INTERVIEW WITH… BRIT FOLK POP UPSTART ALICE PISANO
Alice Pisano is an Italian-born and British-bred Folk-Pop artist. The rising singer crafts emotive and intimate tunes that have ostensibly connected her to a wider audience gaining fans amongst the major Spotify streams, and support from BBC Introducing. Her new single ‘Seventeen’ channels that same emotional intimacy but has an enchanting quality as well. I chatted with Alice about the new single and her musical journey.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Hi, Alice, First off… It’s nice to meet you and thanks for taking the time out. How are you doing? How has your new year been so far?
ALICE PISANO: Hey nice to meet you too 🙂 the last few months in lockdown have been up and down for me. As a musician I feel privileged to be able to continue doing what I love, writing songs, and that’s what I’ve been focusing on. But there are also days when I feel low, and not productive at all… when that happens, I try to be kind to myself. Taking some time off and going for walks in the nature always helps me.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: So you have a new single that’s coming out in a few days titled ‘Seventeen’. Can you talk about the inspiration behind the track? I did read that single was inspired by feelings that had while staying at your childhood home during lockdown. Could you elaborate some on that? It’s a beautiful track btw.
ALICE PISANO: Thank you 🙂 I wrote the music first, while I was at my flat in London. The lyrics kept eluding me until a couple of months later, when I was staying at my parents’ house for a while during lockdown. Being in my old room brought back to life so many memories and buried feelings… re-reading all my high school diaries and going through old photos, I found myself reliving the power of my first love. The butterflies in your stomach, the force of that first feeling.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: ‘Seventeen’ was produced by Troy Miller who produced for artists for artists like Emeli Sandi & Jamie Cullum. What was it like working with Troy? How do you think he helped you craft the sound you wanted on ‘Seventeen’?
ALICE PISANO: I had already worked with Troy on my previous single ‘Tears Will Set You Free’ and he is amazing. He captured the mood and emotion of this song perfectly… I initially thought it should be a piano song but he felt quite strongly that I should play it on guitar, and as soon as he started adding production to it I knew it was perfect.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you talk some on your background and how you started in music? Was there an artist that particularly inspired you to go down this path?
ALICE PISANO: I think music has always been in my blood and I’ve been drawn to it ever since I was very little. My parents have always listened to a lot of music around the house, and I grew up listening to Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Fleetwood Mac. My first approach to studying music was classical piano when I was seven, and singing lessons a few years later. In my teens, I picked up the guitar and started singing in various bands. But it wasn’t until I was 18 that I started writing songs. Artists like Gabrielle Aplin, Passenger and Mumford Sons were my first songwriting inspirations… but I have always listened to a lot of different music, from indie to rock, electro pop and folk.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What lyric have you’ve written do you feel most emotionally connected to in your life currently?
ALICE PISANO: “You’re not longing for the burning sun, till you’re standing in the pouring rain” from Seventeen. Sometimes you really don’t realise how precious something was until you have lost it.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What is the one piece of pop culture that has kept you sane during quarantine?
ALICE PISANO: I’m currently addicted to ‘Pontiac’ by Mat Kearney… I’m obsessed, I’ve probably listened to it a hundred times at least!
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: To end… is there anything else you would like to add, Alice?
ALICE PISANO: Thank you for having me and thanks to anyone who is reading this now. I hope Seventeen makes you feel something 🙂
You can stream Alice Pisano’s “Seventeen” here.
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