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In Conversation with Alba Plano as she unveils “Out There”

London based emerging songstress Alba Plano is a jazz and neo-soul artist who will debut the release of her new single entitled ‘Out There’ set for April 20th pulled directly from her new 4 track EP “White Lotus”.

The artist who spent the last two years playing Amy Winehouse in the UK and European tour decides to deliver original sounds in the form of ‘Out There’.  Speaking of ‘Out There’ Alba says: “it’s about fears, about the limitations we hold within ourselves because it makes us feel safe, because at least “we know who we are”. But that’s not helping when you want to grow and expand your soul, it takes a big amount of love, respect, and trust for oneself to be able to see from a different perspective”.

“I was listening to Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter, their music definitely inspired the melody and the rhythm of this song”.

Read the full interview and Stream the track below. 

What do power and influence mean to you? 

What is incredibly powerful for me in music is that it’s extremely evocative. When you find yourself connected with music, especially during the writing process, one of the thing that an artist is aware of, is that those words could influence the people that listen to your songs. The idea of sharing a story, something personal, that someone else on the other side of the world can share those emotions and feel they’re not alone, is a very pure way to influence people so they can connect with their own feelings through your music. This means that you better be honest with your audience.  Too often Power involves controlling other people or keeping them down, Music has the power to set people free.

 

Tell us about your musical background?

Music for me started as a healing process, a way to feel safe. Love soul and people like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston were the first I fell in love with that created the first layer of love for music.

I started singing professionally when I was 24, and Jazz had a very big effect on the way I developed musically and technically. Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughn, Nina Simone and Lee Morgan were some of the artists that influenced me at that time.

Growing up in Sicily I was lucky enough to play with great musicians from the start as Jazz is taken very seriously there. We used to go up to the mountains and lock ourselves in and play for days at a time. Collaborating with musicians that I love and respect remains very important to me still, as first and foremost, I believe that music is a collective Art form.

 

What’s the message in your new track Out there?

My new Single “Out There” it’s about fear, about the limit we put on ourselves because it makes us feel safe, because at least “we know who we are” but that’s not helping when you want to grow and expand your soul, it takes a big amount of love and respect for yourself to allow us to see things in a different perspective.

This song was a bit of a musical journey, originally arranged in a few different ways, we then opted for a raw vibe, (jazzy, acoustic) with double bass, vibraphone, percussion, and guitar… quite different from the sound of the other tracks of the EP. I was listening to a lot of Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter at the time, their music definitely inspired the melody and the rhythm of this song.

I co-wrote the song and the rest of the EP with Karme Caruso, we collaborate a lot and he helped me to develop and produce this project. Also an important contribution from Chris Webb on the production. The lyrics are co-written with Davide Shorty.

This song is about the difficulty in finding beauty around us, in nature, in a smile, in very simple things we struggle to appreciate, especially when you live in a place like London that forces you to focus on yourself, that teaches you to count just and only on 

yourself, that pushes your ego and sometimes makes you blind. 

What’s your end goal?

I would love to be able to take my music around the world, continue to grow creatively and personally and not compromise the integrity of my music.

Can you tell us your words to live by?

Embrace the unknown and do not fear the future. That’s the only way we can grow.

 

 

White Lotus Tracklist:
01. Out There
02. I Hope
03. Into You
04. White Lotus

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