Edoardo Ferragamo – known in the music world as EDO – is a very talented young musician renowned for his amazing skills on the electric guitar. He is a music artist and producer, just 24 years old, and comes from the world-famous Ferragamo family.
EDO has made his mark on the Italian scene, filling up his concerts with up to 20,000 fans; he continues to extend his talent and presence throughout the world. Originally from Florence, Italy, Edoardo currently resides in both Italy and New York.
Edoardo, although you come from such a well-known family, Ferragamo – is the most famous shoe company in the world–you are a very humble, inspirational and incredibly passionate young man. Every time I see you, I want to get to know more and more about you.
Please tell our readers about your childhood, your music and the moment you discovered that you are a very talented musician.
I grew up in Florence, which is a beautiful and fun city. I can say I had a pretty normal childhood, going to school like everybody else. I did every type of sport activity, but my favorite was pole vaulting. And I played a lot of music! I discovered my love for music when I was about 12 years old; a new movie, called “School of Rock” with Jack Black, was playing on TV, and when I saw Jack teaching the little guy (Zack) all the guitar riffs that made up the history of rock music, I became astonished.
I ran down to the basement, grabbed my mother’s old classical guitar and started messing around with it. After some time, I started taking guitar lessons, and I fell in love with music. Music became my life and by the time I was 15 or 16, I had decided that music would be my future!
Does your family play an important role in your career and in your life? Are you inspired by your grandfather’s accomplishments?
My family plays a fundamental role in my life, as well as in my music career. I am very close to my family members, even though we live pretty much all over the world. But whenever we have some kind of challenge, we are always there to support each other.
I never met my grandfather, unfortunately, as he passed away when my father was only 7 years old; but everyone in my family talks about him, and he definitely is a big inspiration for me. When he was 15 he moved to the U.S.A. He left Italy and his family to pursue his dream and become a shoemaker, pursued career, which was totally different from his family’s background. He came from a poor farmer’s family from a small village in the south of Italy. And, for some reason, he always wanted to be a shoemaker. He was a dreamer and I consider myself a dreamer like him, as well.
Can you describe how you feel when you see 20,000+ people cheering you on stage and loving your music?
It feels like something I have been waiting for over many years–a great feeling of accomplishment that seems natural, totally right and like something I am definitely supposed to do. It gives me an adrenaline-like feeling.
Tell us about “One Day Closer.”
It’s my first single ever released, and the complete title is “One day closer to your love.” Love is meant to be both in a romantic way, as well as related to my goals in life–the love for something I choose to do all my life.
What inspires you to create your music? What is your muse–Italy, New York, poetry?
I write music almost every day. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to find inspiration, but when I try to focus and concentrate, I always end up writing something. After some time I realized that I feel more inspired when I’m relaxed, happy and not too stressed, even though I like sad, epic, energetic music. Inspiration can come in many different forms. One day I woke up very early, after having trouble sleeping, and it was snowing outside. From my apartment in NYC, I could see only clouds–I couldn’t see the city; and in 20 minutes I have written a song inspired by the dream I had.
What other hobbies do you enjoy, and what is your favorite activity besides music?
I love sports and I am a foodie.
You told me before that you’re a workaholic and that you love to work and create music. Being so busy doing what you love, what are your goals? Where do you see yourself in the near future?
Yes I’m a workaholic, I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do what I love every day, just like going to a 9-5 job. I just can’t chill for too long on vacation; a week is more than enough for me. After one week, I feel like I’m wasting my time. I see myself always doing what I am doing right, just at a higher level: more and bigger concerts around the world, I strive for expansion in my music career.
You come from the amazingly beautiful, fashionable and cultural city of Florence–I would love to hear what you think about fashion.
Fashion is an art form and an expression of beauty. I am very interested in observing the evolution of different fashion trends and their reflection on culture. Personally, I follow young and upcoming accessory brands from the U.S. and Europe with great interest. Equally fascinating is the integration of technology into fashion, and the cooperation between tech and fashion companies.
Thank you, Edoardo, for such an inspirational chat. I love your music and I admire your style. By the way, your guitar is very beautiful and unique; I noticed it when we were doing the photo shoot for your InLove feature. We are all on the lookout for your continuous success and expansion.
Luckily, we can keep up with EDO’s exciting new projects and developments through his website and social media.
Photo Vital Agibalow for Hensel.
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