Hi Vents, just fine thank you! Happy to talk with you.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “No Peace”?
No Peace is a protest song against the wicked system we, the generation Y, are living in nowadays. There is a constant changing and a constant need of something new. There are too many choices and nobody dares to choose. We want everything without spending time and effort to get it, we want to change the world, we want to leave a mark, to find our place, whatever it means (“trying to go on just to die special”). Having access to whatever we think we need makes it too easy to get it, so we got no patience for it, and then not enough satisfaction once we got it. In the song I’m screaming against this, believing I can live without all that by creating myself instead of finding myself and being happy with what I have. In this “teenage wasteland” I feel I could never find the peace I want, and I’m sure that a lot of people see it the way I do.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
It’s an old song. I started writing it 3 years ago, when I was in school. Probably it was because of the people I had around that I wrote No Peace. In the beginning it was just to make a statement; I’m not like you.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I got a lyric video in the same style of the last single “Mallow”. We used old advertisement, from the 50’s, which was the historical period when ads had the boom in the society. It represent the constant proposal of something new, something you should buy because they told you that you really want it. And basically that’s the power of ads, you feel the need to have it, to have something new, instead of just appreciating what you already have.
How was the recording and writing process?
Firstly, I came up with the guitar chords. I wanted to dance, I wanted to make people move. I took inspiration from Uptown Funk by Bruno mars for the vocal melody. I wanted something that I could scream like I was a preacher. Not a proper melody but something more passional. The chorus came out easily, I had “Teenage Wasteland” in mind and I just tried to scream it on the song. It worked out perfectly. I finished it and it was just a demo. After three years I opened the project and I said to myself “well well well what do we got here!”. We went is studio and basically we recorded in a better way all the arrangements I already done back then. My producer’s, Dimitri Tikovoi, choice of having a Moog Bass instead of an electric one changed the outcome of the song because it gave and interesting and new groove to it. It has been very fast and we had a lot of fun, because we already know where we were going.
What was it like to work with Dimitri Tikovoi and how did that relationship develop?
I met him one year ago for the recording of Mallow and other two songs. It has been completely different from what I expected. I thought that maybe it could be difficult to relate with such a complete producer after years that I was producing by myself, but it turns out we understand each other in a very genuine way, and he used to work on Logic the same way I do. We opened up the project of Mallow and we took all the arrangements I did to make them sound better. He has an awesome hear, and he really know which sound to choose in order to make the song as unique as possible. I probably will work again with him because with just an idea he managed to give a lot to the song!
How much did he get to influence the song?
As I told you, he made it groovy and modern. If it wasn’t for him, it would sound much more 70’s funk rather than a contemporary disco song. Another thing he did was to speed up the song of 3 BpM (from 112 to 115). Turns out it was needed for the song, and this really helped the groove to stand out.
What role does the UK play in your music?
I moved here to be influenced as much as I can. I’m attending the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. Here I met a lot of interesting people I can write with or I can use to get inspired. My first show in London was 2 years ago. We started working with ITB Booking Agency and since they show some interest on my music, I thought: “why not to move there, in one of the most musical country we have in Europe? Something cool is going to happen for sure.” That’s why I’m here, making it happen!
How does your Italian background influences yourself as an artist?
I always been into ballads. My favorite Italian songs are like that, tender and romantic. I think that the the Italian language allows you to say thing in a very poetic way, and sometimes it happened that I built sentences in my song in a more metaphoric way than what English allows you, using some reference to the old Italian Poetry such as Dante or modern one such as Montale. Sometimes it turns out that you cannot understand what I’m saying, but other time you come up with such a good imagine, unique and very poetic.
How has Natalia Imbruglia and Patty Smith influenced your writing?
They didn’t influence my writing but the influenced the way I see live music. It took time to understand what is all about: the people. We’re all doing it for them, the crowd, your fans, the people that wants to know you and that share the same vision of the world you have. It took a lot of shows to get it, and Natalie and Patty shows were definitely helpful for that.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
There will be an EP in January, that closes a period of my life and leads to the Album, which will be a more defined sound but still open to some experimental songs. No peace was the perfect song to tell my public that my sound is still evolving and that I can expand in different musical choices. You know, life it’s not just one color, it’s the mix of all of them.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I got a song who’s coming out soon named Anybody. I started writing it in Ireland at the Grouse Lodge Studio with the Long Run Team (producers of Paolo Nutini and of my single Hard Things) which is formed by Gavin Fitzjohn, Dave Nelson e Dani Castelar and then I finished it with Dimitri Tikovoi last September. It’s a sad love song that basically talk about feeling you don’t count as much as how much the other person counts for you. It will be released in January with an EP containing Mallow, No Peace and a bonus track.
Any plans to hit the road?
Releasing an Ep and then my first album in springtime! I really can’t wait to start working on it and I’m going to start the recording soon, the 20th of November. There are a lot of songs I want to release and I really can’t wait to spread them.
What else is happening next in KIOL’s world?
I love playing live. Is one of the things that make me feel home in this world. I will play at Line-Check Music Conference in Milan the 21st of November and than we are programming gigs in Uk, France and Germany for 2020. My little dream is to set up a band and gig around the world to find people to include in this project, to make music, to have the good life!