Interview with Alessia Labate

Alessia Labate is an incredibly versatile artist who likes to step out of her comfort zone. She performs in both English and Italian, and had her club debut in October 2021 in Amsterdam during an official ADE event with Marc Benjamin. We had the opportunity to chat with Alessia about her latest single, musical influences, and more.

How did you get into music?

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I come from a family of musicians, so it was pretty much inevitable that I would end up being into it too.

Who are some of your musical influences?

I grew up listening to a lot of Michael Jackson. His music was always playing in the house, so I got to know all of his songs pretty well by the time I was twelve. But he isn’t the only artist who has influenced me. I was also a fan of High School Musical and Hannah Montana when I was younger. Today, I look up to Tove Lo.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

The best advice I’ve ever been given is to meditate. It’s a skill that helps me to take a little away from the stress of life. I used to put a lot of pressure on myself to do well, but I’ve since learned that that’s not good for my mental health. Taking some time out for myself, to just focus on my breath, has been really helpful in managing stress.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I take inspiration from other people’s stories and experiences, but I also draw from my own feelings and observations.

What are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?

The music industry in Italy is a little closed off when it comes to selling internationally. Italian musicians are often told that they should make music in their own language, instead of trying to compete in the international market. In other countries, it doesn’t matter what language you sing in. The people appreciate the music no matter what.

What’s the story behind your latest single, ”World Falls Down”?

When I walked into Michele’s studio, we all quickly touched on the bad shit happening in the world right now. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed with everything that’s going on. We talked about the movie “Don’t Look Up”, where a group of people get together to watch the end of the world. They all have their own way of coping with the situation, but eventually they all come together to face the reality of what’s happening. Me, Michele and American author Dillon decided to write a song about that feeling of faking that everything is normal even though the world is falling apart.

Why should people listen to it?

People should listen to it, because it’s so relatable. You can dance to it, if you want to. But you can also cry to it and think about the lyrics.

Would you like to say anything to emerging artists?

Yes! What’s often left out of the conversation is how important it is to take care of your mental health. Even if you don’t think you have any issues, try to go deeper. Chances are, there are some underlying problems that you’re not aware of. If you don’t explore them, they’ll just come to the surface in ways that are much harder to deal with.

Check out Alessia’s new single, World Falls Down, below and party like the world is ending.