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Musician Violetta Parisini "unreasonably optimistic"

Musician Violetta Parisini “unreasonably optimistic”

In “Unter Menschen” Parisini talks about universal feelings © APA / GEORG HOCHMUTH

Two years ago, Violetta Parisini made her first German-language music hit with the album “Alles Stays”. Pandemic later, there are now new songs by the Viennese singer-songwriter: For her EP “unter Menschen,” she “goed a level deeper,” she says in relation to the lyrics. First, she invented for herself a “new language”. “And as with language learning: now I can do it better,” the musician laughed.

It has helped her that she has also played a lot live in the past few months. “Then you feel very strongly how the words you utter or sing resonate with people,” Parisini said in an interview with APA. “You develop intuition, which helps you when writing new lyrics and songs.” It can take a long time from the initial idea to the final song, and sometimes drafts end up in the tray to be reviewed later. Ultimately, this work is “the interaction of conscious thoughts and intuition that forms as I do what I do.”

Parisini smiled that the fact that her songs, unlike her first two albums, which were released in English, can now be better deciphered by the public is quite “scary”. But what you reveal about yourself remains an ‘after’ question. “It is more about whether or not I will release a song. So far, however, it has not been the case that the song was too intense or intimate to be released.” A feeling that if I can’t honestly and honestly face the world to say what really moves me, then I don’t have to open my mouth.”

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The musician nodded his vulnerable feelings “universal.” “I really want to talk about them, even if they shake me.” This is also the case now with the five pieces of “Unter Menschen”. “Of course every life story is unique, but the emotions that move us are amazingly similar. I wanted to write songs that allow people to think without taking away their individuality. We are all so incredibly different and similar in our own that it’s scary—which can be incredibly different. It is also very beautiful, because it is comforting to know that other people can feel the way you do.”

Musically speaking, Violetta Baresini, who has had the support of her partner Sixtus Bris, has once again focused much more than on “everything stays”. Voice and piano form the basic structure, but chords and rhythm also play an important role in the steadily growing songs. “There is simply nothing missing,” said the musician, convinced of the final result. “You don’t have a feeling it’s gone down, the whole spectrum is there.” Numbers like “How are you listening” or “You haven’t slept yet” change to the finish from tapered singer-songwriters to great soul pieces. .

But what does the musician and lyricist, who also eloquently address to the fan community on his blog, do when the silence begins to speak? “I go looking for words because that’s my first expression. And at the same time I try not to say anything when I have nothing to say. Which is very difficult. I’m learning to keep quiet,” Parissini laughed. “If I don’t find the words, just shut up and think. Or follow. I think very emotional, that’s a true feeling too. It was special to me to find this German that I can sing now. These thoughts have emotional logic and therefore also poetry.”

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With the album Everything Stays, Parisini has had the worst possible time in 2020, as her album was released just a few days before her first strict shutdown. Hardly any offers were possible for months. “How many times have I sat there that year: Am I totally crazy to do this to myself? Why do I do this? Sometimes you doubt your own mind,” Parisini reflected, only to add with a laugh: “But I am unreasonably optimistic.” On November 25, she and her band will present the new songs at Wiener Sargfabrik. “Live play is the realization of everything I’ve done, written and planned.” Of course, concerts are intense too, “but it’s less stressful for me now because I’ve learned to channel those emotions better. I can handle it with more confidence, though I don’t really want to say that. But the ground I’m standing on is stronger.”

(Interview conducted by Christoph Gresner/APA)