June 10th saw the release of “4EVER YOUNG”, Hal Quartièr‘s new single for Sony Music Italy and Columbia Records. With a clear reference to the 80s super ballad “Forever Young” by Alphaville, Hal Quartièr takes the chase and with a rush of energy and a rock soul wants to remind listeners to stay young forever, like Peter Pan’s philosophy of life. Being a project that is precisely young and with many different musical influences ranging from rap to pop, Collater.al decided to chat with him to find out what is going on in his head at this release period.
Hi Alfredo, how are you doing? Take this answer as your own space and tell us your thoughts without filters.
Ciao! I’m fine, I’m very happy that my single “4ever Young” is out. I’m in a period where I feel calm, where the things I’m doing finally make sense to me and my family. I have the approval of the people I love. I want to enjoy this moment as if it is the last thing I will do, because it is an important point in my musical career.
Although you are young, “4EVER YOUNG” on listening comes across as a mature and well-orchestrated song. How did you get the idea to write a song with this concept? Was there a specific moment when you came up with it or was it a longer process that led you down this path?
Obviously I was little when I heard the Alphaville song, despite that I immediately espoused what as a listener they wanted to get across to me with the piece. Since it was a song that marked my youth, it was a message that I definitely wanted to give to listeners in the key of 2022, because it is a way of living, of feeling life, a mood that I hope people who feel they reflect in this piece also share. I wrote it during the pandemic, during the time when people were rightly caught up in fear of everything that was happening. After my experience, after losing a few years of my life, I realized that the most important thing a person has is time. I hope that those who listen to the piece will be able to see themselves in my thinking.
You posted your first mixtape on YouTube when you were only 14 yo, when did you know that this was what you wanted to do in life?
Actually, I was even younger than that. I was two years old and I was singing in front of the television, then I was three and I kept singing in front of the television, then I was six and I was singing in places where I went on vacation, in neighborhood bars, during birthday parties. I kept singing the songs of Vasco, Baglioni, Renato Zero. The people who loved me understood it before I did, especially my mother and brother understood that I wanted to do this from the very beginning. I wasn’t focused on doing anything else, just music.
What kind of impact did a city of light and shadow like Naples have on your life as an artist?
Naples definitely gave me an extra language, which I love, and a certain way of looking at things. Especially the neighborhoods, the life lived in earnest in the neighborhoods, gave me that really urban world that today allows me to be able to say things, to tell stories and to be able to understand what is right and what is wrong for me, because I have experienced it firsthand.
What do you see in the future of Hal Quartièr? Tell us a little about the various directions the project will take.
For now, I am super focused and excited about the release of “4ever Young.” I want to enjoy this moment because it’s been a long time since I’ve released new music. It is a new and important departure for me. For now, because I have so many projects in the pipeline, I want to enjoy this moment and feel it on me for a while. I will still continue to write and make music.