On April 2nd, 2015, La Stampa published an interview with Il Volo.
They talked about their careers, past experience, the victory of Sanremo and the future.
You can read the full translation below.
Il Volo: “We wake up in the morning and we ask ourselves: is this real?”
The trio’s unbelievable year 2015: Sanremo, the EPs, the tour and the Eurovision dream
by Piero Negri
Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto, Piero Barone are the three singers of Il Volo
In Sanremo – tells Il Volo – «we seem to have eaten more than sung: we were always at the table. If it was a competition, we didn’t realized it, behind the scenes we encouraged each other. Some of them – Lorenzo Fragola, Dear Jack, Gianluca Grignani, Anna Tatangelo – now are our friends».
Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, born between 1993 and 1995, won the Sanremo Festival 2015, confirming the experts’ predictions and the betting odds of the bookmakers. But their goal was different: «Be known also by Italian people after years working abroad». The real victory, then «is to reach the first place in the charts and stay on the top, as we did».
The fact is that since 2009, when they met in the RAI talent show “Ti lascio una canzone” and team up, their story is such a crescendo of success and now nothing seems impossible: «We were young, we didn’t think about the future – tell Ignazio and Piero – we expected that, after the TV show, everything would end. Then we signed the contract and it’s clear that some expectation came along. But previously, if we were acquaintances, then friends, today we feel like brothers. Rather, more than brothers.»
«The good thing of being in a group – adds Gianluca – is that you have someone to talk to, to share emotions. The parents are with us and they always will be, although now they trust us and they leave us to travel alone with Barbara, our manager’s assistant. But even they can’t understand us, because they don’t sing with us, they don’t see what we see.»
We asked to Gianluca, perhaps because it’s baritone (the others are tenors), perhaps because he’s from Abruzzo (others from Sicily) to describe their three personalities: «They are really Sicilians – says – people of the South, jokers. Piero has a strong, authoritarian character, he can fall into presumption. Ignazio is crazy, with an exaggerate volume of voice, he’s also a tenor inside and never gives up. I am calmer and more optimistic. I always think that we will win.»
In South America, in a car completely surrounded by adoring fans, Gianluca has had a revelation: «We couldn’t go on, I turned to the others and I said: “are you realizing what is happening?”. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I ask myself: is this real? But the best thing is that we can live it as children.»
Finding themselves together with eighty international Stars in a charity song for Haiti was the most amazing experience (Ignazio: «We were 14-15 years old and we found ourselves alongside Sting, Carlos Santana, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, we looked like drunk, we did not know where to turn around»). But the future seems to reserve other memorable moments: on June, 22 in Rome will start the Italian tour that will reach Piazza Unità d’Italia in Trieste, the Gran Teatro Puccini in Torre del Lago, the Sferisterio of Macerata, la Valle dei Templi and will end on September, 21 at the Arena di Verona, “We have a schedule, not a script – says Piero – we are noisemakers, we always try to have fun.»
In September will be released in 53 countries around the world the new album and in May they will represent Italy at Eurovision: they are already listed as favorites and if this situation remember you something regarding the eve of Sanremo Festival, the guys of Il Volo will deny the obvious.
.. Il Volo: “Ci svegliamo la mattina e ci chiediamo: è tutto vero?” by Piero Negri – on La Stampa website (April 2nd, 2015 in Italian)