Let’s get to know him in this interview
He boasts musical successes such as “Young lover my” and “the Queen of the last tango”, both sung by Gianni Morandi with sales on the million copies, collaborations in almost all the cinepanettoni of Boldi and De Sica and much more. Let’s meet Andrea Amati in this interview with the QuadriProject!
1) How did you approach music? how was your passion born?
When I was a kid I told my parents that I wanted to have a Bontempi organ for Christmas (it was an unprofessional tool for boys that was fashionable in those years), coming from a very modest family (mine had other problems than buying an organ toy to me) nothing came of it. But my uncle intervened … He went to the store but the organ wasn’t there, so he bought me a guitar. I was upset, I wanted the organ … One day this guitar fell and broke. I threw it in the closet and stayed there for a few years until the day I asked my father to repair it. He took nails and hammer and, after not a little sweat, I got a guitar in my hand with the strings so high that only Hulk could have played it. But the desire was great and evidently greater than the effort I made to learn the first chords … From that absurd battered guitar was born what then became my job … I told this to make people understand how, sometimes, to have all the best right away (as too often happens today ) is not as an incentive as you think. It takes sweat and humility (even social) if you really want to succeed. In life, not just in music.
2) Was it easy to follow this passion for you, or did you have difficulty? If yes, which ones?
I don’t know the easy word. The difficulties of this work are enormous and very complex, it is not easy to explain them in a paper. Let’s say that in this work skill and luck must travel in pairs. But luck doesn’t come if you don’t go looking for it … Once a great artist told me: “A stroke of luck always happens in life, you have to see if when you happen you’re ready.” He was right; when I was eighteen I happened to do a kind of audition with Claudio Baglioni, I needed a substitute guitarist for the last date, because what was there had a problem. I went, but I didn’t look good, I wasn’t ready … I was studying a lot but, evidently, it wasn’t enough yet, or maybe it was my head that wasn’t ready. A few years later a series of fortuitous situations came back to me.
3) Which is your greatest success? And what made you most happy?
The word success has different meanings based on the periods of life. However, if by success you mean the most well-known pieces to the public I will indicate two, my young lover and the queen of the last tango, both sung by Gianni Morandi with whom my brother Paolo and I (with whom I have always worked) have sold more or minus one million copies. What makes me happier is not the success achieved with great artists but the work I do myself, alone, not needing great artists. Autonomy is happiness …
4) Have you collaborated with other successful artists? Important collaborations?
In the discography for many years I worked with Gianni Morandi, in the cinema, always together with my brother, we made realizations in practically all the cinepanettoni of Boldi and De Sica. Many other realizations of ours are present in different films by well-known directors such as Fausto Brizzi or Massimiliano Bruno. And then we arranged tracks for so many artists if you go to our site (www.apbeat.it) you can get a more complete picture of the many things we’ve done.
5) In the course of your career in music, did you understand what people like or understand it is like searching for the sacred Grail?
No, this question cannot be answered … Music is made to give emotions, there are people who try them listening to classical music, others listening to dance, or rock and so on … It makes no sense to do what people like, you must do what you like and try to do it as best you can, with seriousness, commitment, and great intellectual honesty. If you do it well there will always be someone who will appreciate …
6) What do you think about today’s music scene?
I don’t think anything in particular except that I would like to see less “disposable”. Once the artists were “cultivated” by record companies. Today, TV makes music. The record companies intended as they were once understood no longer exist, or rather, they exist, but take the artists on duty who win the talent TVs, only to abandon them the following year in favor of the new winner. An endless meat grinder. But at stake, there are hopes that often become huge illusions. Very sad, and then we lose the real artists in the street …
7) What does it mean for you to work in music?
In life, if you do a job you like you are a lucky person. In this sense, I am very fortunate, and one thing that I feel like wishing all the kids who read is that of being able to find a way, whatever it may be, to live life with joy and without frustration.