LA NIÑA is one of the freshest faces of the Neapolitan scene, driven by a strong passion for music, she manages to make her way among other artists thanks to her international sound contamination. In fact, these are the very skills that allow her to tour along Italy and bring her music everywhere, including at the Line Up! Rassegna of Romaeuropa on October 3, 2021, during a concert dedicated to the new languages of female pop.
So we took advantage of it and we asked her a few questions to know her next steps as a singer:
Naples is a city with a thousand faces and full of romanticism. Where do you get your musical inspiration from and how much does Naples weigh in your being an artist?
Naples is definitely a very romantic city. For me, being born in Naples means having learned from the beginning the contradictions of love, because it is impossible, in my opinion, not to love Naples if you were born and raised there. Clearly the relationship I have with the city is also very conflicting because it is like a mother, and you can’t escape its love. But it is a mother that very often abandons you to yourself, so it is a relationship of hate and love. I would say that it weighs so much on my being an artist considering that, little spoiler, many of the songs that will be released in the future are also dedicated to my relationship with life and with my city.
DopoAfter the single in collaboration with Franco Ricciardi you are becoming a standard bearer of music made in Naples. What will be your next steps? Should we expect an album?
Thank you for considering me a standard bearer of music made in Naples! The next steps are many, I have a lot of beautiful things going on, there will be collaborations, not so many but few, always heartfelt like the one I did with Franco Ricciardi, and I obviously have in mind to make an album, I’m writing a lot and I want to take the time to decide what form to give it. But yes, the idea is to finally make an album.
The health emergency has put a strain on our mental health. How did you react to this? Did you manage to get something positive for your music out of this general chaos?
The period of the health emergency has put a strain on my mental health, and I describe it quite well in “Lassame sta’”, I wrote it during the first stage when I was really shut down. I am used to feeling vulnerable. This pandemic has made us feel very vulnerable, maybe too much, so it has been very complicated.
But I can say with conviction that I have seen some positive sides, it has taught me to savor more the present and to appreciate things that are taken for granted, such as just having a house, a roof under which to take refuge, to escape the invisible enemy. I have certainly taken a step towards living in the present, which is very difficult to do if you are an artist: there are so many things to do, time is always short. In my opinion, time has to be created, it is also a very human concept, it all depends on how you shape it, it can be your friend if you are patient, and your enemy if you are projected only into the future.
On October 3, at the ROMAEUROPA FESTIVAL, you will be performing during the first edition of LineUp! and you will be taking the stage with an array of talent. How does it feel to bring your music live and share the stage with these artists?
I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be on the same stage that artists I hold in high esteem have been on. I feel very lucky although I believe there is still more that can be done for music, however for now gratitude is my favorite thing to exercise. The reason why the show will be called “Corde e sonagli”, so a totally acoustic version of all my songs, with my violinist Marco Benz Gentile, is motivated precisely by the fact that after this moment of pandemic I needed to create proximity with people. I want to try to make myself truly known to my audience, because I realize that social media doesn’t give enough, nothing can replace the moment when in the same room you share the same energy and you become ‘na na thing, in a sense.