Reaching salvation is through music where women play a huge role
A graduate of jazz from Italy, and producer of 6 CDs, Eliana Cargnelutti has been enamoured of giants in rock and metal music of all time. As she expresses her huge ambitions about rock and roll, the prognosis is that she is going to show her true self in the world of rock and roll in near future. The interview can be truly engaging as she articulates the way she thinks about women, bad music, and audience
How long have you been involved with music?
It’s exactly 20 years ago when I started learning music and then at the age of 9 I started learning the guitar.
Have you been self-taught or studied music academically?
I have a degree in Jazz Music and Jazz Guitar from the music university Conservatorio G. Frescobaldi in Ferrara, Italy.
Have you composed any songs/albums?
Yes I’ve recorded 6 CDs, 3 of which were with my personal quartet “Eliana Cargnelutti Band”.
Do you have any near future or further plans for your music? Whether a project on your own or any other music related collaboration? Where are you going with music?
Since debuting with my first solo album, “Love Affairs”, in 2013, my career has been developing in the european rock blues scene. I play in other bands as well, but my quartet is the most important project and we are playing and travelling all around Europe to promote my music.
Tell us about your favorite musicians/bands. Who were your main influences?
I listen to many genres of music, from blues to heavy metal, from pop to jazz. My favorite bands are: Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Led zeppelin, Metallica, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Allman brothers band, and Pink Floyd. My favorite guitar players are Steve vai, Scott Henderson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck.
“I strongly believe in leading women on stage, especially those who know how to combine technical skills, creativity and sensitivity.„
How do you get inspired to make music?
Obviously, it all comes from moments of life and weird true stories, but also from feelings and reflections on love and on ourselves and the environment that surrounds us.
How do you see your audience? What do you wanna tell them and what do you expect from them?
Where do you think rock n’ roll is today and where is it going?
Some days, I feel that the rock'n'roll spirit can still take people to the top, but sometimes I wake up in the morning and I realize that rock is in a coma. My mission is to seriously keep rock alive all over the planet!
What are some of the challenges as a musician, especially a female musician?
The biggest challenge is being able to communicate with the audience and get them your exact musical message, while a lot of the crowd stops at the appearance. Many truly professional female musicians are emerging throughout the world with even better technical skills than male musicians. I strongly believe in leading women on stage, especially those who know how to combine technical skills, creativity and sensitivity.
Do you believe in paying to see an amateur newly-formed band even though you can pay the same money for a much better performance in town?
Yes of course, and especially my students’ bands. There's always something to learn and the support is the only important thing that a newborn band needs.
“There's neither good nor bad music, but there's music that can be played well or badly.„
Do you believe in bad music? If so, what is bad music?
No, music is neither good nor bad, but there is music that is played well and music that is played badly. In my opinion, music is something you shouldn't say anything about but just listen to.
When and where were you born and raised?
I was born in Udine, Italy, the 28th of July 1989, I lived in Spilimbergo since I was 19 and now I’ve moved back to Udine.
Apart from music, what studies and jobs do you have or have had in the past?
Since I was 7 years old I had realized that I wanted to be a rock musician, so I continued on my path without changing my way. I am very satisfied with this job; it’s a hard work to which I dedicate all my days.
What are some of your hobbies (obviously apart from music)?
I like cooking, of course, because I’m Italian. I like hanging out with my friends and going to the gym. I’ve done a lot of sport, but now on weekends, if I don’t play I like to ride my motorbike!
Whose concert that you’ve attended has been the most memorable to you?
James Brown was perfect! Also, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, BB King, Eric Clapton.
“Music gives you strength, sensitivity, pleasure and intelligence: all you need to live well in the world.„
Are you the kind of musician who wants to change the world? How?
It’s not the music per se which will change the world, but music is definitely something that will help people to feel good and as a result change the world. Music gives you strength, sensitivity, pleasure and intelligence: all you need to live well in the world.