X Factor's Andrea Faustini: 'My life has completely changed... everything is happening so quickly'
Italian Andrea Faustini appeared on The X Factor in 2014, reaching the final. His debut single, Give A Little Love, is out now, and his debut record, Kelly, is out tomorrow.
Q: Was having a singing career your plan when you first came to the UK?
A: I wasn't really expecting anything at that time. Even though I've always known that I wanted to be a singer, I never thought that I'd come so far when I first came here. I remember standing in the queue for auditioning for X Factor and thousands of people were surrounding me and I thought: 'Why should they pick me?' It was more like a holiday. After that, I'm still pinching myself.
Q: Why did you decide to audition for UK X Factor?
A: I've always been a massive supporter of the UK version of the show, I've always loved its atmosphere and musical choices, and of course I've been amazed by people like Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, 1D, Olly Murs, Rebecca Ferguson, so I thought 'just give it a try.'
Q: What's the most important thing you learnt while on the show?
A: I've grown so much as a person and as a singer, but the most important thing I learnt is just go for it and don't overthink.
Q: How have things changed for you since the show?
A: My life has completely changed in the last year. I came from being a normal student back home to being a recording singer, and everything is happening so, so quickly that I still don't realise that this is happening to me. I feel like I'm the same guy who left home a few months ago.
Q: Are you proud of the album, and how was the recording process?
A: I've never really liked being in the studio as I felt like I was missing the emotional part of the singing, but this time it was something else. It has been amazing. I absolutely loved it. I'm very happy with the album, I think there's a little bit of everything in it.
Q: What track is your personal favourite on the record?
A: I think Give A Little Love really represents me: it's just what life is about to me - be kind to the people you love (and the people you don't) and smile even in tough times. I'm such a positive person and this song is all about that.
Q:You sing in Italian on one song, would you do a full album in your native language?
A: Absolutely yes. Italy will always be my country and I'm so proud of my origins. I just think it's still early days to think about a whole record in Italian, as I'm "born" in the UK, so people have to connect with me and my music. But it still remains one of my goals, so fingers crossed.
Find out more about Andrea at www.facebook.com/andreafaustiniofficial