GINEVRA‘s new song “Lips” is out now on Factory Flaws.
A few weeks ago, we introduced you to GINEVRA‘s debut track “Forest“, an explorative folk song with a pristine resonance and a musky fragrance. The up and coming musician is now back with a new introspective offering, “Lips”, where she keeps on exploring the consequences of a difficult breakup. According to GINEVRA, “Lips” is a portrait of how fragile and lonely we all are. A ballad that acts as a new departure, sentimentally but also from an artistic point of view as the young singer-songwriter is totally new on the music scene. We had the chance to interview her in order to know more about her personality and her melancholic music.
HighClouds: Hello Ginevra. Thank you for taking some time to answer our questions.
Thank you for being interested in getting to know me better!
We recently discovered you with “Forest”, a debut track that suggests you maintain a special relationship with the natural world. You actually grew up close to the mountains and woods. Are your songs a product of your life environment?
My songs reflect my personality and feelings. Since nature inspires me, my songs involve sights from nature. Even if I’m in a city, I always try to recreate in my writing space that atmosphere that makes me feel connected to nature and its positive vibes.
You are now living in Milan. Is this big city a new source of inspiration and can we expect a sound change for your brand new tracks?
Despite my love for nature, I find it extremely fascinating living in a city like Milan. In my songs, subconsciously, I always try to combine my roots and urban living. “Forest” is possibly better perceived as relating to nature but some of the new tracks have also an electronic element that shows a different side of me.
We saw on your socials that you are a singer-songwriter but also a student. How do you manage to conciliate these two lives? Do you think you’ll have to make a choice at some point? How do you see yourself in 5 years?
To be honest, I’ve always seen myself as a musician first. I decided to follow the student path just a few years ago. It’s always been secondary but it has given me a great experience. It’s been challenging at times and it takes a lot of time away from my music but I don’t regret it because it’s been quite stimulating. I picture myself as a musician in 5 years; I’ve got my fingers crossed!
Your introspective, diary-like take on folk pop spreads a sweet taste of melancholia. Your EP is named ‘Ruins’. Are these torments autobiographical? Do you consider yourself as a sad person?
Well, I’m very melancholic, I do get lost in the blue but I’m definitely not a sad person! We all have our ways of expressing our feelings, I guess music is just my way of venting all my worries and fears out. And you’ve guessed right, they’re all autobiographical!
What does actually make you happy?
A lot of things! My favorites are spending quality times with my loved ones, creating music, traveling, reading. And like most Italians, I absolutely love eating!
Like “Forest”, your new song “Lips” depicts an internal fight to overcome the ending of a relationship and sounds like a new departure. Was this breakup a trigger to write and release these songs? How did they help you to become a more serene human being?
I was feeling lost when I started writing Ruins, and my music got lost with me. The end of a long relationship was relevant because finally, I got a lot of time for myself. In that period I discovered things about me that I had forgotten for long. Writing these songs helped me to find what I needed. I needed to feel powerful again. When I listen to the Ep, I feel really satisfied. Now I’m really happy.
For your debut EP, you have collaborated with the producer Francesco Fugazza. Can you tell us a bit more about the creative process? As a newcomer, how did you keep your identity and bring your own ideas while working with such a professional?
Working with Francesco has been effortlessly good, probably because he knows me well. He’s understanding of my identity and respects my authenticity and intimacy seen in my songs. He’s also very encouraging and always pushing me to find my own way. He’s instinctual and has a great experience in music, I’ve learned a lot from him. I’ve started off by working on my own, using my instruments and recording with my own reasoning. Then, he contributed his input. I think we make a good team and hope to work together again soon.
Lastly, as love is at the heart of your songs and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, what would be your ideal playlist?
This is a difficult question because I don’t normally celebrate Valentine’s Day! I guess in the name of love I’d go for some jazzy tunes. My love playlist would ideally include some Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. I suggest pairing this playlist with some of the greatest and most romantic singers of all time with a glass of red wine!