Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Eleonora Damizia find out more about her…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from a tiny Italian village near Rome. As a kid I was very shy, and in the beginning music was just a way to express my emotions. I am very grateful to music because listening and performing had a healing effect on me and, thanks to that, I became much more open to the world.
The first time that I performed live, I was 15 years old, and I fell in love straight away with the exchange of love and energy that happens on stage, with the audience. I could feel such a powerful feeling while performing live, that I realised that I had found a precious treasure, and I was sure I would never give it up.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
No one in my family is a musician or has a big music collection, so, when I was little, I was mainly influenced by the main Italian radio stations, where you could listen to both Italian and English/American pop songs. Shakira, The Cranberries and Alanis Morrissette, Madonna were my favourite pop artists as a teenager.
I also remember that my parents had albums by The Beatles and Lisa Stansflield, that I used to love and play on repeat.
At some point, in my teens, I was given a blues CD, and from then I became a huge fan of Aretha Franklin, Eva Cassidy and Nina Simone. I went on to discover jazz as a result.
My main influences at the moment are Sia, Lady Gaga, Lorde, Lana del Rey and Joni Mitchell.
I would say that Sia is definitely among my favourite singer-songwriters of this decade. I love everything she does: her melodies, her lyrics, the vocal arrangements of her songs. She is so inspiring both for her story and for her music.
How would you describe your sound?
It’s Electro Pop and dreamy synth pop, but my sound continuously evolves. You never know what you can expect from me!
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called “Falling in Love”. I would say that “Falling in Love” is the product of my latest years spent in London, and it’s inspired by a relationship that caused me lots of emotions and pain. The song is also about obsession.
What’s your local music scene like?
I believe that London has got the best music scene in Europe. I am lucky to perform in some of the most exclusive venues of this wonderful town.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I am very busy with producing and writing new songs at the moment. I produced "Falling in Love" with British producer Takahide George and I was really happy with the results, so you’ll be hearing much more from us two. Concertwise, I have just launched my single “Falling in Love” at the exclusive London members’ Club "Home House" in London, on 24th of April, and on 27th of April I performed my new single at the Verdi Hall in the Royal Albert Hall.
I am also working with singer-songwriter and producer Tricey R. Tricey and I have written a beautiful song and we are going to work on the production in June. I am planning to release my songs as singles. I prefer to see every song as a separate, independent project.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Ed Sheeran. I love his songwriting style and I love his story too. I would love to collaborate with the great Neil Rodgers, with Diplo, and also with Sia, of course.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Once I was doing an acoustic set. It was just me and a guitarist. Everyone in the audience was listening to us and there was a beautiful atmopshere. A 70 year-old woman showed up almost at the end of the gig, but she was either drunk or a little bit crazy and she started to dance around the tables, making some bizarre moves while we were still performing. That was funny and surreal at the same time.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I want readers to know that my biggest desire is to awaken my listeners’ emotions and to make them dream, mainly because I want to give back what music gave to me. I am on this music journey as an independent artist, and everything that they listen to and they see is the result of my hard work and determination.