Interview with Emilio Pinchi

Age: 20

Where do you live: Liverpool

Relationship Status: In a relationship

Star Sign: Sagittarius

Main occupation: Musician/Singer/Songwriter

Emilio Pinchi is a British singer / songwriter with Italian roots. Since 2012, he has released three EPs and has played in a number of shows. These have included headline shows at the NME’s Best Small Venue The Sugarmill and appearances at the Acoustic Festival of Britain 2012, Threshold 2013 and 2014, and The Liverpool International Music Festival 2013, where he is also slated to play this year.

Emilio has had music aired on BBC Introducing, as well as on a number of independent stations and has recently performed during live sessions for BBC Merseyside and BBC Stoke.

He is currently releasing new material and playing in shows around the North West of England, as well as in other locations in the UK.

How would you describe your style of music?

My music is mostly acoustic with a folk-punk vibe. I try to write about whatever is going on in my life at the moment; my songs are basically stories. I think writing is really important.

Why is writing so important to you?

I think the important thing about writing songs is that it can take something you can’t quite fathom out in your head, and put it into a format that makes a lot more sense. And if you’re really lucky, someone else might be able to make some sense of it too, and that might help them fathom whatever’s bottled up in their head.

What musicians are you influenced by?

Elliott Smith, I think his songs are so cleverly put together. He used all of these fantastic chord progressions but the whole thing is so subtle. I listened to nothing but Elliott Smith on Youtube for a month when I first got into him.

I really like The Antlers as well, because they wrote what I think is the second greatest album of all time, Hospice, (after Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon). It has had a great influence on me because lyrically it’s so frank and honest; you can’t help but believe every single line of the story. It’s like a novel, and I’m a big believer that writing an album is in no way a different process. I’m also a big fan of Radiohead, Nirvana and Noah and the Whale because their music is just so honest.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to break into song writing?

I’m not a big subscriber to the whole ‘you should write every day for half an hour’ business. You should just listen to a lot of music. Personally, I just live a lot, and then I write about it, that’s all. There are probably tonnes of better ways to write songs, but that’s what works for me and that’s the important thing really, to find something that works for you and go with it.

If you could play a gig anywhere, where would it be?

Malta of course! It’d be nice to play a gig outside and get some fresh air, rather than frostbite. And I’ve heard you’ve got a great local music scene, which is obviously a must!

So, what’s on the horizon for Emilio Pinchi?

Well, I’ve just finished recording a 4 track EP, which I’m looking to release before the end of the year. I’m pretty excited about it because the songs all tell a different part of the same story, from start to finish, so it’ll be cool to see what people make of it.

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