Andrea Van Cleef, Diego Deadman Potron

Andrea Van Cleef, Diego Deadman Potron

Andrea Van Cleef

Singer-songwriter, guitar-bassplayer. Brescia, North Italy based. During the last 15 years he has played on small and big stages, for small and big audiences, all around Europe. His discography is based on a modern and eclectic concept of psychedelia: ranging from the psychedelic folk of some of his solo projects, to the stoner-doom of Humulus, his main band project.

Always active as a touring musician (90-100 shows a year), in big festivals and clubs but also with small gigs with his acoustic “busker” duo, where a more traditional approach to songwriting and his love for classic rock and Johnny Cash are more evident. Since 2018 his solo career is managed by Rivertale Productions while the parallel career of Humulus is following a different route, with german-based label (Kozmik Artifactz) and booking agency (Magnificent Music). He’s also doing session jobs (a collaboration as bass player in Kyuss’ first bassist Chris Cockrell’s Vic DuMonte’s Persona Non Grata must be remembered) and lots of audio/song synchs for videos, docs and commercials.


Diego Potron

Currently living in Carnate Brianza (Milan area), multi-instrumentalist Diego “Deadman” Potron has been working with singer-songwriters Stefano Vergani (italian songwriter winner of a Tenco prize as an emerging artist in 2004) and Mauro Ferrarese and with the following bands: Mercanti di Liquori, Johnny Selfish and the Worried Men, Goran D. Sanchez (a metal core band, they opened Helmet, Red Fang, Black Tusk and Kvelertak shows) and Dead Man’s Blues Fuckers.

Active as a solo artist since 2006, he has played 1500 shows all around Italy and also Europe, until 2016 as a one man band project and since 2018 as a solo acoustic project. He has opened shows of Turbonegro, Clutch, Moogs, Black Rainbows, The Handsome Family, Bob Log III, Nick Oliveri, Jack Broadband.


SAFARI STATION is the name of the record these two guys have recorded under the direction of Don Antonio Gramentieri (previously working as guitar player/producer for Green on Red’s Dan Stuart, Alejandro Escovedo, Hugo Race and Giant Sand).

Paolo Pagetti, CEO of Rivertale Productions, came up with the original idea: “you two guys should make an album together, and record it just the way records used to be done in the 70s: you go away for a week with a producer and a bunch of musicians, you get into the studio, you eat and sleep there, and you come out at the end of the week with a new album. Then we’ll take care of the mixing and mastering.”

And this is what happened: Diego and Andrea went up a hill between Toscana and Romagna (two of Italy’s most beautiful regions) to join Antonio Gramentieri and his crew: drummer extraordinaire Piero Perelli (Dana Fuchs, Emma Morton, Robin Hannibal, Pet Levin) and keyboard wizard Nicola Peruch (a well-known italian session player, most famous for his work with international blues-pop star Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari). The whole bunch of musicians went to work and recorded 10 songs, 9 originals plus an unrecognisable cover of 70s infamous disco-pop-rock song “In Zaire”, that in the hands of the whole band of musicians becomes a dark trip into Africa’s real heart of darkness.

The sounds of the album are constantly shifting between a more traditional approach to songwriting (mostly represented by Potron’s songs) and a different, free-form approach reminiscent of the psychedelic folk of the late 60s/early 70s merged with afrobeat rhythms (mostly represented by Van Cleef’s songs).

The closing song, the title track is the only song written by both musicians: Potron wrote the music and played the guitar, while Van Cleef sang and wrote the lyrics, dedicated to his late mother, who passed away at the end of March.

This is a collaboration between different musicians and an independent record company with a real producer, just like in the days of old, when music was not just digital ephemera, but something meant to last.

Album kaufen
Cover: Safari Station
Album: Safari Station
Artist: Andrea Van Cleef, Diego Deadman Potron
Genre: Pop
Kat.-Nr.: TZ2222
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2021

01. Rise Above All Gods 4:13

02. You Can?t Hide Your Love Away 4:22

03. Gang Of Boyz 4:59