Music & Me with … Clara Moschetta- 01 Feb 2021 -
Image: Clara Moschetta, French/Italian Singer & Songwriter, living in London, UK.
In this interview Elizabeth chatted to Clara, whose latest single, the Brexit Song, was released on 13 January 2021.
When were you first introduced to music?
I’m the youngest of four, so music was very present in the house from a young age. We’re not a musical family but everyone thankfully loves music. I always find it funny that as the youngest, I’m the one who’s pursued a creative path – It’s probably because I had to find a way to make myself heard above all the noise of the others!
Tell me about your favourite teachers
I had a music teacher called Mr Knowles who, rather early in my high school years, took me under his wing and began teaching me about the structures of pop songs. I’d have an hour’slesson with him once a week or so, and we’d deconstruct the classics. I’ve always loved analysing music and I think that bond with someone so much more knowledgeable than me cemented my appreciation for lyrics and wordplay.
What are your fondest musical memories?
Before the pandemic of 2019, back when gigs were allowed, in January 2019, I did my first solo show at a small cabaret cafe in London. I spent about 4 years prior oscillating between pursuing music or a career in the dramatic arts. The energy in that room was remarkable, almost tangible. I miss being able to perform in front of people – that moment when you catch someone’s eye while singing on stage, there’s nothing quite like it.
What is your favourite TV theme tune and/or film soundtrack?
Easy! Dario Marianelli’s Pride & Prejudice. “Dawn” and “Liz On Top of The World” are my absolute favourites; so emotive!
What was the last music download/ CD that you bought?
Jack Garratt’s vinyl of his latest album: Love, Death & Dancing. I was lucky to see him perform twice pre-pandemic, at secret shows – no one was allowed their phone for the album hadn’t been released. Frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much when he performed “She Will Lay My Body On A Stone”. He’s such a brilliant writer and producer. It’s amazing to see such passionate performers in intimate spaces.
Imagine you’ve been given £250 to spend on anything music-related. How will you spend it?
I’ve always wanted a vintage record player like my parents (despite how many times I’ve tried to sneak off with it… they won’t let me). Something I could treasure and keep in my living room for late night listening with my future dogs curled up on my lap (something I like to aspire to).
How do you balance music with your other obligations?
Right now, during the pandemic, it’s a little easier – my other obligations, predominantly teaching, aren’t able to happen. It’ll be a lot harder when the UK leaves lockdown and I go back to full-time teaching. For the moment, I’m going to relish in dedicating this time to music.
What is happiness?
I’ve thought about this quite a lot recently. I’ve been in therapy for over a year now and something that we keep going back to is this idea that happiness is not a permanent state. I need to remind myself that it is always a fleeting experience. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t any good, but this idea of a permanent state of happiness can’t exist. It’s a lot of unlearning, I think, from social conditioning that we should “be happy all the time”. Highs cannot exist without lows – happiness and sadness work together, not against each other. I hope that in the future, I’ll get a better grip on this fluctuating feeling. For the time being though, happiness is basking in sunlight on a crisp and quiet winter day.
Image: The Brexit Song artwork