Originally from the midwest, but now is based in Los Angeles, California, Claudio Parrone Jr. has
already released two EP’s and a handful of singles in a span of two and a half years.His current
project is his debut album entitled , “A Boy from Somewhere”. The anticipated album will have
12 songs with varying sounds. Claudio Parrone Jr. intends to change the environment of pop and is focused on conceptualized albums and telling a story through each track. Claudio’s influences frange from The Beatles, The temptations, and to even Frank Sinatra. Claudio wants to wrap his story in a new kind of musicality while paying homage to his influencers who inspired him.
A common theme among musicians is reflecting where they came from.
A lot of musicians are now based in Los Angeles because it is one of the biggest music scenes. Claudio Parrone Jr. reflects in this track about how his life has changed since moving to LA. Not only does he reflect on his life, but he also reflects on the people he had relationships with at home. The track is accompanied by a beautiful acoustic guitar and Claudio’s smooth vocals. This song is more like a warning to the listener that you need to do things that make you happy and shouldn’t just stay with things that are familiar. By the end of the track, we here the happy guitar change to a sour strum eventually fading out. This by far stands out and contrasts with the entire piece and shows the darker side or alludes to something darker. A unique track indeed by Claudio Parrone Jr.!
Listen to "25 In LA" on Spotify and check out our exclusive interview with Claudio Parrone Jr. below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Hello! My name is Claudio Parrone Jr. I am a singer-songwriter from the Midwest, though I
recently relocated to Los Angeles. I’ve been releasing music as a solo artist for a few years
now. Last year I released 2 EP’s 2 singles, and was featured on another album as well. Though
I’ve only been releasing music for a few years, I’ve been writing all my life. Before music, it was
poetry. As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a love for words and story telling. I try to do
that with my music anytime I can.
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
I’m named after my father, who was named after an Italian singer named Claudio Villa.
Though neither of my parents have musical backgrounds, I feel that my grandmother was
manifesting something by naming her youngest son, Claudio.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
I write all of my own pieces. As I stated before, I’ve been writing for so long, that I pride
myself as a writer first. As far as writing style goes, it varies depending on the song. It can
happen a few different ways. I can hear someone say something, be it a sentence, a phrase, a
word, and think to myself, “That would make a great lyric/title”. That happens a lot. I’ll overhear
something in passing and a lightbulb will go off. Then I quickly find a way to write it down, and
then I obsess over it until it’s finished. When it happens that way, it’s usually pretty quick. Most
of the songs that I’ve released/will release are the ones that were written in about 5-10 minutes.
Usually one sitting. Those ones are the raw, inspired works. Another way is by working
backwards so to speak. Instead of naming a song, I write a song based off a name. I think of a
title that would get my attention, and then add some meat to it. There are other methods I use
too, but this answer will start to get boring if I go any further. If it hasn’t already.
We’re really into your new song "25 In LA"! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
Thank you! My latest single, “25 in L.A” is about fear, really. Recognizing it, diagnosing it,
and embracing it. Often times we recognize things that scare us, but we really don’t try to
figure out why. We accept the fear. For me, for a long time, my biggest fear was leaving home
and forgetting. Forgetting people, places, events, etc... Not remembering the city that raised
me. But I recently came to terms with it all, and that’s how I ended up out here. I was talking to
a friend before I moved, and I mentioned that this would be the first birthday I’ve been away
from my family. I’d go on to talk about how crazy it is that I’ll be turning 25 in L.A this year. To
which he said, “Write a song about it.” I knew I already had the title. So then I tried to put this
fear to words. Why is this relevant? How can I help other people relate? While I do keep the
verses very specific, I feel as though a lot of people my age can relate to the story. It’s not
about being 25, and it’s not about living in L.A. It’s about taking chances, living to the fullest,
realizing your potential, and most importantly, pursuing happiness. Making happiness a priority.
Something I wasn’t doing for a very long time.
What’s next for you?
My debut album, “A Boy From Somewhere” will be out fairly soon. By the time it’s released,
it’ll have about 2-3 years of work in it. That’s extremely exciting to think about. Also, quite
scary. To devote so much time to something, and then finally release it. I’ve never done that, so
this will be a very new thing for me. What I can say is that, this album will be something that
nobody has ever heard before. I’m setting out to create a whole new genre of music.
Something that challenges the listener. I’m tired of music being aimed to the lowest common
denominator. I think we need to give listeners more credit, and give them pieces to take home
and dissect. Music is so much more than just sound. I don’t want to provide you with noise, I
want to give you an experience. I think that’s what you’ll get. So. Stay tuned.
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