Hi Cinzia, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks a heap 🙂 I’ve been doing pretty good! I can’t lie, being bound to the four walls of my apartment during covid was a hard adjustment but you know, I’ve found a way to make it work and do my best to stay sane while making music.
Can you talk to us more about your song “Little Italy”?
Little Italy is a song that is basically a 3 minute apology and confession. Sometimes you have to take a step back and realize that you can be the problem in a situation and need to stop b;aming other people. So Little Italy was written after I realized I needed to take responsibility for my actions when it came to relationships and be like “hey man, I was a sh*t person, sorry about that and I want to make it up to you so let’s meet up so I can own up to it”
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wouldn’t say one in particular. I’m just not the best when it comes to communication so I tend to just let things trail off and I guess you can say “ghost” people unintentionally. I don’t purposely mean to leave people hanging, I think I just get wrapped up in my own busy world sometimes and forget. It doesn’t excuse it but I just noticed how often I did it and felt horrible. It was on a night I just felt really alone and realized it was because of my own actions you know. So I put on my big girl pants and wrote Little Italy.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I definitely have plenty of ideas for a music video. I’m not 100% sure I will just yet though. I kind of like that people have been linking their own stories to the song and want to see if we can build something off of that maybe.
Why naming the album after this song in particular?
I was living in Little Italy in Montreal and so each song is a small story wrapped up in 2-3 minutes. The songs can be about different people at different points but there’s a certain thread that aligns them together to make a story about growing into the person I want to be, the struggles we’ve faced with love, self-love and growing into ourselves. When I was figuring out the album title I was looking at these songs and just realized how they were all built around the streets and people of Little Italy.
How was the recording and writing process?
We started writing and producing these songs almost two years ago.There’s been so much back and forth but we were both dedicated to giving these songs the time they needed to be absolutely perfect. I don’t open up easily and my songs are basically an open door to all of my emotions so I’m really grateful to Lucas who’s been a long time friend. There were moments where I thought some of these songs would never be released because I couldn’t recognize myself and was really unsure of if this is the story that I wanted to tell. Again Luckily with Lucas we were able to express all the worries and excitement that went into these songs and it was clear that this was a chapter we had to put out.
What role does Montreal play in your music?
HUGE roles. I’m a big Montrealer haha. I take a lot of pride in my city and hold it very close to my heart. Which is another reason that I needed to name the album Little Italy. Like a little head nod to my city and the borough that shaped these songs for me. Montreal just has this kindred spirit in the air of all the streets that makes me feel more creative and honestly I don’t think I’d be able to write the way I do if I didn’t have the Montreal wind at my back.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
They’re all based on personal stories that I’ve sort of collaged together. I honestly wouldn’t know where to begin to explain how inspiration hits me when I write. I just know I have to give myself this open minded space and not think too much about what I’m trying to say. I’m a little bit of an emotional masochist in that way. I’ll be sitting in my apartment and kind of close my eyes and go back to a memory that was really painful just to re-ignite those emotions and then just start writing. It’s a little sick I have to say haha.
What else is happening next in Cinzia & The Eclipse’s world?
Well for the next few month we’re actually hosting a livestream tour across Montreal’s Little Italy. We’ll be going live in the different cafes and restaurants that inspired the songs and inviting the audience into the world that is Little Italy in this album. It’s only four livestream shows on Nov. 8th, 21st, 30 and December 14th. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to bring people around the world into my little beloved Little Italy with these shows actually! Tickets are available worldwide at thecrescentmtl.com. I hope the VENTS gang can make it to one of them as well!
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