Giovanni “Jack” Savoretti is one of the most successful singers of his generation and surely he never goes unnoticed when he’s first heard by someone because his characteristic voice can magnetize anyone regardless of the kind of music he performs! Born in Westminster, London by an Italian father and a German-Polish mother, Jack Savoretti never forgets his roots and the influences he gains from them, which are always there even in his music.
Reaching the sixth release of his entire discography, Savoretti admits that this is the album he always wanted to do! Recorded in the basement of a church in the “Eternal City” where the studio of the great composer Ennio Morricone is housed, and with valuable contributions from varied artists such as Kylie Minogue and the legendary Bob Dylan, his new album “Singing to Strangers” is without a doubt one of the best albums for this year and an undeniable hit for charts around the world!
But what is the story of its creation? How did these incredible collaborations occur in the first place and what role did a childish conversation between his daughter and a friend of hers, play in the final result? These and many other questions were answered by him in the exclusive interview he gave to SounDarts.gr on the occasion of his recent release … ladies and gentlemen … Jack Savoretti!
You’ve just released your latest album “Singing to Strangers” which was recorded in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s studio. How was this experience for you?
We had left London to be only the musicians, producer and those involved in actually making the album… And it was extremely hot outside whilst we were in this legendary studio underneath a church. We worked hard and played hard and made the album I have always tried to make.
It’s been 12 years since the release of your debut album “Between the Minds”. Is there any difference in your songwriting/performing now?
Yes there definitely is. Not just from the people I am writing with which has completely changed but also how I approach writing. Back then I was just starting out whereas this is my 6th album… A lot has changed since then.
Where did the inspiration for this album come from?
Rome and revisiting the music I was brought up with… European singer songwriters in the late 60s and 70s were still working with these big orchestras yet they were listening to the rock n roll coming out the US and UK and so added in these incredible rhythm sections. The combination of the two was very unique and of the time.
Which is the song from this album that holds a special place in your heart?
I could not choose one song however “Candlelight” was one of the first I wrote for this and has been the song that has guided everything throughout the process.
How did you come up with the title “Singing to Strangers” for your album?
I was at home one day and my daughter and her friend were in the room next door. Her friend asked her just what it was I did for a living and she said something along the lines of “I don’t really know, he sings to strangers.”
How did your collaboration with Kylie Minogue occur for the song “Music’s Too Sad Without You”?
We were both asked to contribute music for a film and eventually my record label, the producer and the director pitched the idea of us doing something together… She then later asked to use the song on her album. It was a real honour and something that happened quite organically.
“Touchy Situation” is a song that was written by Bob Dylan! How did it end up in your album? How was your collaboration?
One of my managers knows Bob Dylan’s manager and it turns out he had some unfinished lyrics lying about… They sent them to me and asked if I wanted to have a go at finishing them. I couldn’t believe it and of course I said yes… I then spent days trying to work on them but everything I did just ended up sounding like a Bob Dylan track… The way he writes is very unique. So I tried to take it away and make it my own.
What was the funniest/weirdest moment that you recall from your live performances so far?
Not sure I have had a funny or weird moment but one I will never forget is when a very old fan of mine proposed to his wife onstage. She had absolutely no idea and said yes… That was very memorable.
Is it true that you “don’t believe in love and symmetry”?
Absolutely! As the old saying goes opposites attract.
Could you please answer with a few words/a phrase/names the following:
a. Genoa Cricket or Aston Villa? Genoa Cricket
b. Italy or England? Italy
c. Ideal country to live? Italy as long as you’re not working
d. Ideal future collaboration/duet? Florence Welch
e. Ideal country to travel to which you have never visited so far? Argentina
Have you ever been in Greece? What is your opinion about our country?
I love Greece, one of my closest friends Alison Damianos started the meat market in Athens so I look forward to coming back and really getting to know the city with her.
What is your motto in life?
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