An exclusive interview with musician Lorenzo Gabanizza

Brina Curum
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He was a member of various groups, especially from 1991, where he met Donovan, being enclosed on his staff. He then headed a Queen cover band called Mantras, with which he toured Europe. His Ep, “All the love we never said” suddenly got huge exposure, with Fans from the UK calling on Lorenzo to head to their shores and perform in well-known venues including the Manchester Academy, so with that being said. We decided to catch up with the man behind the music for an interview.

What inspired you to get into music?
I come from a poor and common family. In this I feel ideally close to many southerners American artists.Actually, the Gabanizzas didn’t have a farm and didn’t pick up cotton, but we lived for 5 in a small two-room apartment, with an outside toilet without hot water. We spent the days (I did not use to do a lot of homework) listening to music and from what my family told to me, I started singing when I was aged 3 the hits of the time: Candida, San Bernadino, Eloise, etc. My father and my mother were great music lovers, even though they didn’t play any instruments. My musical culture was facilitated by this since I had at my disposal hundreds of vinyls of all kinds. We had an old red turntable and I and my two brothers took turns playing each of our favourite vinyls. I made this long introduction because I firmly believe that the roots, where we come from, is always of primary importance. In that context of open-mindedness, my “conscious” passion for singing and writing was born.

How would you describe your music?
Heartfelt, honest, thoughtful.

What would you say is your recording and song writing style?
As far as writing is concerned, I do not follow a true working methodology. Let’s say that my mind is a minefield and the randomness of the day can trigger and light the fuse. Of course, as a professional, I can write and I do write songs that develop a voluntary message, but they are not the best ones. Generally, when inspiration arrives, I grab my guitar and excerpts of text fall on my head. Sometimes the urge becomes so compelling that I have to get up at night to throw down some musical notes. Concerning the recording process, things are different. Nothing is left to chance because I want the song to sound like I hear it inside my soul. Let me make myself perfectly clear, I don’t enslave musicians, on the contrary, I leave them much freedom and they can add things or change their parts, but all within the range which allows not to distort the song.

Where would you like to see your music career in 5 years time?
Knocking on Heaven’s doors

Where can music fans listen your music?
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