‘we need to struggle to keep our musical language rich, original and deep’ | Interview with Federico Ferrandina

Composer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer. After the release of his first solo album, Federico Ferrandina returns with a single – the soundtrack for Netflix’s ‘L’Ultimo Paradiso’. We have not watched the film yet, but the soundtrack is definitely a thumbs up.

Describe your sound in three words please!

Tender, visionary, fleshy.

Tell us a few words about the idea behind your recently released single.

Meridiano Prossimo is part of the original soundtrack I wrote for Netflix branded movie The Last Paradiso (L’Ultimo Paradiso). It means “next Meridian” and Meridians in geography unite opposite poles. Finding the Next Meridian could be a life-long purpose to achieve for a musician, and for a human being.

When it comes to neoclassical music, If one its benefit is that it becomes more accessible to wider audiences, what do you think a drawback might be?

We run the risk of losing tridimensionality, we need to struggle to keep our musical language rich, original and deep.

Can you describe to us the experience of composing music for films? Is it different than usual?

Of course it’s a different process, when you compose for a film you have to find out what’s the function of music in that particular film, as there are infinite possibilities. Basically each film speaks its own language and creates a unique relationship between music and visual content. Writing for a film is an exploration of this relationship, it’s challenging but as usual challenges bring freshness and resources.

What is the best series or film you have watched recently (and why?)

Don’t be surprised: Bojack Horseman. It’s a non-stop stream of situations disguised as a comedy, but indeed speaking about the scary abyss that we hide within our soul. It’s an existentialist tv show that questions our own values and choices.

If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would be doing as a profession?

I would be an urban anthropologist writing about art in contemporary societies.

Which places would you choose to visit as part of a tour if you were to have one in the near future?

I spent a lot of time in L.A. for my work, been traveling back and forth all the time for years until Covid hit, as soon as possible I’ll visit New York and spend a decent amount of time there too.

Tell us something about you most people don’t know!

I used to be an amateur dancer for more than ten years, been studying and practicing classical and modern-jazz dance. I have the impression that those years taught me more about music than Conservatories.

Thanks Federico!

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