INTERVIEW: Peter Calandra
Hi Peter, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m good. Thanks so much.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Night City”?
Night City was taken from a cue film i scored for ESPN. I reworked the piece and when finished i thought the piece had an energy to it that really captured walking around New York City at night. I then spent several evenings walking around taking photos of the city and created the companion video for the song.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Not an event so to speak but when working on film music the storyline and images often dictate the musical content.
How was the film experience?
The film that track came from was a great experience. It was a biography on a woman named Bernadette Mattox who was hired to become one of the first female assistant coaches for an NCAA college basketball team when Rick Pitino hired her for the University Of Kentucky program.
The single comes off your new album First Light – what’s the story behind the title?
I love gazing at stars as i find it a very interesting field of study. First Light refers, in this instance, to the first light recorded by a new space telescope.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process spanned a couple of months total spread out over a year in between film and television projects and the recording all took place in a couple of weeks in July 2015 in my studio. I engineered and recorded the entire album myself.
Do you take a different approach when you are writing for someone else than when you are working on your project?
I take a different approach to each project i work on as my philosophy is that the musical goals dictate the way you go about creating the music.
What else is happening next in Peter Calandra’s world?
I am working on two projects for ESPN. A film about another female athlete named Ruthie Bolton and also a bunch of films for something called The Invictus Games which is like the Special Olympics for Wounded Warriors. I also started and am hoping to finish another album of original music in 2016.
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