I don’t think someone really decides to be an artist. Almost everyone has an artist inside since childhood, you just need to discover what kind of art enables you to express yourself.
It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?
Well, my EP was recorded during the lockdown, between March and July 2020 so I felt really lucky to have something so important to do and take care of. It literally saved my mental health.
How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?
Really positive for my next project. A lot of great artists will join it and I’ll be producing for the first time so I’m really confident that will be an amazing year. Regarding live music, don’t know how 2021 will be; don’t trust the government and I’d be not surprised if we would have different lockdown during the year.
How has 2020 effected your mental health?
I realised that relationships (with family, partners, friends) are the most important things in life. Nowadays we are focused too much on ourselves and this individualism it’s the ‘antipasti’ of mental health issues. I spent all the lockdown living in the same house with my brother, my sister in low and my girlfriend so I’ve been very lucky.
What advise would you give other artists starting out?
Take care of music as well as your network. Try to learn everything you can about the music industry, be prepared to knock to many doors, send tons of emails, learn how digital platforms work, go to events and jams to meet people, play with other artists and make connections. Almost every successful artist/band it’s not there just because his/her/their music is great.
How do you think the government have looked after the night time economy / live gig circuit?
UK Government didn’t care and unfortunately, it’s a worldwide reality.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Describe your music genre.
What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit?
Too many to choose. Anyway, if I must pick one I’d say ‘For my ladies’ – Yussef Dayes, Rocco Palladino, Charlie Stacey. Definitely my 2020’s track.
What support is out there for new artists in London?
Well, London has one of the most important music scenes in the world and if you want to be a musician, you’re in the right place.
Tell us something about you think people would be surprised about?
Boris announces that Notting Hill Carnival will be held in few days.
Tell us a funny story from backstage?
When I was younger, I was hired to play in a private party, in Naples (Italy). I went there, I started to play and after few minutes a guy comes to me and asks who I am and why I’m playing. It was the wrong date…
Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Too difficult to answer. I tell you which is the band that impressed me the most (and I was lucky to see them playing at The Village Vanguard, New York): Roy Hargrove Quintet: Roy Hargrove (trumpet), Justin Robinson (sax), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums).
Who would you like to work with on the circuit right now?
I’d love to work with Jordan Rakei, Yussef Dayes and Tom Misch.
What goes into your favourite sandwich?
Parma Ham and mozzarella!
What makes you stand out as an artist?
This is another question I don’t like lol
Right now, what’s pissing you of the most? (Can’t say the virus 🙂
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
As I said before, I’m working already on my next album. Super excited to be producing for the first time. The artists that will join the recording are absolutely amazing but I won’t tell you now who they are…
How was the recording process given the various restrictions the UK has been under of late?
As I said, my debut EP ‘Leo Pesci’ was entirely recorded during lockdown so every artist who joined the project recorded at home and send the stems to us (to me and my brother who produced the album). I’m not a fan of home recording, always prefer to go in studio, meet artists, talk to them about the tracks, sharing ideas and play. Anyway, thanks to home recording many artists in 2020 didn’t stop to release music which is great.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Finally and perhaps optimistically, what are your plans for the year ahead
Make music, spend time with my girlfriend and friends, go back to Italy to see mum and dad and leave London for a little while, I need the beach!