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

«What I’m at this time 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 informed me that I may do it, that he had one thing else. However I had a instructor within the first two years who had conquered me and I wished 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 someday we might all stay fortunately collectively, even with the Russians… and look the way it turned out as an alternative. However then the instructor modified: the great one left and one got here and made me sleep on the desk. Mamma mia that snores that I’ve executed in these lecture rooms. With out this sliding door it will in all probability be one thing utterly totally different now. I dropped out of faculty and severely threw myself into music.”

We might have misplaced one of the crucial highly effective, explosive, enthusiastic and joyful voices of Italian pop. By the best way: with a voice like that, why did you determine to return out now with a blues album, “Io in blues”, with which we are going to see you on tour all summer season? That could be a model philosophically against his character so completely happy and jovial, so “pop”.

“The truth is, it is extra rhythm and blues than something, much less melancholic, extra passionate. I wanted to return to the roots: this can be a mission born from the pandemic, from the gap from my musicians because of the lockdown, and due to this fact the results of existential uncertainty, with the necessity to create one thing new, to make modifications in music. that now we have been so reworked in languages ​​lately, now utterly targeted on rap, that for us who belong to different worlds it is extremely exhausting to seek out areas to specific ourselves, our music now has little to do with younger individuals. So to offer me energy I wished to return to my roots, to Prince, to Aretha Franklin, to The Police, to the black music that was my past love.

Talking of Police, this summer season she is 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 really uncommon expertise.”

Let’s return to the Blues Brothers, in what means 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 wished 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 a good time life and be completely happy. It stuffed me with pleasure, motivation, braveness, it additionally gave me an enter of “style”, it made me perceive that having a gorgeous voice will not be sufficient, that what issues it is the spirit with which you sing. The truth is, there are nice singers who’re out of tune however they’re nice as a result of they’ve the best spirit. This new album is a tribute to this concept”.

Pino Daniele and Vasco Rossi as an alternative…

«Pino was “the instructor”, additionally very current in my home, my dad and mom preferred him so much, he formed my training within the idea of musical magnificence. He selected me endlessly, “Should you 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 tips on how to learn me inside and for many years he has at all times supported and understood me. “Earlier than leaving for an extended journey” that he wrote for me continues to be one in every of 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 technology, giving me a chunk that was half grownup and half cardboard-animated, with an virtually tragic air. poetic that because of the pop costume, nevertheless, turns into “sustainable”. Too dangerous Pippo Baudo did not perceive it and did not take it in Sanremo.”

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

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

“I’ve seen fragile ties damaged, each in personal life and at work. I received married in an try to grasp if I felt older, maybe to “settle down” 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 instructing diploma. And it gave me the chance to work with Stewart Copeland on his rock opera. It is actually not one thing that occurs on daily basis.”

If getting married was an “try” to grasp if she had modified her means 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 possibly can 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 not appears to me to be structured in such a means that enables {couples} to endure over time. Or you might be fortunate sufficient to discover a soulmate… but it surely’s simply “superb”. Or mmmhh. And so it’s, I believe, as a result of up to now there have been too many sad marriages that continued just because “they needed to.” Maybe too usually love is confused with cinema, ardour, comfort, the ties which were 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 maintain singing it as a result of it is the one means I can actually get near him.”

Earlier than, she hinted at her doubts as a toddler about which technique to go. And what would you recommend to Irene as a toddler?

“I’d inform him that I had a present in life, one thing that enables me to stay 100 lives and has taken me to nations that I’d 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 toddler, like Pino Daniele and the Police. While you handle to take your reward and produce it out, luck smiles at you, you’re feeling that there’s something that pushes you, and even within the moments while you really feel down you possibly can 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 dad and mom informed me: your brother graduated at 24 and located a job, if you wish to attempt to succeed with music, strive it, however at 24 to see what you have got executed, you’ll not”. be right here endlessly making stay. They’d given me two years to determine myself.”

«I arrived at 24 and a half, because of Dado Parisini who, along with Teolonio, had created the best group for me. For six months my dad and mom could have waited – he laughs – Significantly, my dad and mom had been very academic, they gave me confidence but additionally limits. With La Forma and Le Matte at Transferta it was a gorgeous and vigorous second in Florence, all of us grew up collectively. There was a standard scene, sharing, all of the experiences which are necessary for a younger artist and that maybe at this time, within the period of tv expertise, it’s harder to strive”.

It was 1993, a particular yr for her.

«We discovered the trail of the best tune for Sanremo Giovani and to enter Warner I felt the arrogance of Pippo Baudo: it was “A damned purpose”, the tune with which I opened my profession. I did properly 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 gifted 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 go away Florence. I’d have preferred to be a bit exterior in sure intervals of my life, it will 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 due to this fact encourages you to do higher and higher.


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June 9, 2022 | 07:10


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