Cordio interview

Cordio released her new single Half an apple (Mescal/ADA), available in all digital stores.

Half an apple is produced by Lorenzo Vizzini, of great prestige the musicians who took part in the project: among others, the Colombians Jose Juvinao e Daniel Uribe, the latter guitarist winner of four Latin Grammys, Ryan Svendsen, formerly a fiatista in the records of Shawn Mendes e Uriel herrera, historic drummer of the Mexican star Natalia Lafourcade.

All Italian instead the excellence of Pinaxa, historical sound engineer of Battiato, who have been entrusted with mixes and masters.

The cover, hand drawn by the Argentine artist Juliet Alive, is the result of a study on the correspondence between sound frequencies and chromatic frequencies, and represents a fruit juice brik, made a symbol of the flavor of the piece.

We reached Cordio for an interview in which he talks about: new single, Sanremo experience and collaborations.

Interview with Cordio

Hi Cordio, welcome to All Music Italia! You have launched your new single a few days ago Half an apple, would you like to present it to us?

Di Cordio – Vizzini: Half Apple.
The Maestro directs the orchestra: Beppe Vessicchio… sings: Cordio!

The search for the other “half apple” is a reflection on falling in love, there are those who see it as a rule and others as a chimera. Does this piece want to be a super part to explain what is rational and unrepeatable in falling in love?

No, I think this passage does not try to explain anything, much less something as mysterious as falling in love. It’s just an outburst, a reaction of pride, a game to play down a pain.

Half an apple is your new single released after the release of the album Post-graduate photos published for Mescal / Sony. How does it differ from the previous project?

In many ways this song marks a departure from what has been done previously. One person told me: now you feel your twenty-six years. Before, I experienced depth a bit as a synonym of heaviness, but today I have recovered the value of lightness, I try to look at things with a little detachment, something that only irony allows you. Lorenzo Vizzini – my new producer – was instrumental in this step.

In Our life you sang: “Our life is a fast plane that passes by / It offers us a lift and then it goes away / And never think about the landing / Enjoy the journey while it goes / This life looks like a sand castle / That at the sound of a car will crumble ”a beautiful message in music, carpe diem in music. Do you have to live in the moment or build a long-term project?

I don’t know, in this song I was trying to give some advice to myself, but then like everyone else I can never “not think about landing”. Today, however, I enjoy it more, but at the same time I also look a lot more in the long term. As Ermal once told me “music is a marathon”.

A few days ago the final phase of Sanremo Giovani took place, you participated in 2018. What memories do you have of this experience?

I honestly have some troubled memories, it was December and there was no one there, there were few commitments and a lot of free time. The best memory is linked to a rehearsal room in the suburbs where I used to go to practice every now and then. I walked for half an hour, through the less touristy part of Sanremo, alleys, bakeries, music shops that are semi-deserted. In one of them I also bought a slightly battered classical guitar, among other things the one with which I then wrote half an apple!

By a whisker you could not reach the top three of your evening and therefore qualify for the Sanremo Giovani World Tour. An important opportunity to bring young Italian music to the world. Do you think it was a missed opportunity or a simple postponement?

Perhaps neither of them would have coincided with Ermal Meta’s theatrical tour with the Gnu Quartet, a tour of which I did all the openings and which for nothing in the world I would have liked to miss.


You were born in Catania, a city that launched great names in Italian music and specifically great names of the Catania songwriting school including Mario Venuti, Carmen Consoli, Franco Battiato, Giovanni Caccamo, Gianni Bella and Luca Madonia. Is there any of them you are inspired by? What are your references in music?

Apart from Battiato, for whom I feel such a love that I just can’t find the words, among those you mentioned Carmen Consoli and Mario Venuti were certainly very important in my training as a teenager, I listened to them a lot. Giovanni Caccamo, on the other hand, I have recently met him personally, he has an elegance and a sensitivity of other times and his latest album “” Parola “is an example of this. In general I am very inspired by Italian singer-songwriters.

You were discovered artistically by Ermal Meta, you collaborated with him and acted as an open act also for Simone Cristicchi and Francesco Renga, what did these meetings give you? Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

With Renga we only said goodbye at the end of the concert, I can’t say I know him. The meeting with Simone Cristicchi, on the other hand, showed me a way of being an artist that does not point the spotlight only towards oneself but illuminates the shadow areas of reality. About Ermal there would be many things to say, while he was the first to believe in me and that without him I would never have reached twenty-six with this wealth of experience, since he is a real “craftsman” of music and even just observing it I learned many things, especially perseverance.

In the future I would like to work with Daniele Silvestri.

We close with a question that is now a ritual, is there something I haven’t asked you that you want to share with the readers of All Music Italia? What we amicably call “the message to the nation”.

I would say that I have already said a lot, indeed, thank you if you have come to the end of this interview, you have been persevering, which is a good thing, almost always.

Cover image and article by Giovanni Tomaselli