Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Teo: We’re great.
Ale: Thank you for having us.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Blue Flame”?
Ale: Sure, to start, it is one of the first songs we wrote together, and we couldn’t wait any longer to release it!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Ale: I wrote Blue Flame a few years ago. I was singing at the Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park and a guy came to talk to me after the show. He said I was like a ‘blue flame’. Even though I looked very strong and confident on stage he could see my weaknesses and fragility too, which in fact, needs a lot more strength and courage to show, he said. Just like a blue flame whilst it’s almost invisible and looks armless, it is in fact the hottest part of a flame. I wanted to write a song that would reflect this strength/fragility contrast and on how music ignites this part of myself.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Teo: It all started from a totally different idea. We contacted Natascia because we liked her work as a fashion designer and wanted to ask her to design some pieces for a possible photoshoot. She fell in love with our music and offered to work on a much bigger project, which became the video for Blue Flame. She shared her vision and ideas with artist Vincenzo Marsiglia who instantly married the project’s ethics and eclecticism and accepted in collaborating with us.
Ale: We were so overwhelmed by Natascia’s passion for the project. She created some incredible costumes, part fashion /part sculpture and a whole concept for the script which reflects exactly what we had in mind. It has been a very inspiring and intense experience.
How was the recording and writing process?
Teo: The recording process for this song was unusual, the melody and lyrics existed in Ale’s head and as a draft she made in a logic project. Everything was recorded in different places and occasions…For the most part we ended up using the scratch vocals! The performance just felt special and spontaneous. There’s often something magic when one first lay down an idea, probably because the feeling and meaning is fresh and true.
What role does London play in your music?
Teo: Massive! I can’t think of one element of it which isn’t influenced by the city and the people I met here. It is also where we met each other.
Ale: I have this sort of love/hate feeling for London that shaped my writing a lot. Since I moved here I have questioned myself as an artist and as a person many times. While it is great for all the inputs and influences you find everyday, it’s also easy to feel very lonely in this city. I don’t look at it as a negative, I think there’s so much space for growth here and infinite possibilities. It is scary and exciting at the same time.
How your upbringing has influence your writing?
Teo: personally I have been influenced by so many different types of music growing up thanks to my parents. Mum and dad had different tastes … Since I was a kid I would easily switch from MJ to Mozart then Deep Purple back to Dvorak or Stevie Wonder and I would just lock myself in a room with an old casio midi keyboard to figure out how to play all of that stuff or write little tunes layering different instrument parts on the built in 16 ch memory. Oh they also bought me a saxophone when I was a bit older and there was an acoustic guitar in the house which I would sometimes pick up to mess around with. I guess that’s where my thing for mixing styles and genres started.
How all your other artistic background does influences your music and the other way around?
Ale: When we founded Twiceful Mind, both of us wanted to create something that wouldn’t have boundaries in terms of artistic expression and in which we could both blend as much as possible the different disciplines that are part of our backgrounds. Personally I always felt very constrained being categorised as a singer, a songwriter, a designer, an architect…, I’ve always wanted all these worlds to come together, and I think with Twiceful Mind I can finally identify myself.
Teo: Same for me! Also, I think our backgrounds help into being more open minded towards the arrangements and instrumentation. I think that constantly switching between disciplines makes us more inclined to try unconventional sounds and patterns or ways to use our music. Plus, the writing and production process usually evokes a series of ideas and applications that go beyond the music.
What was it like to work with Jonas Westling and how did that relationship develop?
Teo: Jonas was absolutely brilliant. We had that song pending for a while before we decided to release it. It was pretty much finished, although, I wasn’t too confident with my mix as it’s easy to lose your objectivity when you’re working on a song for a long time. Jonas liked the song and heard that the mix could be improved. He did an amazing job on it. I have also kept in touch since and been working with him on other projects I’ve been working on.
How much did he get to influence the song?
Ale: He completely understood the intention of the song and was able to bring it to a stage where it sounded fresh to us again, retaining all the energy and detail of the original.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Ale: Definitely! We have a couple of songs in the making. But also a studio/live version of Blue Flame which we plan to release soon.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Teo: We haven’t thought about dates yet, but we definitely would like it to be soon. Possibly early next year…
Any plans to hit the road?
Ale: Yes definitely! We have plans for a performance in Milan (we can’t tell too much about it and it’s still being confirmed), and we’re looking into booking gigs in the UK, Italy, and possibly Europe.
What else is happening next in Twiceful Mind’s world?
Teo: We are on the lookout of our next collaboration…
Ale: Actually, this is a great opportunity for us to call out any creative interested in what we do and with ideas they want to share. Make yourself known!
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