PETER MOLINARI | 2008 | Review & Interview
Dylan, Hank Williams, Woody Gutherie- all of these names have been used extensively in any review or interview with Pete Molinari. Perhaps because Molinari comes such an unlikely background. Raised in Chatham in the heart of Kent, England, you might expect some brit-pop sensation. Instead, with a falsetto and a firm blues/folk sensibities, he has burst onto the scene wielding a work-hard, connect-intimately ethic.
Perhaps because this musical and personal aesthetic is so diametrically opposed to the modern Brit band approach, Molinari’s been feted by the media who have always loved if not championed a working man’s musician. Someone who trys to connect with the audience on a personal not just musical level.
Peter was kind enough to take some time to do a quick interview…
TT- Pete, many have compared you to Dylan and the great country blues musicians- I was wondering if you’ve always played in your current style or was it gradual evolution to this state?
PM- I guess i taught my self to play so i haven’t changed much but yeah i think you evolve to a certain state. What you listen to and soak up into you system and the way you feel about the world has an influence on it all.
TT- What gear are you using at the moment? I’ve seen predominantly Gibson styled guitars on the youtube clips…
PM- I like The Gibson’s most i think. I like Harmony Gutars too. I have a good Epiphone. I also just got and electric guitar and Amp for the first time. So i am into that at that moment too.
TT- So Peter, what’s your practising routine like?
PM- I just play all the time. If i am not playing i am writing. When it comes to playing with the session musicians we get together in the studio and have a rehearsal. I never over do that kinda stuff. Keep it alive you know.
TT- With all the attention you’ve been receiving, how is the jump from the American Coffee shop to the packed Glastonbury crowd?
PM- Well I like the recognition as anyone would. Getting recognised for the work you have done can only mean a good thing. It can get a little crazy and it is important not to take to much notice of it and go about you work and your life. I think there is something important about the smaller intimate places that you don’t get from big outdoor festivals. I am not overly keen on Festivals or outdoor show’s altogether to be honest. I think something is lost. You can play to 20 people in a Cafe somewhere and make a connection and give a better performance sometimes than you could if you were to play a massive show somewhere. I think i am enjoying playing bigger places but i still like to play the small intimate show’s where the gap between the performer and the crowd or not set to far apart. I like The Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall where they almost seem like Big Churches. I like Theatre’s where people are there to listen and not so much get off there faces like they would at a festival.
TT- What’s the best advise you have for someone thinking ‘I wanna be a musician like Peter Molinari?’
PM- The advice i would give would be to not go where the money is. Be passionate and focused and do everything with conviction. Find your own voice and create work that has content and integrity. Don’t be afraid of following your own path and don’t let anyone deviate you from it. Follow it on way down that line.
TT- Thanks for taking to chat, Peter and congrats again on the album!
PM- Thats ok you are welcome Terence. All the best. Pete Molinari
Probably the song you’ll most associate with Dylan- the melody and inflections are classic Americana/Folk/Blues. The slow tempo really contrasts with the current run of Mraz-style quick fire deliveries on MTV. There’s dense, thoughtful lyric content which is unashamably on display.
Love Lies Bleeding
Molinari has stripping his music down to the core, the bare minimum. No glossy hooks or catchy chorus lines to emblish the pure lyrical content here.
Peter Molinari http://www.petemolinari.co.uk/
©2008 Terence Tan.
Pictures courtesy and Video courtesy of Peter Molinari- ©2008.