After releasing multiple hit singles, the Swedish pop artist Sandro Cavazza has signed to Island Records to continue to pursue music! The singer/songwriter is so devoted to his artistry that for his love song duet, “Used To”, he worked with singer Lou Elliotte to construct a music video that made it appear as if they’d spent several years together. Cavazza’s most recent single, “Enemy”, is sure to portray the same devotion to his fans.
By working incredibly hard and honing in on his songwriting abilities, Cavazza has gained nearly 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify and his platform is only expected to grow. I chatted with the artist to learn more about his journey to the LA music scene and get the inside scoop behind “Enemy”.
Ariel Zedric: Tell me about the inspiration behind your latest single, “Enemy” and your new adventures with Island Records in the US!
Sandro Cavazza: I’m really glad to have them onboard. I’m so grateful for them believing in me and the song. Victor and I got together to write a song and this song came out of it! I really loved the song from the get-go, it’s sad but hopeful at the same time which really made me love it.
What was it like working with Victor Thell on the track?
Victor is one of the greatest producers and people out there and it’s always been really special to write with him. It’s definitely been on my bucket list to release a song that we’ve written together.
Are there plans for a video?
Yes! there will be a lyric-video that contains footage from my spring tour where I perform the song.
Talk a little about your decision to move from Sweden to LA.
I’d heard so much about people going to LA to pursue songwriting and I wanted to check it out, plus I had vocal nodules so it was perfect timing to study vocology at the same time. I learned a lot there and I’m thankful for it being there early in my career.
Walk me through your songwriting process, what’s your favourite place to write?
Oooh, hard question. It’s not so much whereas with who is there with you. I wanna have somewhere calm though in order to get my emotions out on paper, but then again writing with someone like Victor or Kyrre (Kygo) makes the actual place not as important.
How was your first experience touring? Do you have plans to do it again?
I loved playing in front of all the fans! Touring is such a cool but depleting experience, so I love it but also have huge respect for how it affects me. I would love to do a European tour next time so I’d get to play in front of all the fans that wanna come out!
Explain the personal and professional struggles you’ve encountered in the music industry thus far. How have they molded you? Have you ever doubted your choice to pursue music? If so, what’s kept you going?
In a sense, travelling and constantly thinking about music takes a lot of time away from other aspects of life, such as my family but their support is also what has kept me going. I don’t feel that haven’t written my best song yet so there’s a lot more to do and I don’t doubt keeping it going.
Tell me about a moment in your career that has left you extremely proud.
All the ‘first-time experiences’ like my first publishing contract, my first 100 million streams on Spotify, and the first time I had a #1 in many countries is something I’m proud of so far.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you want fans to know about?
I really love working and hanging out with Kyrre (Kygo) and I hope to write some more unforgettable songs with that guy!
Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
I have so many people who inspire me on a daily basis but as a singer, one of my biggest influences has been Freddie Mercury. I love the emotions in his voice, his technique, and the fantastic melodies he gave to the world.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists in the field? How has your success story panned out?
Never give up! Just keep on going and let your passion for music guide the way! I started out busking on Hollywood Blvd. and if I didn’t love music this much, I wouldn’t be doing music today.
Any last thoughts? What’s next?
More songs are always in the making and finishing those will be my next priority after “Enemy”.
Featured Image Courtesy of Sandro Cavazza