Francesca Michielin colors the concept of fear with warm and bright colors, while preserving its shadows. This emotion has always been an ally to her. And today that she is 27 years old and she has entered different worlds but always connected by her ability to communicate, her fear is dearer than ever. Because she knows that an almost magical happiness is born from her taming of her. So after two San Remo as singer and author and one as conductor, after the publication of her first novel last March The heart is an organ (Mondadori) and the new single fresh out of the title Big big eyestoday Michielin is at the helm of both the second season of the podcast Tomboys that of the new edition of X Factor, of which she is host.
In the special Sky X Factor-Training Day she drove a racing Ferrari: after the initial squeeze she got a taste for it and said that overcoming fear gives a different happiness. Did you always think so?
You know, I grew up in Bassano del Grappa, a very beautiful town that gives you everything. You feel safe there, but this very sense of protection made me want to get out of the bubble to poke around, explore and yes, look for risk. The urge to shy away from comfortable things in favor of those that force you to get involved is something I have inside of me. I believe that to return to ourselves we must go out of ourselves. In this sense, I use fear as a weapon to do better.
Some time ago she wrote on her social profiles that a “new era” was coming for her: what did she mean, what happened?
I will tell you this parallelism: in life I sing, I am a singer, but I am also a voice. Singing is about performance, while voice is about identity. My voice has always been there, it has grown with me, I have explored it and it lives my physiology, it reflects how I am. A few years ago I wondered what this voice of mine meant, and then I started writing a lot: lyrics, then the book (The heart is an organor, Mondadori), the podcast Tomboys, but also ideas, projects. My new era is being able to communicate without filters.
And what communicative power do you see in the podcast, for having decided to create your own?
The podcast is a place where the voice is one hundred percent protagonist, and compared to other platforms it is a place where you can take the time to deepen and give space to certain themes. The intent of Maschiacci is educational, which is why the guests I have chosen share with me values such as inclusiveness, respect, equality. For example, in this second season I have, among the altars, Alessandro Zan and Claudio Marchisio, in the last The representative of Lista and Michela Murgia.
The recurring question in all episodes is “what would you not want to fight for anymore?”. I turn it to her.
I would no longer want to have to fight for everything that is happening in this historical moment, in which we see rights that we thought acquired and solid fly away from one moment to the next. Politics, at times, gives you the perception of wanting to do not our interest but that of one party, on the other hand retrograde. The younger generation does not feel represented, they struggle to find references, so I fear that few will go to vote. I actually hope to be proven wrong and that my peers and even younger kids will participate en masse.
Do you think it is difficult to talk about politics and activism through music?
I think that today we have different, more widespread communication channels, such as Twitter, where I can have my say on football, ecology, politics, and I can do it immediately, without having to wait for the time required to create a piece. In music I strongly claim the right to lightness, my songs have to be as I like. Then, to convey certain messages, I do other things, for example podcasts, I participate in conferences. My life is still political, for every choice and every gesture, even for how I will cook pasta today, if I do not use the tomatoes of the companies that exploit the laborers but those grown in my garden: even eating is political. In music, however, I feel freer, we have to do what we feel, even the famous songs, which are good for health.
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What quality is recognized for being so versatile?.
I struggle to compliment myself, but in this case I would say curiosity.CopyAMP code
Speaking of versatility, you are the new host of X Factor: can you tell us what your first reaction was when you were offered the proposal?
I sat down for a moment on the sofa and inside me I thought “but why should I say no, that’s cool!”, So no time and I joined the new team, very exciting. I am someone who loves these challenges who, as I said, loves to challenge themselves, and I confess that I am really happy because everything is coming out well and it is a job that I really enjoy. Here, embarking on adventures makes you discover new passions and maybe even gives you the awareness of being good.
He sees that he knows how to fulfill himself. With whom, among the new judges Ambra, Dargen D’Amico, Rkomi, plus the experienced Fedez, do you have a greater elective affinity?
She is combative, tough, determined, but she has maintained an undeniable sweetness: which song moves her every time she listens to it?
Impossible of the Nothing But Thieves. A passage from two years ago, arrived in the period of the pandemic, which talks about two people who love each other and realize that what seemed impossible to them is not. In a metaphorical way, as we said at the beginning of this interview, it also reflects going beyond fear, one’s limits and blocks.
Winner in 2011 of the fifth edition of X-Factor, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Francesca Michielin has just released her new single Occhi grandi grandi, a love ballad with a rock flavor.
The inability to communicate, the fear of knowing each other, touching each other, and then who knows, maybe opening up to the possibility of loving is the theme of the new single of Francesca Michielin Big big eyesi, of which she is co-producer. Available on streaming platforms.
Professional journalist since 2007, I started on the radio, and then moved on to print media in 2008.