Today I have another translation for you. This one is courtesy of LP UK Official Fanclub, who translated the interview with LP that appeared at online magazine: Corriere.it. Just bear in mind that this interview was originally conducted in English, then translated into Italian and then back into English, so for sure it’s not exactly what LP said at that time, but I think they did a really great job and that is the closest we will ever get.
La cantante Usa Pergolizzi: «Sul palco non mi sento né donna né uomo»
The USA singer Pergolizzi: «On stage I don’t feel neither a woman or a man»
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“I admire many people, I’m inspired by few” says Laura Pergolizzi better known as LP, the Italian-American singer songwriter with the androgynous look who achieved much success with “Lost on You”, more than 50 million views on the Internet and reaching top of the charts around half the globe. Her style has been compared to David Bowie and Bob Dylan.
She laughs ” I’m honoured. With Dylan I have in common my pale skin and curls. I’m not sure if it’s rock’n’roll, but I groom my hair like this because it’s the only way I like it. David Bowie was a revelation. I saw him in 2000 at Hyde Park, London. Nobody embodies like him both the male and feminine gender in such a sophisticated manner. He was a tornado of energy. I don’t try to be a man nor a woman: I feel inside of me this duality, aspects that each of us has inside, which is very powerful. I like it when an artist is able to demonstrate both these sides. Like Mick Jagger who whether in his private life or on stage, shows us who he really is, he doesn’t care what others think of him. He is an example to those who don’t have the courage to show their real selves.”
LP is again on the road: her new tour starts on 26 June in Rome for the ‘Summer Fest’ and ends on 18 July in Zafferana Etnea (Catania). In between are dates in Ancona, Merano, Nichelino (Torino), Pavia and Padova.
“Those will be different concerts to last year, with more visuals, I will sing the old songs and the new ones from the next album which won’t be out before the end of the year.”
Do you feel pressure after the success of “Lost on You”?
“No, I don’t write for the charts nor to be repetitive. I wasn’t expecting the clamour. I was lucky because my new record label, a small record company, allowed me to add a new touch to my new album. No major record label would have allowed that and Lost on You would have remained unheard of. It’s the negative side of the business.”
You write about your life in your songs, will it continue with the next album?
“ Yes, but it won’t be a happy album, notwithstanding that 2017 was a fantastic year. My work has given me many satisfactions, I’ve really enjoyed myself. But I’ve had difficult relationships including friendships. Down to the distances, physical and mental. I’ve lived in a bubble. I have a reputation of being a happy person and it’s true. But I’m a human being imperfect like everyone else, with my fragility, my highs and lows….I’m an artist, I have to live with my sensitivity.”
For a while you wrote songs for Backstreet Boys, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera. Was that frustrating?
“My first two records on major labels didn’t do too well and I became a writer to make a living and to stay in the music world, even if I wasn’t the main artist. I was resigned but I wasn’t frustrated. I liked staying away from the spotlight, not being subjected to peoples judgement.”
You have Sicilian and Napoletan grandparents, what’s your relationship with your roots?
“At home they spoke in dialect or English. I love my origins, I’d love to spend more time in Italy to get to know it better. A friend of mine told me she learnt English listening to songs, maybe I should do the same!”
You are Italo-American like Madonna & Lady Gaga.
«Oh my God, I adore them! I daren’t compare myself with them. Even today it’s difficult to appreciate the impact Madonna had when she appeared on the music scene. She was extraordinary with her costumes, her songs, the provocations. Lady Gaga is an artist with such a huge talent that she makes others seem small. She can allow herself to be compared with the greats without seeming out of place. Her duets with Tony Bennett are perfect. The Italo-Americans are seriously great!”
A year ago you got engaged to Lauren Ruth Ward. Did you get married?
“Its a long engagement, we’re looking for security (safety) in each other and on a practical level we are looking at important details: the party, the location. For now there is no date. Maybe next year. In the meantime we’ve moved to a new home. We used to live in rented accommodation.”
You were on Maria De Filippi and X Factor. What do you think of talent shows?
“They are useful for kids that want to join this industry. Maybe not always for their musical talent but for creating an image. The TV is very powerful. But this industry is very difficult and competitive. In addition to talent you need to be strong, determined and need a bit of luck, you need to understand that talent is just the starting point and the goal to be reached is far far away.”
Thank you so much for translating that interview for us!!