Indieterria continues to showcase artists around Manchester who answered our call to submit their songs. The beauty of project “Hello Manchester” was to allow musicians to speak about their art on their own terms and bring to the light new and upcoming music from the city. It doesn’t matter if the artists were accomplished bands or people who create at their leisure. All music is equal and worth being shared. So far he had the incredible band Hot Minute and electronic indie duo Edits featured as part of our series.
Today we meet Pietro Blanca – solo artist and a lead singer of alt rock band Clifftop Empire. And we are so happy to discover Pietro. Let us tell you why. In March this blog had a pleasure to interview one of the most international acts ever Shiva May Care – where every member comes from different country, speaks different language but all together they create kick ass rock music. Shiva is based in Manchester and was founded by Italian multi instrumentalist and producer Federico Cossu. We are over the moon to discover that Federico is not the only hugely talented Italian artist who chose Manchester to be his home. Pietro Blanca also resides in Mancunia.
If you ever had a chance to listen to Italian guitar masters (Beppe Gambetta or Pino Daniele to just name a few) then you know that the secret of their hugely popular pop and rock music lies in combining classical guitar techniques with ear catching melodies. Continental guitarists don’t just pick up an instrument to play indie – they find their inspiration in folk, medieval, jazz and even flamenco music. Most of them are classically trained. And then bring all those elements into rock music. There is a reason why Sanremo Music Festival both inspired Eurovision and Montreux Jazz Festival and is responsible for launching careers of Laura Pausini or Eros Ramazotti among countless stars.
The versatility, range of influences from psychedelia to The Beatles and Mark Knopfler (in his Golden Heart era) is evident in Pietro Blanca`s “My Walk” single – dreamy and yet sorrowful song that was just made to be played on the radio on a lazy summer days. It may surprise you that it lasts just two minutes but such miniature compositions are nothing new in pop music. Just remember “Velocity Girl” by Primal Scream stands at 1:22 minutes.
We had asked Pietro few questions about his music and this is what he had to say:
Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria. Where are you based and who is in the band?
Pietro Blanca: Hello, my name is Pietro. I am folk/pop singer and songwriter based in Manchester.
Tell us something about your project – are there any goals that you managed to achieve?
Pietro Blanca: I started my current project in 2010, when I’ve decided to create some music on my own. I was 14 years old when I discovered the guitar for the first time. Through the years, I got into different genres: from mixture of folk and pop like Kings of Convenience, The Cranberries and José Gonzàlez, to heavy metal, like Metallica, System of a Down and Meshuggah. After playing metal with my first band for 5 years, my mind went into a totally different direction! (laughs). My first demo came out in 2010 (“Andare Lontano/Nessuna Esistenza”) and the first EP was released in 2016 (“Mirrors Beyond The Sea”).
What inspires you? What artist or genre had the biggest influence on you?
Pietro Blanca: I`m inspired by many artists but most likely by Kings of Convenience, José Gonzàlez, The Cranberries and Imogen Heap.
It`s all about the music – and we want to hear about your new single. Is there a story behind the song, where and how was it written.
Pietro Blanca: The single is called “My Walk”. The song has been written right when I was thinking to leave my country to go abroad. Moving away meant a huge change in my life but also a new adventure to embrace.
Are you touring? Where can we see you playing live?
Pietro Blanca: At the moment I’m not touring as a solo artist but I am always checking out open mic nights in Manchester and wherever else is possible. I’ve been focusing on another project called Clifftop Empire in my spare time.
If any bookers or promoters want to get in touch – what is the best way to contact you?
Pietro Blanca: The best way to reach me is through my Facebook page – Pietro Blanca Music.
Imagine you can record an album with any artist, dead or alive in a studio of your choice. Who would be on your record?
Pietro Blanca: I’d love recording some music with Devin Townsend, he is a great artist in whatever genre he plays.
You can follow Pietro on social media:
You can listen to Pietro`s demos Andare Lontano/Nessuna Esistenza (“Going Away/No Existence”) at this address:
If you would like to check Pietro`s other musical project – alt rock trio Clifftop Empire, you can do so via following links:
Thank you kindly for reading and there is lots more in Hello Manchester to discover. We will be seeing you soon.