We caught up with Lorenzo and Andrei following the stunning release of ‘Frozen Bones’. Enjoy now!
What is your earliest music memory?
Lorenzo: Hmm, possibly my dad singing really emotionally some traditional Italian songs while on a road trip.
Andrei: Ever since I can remember, my mum brought music at home, either by singing or playing old records of classical music.
Who or what got you into music?
Andrei: After my parents split up, I found solace in music. The words of Leonard Cohen’s ‘In My Secret Life’ gave me an incentive to start writing poetry, and later I discovered my love for songwriting.
Who influenced your latest release ‘Frozen Bones’?
Lorenzo: Well this song has had several lives, as it started out as a folk song with a very medieval vibe, possibly reminiscing of Simon & Garfunkel, though it had a Rocky chorus since the very beginning. Later on, we rearranged the song, and I guess the final result combines the very diverse musical inspirations that each band member brought in.
Andrei: Yes, the release was really a band effort. It took time to get to the point where we were finally happy and proud to release this track.
You have worked with mixing engineer Marek Deml (Sam Smith) on this latest release, tell us about the recording process?
Lorenzo: It’s always enjoyable to work with professionals, and to be honest the most important aspect is the feeling that you can trust the person you’re working with, that they understand what message you’re trying to communicate and that they put their skills and effort into realising your artistic vision. This has definitely been the case with Marek! We produced the song ourselves, but he helped engineering when we recorded, and then he did a beautiful job mixing it.
You have performed at festivals such as Camden Rocks and Rock at The Castle, how did you find those gigs?
Andrei: Not a lot of things in my life compare with the feeling of being on stage, especially during a festival. We love and deeply miss those events.
Lorenzo: Yes, those are possibly the moments when you understand what you’re really living for. That’s what makes us feel alive.
Your single ‘Alligator’ was mixed & mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Jonas Westling (Lady Gaga), what was that like?
Lorenzo: Oh, that was definitely a smooth process. I guess the struggle was prior to sending him the tracks, but once we got to the mixing stage Jonas nailed it straight away!
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Lorenzo: The list is pretty extensive, but if I had to choose a producer for a full-length album I would love to collaborate with Paul Epworth. I admire all of his work, but I was really amazed by the production on the album ‘Delta’ by Mumford & Sons. That’s just a masterpiece to my ears.
Other than music, what are you passionate about?
Lorenzo: I’m a big sportsman, or at least I used to be before music completely took over! I’m a massive football fan (Forza Napoli!), and I actually was really into fencing in my teenage years, definitely something I’ll go back to eventually.
Andrei: Personally, I like to write my own board games, ahah.
What changes would you like to see in the music business?
Lorenzo: There’s been loads of debates lately about the economics of streaming, and that’s the first step. It’s definitely a system that we should be thankful for, but I reckon we haven’t reached a fair revenue split between artists, songwriters, labels and streaming platforms.
Equitable remuneration is definitely the way forward, as well as the user-centric model. Both these concepts have been widely discussed, and it is quite frustrating to see how long the music industry takes to adapt and accept changes.
Also, the fact that neighbouring rights aren’t paid for terrestrial broadcast in US is quite unbelievable… But I remain optimistic, I believe in the long run every industry finds its natural balance.
How do you feel about how the internet plays a role in the music business today?
Lorenzo: Well, it really empowers artists to release music and to promote themselves in a totally DIY way, which is what we are doing at the moment in fact. But that also means that you’re fighting for attention in an over-competitive world, both on music platforms and on social networks, where you’re actually battling with other industries as well.
So creating a fanbase isn’t exactly an easy task at the beginning, but we are finally seeing positive results, with more and more people getting involved and sharing their appreciation, so it is rewarding as well.
Have you started working on your next release?
Andrei: Oh definitely, actually the timeline of this year is pretty insane in terms of releases, so be on the lookout cause there are exciting times ahead!
FV Music Blog February 2021
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