Interview Series: Bianca Di Cesare

L.A.-based Italian singer/songwriter/super babe Bianca Di Cesare is about to step into the red hot spot light. Today she releases her first single, Green Eyed Monster, from her debut solo EP, much to our anticipated joy. You can buy it right now iTunes. The EP is an organic blend of melodic folk infused with heart beating pop and an indie edge. Cesare creates from a place of intense heart and instinct. Green Eyed Monster puts me in this reflective state. I want to drive all day with the windows down and think about all the people I have been. It’s the kind of music that does something to you. It is hard or impossible to categorize a woman with this sort of talent, she delivers on all levels. This lady definitely has our hearts racing.

Q&A

LF: You’ve been reinventing yourself as a solo artist, where/how do you see yourself in this process? What has it been like?

BC: I’ve been working solo for a while, but it’s only now that I’m coming out to the public as a solo artist. After years of singing alone, one day I was like –woah! I just created so many songs! I’ve been reinventing myself lyrically over a long period of time, but it wasn’t until recently that I felt like I was saying what I truly had to express from a deeper perspective. Everyone can make art with talent, not many have things to say with it, that’s my goal.

LF: How would you describe your approach to music?

BC: Music has been a work of pure art, so definitely an artistic approach, pure and simple- a form of self-expression. It’s also been a way to work with some dear friends in the film industry and sort of cross reference the history of cinema through music videos. I also approach it on a literary level, referencing famous poets or authors, as a way to interpret wonderful readings that have built me as a person.

LF: I tried my best to put a genre or label on your new single, Green Eyed Monster, and I couldn’t, which I love. What would you call it?

BC: I never thought of it in terms of genre. I would say it’s a folk song with a lot of raw blues influences. Labeling oneself can be difficult when there are so many influences. Sometimes I want to just call the whole thing off!

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LF: Tell us about your process. How does something turn from an idea into the product you deliver to the world?Usually I know immediately if a song has enough soul to stand on its own.

BC: Pure instinct. I improvise most of the time, somehow through the mood I’m in, or a recent experience or feeling, it can pull a song out of me. I like to be inspired and I find a lot of that in poetry and literature, but most always, the song begins from my heart.

LF: What can you tell us about the album?

BC: This album is subdivided into two separate EP’s and this is the release of the first one. The lyrics have a poetic approach, a lot of metaphors about personal feelings of romantic longing, confusion, disillusion, and joy.

LF: Plans to travel, tour perhaps?
BC: I have a show coming up at Hotel Café in LA on May 11th. I’ve been playing with bands for a while, but this will be the first time I’m performing my own music live for an audience. I have an amazing set of musicians backing me and I’m excited. We’ll see what’s in store for more touring, at the moment I’ve been busy recording in the studio. It would be a dream to perform in Italy, where I’m from… Can’t wait for the days to tour the world and be able to sing these songs of mine.

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LF: What are your inspirations?

BC: My biggest inspirations for this EP are Cat Power, Nouvelle Vague, Mazzy Star, Bon Iver, White Stripes & Shivaree – I know that’s a lot and there’s even more… Outside of music, traveling and appreciating what others are doing artistically is always inspiring. I think it’s important to always keep our curiosity in tact and not get too jaded…

LF: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

BC: I could be anywhere, which is exciting!!! I fantasize a million different ways my future could end up, but one thing I know is that I’ll be continuing to make music. It’s what I love and am most passionate about.

LF: How do you Live FAST?

BC: I live fast, I think fast and act fast, no matter the risk involved. Emotions can slip right out, immediately, no holding back.

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