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During the whole year 2000 a very strong passion for the funk, a sweeping impact at a Jamiroquai’s concert in Milan and the desire to surpass former experiences of “heavy” music insert in Marco Mengoni the biting dream, even if not shaped yet, to start a new project that provides for a wide staff of musicians and that probes an equally wide series of musical genres.
Choosing the name for a group is always difficult but, after some tries, the band finds an agreement on Alessio’s idea, “Hotelpry”. “The Hotel that pries” is meant as a living entity, as a cross-road for thousands of single human individualities that come each one from its own world and that, for a few time, bring into the Hotel their own stories, their own passions, their own feelings; and the Hotel, silently, learns to know them.
Hotelpry is engaged during the following months in playing covers (i.e.: Jamiroquai, Funkadelic, James Brown, Incubus, Lenny Kravitz, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley), exploring a broad horizon of music genres. Meanwhile they are playing pure improvisation for hours, just to search new sonority and improve it; the band focalises on a hybrid genre of funky and acid-jazz, polluted by the rock bases of some members. The enlarged formation has to refine the songs that were already written, so Hotelpry remains at session for a long time, also composing new songs.The rest…it's only pre funky sound….

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