We’ve been playlisting the latest track from Bruno Pignatiello here on Phoenix FM over the last week or so – you’ve probably heard it playing out on various shows. But who is Bruno? We caught up with him to find out more …
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Bruno Pignatiello and I am an Italian singer and songwriter from Rome.
When did you first start to develop a passion for music?
I developed my passion for music during my high school years.
Which artists did you listen to while growing up?
I grew up with the music of some bands of the seventies such as Emerson Lake & Palmer, Genesis and Pink Floyd; later, in the eighties, I started listening to bands like Duran Duran and rockers like Bryan Adams.
Moreover, in the years of my youth I always loved very much the music of Italian artists as Renato Zero, Eugenio Finardi and Alberto Camerini.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
My verses are influenced by what I breathe around me and my music is a mixture of genres. I love to write my songs in various languages: Italian, English and Portuguese and I like to deal with social aspects, emotions and everything about life.
If something anywhere in the world makes me cry or smile well, that can capture my creativity!
What music have you recorded and released to date?
I have released “OVER THE HORIZON – THE COLLECTION” which is an anthology of my old songs completely rearranged which also includes an unreleased, “The rap of indifference”. The album contains songs sung in Portuguese, English and Italian and has seen the collaboration with some of the most important artists of the international music scene: the American guitarist Eric Maldonado, a Top 100 Finalist at Guitar Idol 2014, the very talented English soprano Caroline Joy Clarke and the extraordinary American saxophonist Josh Plotner member of the “Be More Chill Original Broadway Ensemble” just to name a few.
The mastering of the entire album and the mixing of many songs were done by the notable English sound engineer Chris Brown (Beatles, Radiohead, Muse, Spice Girls).
On May 1st of this year, LINGUA MADRE, the third volume of my trilogy dedicated to my Italic roots was published.
LINGUA MADRE is a work in three volumes, each of which is dedicated to my three different cultural and linguistic souls I spoke about.
In two of the five tracks of LINGUA MADRE, I had the honour to collaborate with Eyal Heller, a virtuoso guitarist from Israel.
Which artists do you enjoy listening to at the moment – and do they influence your work?
Lately I have been going back a little to my origins and I am basically listening to English music produced in the eighties and certainly those sounds, consciously or unconsciously, influence a little bit even my current production.
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
Oh, if we are talking about dreams my expectations may be high so I absolutely say Bryan Adams! Ah ah! We are talking about dreams, right?
What are your plans for the future?
I am currently working on the new songs of my next EP which will probably be entirely in English and should be out in the spring of next year.
Where can we find out more about you?