I told myself that the final sense of promises is that they are kept. That it must be a little like love, that doesn’t really exist unless it is mutual. «That is why this album has this title: because every song
is a promise», says Elio d’Alessandro, born in 1987, frontman and author of the “Il Grande Capo” (The Great Boss) project and that is the moment I understand who is standing in front of me.
Before that, we had talked about his theatrical work, in provinces, about a love that ended by chance, Nada, Giovanni Lindo Ferretti and Natalia Ginzburg, the house that he had left a few weeks before and the entrance of which is right in front of the café we chose to meet in for the interview, as if it was a kind of warning. When he exclaimed «promises» and a kind of aqueous veil covered his eyes, I realised that the person singing and writing the songs of “Il Grande Capo” is someone who has no intention of letting promises go.
I had spent the evening and most of the morning listening to songs from his last album and older ones on Youtube, trying to understand what kept me there, singing things like «the sea is too big, to be all mine». Whether it was the insistent rhythm of the vocals, or the Brit atmospheres, or the videos created with an exceptionally high quality for a project born from crowdfunding. Everything started in that house in San Lorenzo: a creative group of young adults, of friends (Ilaria Tortoriello bass and vocals, Stefano Mancini drums, Giacomo Forte keyboard), who gave themselves a name and decided not to wait any more for recognition from the world, but to create it themselves.
It was clear that I was before a kind of perfect, rare alchemy: an actor that makes himself the bearer of a musical message but who does not feel successful enough to go up against more cunning and less prepared songwriters. One who has a single image of strength and humbleness, an image that is mostly an undertaking, a promise to keep to themselves.
The story has been written by Matteo Trevisani, writer.