Interview - Alis

ALIS (Alessia Picchiotti) is a young emerging singer and artist from Rome (Italy). Songwriter, composer and sound designer, she stands out embodying a sense of rebellion with her rock songs and with her performances full of grit. Her songs’ melodies and lyrics are meant to transmit the right energy to get rid of our fears and face the obstacles that life makes us deal with.

- Hi and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release:
Hi and thank you for this interview. My latest release is my first Album "Demone" (Demon). DEMONE tells us about the internal and external pressures which we want to escape from; they are often caused by toxic people who sometimes surround us. It’s a journey in search of our best inner strength, to stop hurting ourselves and to live in peace with ourselves, with our weaknesses. 7 songs that go through 7 stages of a life full of obstacles and difficulties. In a path where with the right energy we can always stand up again, write a better future, without regrets and without ever looking back. I could define this album as a sort of a cathartic act, that made me write songs as a diary of my emotions but most of all is an album where the main concept is to not be afraid to rebel against life and do what you really want to do and be who you really wanna be.

- How would you describe your sound? 
The EP contains 7 songs with a rock, alternative rock, punk, grunge taste. It's an energetic rock that also has very catchy melodies. I want to make people jump and at the same time sing. 

- What do you write about? 
I write about a life with all of the strengths, fragilities, social problems and private life. I like to dive inside my soul and my emotions, also observing myself from the outside  writing about my own life but that could also be someone else's life. 

- What do you listen to when you are home?
I listen to pop, punk, grunge, alternative, progressive rock music and also Metal, in my library you can surely find Avril Lavigne, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, Poppy, Shinedown, Sleep Token, Loathe, Deftones, Diamante, Skillet, Orianthi Vukovi, Lacuna Coil and more. 

- Your favourite live performance so far? 
My favourite performance so far was definitely at my Release Party, I was feeling a lot of emotions and I was very into the performance. 
The performance that I would probably never forget is when I sang the National Anthem, this one will be forever in my heart.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage 
A funny moment in the studio was when I was rehearsing with my band and I almost choked with chewing gum or once I was about to fall down the stage, a classic but always funny. It's also very funny what me and my producer talk about when I go recording my songs in his studio, he's nuts! The best funny moments though are when I'm on set shooting my video, for example, the "Vai al Diavolo" video and I had to cover myself with paint.

- Your favourite albums? 
My favourite albums are surely... Demone - ALIS u.u ahah, Rock Candy - Orianthi, This Place Will Become Your Tomb - Sleep Token, The Sound of Madness - Shinedown. 

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer? 
I would like to meet the singer of The Pretty Reckless for a beer.

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
If I were the most important artist/ band on earth I would ask for a techno DJ set and red wine backstage.

- What are your plans for the near future?
My plans for the near future are to bring my music to my live shows and to continue writing my next album. 

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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