Interview with Dario Valle
Posted On June 6, 2019
My series of interviews continues with artists that I had the pleasure of knowing personally and that I think they have something to say with their music.
Today we know DARIO VALLE in this short interview:
1) How did you get closer to music; how was your passion born?
The first instrument that I started playing was the recorder, almost for fun, in a summer camp with the school at the age of 6. I played it with the 2 inverted hands (right up and left down) and it was a problem to straighten the posture.
When there was no score, it was improvised by ear (I tried to play by listening to the radio) and most of the time understanding the keys without having done some in-depth studies was quite a dilemma. Everything was easier when I started with the guitar, in the first grade, understanding the chords and the “harmonic turns” was simple and my ear always helped me “hear” the music. The real passion was born with the first listening of a litter box that my parents had but hadn’t listened to for how long: HARVEST MOON by Neil Young. harmonica, acoustic guitar and a voice without equal in terms of particularity have awakened my folk soul, it was a train!
2) Was it easy to follow this passion for you, or did you have difficulty? If yes, which ones?
It was very difficult because although I spent all my energy and time playing I had restrictions at home and I couldn’t try, practice, let go and be quiet at home playing. One day I remember that my mother threw the flute in the middle of a field tearing it out of her mouth precisely because she was tired of the fact that I played. in eighth grade, time for choices for high school, I was not allowed to study at the conservatory and my parents never supported me: every single instrument, string set, score, accessory was purchased with the savings and small concerts that I had started doing at 16 years old.
3) What is your biggest success? And what made you most happy?
My greatest success was being able to play my pieces, even proposing myself as an one man band and gaining support and appreciation. it seems stupid but playing on the street alone is an important test of passion and courage that everyone should do. being able to capture the attention of passers-by, who have not come to hear you specifically, is a great success.
What made me happier, and for me an important goal, were the compliments of Federico Pelle, great person and immense sensitivity of a man who works with the sound wave and not only with the ear but also with the heart and the head, to direct musicians towards a business that is not at all simple.
4) Have you collaborated with other successful artists? important collaborations?
I had the opportunity to play with John Bellavia for about a year and a half, sensitivity and technique and superlative taste in arranging tracks that are not at all simple. I met Massimo Varini in person at Sarzana at the acoustic guitar meeting and, playing some of my pieces with his Martin, I had the confirmation of having created something pleasant and new. among others I can say that I played with Roberto Dalla Vecchia, Massimo Tuzza and a collaboration with Ramòn Rodriguez for a piece written for cystic fibrosis patients (Vita Pugna).
5) In the course of your career in the world of music, do you understand what people like or understand it is like the search for the sacred Grail?
what people like is not always what we like: if we remain closed in our music, in our rehearsal room and we continue to brood over a song or a music is the end. sometimes it is instinct and immediacy that builds a successful piece or a piece that works. what people like is like a movie: a good one. rhythm, dynamics and the element of flight. circularity is fundamental.
6) What do you think about today’s music scene?
in my humble opinion it is full of excellent performers, excellent performers and few musicians and even fewer authors. cover bands are always a lot but unfortunately it’s not the band’s fault but the market. you don’t play at a festival if you don’t pay tribute to Vasco, Nomadi or Ligabue and this penalizes emerging bands. for those who create original music like me, being known through the normal channels does not work. there are no contests or at least they are not advertised and even if you win the visibility is still little or nothing (personal experience).
Music seems to have undergone a global flattening: from the United States to Europe, from Africa to Asia, the same music is played and listened to. the beauty of popular music is that it differs from country to country and makes every people, every culture, particular in language, instrumentation, rhythm and harmony. I am confident and I hope it will be a kind of revival folk like it was in the 70s.
7) What does music mean to you?
Music is “The Language” par excellence: you can communicate emotions and feelings without saying a word, for me it’s a sort of diary with which I open and listen to myself. when I am well I sound, when I am sick I sound, it is a medicine that opens your heart and relaxes your mind.