We had the good fortune of connecting with Narducci and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Narducci, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I’m inspired by creativity, originality, honesty/truth, and artistic greatness. I’m inspired by musicians, filmmakers, artists, physicists, martial artists, et al. The ocean, the cosmos, divinity, deities, metaphysics.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a producer, composer, and saxophonist/instrumentalist. I produce my own music, music for other artists, and compose music for films, commercials, and podcasts.
My own music is a reflection of who I am at whatever given moment in time a record was made. It is a blend of jazz, electronic music, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop, ambient, classical, Jewish music, country, world/global music. I don’t think in terms of genre, only quality, and what sounds good to me, what inspires me. In the immortal words of Duke Ellington, “There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind.” I just work on making something great. The style and methods keeps evolving…
As a producer for other artists, I always strive to help the artist express their own vision and personality in the most honest, fitting way possible. As a composer, I am doing the same to bring the director’s vision to life. Always searching for the perfect sounds, rhythms, and moods for whatever is “right” for a given project.
It’s hard to say “where I am,” professionally. I don’t think about that too much. I focus on how well I’m playing, writing, producing. I work hard to keep getting better, to keep growing and evolving, to keep challenging myself, to keep growing and refining my skills. I think as long as you work hard, perform well in your field, and are nice to people, the professional success will come.
Ultimately, like John Coltrane, I want to be “a force for good.” To inspire and affect people through music. To be a channel for the divine.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ha, that’s a tricky question at the moment due to the Covid pandemic. Assuming everything was ‘normal,’ I would take them to see whatever the best shows were that week. I go more off of who is playing than just going to specific venues, but I love the Echoplex, Troubadour, Satellite, the Greek, Lodge Room, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, the Fonda, the Roxy, etc. Seven Grand or the Federal can be a great hang too.
Food-wise, I mean, it’s LA, so you have to eat some great Mexican food. I love Leo’s taco truck on LaBrea and Venice, Taco Zone in Silverlake, Guisados, and I’ll always have love for Gilbert’s El Indio in my hometown, Santa Monica.
And then of course you have to check out certain LA-only things like the Watts Towers, Venice Boardwalk (ideally in a time machine to the 80s or 90s before Venice got gentrified…), LaBrea Tar Pits, Point Dume, Griffith Observatory, Topanga Canyon, Rose Bowl flea market, Melrose in the 90s as well haha… Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family. Their love, support, and encouragement provided the foundation for anything I’m doing now. They helped instill the belief that I could do anything I set my mind to and was willing to work hard for..
From my mother taking me to her opera performances and rehearsals since I was in utero, to my father introducing me to Jazz, and R&B, to my grandmother taking me to synagogue and telling me stories of shtetl life, to my grandfather’s amazing work as an author, his compassion and social commentary; they are the reason I am who I am today.