Mattia Prevosti

Q&A with Artists

Mattia Prevosti was born in Varese in 1985. Since a child he’s been enamoured by
Italian singer-songwriters, with a specific focus on their lyrics. In 2000 he got involved in rock, playing in some bands and started writing his first songs. After a few years Prevosti became more and more interested in the independent Italian music scene falling in love with artists and groups like Afterhours, Moltheni, CSI and his hero Giorgio Canali. During a Canali concert in Varese, in 2010, Mattia out of the blue took his guitar and went on stage. Since then Canali often invites Mattia on stage to play a couple of pieces with him.
During his day-to-day life Mattia is the artistic director of his club “La Vecchia” and organizes weekly rock and blues concerts.His dream was always to work with Giorgio. One day his dream came true, Canali ,together with Prevosti, decided to record an album together based on Prevosti’s concepts. Alongside Stewie DalCol, who has creative contributions in album ‘’Bassano del Grappa’’
Together they produced Prevosti’s first single “The Bulls’ Cages” released in June 2020.
On Thursday 23rd of July the album will be officially presented at a concert at the Tennis Bar in
Villa Toeplitz, Varese. Mattia will also be joined by Giorgio Canali to play a set.
Keep an ear out for where you can buy the album via Prevosti’s Facebook page (@Prevosti).

How would you describe your style?
My musical style is certainly inspired by songwriting and, over time, I feel that I am acquiring new sounds that approach the blues and finger picking technique.
From a writing point of view, my lyrics are very reasoned with a look at life, at the varied and sometimes bittersweet everyday emotions, at the little things, at the controversies of this world and of the human soul.

Why do you do what you do?
I’ve always been inspired by the songs of Italian songwriters, and I’ve always found impressive the power of words combined with music. That’s why I write songs: I would like my lyrics to reach the listener in the same way that the thoughts of the songwriters reached me, leaving me speechless.

What inspires you to create music?
My main source of inspiration is found in the small everyday things, so common that they can be immediately identified by the listener as their own.
I am also fascinated by the Italian language, so difficult to “play” that it captures a lot of time and attention. Sometimes finding the right form, the right rhyme, the metric “just as you wanted it” and totally doing it justice to the intent of the song, is not that simple. The Italian language is rich and full of treasures and quotations to be captured in years of literature and I often love to distort them by making the paracitations upset the ending and offering a new point of view.

How did you find the scouting process in Rehegoo?
The Rehegoo scouting process happened naturally and it was a big help knowing Veronica in the music department.

What is the greatest achievement of your career so far?
The greatest result I have achieved musically so far has been to realize my dream of collaborating with my greatest idol and mentor: Giorgio Canali.Il Rock fatto persona.

What has been the biggest obstacle?
An obstacle to the mood was certainly realizing how little the lyrics of songs are taken into account nowadays, especially by those who work in the music world, who consciously choose to value only a certain type of song.

What is the best and worst gig you have ever played?
I haven’t had any particularly bad moments. On stage, the most beautiful thing is when you realize in the eyes of those who are listening to you that you are able to convey emotion. It’s also beautiful when a stranger “follows” me on socials commenting on my work with sincere compliments and telling me how my album has managed to win them over. This is extraordinary.

What is a favorite song of yours?
The song I’m most fond of is “Difetti di fabbricazione”: It represents my poetic grasp of Italian music and it’s embellished by Giorgio Canali’s angry choirs that I adore.