Nintendo fan," explains Emilio. "Marth refers to a character from the 'Fire Emblem' video game series. He's a blade-wielding fighter who leads a rebellion to regain control of his kingdom.
In my head while writing the song, I pictured him as the heroic protagonist." With no lyrics to tell a story, "Marth" crafts its narrative with changing dynamics, tempos and time signatures. "We chose the song 'Marth' as a debut single because it's such an excellent introduction to Emilio's songwriting and performance style," explains producer/engineer moon:and:6 (Whitehorse, Royal Wood, Sarah McLachlan). "We wanted to pay homage to other fingerstyle guitarists such as Andy McKee, without being a carbon copy of their playing or production styles." "We decided to highlight Emilio's unique style with a single take solo performance," he continues. "Once we captured that performance, we experimented with unusual combinations of reverbs and subtle modulation effects. This added an atmospheric backdrop to the guitar without using other instruments.
The result is minimalist and complex at the same time." Visit emiliobonito.com for more info. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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