A few days ago there was the Billboard Interview with Ignazio, I will translate roughly for you.

Initial greetings.

At the beginning they talk about the video of “VIVO PER LEI” that Ignazio made the day before (and which I will post after the interview).

Stefano asks Ignazio how he spends his days and Ignazio shows an overview of his small studio where he plays and where he can record, and where he also has a speed simulator for virtual racing with cars.

Stefano asks if when Ignazio was in Indianapolis he tried the race with the cars, but Ignazio says that when they are on tour they avoid any kind of danger, because they must be responsible.

The game begins, of Italian pop songs, sung in a lyrical tone, also done with Gian and Piero, and Ignazio admits, sincerely, that he has not seen their connections with Billboard.

Greet the fans connected by:
Brazil, El Salvador, Bulgaria, Colombia, Argentina.

Stefano asks to sing two verses of a success of Il Volo and Ignazio sings “The Best Day of My Life”.

Ignazio says that often he forgets the words of the songs before the concerts. Stefano says if they use the teleprompter in concert, and Ignazio says absolutely not. But he says that when he goes on stage, immediately all the lyrics of the songs come back to him.

So Stefano immediately brings up the story of the song “Tous les Visage de Amour” whose words they had forgotten, but Ignazio says that he had remembered his part, when instead he had to sing Piero, he remembered nothing and he continued to say the same sentence, then Gianluca had to sing and he too did not remember and then he passed the microphone to Ignazio, but Ignazio did not know the words that Gian had to sing, in short, all laughing!

Stefano asks the time they were more embarrassed at a dinner (he wants to understand if Ignazio will say the same things already said by Gian and Piero). Eventually Ignazio says they were young and still didn’t know each other well, and he and Gianluca had had a squabble, and so Gian threw the fish into the air.

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Live questions begin.

A fan asks how she feels about singing songs by important artists such as Mia Martini, Mina, Battisti (Italian singers).

Ignazio says he paid tribute to Mia Martini (Almeno tu nell’Universo) because he saw the story about the life of the singer and wanted to remember it, and for him it was a great honor.

Ignazio also says that his first tribute was for Pino Daniele whom he greatly admires.

Another fan asks what nationality the most affectionate fans are in the world.

Ignazio replies that they are all affectionate, maybe there are people of some nationalities who are temperamentally inclined to do more absurd things, like chasing their cars.

Then he says that a love relationship is created between the fan and the artist even without knowing each other and he says that during concerts, wherever they are they have so much affection.

Then Ignazio compares the behavior of French fans, like girls from northern Italy and girls from Brazil like girls from southern Italy.

A girl asks what madness he would do for a woman.

Ignazio admits that he made many, because he is a very romantic type. He says he has traveled many miles for a woman and that he likes to see the smile on the woman’s face, for what he has given her. He likes to make the other person happy.

Stefano asks if he likes romantic films and Ignazio says that his favorite is Ghost and then he likes Titanic.

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Another fan asks Ignazio what he likes to cook.

He replies that he likes to invent in the kitchen, but when friends are around, he prefers sushi or pizza.

Another question, Ignazio is asked what TV series he is watching

He replies “Game of Thrones”.
Stefano asks if he is also a Harry Potter lover and he confirms and says that he bought the whole series and saw it in two and a half days.

Then he asks Ignazio for a cartoon that he watched as a child and Ignazio answers “Spirit” (it’s a wild horse) and then Pokemon and Dragon Ball.

A question, asks him why he became vegan.

Ignazio replies that he does not do it only for animals, even if he loves them very much, but because he has seen that it is actually a healthier eating, and therefore it is also a personal thing.

Another question, which character of a musical work or play would he like to be.

Ignazio answers Rodolfo of la Boheme.

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A good question: Stefano asks Ignazio for a quality and a defect of Gianluca and Piero.

Ignazio immediately says that the three of them complete each other, because Piero is very good in public relations and often makes meetings with Torpedine.

Gianluca has great intuitions with the musical choices. Ignazio is interested in the study-music part. However Ignazio says that every decision they make, they do it together and for the good of the group, he also says that Torpedine taught them, first of all, to manage themselves.

Ignazio doesn’t want to say flaws, on the contrary he says a beautiful phrase “Love me with my strengths and live with my flaws.”

Stefano asks if Ignazio has tattoos and he replies as many as 13, the first did it at 17, and is on the wrist, has tattooed the wind rose but on the tips he has put the initial of his family, because wherever he goes he always remembers his important point of reference, his family.

The fans’ questions continue.

What would he change about himself.

Many things, but in particular the fact that he does not have half measures, if he starts something he wants to complete it at all costs, even if physically he is tired, but he cannot postpone and finish later.

The best moments spent in Latin America.

In addition to the concerts, traveling from one place to another, because we created a very nice group with the troupe and they all had a lot of fun together.

What gives you the charge before a concert?

Before a concert he is very relaxed, then as soon as he goes on stage, he gets a lot of adrenaline.

With which international singer would you like to duet?

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, among males, Ed Sheeran and John Mayer.
Ignazio says that in Los Angeles they met John Mayer, he is a very funny and special person.

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Stefano asks Ignazio to give everyone the message of staying at home and Ignazio says it is time to be responsible to others so we must stay at home, above all to save others. We must be responsible and valid for the whole world, because the virus is a worldwide problem.

It is a difficult time for everyone.

Ignazio says he has prepared two short songs and Stefano tells him to sing them.

Ignazio performs on guitar: “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

At the end of the song, Stefano invites Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca to Billboard’s birthday, then asks Ignazio to show how he washes his hands, performing a song and he does it humming “Fatti mandare dalla mamma” (an old Italian song from the 60’s).

So Ignazio sings “Halleluia”.

Stefano thanks Ignazio so much for his skill and availability.

Final goodbyes.

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This is the video Ignazio and Stefano talk about at the beginning.

Ignazio sings “VIVO PER LEI”, with the duo of comedians from “I soldi spicci”.

Very nice. 😁

Well Ignazio, you gave some nice answers, and you revealed some sides of your romantic character.

You always give a lot of fun and you can give the impression of a light-hearted and thoughtless boy. Instead prove that you are a mature man and with your family in your heart.

A great gift.

Thanks:  Daniela



Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

43 thoughts on “BILLBOARD ITALIA CALLS IGNAZIO by Daniela”

  1. Thank you, Daniela! This really made my day! What a beautiful guy in EVERY respect! Ignazio is the absolute BEST!

  2. Thank you Daniela,
    Ignazio seems to thrive and also be so creative during during his
    time at home. He physically looks both healthy and content and
    happy to share on social which is a gift to us.
    I’m in the middle of plans to come to Verona and Taormina shows.
    Do you think things will be better then ?
    ( I’m sure everyone is wondering,,,,what do you think?)
    Thanks again for your hard work in keeping us connected.

      1. RoseMarie, we have three rare pearls, and Ignazio is one of them.
        They give us magnificent voices but also a lot of education, kindness, love of neighbor … truly rare pearls.

  3. Daniela, Here we are at wise again and he is only 25. “Love me with my strengths and live with my flaws”. An interview that is so well rounded. I really enjoyed hearing this side of him. Rightfully we hear his voice and lightheartedness, but this home bound situation lets us see other parts of him and his reaching out to us, his fans. Just think, only 25.

    1. Kay, that phrase encompasses all Ignatius’ personality.
      It is true, this quarantine has allowed us to have many connections with our children, and has allowed us to be able to see them even in the intimacy of their homes.

  4. I just finished watching the concert and it was so extraordinary at IL Volo Arena… looked to me like every seat was filled. My first venture into knowing about IL Volo was right here Daniela and I was made to feel welcomed and I stayed for a long time then ventured out to other sites. They all promote IL Volo. I met them in Arizona and I can tell you they are very sweet and mannerly and then I got my picture taken with them and that is a treasure I will cherish for the rest of my days. I hope I go to heaven and my guys are there singing up a storm. I think God will make them angels to entertain us. I absolutely adore them and love all three. I pray my health stays and I would love to come to Italy and see where they live and maybe see them. Would be nice to meet you too , but at my age I will just take things as they come. Right now the Corona Virus is a scare and looks very serious. I’ll say g’night and the concert was beyond special. I do love “my guys” somethin about my guys!

    1. Sassylady, I’m glad you enjoyed the concert, even if it’s 5 years ago.
      The Arena was full of people that evening. I already have tickets for the concert at the end of August, always at the Arena, I hope that for that period, everything is in place and the virus is no longer a problem.
      I believe Il Volo is a group that has more fan pages in the world.

  5. Daniela, I appreciated this so much–thank you, thank you! It was such a nice interview—Ignazio is so animated and expressive. And I loved the photos and drawings as well. And since I feel that Ignazio is almost as much an actor as a singer, I think he would be absolutely wonderful as Rodolfo in “La Boheme”.

  6. Daniela, thanks for another great Interview translation. It was nice to learn more about Ignazio.

  7. What a comfort! Dear Daniela, I am probably grateful for the translation of the regular materials for our boys! Ignatius is always artistic, but with a small soul. LOVE !!!

  8. What a pleasure to read and watch the wonderful artistic Ignacio! His soul is deep, beautiful! Thank you, Daniela! You do so much for us !!!

    1. Ahtohena, I’m really happy that you liked the interview and thank you very much for the compliments.
      Ignazio is…………ignazio !!

  9. Damiela, thank you for posting Ignazio’s Billboard interview. The drawings were magnificent, and so were the videos.

    Ignazio answered Stefano’s questions with words that came from his heart and soul–so honestly. I could almost hear him speaking as I picture him, a loving, kind wonderful young man with so many future aspirations that I have no doubt will come true. He would be an outstanding Rodolfo in “La Bohemme.”

    I admire how honest he was about sometimes forgetting the lyrics before a concert, but once he gets on the stage he remembers them.
    I also got the impression that if ever they would have to help each other out, they would–what a warm, true friendship Ignazio shares with Gian and Piero, and it seems they are truly “brothers.” Always having each other’s back, as we say in America.

    Ignazio has a funny side and a serious side–perfect combination is what makes him so special
    I agree that eating vegan is healthy. I have tried to stick to a vegan, gluten-free diet.

    Their bond will never be broken, and putting family first is a precious
    thing–not many families stay close.

    I truly hope you will get to see them at their concerts in Italy. I hope the virus would just go away. God will see us through this, I believe He will.

    Please tell the guys I love them, I care about them and I admire each one of them for everything they are and for their music that touches me and enlightens me. I wish I could give each one a big hug!

    With my loyal devotion and love,

    God Bless Il Volo. God Bless Us All.

    Elisa Marie from New York

  10. P.S. to my above post about Ignazio’s Billboard interview:

    I forgot to also mention–Ignazio’s rendition of Halleluja, playing his guitar was angelical. And Gianluca’s Vivo per Lei is so romantic.

    Also. Ignazio: I too love the movies. “GHOST” and “TITANIC.”

    And Piero, you are so sweet with a gorgeous smile. I have a collection of eyeglasses just like yours.

    Grazie, God Bless You and I love Il Volo.

    Lots of hugs,
    Elisa Marie – New York

    1. Well, Elisa Marie, I would say that you liked all the answers of this interview.
      I wanted to remind you that several times during the concerts the guys helped each other in case of need.
      I remember the video of Luna Escondida, Gianluca forgets the words and does not sing, and Ignazio helps and embraces him. Too good that moment, here it is.

      1. Thank you Daniela for the translation of this interview and for the video of Ignazio helping Gianluca. I never saw this video before and it pretty much shows what everyone has said about Ignazio. He has such a kind and tender heart. It reminds me of the lovely video he made and played at RCMH after the difficulty he had in Miami. It was so touching and so beautiful! I do hope you and anyone who has concert tickets will be able to see Il Volo in Italy.

      2. Margaret, every time I see the video after Miami, and this one from Luna Escondida too, my heart swells with pride.

  11. 58 Daniela

    Thank you for sending me the link to the Youtube of the 2013 Il Volo concert in Argentina where Ignazio stepped up in a sweet way when Gianluca did not remember the words–words that were in Spanish.
    That is so wonderful about these young men who as we say in America
    “I’ve got your back.”

    They were singing at so many concerts and I give them credit for not only remembering the lyrics singing them in Italian, Spanish and other languages. They do what most singers and bands “cover up” with loud instruments, etc. Il Volo concerts are spectacular.
    In my honest opinion NO ONE TOPS IL VOLO.

    Also, may I say I watch everyday on American TV, President Trump’s COVID19 task force conferences, and our President always says he hopes Italy will ask him for his help should Italy need it, our President is READY TO HELP ITALY IN ANY WAY. He loves Italy. I wish Italy could watch these conferences. Our doctors, scientists, EMS, police, firemen, FEMA, our military, and state Governors are doing their best to fight this virus. Our guidelines are working to stem the curve. We have tests, and after the people get well, we have an antibody test to see that the people have immunity to the virus. We have new medications being developed and hopefully a vaccine against the virus. is is now in clinical trials. It takes time.

    Please, Daniela, if you can post this, I’d appreciate it

    We love Italy and all nations who are suffering, and America wants to help with any advice, etc.

    Thank you, Daniela and God bless you.

    Elisa Marie – New York

    1. Elisa, American news also arrives here and we have repeatedly heard your president speak fondly of our country. In addition, a lot of help has come from you, including a field hospital that was put in Cremona, a town between Bergamo and Brescia. Here is the statement from our Ministry of Defense that talks about this. We all have to thank the US too.
      Now you are in the middle of the emergency, a big hug comes from all over Italy.'s-purse-dona-ospedale-da-campo-Cremona.aspx

  12. This is wonderful, thank you so much , he is so gorgeous in every way.
    The artwork is also fantastic xx

  13. Thanks Daniela. As always you did a great job. “MY BOY” juts amazes me. He never stops working to compose and I hope that we could hear the boys sing one of his songs one day soon.

  14. What a great interview and translation. Thank you so much. Ignazio is someone very special — a wonderful combination of depth and levity, heart and head, Besides his musical talent and splendid voice he is obviously very intelligent and kind and has a great sense of humor. I especially like his artistic curiosity and willingness to experiment and try new things, That takes courage when you are a star and have to mind your image. His love and affection for both his home family and stage family is also admirable. What a fine human being. Thanks again for your work on this.

      1. Thanks Rose Marie. He is much more than a voice, isn’t he? I am always surprised by how much I am touched by his music, his presence. He has a unique ability to emote… to connect.

    1. Nancy, there is no doubt, Ignazio is a beautiful person, inside and out, and we know it well.
      On Monday evening, he will be live by Red Ronnie, just him.

  15. Thanks for the heads up about his being on Red Ronnie. I will look for it. Best wishes to you, Rose Marie..

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