Interview with Peter Cincotti
Pianist and songwriter, Peter Cincotti began his songwriting career at the age of 9. Only 25, Peter is currently on tour opening for legendary performer Seal and has released a brand new album earlier this year called East of Angel Town.
Peter has enjoyed international success, and has been garnering fans on both sides of the Atlantic who love piano music. We’ve often received requests for Peter Cincotti sheet music, and we’ve been delighted to work with Peter to get you your songs.
In this interview, we asked Peter to open up and tell us what his favorite song is, who his musical influences have been and more!
Peter Cincotti Q & A with Musicnotes.com
What prompted you to start recording your own songs, as opposed to recording your renditions of traditional jazz standards?
- It just happened. I had been writing for a while, but during the tour of my second record writing just took over. It’s a door that, once opened, is tough to close.
Who have been your biggest influences as a songwriter or as a performer?
- As a songwriter everyone from Stevie Wonder to Sting to Randy Newman, to many of the all-time greats like Johnny Mandel, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Alan Jay Lerner, Fred Ebb, Richard Rogers. As a performer I like people who really put on a show- everyone from The Rolling Stones, to Tina Turner, to Elton John.
Which do you enjoy more: writing music or performing your songs?
- There’s a certain point when I like performing my songs best – somewhere soon after the moment they are written, but not soon-when you know the song well enough, but not too well. There’s a sweet spot in there that’s hard to pinpoint. As far as writing, I hate writing. I just like the feeling of having written.
Do you have any stories to tell about your experiences touring with Seal or in Europe?
- There are quite a few stories that go along with 5 guys traveling across the country in a van for 5 weeks. None of which I’d like you to print.
For your new album “East of Angel Town” you collaborated with award-winning lyricist John Bettis. What are some of the highlights from your collaboration experiences?
- Every time I write with him is a highlight. Collaborating with John is its own thing. Separate from anything else I do, or will do in the future. I’m lucky to have found a collaborator like him, and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done together.
Do you have a message for your fans that you’d like to share?
- Thanks for hanging in there with me through all the record company delays of my last record. Wish I could have moved it along faster. I hope within the next couple years I will get to see a lot more of you.
Of all the songs you’ve recorded and performed, which one is the most memorable to you and why?
- “The Country Life” seems to stand out from the rest. That song is sort of an emotional prediction. And many years from now, I hope to re-listen to it to see if I got it right.
What’s next for you in your musical career?
- Writing and recording my next record. Have no idea what will come out, but I can’t wait to get in the studio.
Musicnotes.com would like to extend our thanks to Peter Cincotti for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. If you are a fan of Peter, we encourage you to visit the official website of Peter Cincotti or download sheet music for Peter Cincotti. Our sheet music catalog for Peter is up-to-date, and we do have the sheets for his latest album, East of Angel Town.
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