Hi Christian, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello, everything is fine thanks! I’ve been very busy and super excited about getting new music out.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Clouds”?
Clouds is the second of a series of singles that we’ll drop in this crazy 2020. It is the first one that features the amazing Heidi Vogel on vocals and it is a perfect balance of what I intend for electro-acoustic music.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
The song came to my mind while I was in Edinburgh. The sky was very powerful that day and the clouds were massive and ever changing. It was one of those moments where nature is totally overwhelming, and if you abandon yourself to it, it just feels right, because they will come and go.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Sure! We are working on visuals with some crazy glitching and digital architecture. Stay tuned!
How was the recording and writing process?
I always write with my guitar, seated in my room, humming the melody that is stucked in my head until I find the right chords that reflect the emotion I had when I first imagined the song. At the same time, lyrics just flow. If you nail the right vibe, and reach deep down in your heart, everything just pours out naturally. After lyrics, melody and harmonies were in place, I started arranging it with my dear friend Ivan. At first, we went down heavy with synths and electro-beats. The result was a magical electro-acoustic drop. Ivan is an amazing musician and producer and he really made this song vibrate in all the right ways. Once the arrangement was done , we flew to London to record Heidi’s vocals. We were sitting next to each other in this very tiny room , and when she started singing, I was literally blown away. Her first take was already perfect! We then recorded some more improv on it so we could get a wider color options. Once we were back in Milan we started mixing at Indiehub and I felt like I wanted more acoustic presence on the song, so we got the super talented Evita to record the drums. It was perfect ! It sounded exactly how I pictured it on that cloudy day in Edinburgh.
What was it like to work with Heidi Vogel and how did that relationship develop?
Working with Heidi was a dream come true for me. I’ve always been a huge fan of her and I was honored that she loved our music. She is an incredible singer and performer with a very emotional tone. Hopefully we will do some new songs together later this year.
How much did she get to influence the song?
The song was written with her voice in mind, so I was totally influenced by her.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I always collaborate with other musicians. Llargo is an open ensemble, there are some musicians like bB or Lele that are with me since 2013 while Ivan and Evita took part to this new releases. I write music from the bottom of my heart, trying to just let things out. But when it comes to arranging, I always have a clear mind of what to do and what kind of musician involve in the process.
What role does Italy play in your music?
Italy is extremely inspiring from every point of view. Milan has a vibe all of its own. The city is full of art but at the same time it is very competitive. I love it!
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
We have two more singles coming out in the next two months, and we are producing new music that might end up into a new EP.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We will drop them at the end of every month. Next one is called “It feels right” followed by “Someone to blame”
Any plans to hit the road?
At the moment it looks very confusing, what’s going on in the world today. But we will surely be ready to get back on track when it will be possible to travel again .
What else is happening next in Llargo’s world?
I am already thinking of the sound of the next project. I am always learning about producing and playing new instruments. It will probably bend toward a more ambient sound but who knows?