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Interview - Solarrio

Solarrio, an independent multi-talented artist, just released "All the Wrong Places," his much-awaited debut album. Crafted between the creative hubs of Berlin and Los Angeles, this 14-track self-produced masterpiece transports listeners on a synth-driven voyage through groovy rhythms and booming beats, all wrapped up in a cinematic aura that transports listeners to a world of vivid colours and deep emotions.

We had a conversation with Solarrio regarding the release, his future plans, and the reasons you should listen to his music. Check it out here at IGNITE!

Hey Solarrio how are you doing?

I'm doing great, thank you. Excited that my album is finally out!

Who are your main influences as a band?

Prince, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Dr Dre, RZA, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Rick James, and Pharell Williams to name a few.

Sum up your music for us in three words?

Retro Futuristic Electofunk.

What's your biggest highlight as an artist so far?

The highlight so far has been the release of my debut album "All The Wrong Places" which I worked on for nearly two years.

How have friends and family reacted to your journey so far in music?

I come from a classical music household so they never really understood the music I'm making but they respect the work ethic and have been very supportive from the start.  

Congratulations on the release of your new album 'All The Wrong Places'. We're loving it! How did it come about and what’s the meaning and/or message behind the album?

Thank you, that means a lot! The overall concept of the album is "looking for love in all the wrong places". That's the theme. Whether romantic love, success or acceptance, a lot of us are always looking for those things in the wrong places.

What was the recording and writing process like for this album?

I worked on this album with my team which includes my co-producer Alhassan Sakho, and songwriters like Cassidy Howell, Craig Walker, and Pedro Vito. The songs were recorded between Berlin, Los Angeles and Zurich over the course of a year.   usually start with the instrumental and then try to come up with a catchy top line before trying to fill that out with lyrics. Sometimes I'll have a concept in mind and I will try to tailor the instrumentation to that but most of the songs come from jam sessions and come together very organically.

How would you describe this album sonically for our readers?

I tried to combine 1980's synthpop, funk and R&B with modern sounds to create a fun, upbeat, cinematic listening experience.

What are your plans for the rest of 2024? What can fans expect?

Right now, we're working hard to promote the album but I already have the next project ready to go, so expect another EP from me before year's end.


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