Can you talk to us about your latest single “Breathe” — did any event in particular inspire you to write it?
My latest single “Breathe” is one of my most personal songs I ever wrote and recorded. It has been a message that I have always carried with me throughout my life. All of us in this world experience moments of truths that will either make you or break you. I went through a rollercoaster ride these past couple of years and holding on to my music and desire to honor my visions that God gave me is very important to me. I am in the process of rebuilding my life after dealing with a leg injury and being a musical artist keeps me breathing in this modern world.
How does the video connect with the song?
The music video for “Breathe” has allot of imagery that represent experiences in my life growing up and dealing with other people in my past. I have personally dealt with depression, homelessness. I also, was involved in a relationship where a friend attempted suicide in front of me. I always let everyone know that no matter what happens, you can’t never allow yourself to destroy your own life or especially those in your life. You gotta breathe, pray, find that ultimate strength that only God can give you. In the end, “nothing matters if you throw it all away… yesterday was nothing but a cloud”.
What was the filming process like?
Filming the video for “Breathe” was very challenging for me. I will tell you a secret! I recently suffered a leg injury and was unable to walk and go outside for months. I knew that I had to release “Breathe” and make a video for it. I had zero money to hire anyone. I took my moms old statues of Saints and some candles and incense. I set up a camera and lights in my bedroom and filmed myself. Everything else is stock footage that represented moments and people in my life. I have always respected artists that can get creative and make something out of nothing. For me I truly had nothing except a song and a vision and I did the best I could to bring it to life.
How does your upbringing influence your music in general?
My upbringing influences my music in the way that a paintbrush influences a canvas. I write and create stories of my life and of others. I enjoy the theatrics of being a recording artist and painting with sounds. Growing up, I would sing to myself little stories to entertain myself. As the pop era of the 80’s grew… so did I. All the great artists such as Madonna and George Michael were the main teachers of my musical life. I learned how to sing by listening to George Michael and how to entertain like Madonna. In todays world, everyone is still learning from those master teachers.
Any plans to hit the road?
I would love to hit the road and see the whole universe. I am planning to visit all the modern citizens from earth and beyond the stars soon!
What else is happening next in YOVANNI’s world?
I am currently in the studio finalizing the next release which is powerful and full of drama! I love a big dramatic composition! I still love the classic albums from Meatloaf like “Bat Out Of Hell” and Celine Dion who do this masterpiece power ballads. I really love sinking my voice into a good song that can showcase my range. The next song will be very powerful. I look forward to sharing soon!