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Taking the long way: Peter Cincotti’s approach is different with new album

Musician Peter Cincotti worked on his upcoming album for nearly three years. (Courtesy of Chris Seriale)

 

Peter Cincotti’s life is about constant movement.

It flows as quickly has his fingers do across the piano has he plays.

Yet, the 34-year-old musician had to be patient with his latest project as it took three years to complete.

“It feels good,” Cincotti says. “Getting ready for the fall tour and coming out of a not so heavy time of touring. I’m ready to get back on the road.”

Cincotti is gearing up to release his album, “Long Way From Home,” on Oct. 13.

The 12-track album is a departure from his past work.

He says it has more of a pop twist.

“Never before have I used the piano in this way,” he says. “A few years ago, I began having these visions of an album that brings active, rhythmic piano playing back into the landscape of modern music.”

This involved the New York native to pack up his things — pianos and all — and head to the Jersey Shore.

“I built a studio out in the Jersey Shore,” he says. “It was about figuring out the right mics and learning the engineering things. This album is different in every way. This is the first time that I had complete control over everything. I produced the record. Even the technical stuff. It affected the writing process. When it was all done, I had everything at my fingertips. The record is full of moments that are closer to the initial inspiration.”

Cincotti says he often separated the creative process.

“I scheduled guitars,” he says. “And vocal days. It was all very condensed.”

Cincotti flipped his entire creative process on its head for “Long Way From Home.”

“It changed everything,” he says. “I don’t think that I would repeat the exact process again. But it gave me a different perspective.”

With the move to the Jersey Shore, he was able to take himself out of NYC and the many distractions.

Being isolated also meant a lot of late nights, where he often crashed on the sofa in his studio.

“At one point, whenever I fell asleep, a new song would introduce itself in whatever dream I was having,” he says with a laugh. “So I’d wake up and write it down. Several songs on this album were written that way. It got to a point where I felt like I wasn’t even composing, I was just writing down what was already there.”

Peter Cincotti built a studio in the Jersey Shore to record his new album, “Long Way From Home.” (Courtesy of Amy Rapp)

Cincotti blasted into music in 2003 with his self-titled debut album. The body of work introduced Cincotti as a jazz artist.

Over the course of his career, he’s evolved as a musician.

“There are two segments of my career. Jazz artist and songwriter,” he says. “In the beginning I performed standards. At some point, I began writing and figuring out my voice. I look at my third album as my debut. I try to find unconventional ways to a song. Now it’s three albums later and I have this catalog of music that truly represents me.”

Cincotti has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to L’Olympia in Paris.

He’s also collaborated with artists ranging from Andrea Bocelli to David Guetta and has tried his had at film and TV with roles in “Spider-Man 2” and Netflix’s “House of Cards,” where he sang a duet with Kevin Spacey’s character.

“If I’m involved in a (film or TV) project, it’s usually musically,” he says. “If the opportunity is right and was interesting, then I’d go for it.”

Musician Peter Cincotti will release a new album on Oct.
13. (Courtesy of Victoria Stevens)

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