Nov 29, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Riccardo Perotti (E46)

About: Riccardo Perotti from Weston, USA

"RICCARDO PEROTTI is one of Ecuador's top contemporary artists. Not only has he sat comfortably at the #1 position in national radio charts for over 70 weeks since his first appearance in 1990, but has also written and conducted symphonic music, theatrical plays and award winning film scores, created ambitious multidisciplinary shows and produced the first and only rock festival inside the crater of a volcano!"

1). Do you have a phobia? If yes - what?

2). If you wouldn't have become an artist, what would you be?   
Always wanted to be a marine biologist, until I realized - in time- that, no matter what, I'd end up being a musician. So I went to music school instead (Berklee).

3). What is your "formula for success"?
15% inspiration, 35% discipline, 50% work.

4). If you had a chance to perform a live concert in any of these 3 countries: India, Congo, Iraq - what would it be and why?   
For the last 4 years I've been doing performances in countries where nobody knows neither me nor my music, nor speak the language my lyrics are written in: Spanish (I'm well known in Ecuador and have grown tired of it). I've been to Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Belgium living this experience, which has been incredibly refreshing for me and has made me grow a lot artistically. So actually either of the 3 countries mentioned would be a welcome addition to what I've been doing and for the same reason. If I HAD to choose one, it would be Congo: I feel a closer bond to it, for reasons I cannot really put my finger on.

5). If you started a social networking project/website, what would you call it?
That's the hardest question ever! I would have NEVER thought of the many successful social networks names out there!! I'd like a network where your "friends" HAD to be unknown to you, where you could not include your 'real' friends; one that would make you open up to other things-people-thoughts-expressions instead of creating tighter and tighter clusters of what/who you already know, a la Facebook. So I would probably call it "world", or something like that.

Listen to: Riccardo Perotti - Angeles De Paso

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