INTERVIEW: Pipobeats

Hi Filippo, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?  

I am awesome and feel so blessed! Pinch me, I just won on SONGLAND this week!!!  Sway, sway, sway!

Can you talk to us more about your latest music video for your single “Hate It”?  

Well, the song “Hate It” is one of the songs from my album Singing Hills. When I wrote the song, I wanted to almost give this 70s style vibe. At the time I was crazy about a girl and could not stop thinking about her, and that feeling was the inspiration for “Hate It.” With the video, I wanted to show more of that feeling with a visual story.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?  

Yes, I was in this relationship and just madly in love! I could not get her out of my mind and I was infatuated with her!

How was the filming process and experience behind the video? 

The “Hate It” music video took a lot of planning. The whole process took about a week to shoot with my director Nick Manterola. He was able to capture and portray the uneasy feeling of being madly love that I really strive to capture with the track so that needed to be reflected in the music video as well. The filming was incredible and took place in a recording studio as well as out in a ranch with open fields and hills, which may be why when I was titling the album how we came to the name Singing Hills. Nick was able to capture the perfect vision with what we had in mind. It was truly an amazing experience!

The single comes off your new album Singing Hills – what’s the story behind the title? 

The song is about loving someone so much that you feel uncomfortable and nervous around them. In fact, you feel so uneasy that you “Hate It.”

How was the recording and writing process?  

The recording process for the song “Hate It” was a bit unusual. I wrote half of the song in Florida and the other half in Los Angeles. While in Florida, staying on a farm I’ve never experienced such a humble feeling and appreciative of simple things. And while in Los Angeles, my surroundings were obviously very different, and as a result that impacted my feelings and writing.

How does your background as a Latino influence your music?  Since my parents are from Chile, at young age I would travel often to see my family there. Being in Chile allowed me to be exposed and listen to the music that was trending on the radio there and likewise, when I was back in Los Angeles there was a different trend of music. Sometimes songs that are a big hit in the states may not be so big in South America. So by combining both music cultures, it has helped me to understand and in my subconscious mind formulate the perfect melodies in both English and Spanish.

What did you learn from your experience over at Songland?  On my music journey, I’ve had many obstacles and I learned that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. If you have a problem, you just need to take time to figure out and move forward.  Being on Songland was a dream come true. The show gave me as well as many songwriters a chance to show their music to the world. And I’m so grateful for having this opportunity. Dreams come true but it takes work! Thank you, Songland!

What was it like to come out as a winner?  

It was a real humbling experience and reaffirmation from God that I’m in the right path with my music. I also feel so blessed that with my music that I can inspire and touch so many people, especially in today’s environment where so many people going through difficult times.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you’re collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own? 

A fun fact about me is that before coming to Songland I had never collaborated with other artists, not because I didn’t want to but the opportunity just hadn’t come up yet. When I was on Songland I came in with a fresh and open mind in collaborating with others.  Since I’m self taught, I’ve never worked with somebody when writing music. So this was an amazing new experience and I look forward to working with other songwriters int he future.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics? 

With any song I write, the inspirations and lyrics depend on what I’m feeling at the moment. For example, for “Sway” I wanted to create a feeling like I was dancing in a club, in area surrounded by tropical trees and beaches. On my album Singing Hills,  I have songs about feeling  unstoppable which inspired my tracks “To Fresh.” Another of my songs, “She Bad, ” this girl I met, I thought was so amazingly beautiful, that she was bad as in being gorgeous. It just really depends on my experiences and feelings.

Any plans to hit the road? 

Absolutely! I look forward to play at different venues in Chile as well as in the States once things settle down. For the time being, I plan to connect with my fans via social media and do house concerts.

What else is happening next in Pipobeats’ world?  

I just released a music video for my track “Hate It’, you can find more information on my website PipoBeats.com. Also in the near future, I will be releasing a Spanish and English single called  “I’m Thinking When” which features my friend Caroline Kole who is also a contestant on Songland this season. It’s a great song and I can’t wait to share it! 

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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