Octavia Romano – Late Kiss
ARTIST NAME: Octavia Romano
SONG TITLE: “Late Kiss”
ALBUM TITLE: “Aperta” (EP)
RELEASE DATE: March 8th, 2019 for the single “Late Kiss”, March 15th, 2019 for “Aperta” EP.
Octavia Romano is a composer, guitarist, and singer originally from Córdoba, Argentina.
She relocated to New York City in 2011 and quickly got immersed in the downtown scene, playing in several bands at renowned stages including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Webster Hall.
Besides working as a touring musician, she has written electro-acoustic and experimental pieces, chamber music, and film scores, and her work as a composer has been awarded by the ASCAP Foundation.
In 2016, she released her first album, “Compass”, a collaborative project with saxophonist and singer Stephanie Chou.
Her first solo record, “Aperta” was released on March 15th, 2019.
Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.
Playing at Carnegie Hall as part of a band with some of my friends.
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Octavia Romano opens up in “APERTA”, her EP Solo Debut
Octavia Romano releases her much-awaited first solo record, EP debut “Aperta.”
After years of crafting her sound while hustling as a freelancer in New York City, Octavia Romano sets to deliver her artistic statement in “Aperta” (Latin for “open”).
“Aperta” represents Octavia Romano’s first statement as a solo artist, condensing years of experience as a hustling musician. It represents coming to terms with several influences and experiences.
Tell us how you protect your singing voice.
I do vocal exercises and warm-ups, drink tea before a show or recording, sleep a lot, and have a generally very healthy lifestyle (no smoking, little alcohol, exercise, etc.).
Tell us the major reason you are into music.
Music has been my driving force since I was very little. I have always been fascinated by music, I think it’s a magical and mysterious thing, and learning and exploring it as a creator makes me the happiest.
Discuss creativity and originality in music.
I think creativity and originality in any activity have to do with staying true to yourself and devoting your time to finding your own identity as a person and creator.
Tell us your plans pertaining to music.
I plan on writing and releasing music, recording, performing, and also teaching, which really interests me, especially early education.
I have the hope of being able to have my own music school for children at some point.
Tell us the secret of success.
I don’t really know if there is a secret and I think success can be defined in different ways, depending on whom you ask.
For me, success means staying true to my vision; the things I’d like to explore and develop, and if possible, continue paying my bills while doing it.
Tell us how you became a musician.
I started very, very young. My earliest memory is of attending a local children’s choir where I grew up, I was around 3 or 4 years old. From there I started taking guitar lessons and I haven’t stopped studying and doing music since then.
Tell us what makes you happy and sad about this project.
Finishing a project comes with a great sense of relief that it’s finally done. I’m happy to say we were able to realize it, and I’m not sad about anything, but I’d like to have had more time to maybe develop the music more and continue perfecting it.
I think having limitations is great because it pushes you to keep moving and creating.
Tell us your point of view on rape and sexual harassment, and how to eradicate it.
These are issues that have existed since the beginning of time. It just happens that now they are starting to be taken more seriously in a social, political, and cultural way.
I’m not sure if there would be a way to eradicate these issues completely, but sex education (including all aspects, not just biology), especially for young children, I think is one of the keys.
List the people that assisted in making this song.
Engineering, mixing and co-producing: Bryan Fennelly
Mastering: Mike Davidson
Musicians: Bengisu Gocke (violin), Shao Chia Lee (cello), Daniel Yoong (bass), Kyle Harris (drums), Anastassiya Petrova (piano)
I wrote, arranged, and co-produced the song, and did the vocals and guitar on it.
Tell us how you get financial support to run your music career.
It’s been a mix of multiple income streams, including teaching music, performing, and other music-related jobs.
In the case of this particular recording, I funded it through a crowdfunding campaign. I also do many other tasks for my career myself including web and graphic design, booking, and promotion.
Tell us the genre of your music and the reason you went for this genre.
I never really thought about my music in terms of genre. I certainly have influences that come from just listening to music, learning, and studying it.
In the case of this recording, I chose the “alternative” genre because it encompasses different styles, mixed together, including folk, rock, and classical music.
Tell us if you prefer to write your own songs or you prefer to write with professional songwriters.
I feel like first and foremost, I’m a composer, so when the time to write songs came it didn’t feel like something completely new to me, so I enjoy doing it on my own. That said I’d like to collaborate with other songwriters.
Tell us if you prefer to produce your songs or you prefer to work with reputable producers.
I’m currently planning on studying a bit more about technical aspects of production, in order to be able to better communicate my ideas with a producer. I like collaboration but I also would like to keep my own vision for my music, rather than asking someone else to do it for me.
Tell us the story behind this song.
This song was written at different times, a couple of years ago. The music came first, as a kind of mantra, and the lyrics later.
I was trying to write a song about things falling apart, and being surrounded by chaos, like in the middle of a giant emotional wave.
I wanted to see if I could write a song that was about ugly feelings, but at the same time, looking for redemption through it.
Tell us your favorite brand of microphone.
I don’t have one, but lately, I’ve been using a nice portable RØDE microphone, that can be connected to my laptop directly via USB.
It’s very practical to write ideas and record decent home demos.