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 Sept. 2019 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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