We caught up with musician Edo Ferragamo to talk music, growing up Ferragamo, and what he wants to do most after the pandemic.
MM: When did you first discover your love for music and do you have any specific influences from styles of music to certain singers, bands, or artists?
EF: I was 12 years old. Growing up I had so many influences, mainly all the classic rock bands which I still love (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Guns’n’ Roses, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC etc) but also love Artists such as John Mayer, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Mendes, Kings Of Leon etc.
MM: How did you tackle the interest, did you start on a piano, or pick up the acoustic guitar or electric guitar first?
EF: At 12 years old after watching a movie about music and hearing the sound of the electric guitar for the first time I was so fascinated that I picked up my mom’s old classical guitar and starting messing around with it. Shortly after I started taking guitar lessons and fell in love with music forever.
MM: If you could only play electric or acoustic what do you pick?
MM: A lot of rock musicians don’t always have such clean vocals, did you study with a voice coach before you started to record?
EF: Yes, I only started singing a couple of years ago just out of curiosity to see how I would sound on the songs I was writing and not having to always collaborate with different singers to finish the records. I have to say I was quite impressed with my tone, so that’s when the light turned on and I started taking a LOT of voice lessons to become a good singer. I still have a long way to go but I’m getting better and better and I absolutely love it!
MM: If you had to pick a favorite song to cover, or play live what is it and why?
EF: Just from the top of my head I would say “Fix You” by Coldplay. Since it’s a very special song to me, I recorded a charity video project last May for the Red Cross Covid 19 Relief, it is up on youtube, it’s a collaboration with many amazing international artists.
MM: Same question for your own original music; what is your favorite record to play live?
EF: That’s a difficult one. I haven’t really played much of my new stuff with a full band because of the pandemic, but I’m really excited to play my new single “Somehow I Need You”. It has a great guitar solo at the end so that should be fun! On my old stuff I really enjoy performing “That’s The Way” with Cayenne Noluck but also “Common People”.. usually we end the concert with that one!
MM: Common People & That’s Why are your first released songs on Spotify. Can you tell us about the writing process for these songs? Also, do we hear any One Republic & Coldplay influences in there?
EF: I wrote those songs with my good friend Cayenne Noluck. “Common People” is a song about equality and “That’s The Way” talks about being in a rocky relationship with your significant other.
MM: Your latest single is ‘Somehow I Need You’ this came out in 2021! Where were you when you wrote and recorded it? Is there a muse for the song you can tell us more about?
EF: I came up with the guitar riff while I was at my girlfriend’s mom’s house in New Hampshire over Thanksgiving. The lyrics talk about the frustration of this past year when it comes to being in a relationship — the ups and downs of living under the same roof 24/7. Sometimes you almost feel like giving up, but you have a love for each other, and at the end of the day, love always wins.
MM: Are you recording the harmonies as well, or do you have a team of musicians that came in to lay those tracks down?
EF: I usually record harmonies myself, and it really depends on the song. During the production process, if I feel like I need a great piano player to play a specific part that I can’t play myself, I’ll call someone to help me with that. For example on the new single “Somehow I Need You” the piano is played by the incredibly talented Nikko Ielasi. He’s a good friend of mine and we went to Berklee together.
WATCH: Go behind the scenes with Edo on his exclusive shoot for Man of Metropolis
MM: The last year has been just a total ride for us all in one way or another — how have you used music to get through this time?
EF: Absolutely – actually music has helped me so much! During quarantine, I wrote maybe 20 songs and put together a whole body of work to make an album.
MM: Any new music coming out of quarantine that we can expect?
EF: YES! We have 1 single every 6 weeks coming out!
MM: What album of another artist has been on repeat right now?
EF: Anthem of a Peaceful Army by Greta Van Fleet
MM: Can we talk about fashion, I mean it is only right (wink): What was it like growing up with the Ferragamo name and how has it impacted your sense of style as a guy and now as a musician?
EF: Growing up as a Ferragamo was incredible, I feel very fortunate. When I was younger, it was easier for people to draw conclusions, but being a Ferragamo is a lot of responsibility. My family really taught me to work hard, be goal-oriented, pay a lot of attention to details, and take nothing for granted.
MM: Do you have a favorite item/product from Salvatore Ferragamo stockpiled in your closet, and why?
EF: I love sneakers, boots, and Leather Jackets.
MM: Ok, we had to ask those. Now let’s cheat on the family and ask about your favorite place to shop and what brands you feel the most Edo?
EF: I really like Rag N Bone and Ralph Lauren.
MM: Any style trend regrets or faux pas you want to confess to us?
EF: Hahah as a kid I went through a skater phase, wearing baggy pants and stuff lol.
MM: What is one place you want to go when things are fully open and safe?
EF: I really want to go back home to Italy first of all! But then go back to Brazil too!!
MM: If you had to release a track or album title that would describe your life right now what would you call it?
EF: Just off the top of my head I would call it Emotional Rollercoaster, ahaha just because in the past year I had a lot of that, a lot of uncertainty about the future etc.
MM: Words to live by?
EF: Go Beyond Yourself!
ART DIRECTOR Alyssa Clare Hoersten
STYLIST Lizzy Rosenberg
HAIR Lauren Berrones
MAKEUP Todd Harris
LOCATION The Box
FASHION ASSISTANT Alexis Kachersky
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Olivia Melville
HAIR PRODUCTS Leonor Greyl Products
MAKEUP PRODUCTS Pat McGrath Cosmetics