Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Filippo Dall'Asta to find out more...
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born in Parma, Italy.
I was drawn to music so much, my parents got me to start playing the piano when I was 5 years old. I then “discovered” the guitar when I was 13, as a friend gave me a guitar he found in his basement: I loved it so much, I was playing it up to 8 hours a day, and became obsessed with it. Since then I never left the instrument.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My influences when I was growing up were very broad, from classical music to funk, rock and Gypsy jazz.
Today Gypsy jazz and Django Reinhardt still play a big role but I also listen to a lot of traditional Jazz, swing, progressive acoustic music and Indian classical music.
I let all music that I like influence me, I don’t limit myself to a genre.
I have just released my debut album “Mediterasian”, where Gypsy jazz meets Indian music.
How would you describe your sound?
Mediterasian Gypsy Jazz.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is my own arrangement of “Prelude No.2” by J.S.Bach in Gypsy jazz style, with the addition of Indian tabla. I have been in love with that piece of music since I am about 8 years old, my dad is a big Bach fan. It seemed appropriate including it in my first debut album “Mediterasian”.
What’s your local music scene like?
The London music scene is incredible. It is possible to gig 7 days a week here, regardless of the type of music that you play.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I plan to play with my band in a few festivals this year, and I am planning some concerts in Italy, India and Russia.
I am also writing new material for my next album.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I had the honour of working with guitar master Lollo Meier on a track on my album “Mediterasian".
I have a few big names in mind to collaborate with for my next album but it’s a secret for now!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Once, in the middle of a concert, a guy in the audience asked if we could play some techno music. The funny thing is that he was 100% serious.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I am working on a new album so keep an eye on my website!