Hi Anthony, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
All is good! Hope you’re well too 🙂
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Set Fire To The Night”?
With this song I wanted to create something different but also similar to what I would normally release as Anthony Lazaro. A song about regeneration and leaving the problems at the door, at least for the space of a night. Now, that’s a constant theme in many of my songs, but being under my Lazer Owl alias I was able to push things a little more, musically, giving the song a more dancey vibe, sprucing up some autotune and adding a more poppy vibe.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
I think what’s happening is a great inspiration: we’re obsessing the whole time about the current events, we’re hooked to the news like some grotesque reality. I’m not advocating living in limbo: but sometimes we need to pull the plug and just try to let it all go and have fun, at least for a day, or for a night. It’s not egotistical, I guess, it’s just survival instinct.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I’ve thought about that but was afraid to end up with something kitschy. So I decided to ask the same videomaker who did the video for The City Lights to repeat is magic and do a special lyric video. I’m really happy with the result
How was the recording and writing process?
I always start with the music. For this one, I was just recording one top line after the other until I found something that really inspired me. I was so happy with this I’ve started sending the draft around to my friends immediately. The response has been great and I understood I was into something with this
What role does Italy play in your music?
There are many Italian artists that are famous in the world but very few songs in English: funnily enough, many of them are related with the world of electronic music. Italo Disco or the Italian dance of the 90s are two examples. I’m not saying that Set Fire to the Night has an Italo disco matrix but definitely Italian artists tend to flirt with dance-pop, a lot 🙂
With the major reception your music has been getting – did that put any pressure on you as you work on this new material?
The good thing of working on two projects at the same time (Anthony Lazaro and Lazer Owl) is that you can easily exorcise the pressure by switching gears. If you feel you’re stuck on a specific sound, that you’re repeating yourself, you can switch on the second lane and work on something entirely different. I think this helps a lot and also help me contaminate the 2 project with each other. On Anthony Lazaro’s next album there’s gonna be some (minor) autotuning in a couple of songs and with Lazer Owl I’m working on more organic tracks that will bring back the sound of Alive, one of Lazer Owl’s most successful (and indie rock sounding) tracks
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I’ve already a couple of singles as Lazer Owl ready for the second part of 2020 and, honestly, I can’t wait to share them with you guys. And, if I have to spill my beans, there’s a Lazer Owl coming for spring 2021 🙂
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The next single after Set Fire to the Night is called What If and will be out mid-October: it’s inspired by the music of artists like Phoenix, Depeche Mode, and The Weeknd. If it’s gonna be a cool mix 🙂
Any plans to hit the road?
I hope when thing are starting to normalize it would be cool to combine Anthony Lazaro and Lazer Owl’s music in a tour!
What else is happening next in Lazer Owl’s world?
Songs, songs, and more songs. It’s become a game: try to create something every day, select the best songs, and play the tower game with them until only one, my highlanders song survives. I also hope to be able to start doing IG live sets very soon!
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