Little Albert – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
LA: I’m a musician, mostly.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
LA: I started playing guitar at 9, music has always been important in my family. When I saw a dvd of Led Zeppelin live at Royal Albert Hall I decided I wanted to be a guitarist. Since that point a lot has happened, I went to the conservatory and studied jazz guitar and joined a doom band but I’ve always loved the blues. At 27 years old I decided it was the right time to express more deeply my way of doing blues music. That’s how Little Albert started.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
LA: I’m a huge fan of Eric Clapton, Freddie King, Jimmy Page, Rory Gallagher and all the other rock blues classics. At the same time I’ve listened a lot to news stuff like Nebula, Lowrider, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Child, Graveyard.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
LA:I’d love to play my music e being recognized for doing it, and hopefully for doing it well.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
LA: The songs are about myself, my persona experiences and of course love stories went bad ahah.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
LA: Basically we’re trying to book as many shows as possible, but blues is a complicated field. People are usually a lot conservative about blues music and it’s not easy to find spots to hear and play new music.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
LA: I find nothing bad about it IF you support the artist, it’s just a way of getting to music we have nowadays.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
LA: Well, speaking of blues, in Italy there’s not a real record label or a scene for that genre. Which is a little bit disappointing, musicians aren’t really helping each other to gig around and create a public if we talk about blues.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LA: I wish I had written “Pavane pour un infante defunte” I really wish I had that mastery in composing and arranging for an orchestra of instruments. For me the ultimate goal in music is saying much with very few and simple elements. Think about Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, that tadadadaaa it’s the base block for all the first movement and it’s extremely simple. Just pure mastery and genius.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
LA: I think of myself as a really reasonable person, so it’s actually very hard for me get annoyed by something or someone. Also I’m ALWAYS late, so I guess I’m someone’s pet peeve ahah However, if I really have to find something, I find it always a bit annoying when someone, after a show, comes to you and tells you that you have cool gear, like “Hey dude, nice guitar, nice pedals, nice amp”. Yep, ok, thank you, but all this doesn’t really has anything to do with how I actually play or about what you like about my music. It’s almost like saying to a painter artist “hey, nice brush dude”, I don’t get it!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
LA: I think the moments are actually two: when I played Hellfest Valley Stage with Messa and when I graduated ad the conservatory. Two moments that meant a lot to me.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
LA: Now the situation in Italy for shows is a bit confusing. We had a couple of show cancelled, we’re planning to book new ones as soon as possible.
Next appointment is at Maximum Festival in Treviso with other cool bands. Be there if you want to hear endless guitar soloing!