With her swooning, lilting melodies Violetta Zironi crafts a sound that feels at once nostalgic, timeless, and undeniably charming. Currently on a European tour with a date at St Pancras Old Church next week, Zironi shares five tracks that have inspired and influenced her.
Last November she released the dreamy ‘Hungry To Kill’, channelling elegant French-noir amidst resplendent, sun-kissed melodies and velvety vocals interwoven with a dark undercurrent. Plus there’s a suitably charming video to accompany. With her debut album coming imminently, ‘Hungry to Kill’ certainly demonstrates the Italian-born musician’s songwriting prowess and will be a treat to witness in the atmospheric setting of St Pancras Old Church.
Ahead of her London show, get to know some of the songs that have influenced Violetta Zironi…
Ennio Morricone – Metti Una Sera a Cena
This piece by Ennio Morricone is taken from the soundtrack of an incredible Italian film, Metti Una Sera a Cena. The film itself is quite dark and intriguing, and so is the piece. It was very inspiring for my song ‘Hungry To Kill’. I love when my arrangements and my songs trigger a vibe, an atmosphere, a light, or even a colour. And when I hear this piece I see yellow, light green and orange, summery colours full of irony and subtext.
Patty Pravo – La Bambola
I love this song by Patty Pravo. The lyrics are quite desperate, although the song itself is quite uplifting. It became a classic in Italy and its very well-known abroad as well. I am really into the galloping rhythm and the ins and outs of the string features. Also very inspiring for me when I write songs.
Jean-Jacques Perrey – Little Ships
This track from Jean Jaques Perreys is one of the most fun things I’ve ever heard. He was one of the first to use synthesisers back in the 60s and made a track that almost sounds like a video game soundtrack. It’s just a lot of fun to listen to and I can also hear the french influence which I very much appreciate.
Sophie Meiers – Sincerely Yours
I am a big fan of pairing up retro melodies and voices with modern sounds. Because I feel like melodies that are written like they could be from 50 years ago are the best, and if put them together with more contemporary, smart instrumentation they just win. So this song from Sophie Meiers represents exactly that in my opinion. It has an undeniable vintage vibe, but it’s groovy as anything.
RJD2 – A Beautiful Mine
This track was also very inspiring for me and my producer, Alessandro Magnanini, when it came to arranging my last single ‘Hungry To Kill’. It sounds like it’s real instruments, but actually it’s all samples, and it’s a lot of fun, it makes you wanna dance, and at the same time is quite creepy and disturbing. For me at least. In fact, it was used as the main soundtrack for Mad Men, the series. Which is pretty dramatic. I love pieces of music that trigger a narration and I think all of these tracks really really do.
Violetta Zironi plays St Pancras Old Church on Wednesday 19th February, tickets here.