Every blue moon there enters a unique and talented potential phenomena in the music industry. Style, class, grace and a great face are some of the key components that separates the stars from the icons. Bonavita has the duality and talent to reach both of these new heights. Armed with class, a classic style coupled with sophistication and a down to earth swagged out sensuality that resonates through his music. We feel that you should get into 3D Music’s new artists, “Bonavita”. Couch Sessions had a chance to sit down with the new talent and discuss who is Bonavita. Check out what Mr. Good Life has to say about who the most important woman in his life is and how he deals with being compared to Drake.
Where are you from? Where is home base?
I’m actually originally from NY. Suffern to be exact. But since I was 10, I have lived in Brookfield, CT. I am super excited though to start this next chapter of my life in D.C.!
How long have you been creating music?
I have been creating music ever since my first computer came with Garageband. Even before that though, I was writing songs. Growing up it seemed I was always writing something. I use to keep a notebook with me and write poetry when I was young. I filled a few notebooks full of poems and stories, I wish I could find those.
Of course you will be asked time and time again, what is your cultural ethnicity?
I am Italian. Would be 100% if it wasn’t for my Mom’s mom!
What does the name Bonavita mean?
Bonavita means “Good Life”. It is a blessing and a curse. It is a great last name and I love to wear it. But the Good Life is something I’ve yet to fully attain. I believe through music I will get there, so it makes me work hard so that I can truly say I deserve this last name.
Who were your musical influences growing up? Who inspires you today?
Growing up, I was heavily influenced by Pop. I remember loving the boy bands of my generation. Like Nsync, Backstreet Boys, 98 degrees. That love quickly transitioned into more R &B and Soul. I have fond memories of singing Brian McKnight’s “Back at One” and “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly. The first CD I ever bought was actually “Confessions” by Usher. That was definitely one of the most pivotal moments in my life, and from then on I completely submerged myself in RnB. These days I draw inspiration from a lot of different art. As of this juncture, I have been listening to more and more Gospel. I want to try to get back to the soul of music that I had originally fell in love with when I was young. When I was a boy, I had no idea that these songs I had loved so much and would sing around the house were actually derived from Gospel music. The harmonies and melodies just make you feel a type of way that can’t be explained.
Stevie Wonder can see that you have a strong fashion sense? I love the vintage with a dash of modern look you have but I also see that you are by no way status quo and think outside the box. I am loving the dichotomy and duality to your overall style- fashion and musically. How would you describe your fashion sense and style?
Thanks so much. I think part of my style is just from being a young professional. Currently I work as a Sales Representative for an alcohol distributing company. I primarily make my money off selling wine. This business is a mix of things as is the music scene, and requires a certain balance of key elements. You have to be Playful; by interacting and socializing while having fun with what you do. You must also be able to get down to Business and know the line between those two elements. And lastly, you cannot forget the element of Sex. Selling wine is Sexy. Sharing a glass of Burgundy with a woman is Sexy. Drinking red wine while listening to an RnB love song is Sexy! That is where my style is derived from. It is a happy medium or being contemporary and clean cut while being casual and comfortable. I want to be able to go sell a few cases of Bordeaux, and then get off work and be able to mingle in any environment.
What is your ultimate end game when it comes to creating and sharing your musical talents with the world? And where do you see yourself in ten years?
In 10 years, I see myself building an Empire out of the 3D brand. Ellis Lambert and I have a vision, and we won’t stop until that vision becomes a reality. I want to be an established and respected artist in the game a decade from now. But for me it’s not just about myself as a performing and recording artist. I want to be a producer as well. I want to write songs not just for myself, but for other people. I want to share this passion I have for music, by making 3D a home for other young aspiring artists to grow the way I am currently growing in this industry. I refuse to box myself in as just a vocalist, so I’m sure as time progresses you will witness many stages in the evolution of “Bonavita” and 3D.
Who or what means the most to you in this world?
My Mom is the most important person in my world. I owe everything to her and it’s something I cant explain into full detail in this interview, so I wont try. She is the only reason why I’m alive, and I mean that in more ways than one. So I can’t wait to really get this off with this music, so I can take care of her and make sure she never has to work again. She deserves the world because that’s exactly what she gave to me, so I’m going to go out and get it for her.
When introduced to you, a Drake reference was made. Honestly, I see you as an improved classically finished and pressed version of Drake and as talented if not more. Do you think this comparison will put you in a “box”?
I think it’s a great compliment to be honest. People are comparing me to the hottest dude in the game right now. But it’s something that will definitely deteriorate over time. I set myself apart with more dynamic singing capability. And my rapping style is definitely a little different and more versatile. I think it will all become more apparent as more of my music surfaces, and I begin to explore new and different facets of my sound.
How would you describe your musical style?
That is hard to say, I feel I’m too young in my career to label anything yet. I haven’t made and experimented with enough bodies of work to really know for sure. I think the resume I’ve built thus far shouldn’t depict my overall sound yet because there is a lot more I want to do. Maybe that is my style in a sense. I’m kind of everywhere with my music. I want to sing and rap in many styles and definitely have the ability to do so proficiently. I’m sure in a few years I’ll have a more definitive answer to that question.
Are you planning a U.S tour? A European tour? Where is one country you would choose to visit? I know your manager and I were vibing on how Africa is a hot spot. Would you like to visit and record there?
Touring is definitely something I am looking forward to, but first I want to establish my music and release a solid body of work to warrant a tour. Africa is a place I definitely look forward to visiting. After all, it is the homeland. But I am most excited to visit Europe. Europe’s Hip-Hop/RnB scene is definitely pushing the envelope and impacting the game back here in the states. Their fusion of EDM and RnB/Hip-Hop is incredibly addictive and is something I can’t wait to experience first hand. Plus Europe encompasses some of the best wine regions in the world, and I wouldn’t mind experiencing that as well.