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15 Minutes With Andrea Ramolo

Andrea Ramolo just dropped her new album, NUDA, last week. She’ll celebrate the release in Toronto on Wednesday February 1st at 7 p.m. @ Lula Lounge (w/ special guest Matt Epp). The album, produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), features a stunning collection of ten new songs that emerged out of a deep depression following a romantic breakup. The result is raw, haunting and beautiful.

We caught up with her this week.

SDTC: What should we be paying more attention to?

AR: Our hearts. We are constantly being bombarded by social media and political ideologies and now more than ever, we need to lead with love and compassion.

SDTC: What was the last Netflix series you binged on?

The O.A. This beautifully intense fantasy/mystery series that kept me wanting more.

One new thing you learned this year?

That everything is exactly the way it is meant to be and that nothing is eternal.

What memory brings a smile to your face?

The complete double rainbow I witnessed in a bright fiery sky at midnight on top of Dome Mountain one Summer Solstice in Dawson City, Yukon.

What lyric/song/book is resonating with you right now?

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

Describe the funniest thing you’ve experienced in recent memory.

One of the funniest things I can remember happening over the last few years is when I was on tour in the Netherlands with my band Scarlett Jane and we were so jet lagged and out of it that we didn’t notice somehow driving into a pedestrian-only historical square with our tiny rental car. All these foreigners were yelling at us and shaking their heads and we couldn’t understand why. We finally realized we were surrounded by ancient sculptures and fountains and took the hint that we needed more sleep or to next time hire a driver.

Best advice you’ve been given?

Go easy on yourself.

What is the best part of being your current age?

I no longer care what people think of me and I finally like myself. Also…I allow myself to take longer baths.

What word or phrase should we use more often?

“Help me.”

What’s on your night table?

Books, tarot cards, candles, massage oil, an old farm key from my father’s farm in Italy, piece of fool’s gold, and a photograph of my boyfriend’s back with angel wings drawn on.

What one item would you be lost without (besides your phone)?

My notebook.

Biggest music industry pet peeve?

Well, it’s still a man’s world. But I think I’ve grown tougher skin and a louder voice because of it.

What trends are you loving right now?

I’m loving that people are appreciating vinyl again. It lends for such a different and deeper listening experience in my opinion.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were a kid?

Hmmm…that’s a tough one. It’s between Uncle Jessie from Full House, Joey MacIntyre from New Kids on the Block, or Johnny Depp.

What do you love about Toronto?

Most things. I love the AGO, the coffee shops, the vast and diverse music and art scene, its multiculturalism, Hot Docs, Kensington Market, the incredible restaurants at our fingertips, the island, and the fact that my parents only live forty minutes away.