Italian-born Laurelight, a member of the European music scene, launched his alt synth pop project in London. His varied style, which was influenced by musicians like “The Weeknd,” “Charlie Puth,” and “Christine and the Queens,” incorporates genres including synth pop and disco funk. The core idea of his artist brand, “The Darker it gets, the Brighter you become,” sums up his strong outlook toward the challenges that life throws our way.
Following the release of his first three songs, “Stuck in a Moment,” “Magic,” and “Rainbow,” between the years of 2020 and 2021, Laurelight releases his debut EP, “Connected,” in August 2021, receiving some steady traction from independent playlists and blogs throughout the world. He performed frequently in the London and Italian music scenes in 2022
With a new song out titled “Open Your Eyes” he aims at helping people look into inner self for the undying light to keep them going in their darkest nights. The song features a 3 days acoustic tour in London at the end of September to help promote it
Laurelight shed some more lights on his personal life and what it was like growing up. He later delve deeper into his interest outside music in a recent interview with Mister Styx on musicarenagh
What is your stage name
My stage name is Laurelight.
Is there a story behind your stage name?
– My stage name comes from the Latin Culture, as I am originally from Italy.
I started digging the etymology of my real name as I wanted the stage name to be coming from my own identity.
Laurel Comes from my name Lorenzo (‘Lauro/Alloro’ – a plant symbol of resilience) and Light comes from my surname Chiarini (translated into a symbol of Brightness/Hope).
So one day I put them together into ‘Laurelight’ which is also the core values of the project/reason why I decided to make music (to bring hope and resilience).
Where do you find inspiration?
Everyday life’s stories and surroundings
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music has always played a main role in my life.
At 9 years old, I started playing the Trombone in a local Orchestra in my hometown. It was a unique experience.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
My family has always been passionate about music, but I am the only person who has decided to pursue a career in the music industry.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
– The first person who started thinking that I should have entered this industry was myself around the age of 15/17.
But other than myself, the first person that Inspired me to become an artist was my longtime friend and mentor Mario Chiesa.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
– I started singing and playing the guitar on my own, discovering a genuine interest in songwriting, then I took guitar and vocal lessons with very experienced teachers like Mario Chiesa, Simone Guiducci and Vanessa Tagliabue Yorke.
Then at the age of 20, I move to London to study Songwriting at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, where I graduate 3 years later in 2020.
At the ICMP I have found some of the best tutors and classmates who have helped me shape my sonic identity and crafting the art of Songwriting.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
The first concert I remember that I wanted to go and actually enjoyed was ‘Jethro Tull’ live in Brescia, 2011.
How could you describe your music?
Infectious synth patterns with groovy bass lines.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process is never the same.
I combine traditional songwriting with Guitar/piano + producing the demos on Logic Pro X.
Sometimes I even start writing a song from the digital audio workstation itself.
I may write the lyrics anytime during the creative process.
What is your main inspiration?
Dreaming is what keeps me motivated and inspired! People who believe in dreams and good values are also part of my daily dose of inspiration!
What musician do you admire most and why?
At the top of my list there’s Elvis Presley, the very first definition of artistic Icon in the music industry after The Second World War.
And also for having been one of the greatest performers of all times.
But from more recent times, my biggest admiration goes to Christine and the Queens.
What she has achieved and the way she did is genuinely great. The persona, the fashionable, musical and performing style, her unique sense of identity makes her unique in this industry.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your
My style is constantly evolving from day one.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
I don’t see competitors, only collaborators.
What are your interests outside of music?
I like sports, but I’m a very big fan of Football, I’m an obsessed Juventus supporter.
I love podcasts and meditation; learning more of eco-sustainability is among my interests. I am also very fond of travelling and discovering new cultures.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Definitely something related with eco-sustainability projects.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Living in a sustainable environment.
Unfortunately Music is still seen from the vast majority of people as a hobby rather than a profession, which means very few resources are invested in this industry.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
I chose Open Your Eyes as a wakeup call, a sort of Epiphany.
What are your plans for the coming months?
After Open Your Eyes, I am planning to constantly release new music and promoting it live between Italy and the UK
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans
Who knows, maybe in the future. For now, I like to work with my 2 creative hubs, visually and sonically.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Try to build a constructive and critical thought in order to improve yourselves and the others. Be Inspiring.
But most of all, take care of yourselves!