"You are Always a Work of Art" / Chatting Inspiration & Mood with Alessandro Valente
I came across Alessandro while stepping out of a store in London. When I heard his music, I chose to stop my autopilot of going from point A to point B and appreciate that moment. After we connected, I looked through his Instagram profile and a caption stayed with me:
“WHEN PEOPLE STOP BY AND SHARE A MOMENT OF THEIR LIVES WITH ME AND MY MUSIC, ALL THE NOISES OF THE STREET FADE OUT, DISAPPEAR FOR A SECOND, AND WE CAN FOCUS ON THE PRESENT. TOGETHER”.
How often do you catch yourself focusing on the moment like that… And how often are you on auto-pilot?
“My overall message is to pay attention to what surrounds you. People, buildings, nature, the sky...
I play music on the streets and it's interesting to observe people and notice how they look around: the stressed ones look at the pavement, others look at the sky and take it all in... In fact, when you look at the sky, your problems are nothing. Even if you think your problems are covering you, the sky covers your problems!
When I play, I focus on those who stare at me to connect over my music rather than just see me, because they are in the present.
I reached a turning point two years ago after quitting my studies in Italy to come here, focus on music and discover my artistic self.
After having had a rough patch, I started to see life as a roller coaster. Imagine you run in a field and fall in a black hole: you have to discover what's around you in the dark and find the tools to climb back up.
It doesn't mean you can never fall in another hole again, it's a continuum, but at least you have the tools.
Since happiness is beautiful but not constant, you need those flows to appreciate it through contrasts, and for me as a writer, to have something to write about.
I want my music to reflect that. I also see it as a sort of meditation because when I play, I tend to be elsewhere, in another state of mind, focused on the performance, attuned.
I originally challenged myself to perform on the streets because I was afraid of people’s opinions, so I decided to play every day until I’d stop caring. I noticed that the more confident I was playing the exact same songs, the more successful I would be. That’s why I think looking inward is so important for an artist.
Another beautiful thing I attach to music is its connection with nature. My guitar is a piece of wood, so from my perspective, I am playing a tree and the tree is playing me! It’s a relationship. Everything is musical in nature, it’s doing sounds. Birds are singing, workers on the streets, we just have to listen.
When we met, I was playing “Winter is coming” which will be my first release from an EP called "O", that is about the flow of seasons and how it mirrors the circle of life. This song is about taking action and "climbing up the hole" or in other words, facing mountains.
What inspires me is the way I chose to react to pain and find my ways out and I translate it into emotions. This perspective is what defines my lyrics in general and the reason I write about positive things.
If you truly pay attention at the beauty that surrounds you, you can chose to see art everywhere, anywhere, within others and within you.