Rising singer-songwriter Alessia Labate talks good days & bad days, musical highlights and her latest release ‘Something Special’

Photo Credit: Walter Coppola

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

I was born and raised in music, so I guess it just came natural to me. The experience that made it clear once for all, was CET (Centro Europeo di Toscolano, or “la scuola di Mogol), a cool and popular songwriting and music school here in Italy, where my talent in singing and writing was fully recognized and nourished

What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in the music industry?

I guess my melodies are really personal and my lyrics are weirdly phrased. What people tell me is that they can hear my pen, my style, that I’m all over what I do, and I take that as a big compliment. Sound-wise I try to be diverse and not too commercial. That’s a pain in the *** when it comes to pitching the song to Blogs and playlists cause they can’t always find the right frame for my songs, but the ones who really care about talent and quality – like you – will give me a chance. btw Thank you for this interview

Your new single ‘Something Special’ is out now! Can you please describe the creative process and explain the meaning behind the single?

Sure! It all started like this: I have an unreleased song called “Who Am I”, really old one, and I was tired of picturing that melody each time I heard those chords, so around a year ago I started playing around with the same chords, did different voicing, and SS came out. That same day I had a skype session with Ryan Stewart – he won a Juno Award for his songs with Carly Rae Jepsen – and we quickly wrapped it up.

Ryan Produced it, I produced the vocals and my friend Davide Ruffini mastered it at Wisseloord. We were in different corners of the world but still made it work.

The song means so much to me: I wrote it thinking bout my best friend and the ways he always picks me up when I’m down or gets angry if I do something wrong, and that’s what friends should do. I’m so grateful for him and all my other friends, they are good people and we always look after each other like a family.

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?

Honestly? Money is a big motivator for me: I work as a vocalist, songwriter and vocal producer, and when I don’t wanna work I just think about all the money I need to invest in my house, food and career. When I feel overwhelmed or empty, I just take a few days off r do less creative things, like vocal production or editing all the info on the websites I work on.

When it comes to writing for myself, I don’t have a routine, it just happens, and that’s why all my songs are so different now. For 2021 I definitely wanna focus more on creating a routine for my own songs.

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?

I think Something Special, at leats it is for me right now, cause its positive message is still relevant to me and I hope it will always be, but every song I write and put my name on is infused with my feelings, experiences, fantasies,… So yeah, if you wanna know me, read my lyrics.

Photo Credit: Walter Coppola

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

I never really stopped to think cause I usually realize what is goin on after it’s over, I guess its a sort of defence mechanism. For sure, signing with my management was one of those moments where I though “wow s*** is getting serious I need to work harder”. My managers are based in NY and really opened up the right doors for me. They are picky and I totally understand why and appreciate it. They really care <3

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

Work hard and don’t be too pushy for useless stuff. Be professional and respectful and don’t forget about yourself (yeah I work so hard I forget to shower sometimes, lol)

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

I don’t know, I’m taking it a bit easy right now. I have a few more songs that I wanna put out and then I’ll take a pause and think about maybe an EP.

Anything else you would like to add?


‘Something Special’ is available now via all major platforms.

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