Packed full of symbolism and 80s inspired synths, ‘Flower&Snakes’ by Giudi is a the modern depiction of femininity you didn’t know you needed. The Czech-Italitian alt-pop artist combines symbolism, visual arts and fashion to celebrate the diversity of society. We sat down with Giudi to talk about the single, the accompanying music video, her music and much more!
OSR: What or who inspired you to become a musician?
Giudi: I think it was Gwen Stefani. I loved her so much as a little girl and I dreamt of living all those things like doing the weird makeup and cool styling, travelling with my band, having fun on stage and singing out all of my emotions.
OSR: What first drew you to your preferred genre?
Giudi: To be honest, I don’t have preferred genre. I’m very open to almost all music genres and I like to experiment with my music.
OSR: What was the inspiration for your single ‘Flower&Snakes’?
Giudi: I was sitting on the train, on the way to south Italy and I was playing with my Garage Band app on my phone. I created a beat that was kind of ’running’ with the train and while I was watching the sunset from the window and I got an idea for the guitar hook with a vintage synthesizer and that’s how the single was born.
OSR: You often combine your music with fashion and visual arts, can you explain more about this?
Giudi: Yeah, I mean it’s all very connected for me. As a consumer of audio tracks, I can see the pictures in my head and vice versa, when I watch a visual art piece I can almost feel the melody.
OSR: How did you determine the artistic direction of the music video for ‘Flower&Snakes’?
Giudi: I had a clear vision inspired by an emotional 80’s ride with my girl gang at the end of the summer. My creative visual team, Jakub Ra (art director) and Matěj Pšenička (stylist), were inspired in a BDSM baroque style and the director of the video, Martin Smekal, put all our ideas together and managed to put them the way we wanted.
OSR: If you could perform at any venue, what would it be and why?
Giudi: I would love to perform in the outdoor venue of the Jay Pritzkers Pavillion in the Millenium Park of Chicago because I love the very special atmosphere of its architecture. Actually, another of my favourite buildings to perform in, also designed by the visionary Frank Gehry, would be the amazing ‘Dancing House’ in Prague.
OSR: What is the one thing you would like people to remember about you?
Giudi: My future-retro view.
OSR: If ‘Flower&Snakes’ was a type of fabric, what would it be and why?
Giudi: Interesting question. ‘Flower&Snakes’ would be a blood red silk pulsating in the wind.
OSR: What is the weirdest question you have ever been asked in an interview?
Giudi: Your previous question was a good one. I love it! But let me think. Yes! I remember this moment I won a silver prize as a new artist of the year and when I left the stage, a journalist caught me from Český Rozhlas (the Czech national radio) and asked me ”What does silence mean for you?” In that context, in the crowded and very noisy hall, with me full of emotions and an award in my hand, that was a really weird and intense moment.
OSR: What are your plans for the next 12 months?
Giudi: Finish production work on my album, doing some cool visuals, tour in Europe, write new music. Basically do again and again what I love the most.