Singing to Strangers Tour
7:00pm, Friday 15 November 2019
**Tickets on general sale Friday at 9am**
You’d expect a guy whose rich new album Singing To Strangers features co-writes with both Bob Dylan and Kylie Minogue to be grateful, but more interestingly, the English-Italian singer-songwriter gives thanks to his heritage. Savoretti began digging in les crates for the French, Spanish and Italian music from the Fifties and Sixties – and with which, on tour, he regularly entertains his band. “Back then there was proper European music, and that has always inspired me. You’d have a crooner backed by incredible orchestras, but also with these incredible rock’n’roll-era drummers and bass players. And that gives you Serge Gainsbourg doing Melody Nelson, and Patty Bravo and Ennio Morricone in Italy.”
“I also realised I miss romantic music and so I bought a piano for £50 and started writing. The piano took me more to that world – and helped me be more theatrical, melodic and, yeah, romantic. I wrote a song called Going Home and that was the song that ended the fear of the blank page, because I’d figured out what I wanted to talk about: where I am now. I’ve grown up. That doesn’t meant to say I don’t have demons, or it’s easy, but it’s no longer me against the world. Now it’s me in the world – and how do I mould it to how I want?”
So, to Rome – where else? – and to the studio of Sr. Morricone himself.
The producer: Cam Blackwood (George Ezra). The band: Pedro Vito (guitar); Sam Lewis (guitar); Sam Davies (bass); Jesper Lind (drums); Nikolai Torp (keys, piano). The mood: romantic. The dress code: stylish.
“Look at all these pictures of Chet Baker and Miles Davis and those musicians,” marvels Savoretti. “They’re not in jeans and T-shirts. No matter how hot it was, I guarantee they turned up to work in a suit and tie, then maybe ended up in shirt sleeves. So, when in Rome, lets think about Marcello Mastroianni and Fellini. Let’s show up, dressed with all that in mind.”
When in Rome, too, don’t go thinking you’re in a studio in New York or London. The city of love has its own schedules, routines, “ways”. “If it rains for ten minutes, it’s guaranteed you’ll get a power cut – even though it’s the capital of the fourth largest economy in Europe, that will happen! And so don’t try and fight it. Just roll with it. “And it changed us. Every evening, being able to go out for a Negroni and see the sunset outside your studio in downtown Rome and discuss what we did that day… Everybody grew up and got into the world I wanted us to be in.”
It was August 2018, it was inspiring, and it was diabolically hot. “Luckily, Morricone’s studio is the basement of this huge church, so it was cooler. And the atmosphere down there was essential, and that was captured in Candlelight, which became the calling card of the album.”
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