EMILIANA TORRINI NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION AS SHE’S ONE OF ICELAND’S MOST FASCINATING VOICES AND WORKS BEAUTIFULLY ACROSS A VARIETY OF STYLES. SHE MAINLY SINGS WITH HER EYES CLOSED, ENJOYED THE SOUND AND ATMOPHERE AROUND HER, WITH A VOICE THAT IT’S LIKE VELVET. HER MUSICAL COLLABORATORS HAVE SUCH AN INTERESTING AND CREATIVE WAY OF WORKING THAT WARRANTS FURTHER EXAMINATION: HERE’S THE ONE WITH THE COLORIST THAT CAN BE A PERFECT INTRODUCTION FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW HER MUSIC. WE INTERVIEWED HER THE DAY BEFORE HER MILAN’S GIG OCCURRED ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19TH AT SANTERIA SOCIAL CLUB. DISCOVER MORE THROUGH HER WORDS HERE.
Ciao Emiliana, how are you?
I’m good, thank you.
First of all i would like to know how’s to be on tour when you are 8 months pregnant. Must be a different adventure!
Yes, it’s fine. I just have to do things differently but it’s working out. Some days i’m more tired but it’s all ok. I still have 2 more weeks on tour and then i’ll take a break. I’ll have to rest a lot in between.
Can you tell me something about the new tour and your collaboration with The Colorist?
Yes, what do you want to know?
Well, first of all tell me how it started.
Two years ago i started being tired of my music and i’ve been playing random with different people, and for a while i ended up in Spain. After the Belgian ensemble auditioned with a remix of one of my songs, i agreed to a series of concerts with the group in 2015. It was true match. The Colorist are a dream collaboration to me because we have the same vision. I am usually extremely shy when writing with new people but with The Colorist it was just a very natural thing. This live album of new songs and interpretations of my music is a vibrant and colourful collection of classical and contemporary collisions, i am so pleased with the result.
You are from Iceland that is a magic country for music. How much the place have influenced your music?
Surely it has an influence, every place has a role in this and i think is unavoidable. Also England in my case because i’ve been living there half of my entire life. So, there a lot of things that influence me: people, life, travels. But the landscape, what’s sorrounds you, is able to built your personality and many things contribute to that.
We do a lot of fashion in our magazine. What’s your relationship with that?
I think fashion is one of that unavoidable things, you know (laughs). Every day i have to think about what to wear when i’m on stage but i’ve been lucky to meet some people that helped me with that. For example KronbyKron helped me a lot with that and now this pregnancy label called Fragile Maternity from Antwerp gave me a great help with this tour because i am always growing and it could be a real disaster! I really like these two labels because i am a curvy girl and they have been able to interpret my style. Then every five years i buy a dress by Vivienne Westwood that i really love as a designer. I like colours and shapes and love to dress the body that i have!
In terms of collaborations what’s going on apart from The Colorist?
At the same time i am working with Kid Koala, we just did a song together and he has been so nice to let us play this song before it was officially out. His fifth studio album is called Music To Draw To: Satellite and with the Canadian musician, DJ, and graphic novelist we explored and captured the cosmic isolation. So i really look forward to bring this on tour again after my break. This will probably be in November as we will be at Airwaves Festival together.
You mentioned Airwaves that we covered few years ago, amazing festival. How do you expected a festival to be when is is your country?
Honestly my favorite festivals are in England. They are just the best in this! They are extremely good in outting together music, setting and atmosphere. They are the master in creating the right atmosphere. Iceland is learning this and we are not that good so far so i hope Airwaves will get better and better in this sense.
Photography Fabrizio Consoli
Special thanks to Spin Go Italy