Increasingly, the live show dimension is one of those things we keep missing. For real.
In fact, as a superhero comes to help us Leo Pari, who thanks to his EP “Live at Jedi Sound Studio” available from today, October 15 on every digital stores, gives us a breath of normality with 4 pieces all rearranged in a live performance. A parenthesis of intimate music, able to awaken in us the desire for concerts, but also a hidden pacifist criticism to the institutions that continue, directly or indirectly, to bend a market such as live music.
Just for this occasion, Collater.al decided to ask Leo some questions about this release just to better understand the message behind this work.
1. Listening to “Live at Jedi Sound Studio” immediately jumps to the ear the introspective and intimate mood that you wanted to represent, almost as if they were 4 caresses. How do you live the relationship between the figure of the artist and that of the author, both roles that you play?
For me, the role of artist and author are two sides of the same coin. It’s actually wonderful to be able to move between these two “disciplines of the same sport” because when I write pieces for others I can allow myself to say and tell stories that maybe told by me would be not very credible, but instead sung by a young girl or a mature interpreter are more suitable. When, however, I take the time to write for myself I always pay attention to the fact that the songs must be for me and therefore talk about how I feel, what I feel, in short, be intimate and true.
2. You were born in Rome, a fascinating and unique city. How is your relationship with your city? Has it evolved over time or do you still see it with the eyes of when you were a child?
No, actually I don’t see Rome at all with the eyes of a child. It’s a place full of problems that should be solved very quickly, now we hope that the next elections will bring a breath of fresh air. It’s a city that, unfortunately, continue to love.
3. In your songs you seem to be able to express yourself in a simple, but effective way. From what do you draw your inspiration?
The inspiration for my songs can really be taken from anything. To give a summary answer I take inspiration from life, from what happens to me or what I see happening to others. That’s why very often I write verses, but just in an almost automatic way, as if I felt obliged to do so, I just can’t resist. When I hear a story that strikes me and that touches me emotionally, that’s when I get inspired.
4. Covid forced everyone to come to terms with their own loneliness. How did you experience that period? Do you think you came out of it as a better person, or did it affect some aspect of it?
I had a lot of patience during the Covid and then I had somehow also the luck to “move” because for work I kept turning, so I was not really segregated at home. Surely this experience has taught me that it’s good to appreciate the moments of slowness, meditation, and reflection that often occur in the frenzy of everyday life.
5. We are very happy that finally, even if slowly, the live shows are starting again. We saw that you have already announced some of your dates. “Live at Jedi Sound Studio” has within it 4 songs that refer to the dimension of the live performance, perhaps to be closer to those who follow you. How does it feel to be on stage again?
I can not tell you because actually I have yet to go back on stage, but already the idea that I’m going to do it soon is very exciting. The live aspect of music, at least as I see it, is fundamental. It’s both a way to be close to the people who follow you and who enjoy listening to you, but also a way to revisit some works that are written.