The interview begins as if Assante were a teacher and Piero. Ignazio and Gianluca, his students.
Assante = Gentlemen, what subjects of study did you bring?
Piero = Mathematics
Ignazio = Physical education (gymnastics)
Gian = I geography.
Assante = None of you brings singing, of course, because IL VOLO, which we have here today with us, does not sing.
You have gathered together, to do something else, tell the truth.
Piero= Today we do something else, he cooks (Gian), he tastes (Ignazio) and I buy the food.
Assante = The new album which is called MUSICA, a challenging title, because “music” means many things.
For you three, for each of you three, music, what is it?
Piero= It’s our life, we chose this name for the CD, without any presumption …..
Ignazio= But it speaks for you, because he has asked, “For each of you, what is it”.
Piero= For me, music is the only thing I can do, maybe I was born and I hope to live all my life for music.
Ignazio= I am sincere, I as a child, I did not pursue the dream of becoming a singer or a musician, I did not have the thought of being born to be a singer. I always enjoyed doing a little bit of everything, playing soccer, tennis, doing everything. I was lucky enough to get interested in music, at a certain point, and to make it the daily bread of my life.
Assante = And so it remained, the daily bread …. and for you (to Gian)
Gian= I’d like to become a musician.
Assante = So I can ask a more specific question, beyond the work you do, beyond the commitment, the music remains your main interest?
Gian= My dream is to start writing music, songs, I do not play an instrument, I’m the only one who does not play an instrument.
Piero = But music is not an interest, we need music.
Assante = Of course, I understand that, you need to sing, above all.
Gian= To sing, absolutely, but I want to learn how to play the piano, and I’ll do it, I’ll have to abandon laziness.
Ignazio= If we do the calculation, that the driving license has taken him six years, we still have time.
Assante = The experience of Sanremo, however, has presented another aspect of your “being a trio”, each with its own personality, a different way of singing, you are a little freed from the scheme of IL VOLO.
Gian= We say that we cannot change what IL VOLO is, but we can bring out the personalities of each of us, who have not yet come out completely, so from this CD MUSICA, this path of slight change has begun towards what are also our personal tastes, to make them reflected also in the songs of IL VOLO.
Assante = The tour that is about to start, as usual, you will be around the world. What experience is at your age, having seen so many different audiences, so many different cultures, and everyone appreciates something very Italian like the one you do?
Piero= Surely, travels, concerts and getting to know many people, makes you grow a lot and understand many things. Each concert is a story to be lived and told, for us that this year we celebrate 10 years, we could not celebrate them without concerts, so it will be two years of tour, of course we will return to the city where we have been several times, but it will always be a new experience, we must repeat ourselves and this is our goal.
Assante = What do you like about Italy that you carry around?
Ignazio= The beautiful melody for sure.
Gian= The classical repertoire. In fact, when we return to Japan, or even to the United States, they require a certain type of repertoire.
We have got a tribute to the three tenors, with Placido Domingo, for example we will soon go to Japan, this year and we will return with that kind of repertoire and we will do about 6/7 concerts throughout the territory of Japan.
Gian= So, it depends, sometimes you have to travel on two different tracks, maybe in Italy, you can not always do the classic repertoire, here you can allow to record new songs, unpublished, that maybe have a different path, in radio, that in Japan they would not transmit.
Ignazio= It is not to criticize what our colleagues do, but unfortunately in Italy, but a little in the panorama of music in general, we are losing a little, that which is the true melody. In the songs now, there is no real melody, it’s all based on the production, the sounds. Instead it is this that we like to carry around the world, the melody.
Assante = Is there something you missed or miss?
Ignazio= It is normal that we have not made the life of any fifteen year old, or even twenty years old.
But it was nice, because we skipped a few stages, which came back also useful to jump, because we grew up quickly and we see things differently from the boys of our age.
Gian= Take it the other way around, if we had not done this life, we would have lost a lot of things, so in the end we have more earned than lost.
Piero= The only thing that perhaps is missing is the fact of waking up in the morning more carefree, with less responsibility.
Assante = Responsibilities, you certainly have them.
Gian= Even if sooner or later, when you become an adult, your responsibilities are always there.
Still many beautiful questions and answers that make us discover deeper and deeper, who are Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, and what we discover, we do not mind at all !!