It was 1978, and the Romanian dictator Ceausescu and his Communist party were ruling the country. People were being prosecuted and isolated due to their background and the way they looked. At this time, Romania was also overrun by pop-rock music, which was perhaps a way to speak out against unfair treatment at the hands of the government. Amongst all of these elements stood musician Rodion Rosca
The Romanian producer is 60 years old, and only just put out his debut album this month. Despite being his first LP, Rosca isn’t a newbie to the music industry.
“I feel sad for me. I am now 60 years old and before I die, just now, I have the possibility to enjoy my records,” says Rosca. “My whole life was destroyed by this Communist regime, but it’s too late right now. Like an umbrella after the rain.”
Rosca began creating music at the age of 18 after acquiring records during Romania’s Open Period between the years of 1965 and 1972. During Romania’s easing of censorship, the producer was exposed to icons like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton, frequenting the border of Hungary to get records and speak with record collectors from countries like Japan and Norway.
After getting a little guidance from records and developing a sound, Rosca began creating his own music. “I started to compose music at the age of 18 years old, in music college,” he says. “I played the guitar. I was a guitarist from 18 or 19 and I started to record my music to memorize my ideas.”
In 1975 Rosca hooked up with likeminded individuals Gicu Farcas and Adrian Capraru and started a group called Rodion G.A. The band was a departure from everything that was current at the time; it was a hybrid band of sorts, combining electronic music, synths, drum machines and a psychedelic vibe. The group created a project around four Tesla machines, guitars, a toy Casio VL Tone, Soviet-made Faemi organ, and drums. Sadly the band never reached their full potential; they only released two singles, and only performed once.
Most people who have dealt with the negative side effects of the music industry the way that Rodion G.A did may leave the industry. Rosca however is different, and still enjoys the possibility and excitement that comes with creating music. To this day, one of his hobbies still remains collecting and composing music. And, finally after more than 40 years, Rosca is finally get the opportunity to release some of his own.
The Lost Tapes released last week via Strut Records, is an anthology of music Rosca created between the years of 1978-84. The album acts partly an artifact and has a depth that was far ahead of its time. During an era when artistic expression wasn’t necessarily appreciated due to censorship, this project is different and was very innovative at the time. Rosca describes the project as being dramatic, original and creative.
“I am thankful for Sorin Luca [blogger and filmmaker] who discovered me. He tried to make me alive again,” says Rosca. “I cannot find the right words for what I have to say and we began to make my music to be heard by people.”
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