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Fil Bo Riva discusses his new album, 'Beautiful Sadness', sustainability and sincerity as a young musician in the industry.

Despite the up-beat acoustic ener­gy of his gui­tar play­ing, Fil Bo Riva’s lyrics tell a some­what melan­cholic sto­ry, mak­ing him an artist whose sound can­not be con­fined to one par­tic­u­lar genre or speed. This is an artist who defies expec­ta­tions. At oth­er times, his rasp­ing, emo­tion­al­ly heavy cries that dwell on lost loves and bud­ding fas­ci­na­tions are shel­tered by the lulling strums of his gui­tar, which serve to carve out a raw and emo­tion­al­ly exposed sound. It seems that Beau­ti­ful Sad­ness’ is not only a chance for the young artist to musi­cal­ly exper­i­ment but also to tru­ly express him­self, this is an album that may as well be an open book, a diary so to speak, offer­ing fans a chance to divulge into a mind that is per­haps, sim­i­lar­ly to their own, tor­ment­ed by the pres­sures and pos­si­bil­i­ties of young love. We sat down to dis­cuss this with the bud­ding star and get his per­spec­tives on music-indus­try pres­sures and his respon­si­bil­i­ties since he has become part of it.

Your lat­est album is called Beau­ti­ful Sad­ness’ – what was your cre­ative process and what brought you to its title?

The cre­ative process behind the album start­ed around 2017. I’d been writ­ing songs my whole life but at that time I had start­ed con­cen­trat­ing more on the writ­ing; on the lit­tle details. It was a time of find­ing myself and there­fore uncov­er­ing the right musi­cal style. The con­cept around it devel­oped after a while…I noticed that most of my lyrics and melodies were quite melan­choly so I start­ed to look for an album title that placed this kind of mood under one roof. I had loads of dif­fer­ent titles which I wasn’t 100% hap­py with so I start­ed going through the lyrics of the tracks I had already fin­ished. I came across the phrase beau­ti­ful sad­ness, sim­ple words” in the song L’over and that imme­di­ate­ly got me. Final­ly every­thing made sense and the album came to a close!

What do you want peo­ple to think or feel when they lis­ten to your music?

I want the peo­ple to dive into my music. I want them to sit down and just soak up every­thing. I want them to find and dis­cov­er new emo­tions with and through my songs.


Where do you see your­self in ten years time?

I think that’s hard to say because in my case I see a lot of dif­fer­ent things hap­pen­ing in the future. But an ide­al sce­nario would be to con­tin­ue my musi­cal career, record music for myself and oth­er artists, have a fam­i­ly and then be able to trav­el to many beau­ti­ful places.

You’re now enter­ing into one of the biggest indus­tries (music & enter­tain­ment) influ­enc­ing our envi­ron­ment – how do you bal­ance a com­mit­ment to tour­ing and per­form­ing live with the per­haps more uni­ver­sal duty to live in a way that’s envi­ron­men­tal­ly sustainable?

That’s some­thing I think about a lot. It might seem hard to do some­thing for the envi­ron­ment as a sin­gle per­son, but I believe that small and con­stant changes are what real­ly make a change in the long term. Edu­ca­tion through friends and strangers, spread­ing the word and try­ing to bring aware­ness to everybody’s own lit­tle world.

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08 Sep 2019 · neubau eyewear