So Alessandro, you started your music career at a very young age, what inspired you to try music at all?
I’ve been creative for as long as I can remember, and the one thing that seems to have stuck with me the most is storytelling. I love music because it is very universal, it can capture moments and little things in a way that puts them in the spotlight and lets people relate to them in their own way. I wanted to capture moments of my teenage years so that I could remember them forever, which is why I started making music at 16.
How would you describe your musical style?
I don’t know, actually. My material has been mostly pop/electronic so far, but for example I also have two songs that definitely don’t fit that description. I want to explore as many genres as possible, which is why I don’t really know how to define my musical style, but one thing that’s for sure is that I give lyrics a lot of importance in all of my songs, regardless of sound.
What artists do you look up to right now?
So far my 2017 has been revolving around Lorde, Mitski, Bleachers, Lana Del Rey, SZA and Khalid.
What artist influences you the most and who you aspire to be like?
There are tons of artists that I love for both what they do and for who they are as people, and it’s a mix of contemporary and non-contemporary artists. I’d say the ones that I’ll forever love are Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Lana Del Rey, Troye Sivan and Lorde.
You just released your new single, “Kiss”. How did this song come about?
I got back into writing in March, I wrote some songs and then got some studio time booked for early April. I was originally going to record another song, but in the two days before the studio session I wrote Kiss and I loved it so much that I decided to scrap the other song and record it.
What’s the meaning of the song?
The song is about my experience growing up as a gay teenager in my hometown (Padua, Italy). I don’t really talk about any specific events in the song because I wanted it to be something that could feel personal to many people and not just me. That being said, I wrote every line of it with very specific memories in mind.
What’s the process for you to write one of your songs?
I write lyrics all the time, and by lyrics I mean even just single lines with no context. Sometimes I can connect some of them and build a song around that, other times I have a melody in mind and I write lyrics for that very specific melody.
Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
I’m writing and recording a lot for a big project (which will include Kiss). I’m also going to have a new song out by the end of May.
What is your favorite thing to do in your career? And why? – recording, music video shoots, performing, etc.
My favorite thing is recording. I love it because I feel free to experiment and to be myself in the studio, plus seeing my ideas come to life is just amazing.
Whats your favorite song to perform live?
I love performing I Can See the Stars live the most, because I wrote it with the specific goal of performing it live in mind.
What does it feel like to perform your own music live in front of your fans?
Performing something that I made in front of people is just magical for me. And when the audience reacts positively to the song, that’s one of the best feelings ever.
Does your fanbase have a name?
I’m not a fan (no pun intended) of giving names to fanbases. There’s nothing wrong with it but it’s just something I don’t really care about.
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
I can’t help but feel incredibly grateful towards anyone who decides to support me as an artist, whether they consider themselves to be fans or just supporters. If they connect with me, I’ll do my best to connect back.
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
I wouldn’t consider them fan encounters, but I’ve received messages from random people complimenting my music which to me is just crazy. It’s happened in real life too, and it really feels surreal to me for my art to be recognized, even if it’s a really small thing.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
The two platforms I use the most are Twitter and Instagram, mainly because they’re the two platforms I love the most. Facebook is also useful to keep up with fans, but I’m not good with it.
Are you planning on going on tour anytime soon to support your new music?
I don’t have any tours lined up just yet, but I do plan on performing live more this year.
What’s an average day for you look like?
I spend a lot of time watching Netflix and listening to music. I’m also a senior in high school, so I spend quite some time there too.
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?
I think my goal is to leave a mark on this world in some way. It’s a very common goal and, while some people want to do it as a doctor or as a politician, I feel like I should do it through entertainment.
How has this whole music career experience been?
I wouldn’t really define it a career yet, but it’s been such a cool journey so far. I’ve done things that I’ll forever be proud of.
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment in your career so far?
Every single time I put out an EP (or even just a single song) it feels like the biggest accomplishment ever. So yeah, so far having released music is what I’d consider to be my biggest accomplishment.
What do you hope to gain out of this career?
I don’t know, honestly. Right now I just hope to be able to keep doing this in the future.
Whats the best thing thats come out of this career?
Definitely the fact that people from different countries and different backgrounds have heard my music.
Whats the biggest struggle?
There haven’t been any real struggles in my musical path so far, but I guess you could say that overcoming stage fright was and can still be difficult at times.
If your life was a movie, what would be the title?
“From Italy With Love”. And I’m aware it’s corny.
Who would you want to play you?
I wish I could play me, honestly. It’d be a lot of fun to relive moments of my live in a theatrical way.
Whats your favorite song at the moment?
It changes almost everyday, but at the moment it’s Liability by Lorde.
What 5 words describe you the best?
Creative, Indecisive but at the same time very Determined, Introverted and Reflective.
Many artists have a saying that represents them, what saying would you say represents you the most?
I guess that “just do you” could be the saying that represents me best, because that’s honestly what I care about the most: experiencing life being able to be me.
Do you have any other cool talents other than singing?
I know almost every single line from The Office, if that counts as a talent. But seriously, I love acting and writing just as much as making music.
Whats your top 3 songs on your playlist right now?
1-800-273-8255 by Logic, Alessia Cara & Khalid, Malibu by Miley Cyrus and Glory Box by Portishead.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
I’d just love to thank anybody who supports me. It’s really cool to be doing this.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with me.
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