Elodia Agostini came to Los Angles from Italy to score a film, just like Hans Zimmer came from Germany and went on to score many an Oscar-winning soundtracks. It’s countdown to Oscar night and it is just as good a time as any to introduce you to Elodia who has just completed her first album. It is funny how the world works, Elodia provided this interview while on a flight to Asia, and now here I am posting this interview while in Japan, where I have been scoping out The Rolling Stones and filming around them for David Bowie Is Around The World. Music is key to films, tonight you will see many singers, bands showcasing their work at the Oscars. We all start some place and for many its to have an album completed. Here in her own words, pure, truthful and raw is the interview with a talented artist and my dear friend, Elodia.
1- How did the process on your first album begin?
It begun when I was 14 years old actually. I had the idea and the strong will to make a rock album that would contain sounds from all over the world. I always considered myself as the “daughter of the world”, so in my mind the vision has been always very clear. I didn’t find anyone who was willing to believe and support it tho, till a couple of years ago, when I left the idea of always depending on a music producer’ vision of me and I’ve got the lead: I became my producer! I looked around for a co/writer, ’cause I believe, sharing visions and experiences brings out the best, sometimes, in order to fully express the need of your soul. I believe, making an album is nothing but create a dimension in which you communicate in the best way with others and with your own self, so to fully experience the journey. And I found my awesome co/writer, the Italian producer/composer and guitar player Dario Forzato. He was very enthusiast at the idea of creating something different and experiencing, session by session, new sounds so to mix&melt them with who we used to be as artists as well as humans till that point. So the process started…
2- What roadblocks, if any, did you experience making the album?
I’d answer that with one word: LIFE. I decided to open myself completely in order to make the music flow through this new work and, believe me, it ain’t been easy all the time. Sometimes, there’s a huge discrepancy between what we think we live and what we really carry onto our souls, so the process to disconnect the Ego and go to the Essence requires Patience, Introspection and Courage. You’re looking in a mirror that you don’t wanna look at all the time. That’s why I’m so really grateful to have had the chance to go through it. Also, as an independent artist, it wasn’t easy, at first, finding the financial support that I needed for my music. The more we were composing and arranging, the more the project become important and in need of proper finances. I found strong support tho and I made it happen in the very best way possible. We’ve been in pre production for 9 months ( yes, exactly like a baby lol ), than got the chance to record it at a wonderful facility called The Audio Labs in Glendale, California where the owner is one of the most amazing artist/producer/engineer ( and anything else ) in Los Angeles, Mr. James Saez. I must say, he really encouraged me to step outside of the box… Of course this reflected also on my personal life. He believed, with this work, we really had the chance to create something new and original, to unveil the needs of my soul. So I jumped and I found the right inspiration!
3- The vibe of the album… how would you describe it in your words?
The album sounds really adventurous, I’d say lol You can expect to see a tiger coming out of somewhere, sooner or later lol At first, one doesn’t really know what to expect: it’s pretty sassy. I wanted to tell people what I feel about myself: I feel, I don’t like to follow the standards, but I love and I live to experience, (as I always say), in a totally independent/sassy-mode. It has sounds from Bali, or India, till Spain and its Flamenco melt into an aggressive, yet melodic rock. That is me. I’m the sum of different cultures that are all part of who I am today. I’m Italian but my ancestors came from Bali, Indonesia and from the Native Tribes here in America. Definitely, my music is who I am! 🙂
4- Many artists experience personal growth or development with their first album. Did this happen with you?
Definitely, as I mentioned before, it has been a real process on the path as an artist as well as a woman. I know myself better now, I have no fears to chase the unknown, I know everything we experience happens cause we need to understand our purpose here on Earth and I accepted. I know better how to let go of certain situations and/or people cause I’ve respect for myself. Making an album is empowering in the very best exception of it. To undress in front of your own self first and to the people you’ll reach, takes courage cause it’s very intimate. I loved it and I’m ready to do it over and over. The album is called “The Secret of Life” and it totally reflected the spirit of the work I was going to do. I saw myself for the whole being we all are: Human&Divine (as the lyrics say) … there’s no difference in between cause we are drops of God (in any possible way you can conceive the Divine Presence).
5- You are on your way to Hong Kong. Are you on a mission of discover or just pleasure?
I’m on a flight now, answering to this interview, with a huge smile ON, on a mission of discover, promote and have pleasure to live the vibe of Hong Kong! My agent and I had the chance to get in touch with radios, magazines and tour bookers there. I believe, the Chinese/Asian market is becoming really preponderant on the worldwide music scene. They offer tools and financial support to the artists the way it was 30-40 years ago here in the US. They are open to listen and to invest. I like to make choices and to have chances. I feel a little overwhelmed by the western markets, like there’s no chance and no space, so I don’t really mind to explore other options. Any form of art belongs to whom is open to accept it, believe in it and support it. I’m just the tool who brought it on Earth in form of music so I want to give it back where there’s the right space for it.
6- How do you personally feel now that you launched the album and what do you consider as your future plans?
I feel confident and really happy about the results we’re achieving. This album blessed me every single day, since the start. It brought me introspection and growth, distribution under a Label ( Inspire U Records, based in Venice, California), and opened up for me the way to the ancient Silk Road, “just” to start! Future plans?! The sky is NOT the limit! Lol I’ve collaborations coming up with artists from all over the world, a tour to plan for sure, music placements, and so much more! I’ll really enjoy the ride, looking at the way the destiny of my music career unfolds before me!
“The Secret of Life” by Elodia is available on iTunes, worldwide.