The creative force behind one of Britain’s biggest rock bands has kick-started a solo project. Kasabian songwriter Sergio Pizzorno recently released his inaugural solo single, under the guise of The S.L.P. The initials stand for Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno and the man himself teamed up with London-born rapper Little Simz to drop his first track, Favourites. Pizzorno, who has his own professional recording studio set up in his home, is not exactly someone who enjoys downtime, but time away from the machine that is Kasabian will surely help get those creative juices flowing for the band’s next LP.
While some rock bands such as Anthrax and The Eagles enjoy chilling out on the road by indulging in a spot of online poker, Pizzorno has to entertain the excitable puppy that is frontman, Tom Meighan. The lead singer is not one for sitting still for long periods, which must surely prove tiresome when touring. 2019 is a fallow year for Kasabian, with the band already confirming their plans to record album number seven in 2020. Pizzorno therefore took the opportunity this year to experiment and record some of his own music under The S.L.P. moniker.
Pizzorno confirmed in a recent interview with Radio X that plans are afoot to release a fully-fledged solo album this year, with Favourites teased as the first single off the record. The Leicester rocker has intimated that his work with Little Simz is not the only collaboration on his solo LP. Pizzorno says that Favourites is a damning indictment of today’s social media generation; many of whom create online personas when, in reality, they are nothing like what they seem on screen.
Sergio said that he had become fascinated with the way “online dating is a sort of snapshot of this identity crisis” among the social media generation. The track is therefore a battle between Pizzorno and Little Simz, creating a “dialogue” between a couple on a date that are “coming to terms with their true selves”. Pizzorno admitted that he had long been a fan of Little Simz’ work, pinpointing her lyrics and flow as one of the main reasons why she is such a “distinctive” artist.
When quizzed by NME over why Pizzorno wanted to take some time to write his own music, Sergio admitted that The S.L.P. is a chance to explore the “extreme sides” of his personality. He also said that even during his downtime from Kasabian, he is always spending time inside his studio, tinkering and playing around with concepts and ideas from inside his head. While Pizzorno is part of a hugely successful band, he admitted that it has been refreshing to push his creative boundaries this year, without thinking about writing music that resonates with the music industry or live venues and festivals.
Speaking of live gigs, Pizzorno hasn’t ruled out performing some of his own tracks live. However, he admitted that the gigs would have to offer a “whole new and unique experience” from the stage show that has cemented Kasabian as one of the world’s best live acts and an inspiration for new indie albums. It’s very much a case of watch this space for The S.L.P.
The S.L.P. is out 30th August via Columbia Records. Listen to the first single Nobody Else below. Pizzarno has also announced a run of solo shows across the UK and Europe for September. All dates and tickets can be found here.
THE S.L.P. – Nobody Else