Irene Grandi: «My marriage? I am achieved… possibly I am egocentric and love music an excessive amount of.”


Photograph Lorenza Daverio

«What I’m at present I owe above all to the teenage electrocution of the Blues Brothers, to Pino Daniele and Vasco Rossi, and to my Russian instructor. However solely as a result of she was a foul instructor.’

What an odd pantheon, Irene Grandi. Nothing to say in regards to the musical masters. However… why the Russian instructor?


“I selected Russian as my language course once I enrolled on the College of Florence. I used to be already singing with Le Matte in Transferta along with Simona Bencini of the longer term Dirotta su Cuba and within the band La Forma the place Stefano Bollani and Marco Parente had been additionally, and I started to collaborate with Telonio, my creator for a very long time, we labored on the primary album and he instructed me that I might do it, that he had one thing else. However I had a instructor within the first two years who had conquered me and I needed to begin a life devoted to Russian literature within the language: my plan A was that, plan B was music. It was the interval of Perestroika and it was thought that in the future we’d all stay fortunately collectively, even with the Russians… and look the way it turned out as a substitute. However then the instructor modified: the nice one left and one got here and made me sleep on the desk. Mamma mia that snores that I’ve achieved in these school rooms. With out this sliding door it might in all probability be one thing fully completely different now. I dropped out of college and significantly threw myself into music.”

We’d have misplaced one of the highly effective, explosive, enthusiastic and joyful voices of Italian pop. By the way in which: with a voice like that, why did you determine to exit now with an all blues tour, “Me in blues”, with which we’ll see you on the market all summer season? That could be a model philosophically against his persona so completely satisfied and jovial, so “pop”.

“Actually, it is extra rhythm and blues than something, much less melancholic, extra passionate. I wanted to return to the roots: this can be a venture born from the pandemic, from the gap from my musicians because of the lockdown, and subsequently the results of existential uncertainty, with the necessity to create one thing new, to make modifications in music. that we’ve got been so remodeled in languages ​​lately, now fully centered on rap, that for us who belong to different worlds it is extremely exhausting to seek out areas to precise ourselves, our music now has little to do with younger individuals. So to present me power I needed to return to my roots, to Prince, to Aretha Franklin, to The Police, to the black music that was my old flame.

Talking of Police, this summer season she’s going to as soon as once more be the lead in Stewart Copeland’s rock opera “The Witches Seed”, a narrative of witches, chases, illusions and diabolical plans.

“We debuted in July, it was an enormous shock for me too. Opera, rock, many various issues are combined. A very uncommon expertise.”

Let’s return to the Blues Brothers, in what approach did they alter your life?

«It was my initiation into music, on the age of 14 on the Common cinema in San Frediano, which was already an initiation in itself. In that movie there have been all the weather of life that I needed to make mine: the music, the concept of ​​having a band that was like a household, feeling “on a mission”, in his case “within the title of God”. “, in mine to have fun life and be completely satisfied. It crammed me with pleasure, motivation, braveness, it additionally gave me an enter of “style”, it made me perceive that having a fantastic voice is just not sufficient, that what issues it is the spirit with which you sing. Actually, there are nice singers who’re out of tune however they’re nice as a result of they’ve the correct spirit. This new album is a tribute to this concept”.

Pino Daniele and Vasco Rossi as a substitute…

«Pino was “the instructor”, additionally very current in my home, my mother and father appreciated him so much, he formed my training within the idea of musical magnificence. He selected me without end, “If you happen to love me”, a noble love tune, Love with a capital A, a duet that introduced me the respect of the individuals, only for the truth that Pino had chosen me at 25 years previous. And Vasco as a result of he knew the way to learn me inside and for many years he has at all times supported and understood me. “Earlier than leaving for a protracted journey” that he wrote for me continues to be one among my favourite songs, a mature reflection on rock music. I additionally owe so much to Francesco Bianconi de la Baustelle who with “Burn the town” gave me a second youth and endeared me to a brand new era, giving me a chunk that was half grownup and half cardboard-animated, with an nearly tragic air. poetic that due to the pop gown, nonetheless, turns into “sustainable”. Too unhealthy Pippo Baudo did not perceive it and did not take it in Sanremo.”

The pandemic discovered her stressed, she actually wanted to present a scare…

«The blues is sung to precise ardour for ache, for one thing that’s not there. And this has so much to do with Covid, with the “I miss my life so much”. It definitely influenced me, it remodeled me, it accelerated issues that maybe had been already in transformation, amplifying them, each the optimistic ones and the destructive ones».

“I’ve seen fragile ties damaged, each in non-public life and at work. I bought married (in 2018 with the lawyer Lorenzo Doni, ndr) in an try to grasp if I used to be feeling older, maybe to “relax” sure sides of me that I had at all times passionately channeled into music. However in marriage I spotted {that a} wholesome selfishness persists in me that I can not detach myself from, the precedence is at all times work, and that’s the reason it didn’t work. It’s over”.

“The pandemic allowed me to lastly end my ghost yoga research: I now have a educating diploma. And it gave me the chance to work with Stewart Copeland on his rock opera. It is definitely not one thing that occurs day-after-day.”

If getting married was an “try” to grasp if she had modified her approach of life, and it hadn’t modified in any respect, do you belong to that group of artists who suppose that doing this job and beginning a household are two irreconcilable issues? ?

“No, I believe you’ll be able to have a household and make music. I do not suppose the issue is music, however the idea of a pair these days. That it’s in disaster, it appears clear to me. It’s the world that now not appears to me to be structured in such a approach that permits {couples} to endure over time. Or you’re fortunate sufficient to discover a soulmate… but it surely’s simply “wonderful”. Or mmmhh. And so it’s, I believe, as a result of prior to now there have been too many sad marriages that continued just because “they needed to.” Maybe too typically love is confused with cinema, ardour, comfort, the ties which have been created and it’s thought that it’s a sin to throw them away. At present it’s obscure what love is. I do not know however I preserve singing it as a result of it is the one approach I can actually get near him.”

Earlier than, she hinted at her doubts as a baby about which method to go. And what would you counsel to Irene as a baby?

“I might inform him that I had a present in life, one thing that permits me to stay 100 lives and has taken me to international locations that I might by no means have visited in any other case, to fulfill fascinating individuals and to work with those that have at all times represented the peak of my love. as a baby, like Pino Daniele and the Police. Once you handle to take your present and convey it out, luck smiles at you, you are feeling that there’s something that pushes you, and even within the moments whenever you really feel down you’ll be able to cling to a single small concept that lifts you up» .

When did you understand that this was your path?

“I used to be 22 years previous when my mother and father instructed me: your brother graduated at 24 and located a job, if you wish to attempt to succeed with music, attempt it, however at 24 to see what you’ve got achieved, you’ll not”. be right here without end making stay. They’d given me two years to determine myself.”

«I arrived at 24 and a half, due to Dado Parisini who, along with Teolonio, had created the correct crew for me. For six months my mother and father could have waited – he laughs – Significantly, my mother and father had been very instructional, they gave me confidence but in addition limits. With La Forma and Le Matte at Transferta it was a fantastic and energetic second in Florence, all of us grew up collectively. There was a typical scene, sharing, all of the experiences which are necessary for a younger artist and that maybe at present, within the period of tv expertise, it’s harder to attempt”.

It was 1993, a particular 12 months for her.

«We discovered the trail of the correct tune for Sanremo Giovani and to enter Warner I felt the arrogance of Pippo Baudo: it was “A damned motive”, the tune with which I opened my profession. I did nicely on the radio, I certified for my first Sanremo with “Fuori” and made it to the ultimate. I did not win as a result of there have been giants like Bocelli and Giorgia. That was a fairly proficient edit.”

In all this he has by no means left Florence, now he lives in Impruneta.

“I’ve by no means been in a position to depart Florence. I might have appreciated to be a bit of exterior in sure intervals of my life, it might have been good for me to have experiences in Milan and Rome, to know different musical contexts, different musicians, new friendships to domesticate, deprovincialize myself, discover working in cinema, in vogue. However the love for Florence has at all times been an excessive amount of, this metropolis that by no means rewards you and subsequently encourages you to do higher and higher.

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