Last year 'Another Sky', song I co-wrote and produced alongside Valentina Blú, entered the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, successfully passing the first two stages of the competition. The song, established in the World category, has already been awarded the Grand Prize and the Lennon Award, and is now awaiting the judge's decision in July for the undisputed 'Song of the Year' spot. I am super proud of this achievement and incredibly grateful for the people who voted and made it possible for Another Sky to get this far! Now on to the home stretch!
Just returned to New York City from a pretty hectic but rewarding trip to Dominican Republic with Valentina Blú. Our goal was to visit for a couple of weeks to promote the music that we've been collaborating on, and to present the dominican crowd, my people, with innovative musical flavors. Our itinerary included promotional radio/TV interviews, as well as concerts in two different cities: Santo Domingo and Bávaro. Take a look below to get better picture of our awesome trip!
CAMDEN PARLOUR, SANTO DOMINGO
Back in August, Valentina Blú and I entered the Independent Music Awards with our latest release "Another Sky". Out of the pool of genres for which bands can submit their material in, our song was successfully nominated in the World Beat category, with the award ceremony taking place on November 12, 2016.
This year's event was held at the David Rubenstein Atrium of the Lincoln Center in New York, which comprised a day long program of talks, live music, and nominations. I must say that the live music was one of my favorite parts of the evening, showcasing beautiful performances by Jonah Smith, The Alternate Routes, Seth Glier, Sofia Rei, and The Le Boeuf Brothers.
The winners were presented in 'blocks' of similar categories throughout the day, and finally, the time came for the winners of our block to be announced. Since I consider the 'World Beat' genre to be so broad and ambiguous, and given the musical variety of the rest of the nominees in our bracket, my expectations weren't very high, but I could still feel the anxiety and excitement of maybe, just maybe, being picked for the number one spot...
...and so it happened! Another Sky by Valentina Blú was declared the winner of the 15th Independent Music Awards in the World Beat - Song category. I am incredibly grateful for the appreciation and recognition that this song, this labor of love, has acquired; and this certificate only means more fuel to keep on working and thriving as an artist. Here's to many more...
Another Sky, the latest single by Italian singer-songwriter Valentina Blú, is out now! This was an interesting and challenging project to produce, as both of us were looking to incorporate the rhythms that make us move (brought to you by the banging of Congas, Djembes, Timbau, Alegre, Darbuka, and other minor percussion) into a contemporary pop/electronic music setting.
Synths and sound design were no strangers to the composition: shy and mellow sounds woven into the foundation of the verses, wobbly synths offered as transitional elements between sections, or exploding leads at full force in the choruses. The idea of including a group of people shouting the tag in the chorus was meant to match intensity, while the italian bridge section is a peak into Valentina Blú's native language.
The final product was definitely a marriage of the many aspects of my musical journey; the rhythms, the drums, the engineering, the synth work, the post production, the contour of the piece, and so forth... A very rewarding experience to be able to put everything together into what I think is a cohesive production. Hope you enjoy.