The Florida-based rock n’ roll phenom continues her ascent with this powerful new release.
In a world where rock has lost some of the shine it had when it dominated the airwaves, Francesca Tarantino has nonetheless emerged as a future beacon and star of the genre. Harnessing the raw power and emotional intensity that defined rock n’ roll’s golden era, she’s already made waves in the Florida music scene.
Having already captivated audiences both over the airwaves and on the stage with her skills and larger-than-life artistic presence, the future looks exciting for Tarantino. With electric releases such as her debut “Runaway” having already garnered significant buzz, we can’t wait to see how far this young star will rise.
You could easily make the case that Tarantino and rock n’ roll is a match made in heaven. She grew up on the sounds of Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and Heart, which shows in her music.
Although her musical journey didn’t take her straight to rock (she would have vocal lessons and do musical theatre for four years), she would eventually seek it out. After deciding to learn the guitar, she would take quickly to the instrument, eagerly learning every epic riff she could find. The rest, as they say, is history, and Tarantino began writing her music shortly after that.
“Tragedy,” Tarantino’s latest single, continues her quickly building momentum with its melancholy yet powerful sound. Over initially soft rock instrumentals, Tarantino’s vocals and instrumentals create and explosively release in perfect harmony, mirroring crashing waves at the seashore. Dropping lyrics like “It’s a tragedy, this misery / You’re not here with me” and “I have no more dreams / Think I’m gonna scream,” it feels like Tarantino cuts directly to your soul. Attentive listeners will also notice Tarantino’s subtle and not-so-subtle guitar riffs throughout the song, perfectly tying everything together.
With influences ranging from the iconic voices of Hayley Williams and Steven Tyler to the groundbreaking sounds of Led Zeppelin and Heart, Tarantino is breathing new life into the age-old spirit of rock n’ roll. Whenever you’re ready, tap in and stream Francesca Tarantino’s latest release, “Tragedy,” available now on all major streaming platforms.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Francesca Tarantino! We loved “Tragedy”; we think your love for good old rock n’ roll shined through here! We wanted to ask, what was the inspiration behind this piece? Could you take us through the creative process for it?
Well, I just went through a sad experience with losing my dog, and I was feeling all kinds of emotions, sad, angry, etc. I wanted to write a song that others could relate to and who would handle those feelings, as I’m sure everyone has lost someone. I had the melody and the chorus first and some lyric ideas for the verses then the song grew from there. I brought it to my producer, Mike Walker, who made some upgrades. We both agreed that despite the sad and slow music, we still wanted it to rock!
You mentioned you’ve been doing music for a long time, even if it was in different forms. At what point in your musical journey did you realize that music was something you wanted to pursue seriously?
I’ve been in love with music since I was a child and would sing and dance around the house constantly and sing loudly with the radio in the car. My dad had guitars, and I would play around with them even though I didn’t know what I was doing. He bought me my own and started teaching me some simple chords. Then, at eight years old, I moved to Florida and started taking some singing lessons, and shortly after that, thanks to my singing teacher, I got involved with musical theatre. While in musical theatre, I realized I wanted to do something that involved music in my life, but I was not sure what the path would be. I added some guitar lessons to my vocal lessons, and it was at that point, about three years ago, I wanted to get back to rock music, and that is when I realized I wanted to make this my career!
Although you mentioned you used to be shy singing in front of people when you were younger, you’re not someone who shies away from the big stage now. Do you have any performance you’ve done so far that stands out as your favorite?
Oh wow! I have a couple that will always be my faves. My first-ever solo paying gig at The Veranda at Thornton Park - Orlando, was an incredible experience. Even though I was extremely nervous, I will never forget the feeling I had when I started singing and playing my guitar. My friends came to cheer me on, which made it even better! Another fantastic experience has been singing the National Anthem at not one but two Miami Marlins games! It was an absolute honor to be asked and then invited back!! Plus, I watched the baseball game, which is always fun.
What characteristic do you think is the most important for a musician to have? Also, what would you want it to be if your listeners could take one thing away from your music?
I think it’s essential for any musician to be authentic and be yourself! I hope people can connect to my songs, relate to the experiences I’m sharing, and know they’re not alone.
What’s next for Francesca Tarantino? You mentioned you want to release more music before the year ends, right? Also, is there anything you want to say to your fans?
Next up is adding more shows and more gigs. I love playing out live and meeting new people. I have two songs ready to be recorded, so one will be out before the end of 2023.