Singer Lucia Cifarelli chats inspirations Depeche Mode, Massive Attack and Bjork
Stepping out from her band Drill we meet Singer Lucia Cifarelli for a quick 1 on 1 catchup about all things Spotify playlists, 90’s music and style.
Q. So to KICK it all off who is Lucia Cifarelli in three words only? Fierce and fearless.
I’m a no nonsense, scrappy New Yorker, driven by sound and music. I’m a shapeshifter, who channels the wounds and archetypes of the human condition into song. I’m a rebel and underdog. A tough, vulnerable artist, with a deep connection to spirit, soul and the universe, with the eyes of a serial killer and a heart of gold.
Q. People may know you from 90s band Drill-what was your favourite track from that era?
It’s impossible to pick just one track! The 90’s was such an awesome era for music. With bands/ artists like Nirvana, Beastie Boys, P.J. Harvey, Garbage, The Cure, Soundgarden, Jay Z, Massive Attack, TLC, Sonic Youth, Public Enemy, Tricky, The Fugees, Bjork, Depeche Mode, KMFDM, Pearl Jam, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Radiohead, just to name a few.. There was so much musical diversity, we were spoiled for choice. I do have a particular soft spot for “Sabotage” by The Beastie Boys though.
Q. What are the top 5 songs we would find on your Spotify playlist?
Depeche Mode- It’s No Good Hailey Williams – Simmer Run The Jewels – Panther Like A Panther The Smiths – How Soon Is Now Sisters Of Mercy – More
Q. How have you kept creative during COVID/Lockdown?
I dove head first into making my album “I Am Eye”. I actually started writing it shortly before the first lockdown, but the momentum really picked up once the outside world came to a screeching halt. Driven by a combination of terror and divine inspiration, I was determined to come out of it with something beautiful and honest. A piece of me to leave behind, in case I died. I also taught myself how to build a website, make a music video, redecorated my daughter’s room, started running and cleared out the basement. The one positive side effect of the pandemic was that it really put a fire under my ass to get things done.
Q. We have a few easy questions for you now- Pick two Celebrities to be your parents- Who?
Because I love to laugh I think Eddie Murphy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus would be perfect parents for me. I’m a huge Seinfeld fan and I love every movie Eddie Murphy’s ever done. I think with a combination of humour and straight talk, they’d be able to get through to a girl like me, while keeping it fun.
Q. Rate yourself(s) on a scale of 1-10?
As a human I’d say about I’m about a 7. Although I’m a natural empath and believer in justice, I’m a fiery, New York Italian whose temperature rises from 0 to 100 with the slightest provocation. I do my very best to live in gratitude but I have days like everyone else, when I get pissed off and do or say something I wish I hadn’t.
The black heart, which for me personally signifies the dark gothic nature of my melancholy heart 🖤
Q. Who is your style icon? I don’t have just one. Like music there’s not one particular artist who’s influenced my sound or style. I love high end dystopian looks like the ones from Rick Owens latest collection for fall/winter 2021 and I adore the visual aesthetic of the music videos by Floria Sigismondi. I love the edgy cyber look of the catsuits Charlize Theron wears in Aeon Flux and her style in Atomic Blonde.
Q. If Hollywood made a movie about your life who would you like to see play the lead role as you?
I’d love to see a young edgy star like Kristen Stewart play me. She’s a fearless bad ass who’s in touch with both her feminine and masculine side and was the total embodiment of a rockstar in the Runaways as Joan Jett.
Q. Do you have any gigs planned for this year now that we have ‘officially’ come out of Lockdown?
Its still like walking a tight rope out there with restrictions and rising Covid cases cropping up from week to week. 2022 looks like a much safer bet. Confirmed European and USA tour dates and will be announced soon.