‘Mammamia’: Here goes Eurovision champ Måneskin again

Mammamia, Måneskin

From left: Thomas Raggi, Damiano David, Victoria de Angelis, Ethan Torchio

After successful this yr’s Eurovision Song Contest, Damiano David, Victoria de Angelis, Ethan Torchio and Thomas Raggi of the Italian rock band Måneskin discovered themselves on an specific lane towards worldwide recognition.

Eyes have been on the quartet, who captured individuals’s curiosity, not solely with their rambunctious glam and pop-rock sound, but additionally with their flamboyant, gender-blurring aesthetics and their unadulterated, carefree power onstage. But with the glowing reward got here criticism. But that’s par for the course in present biz, particularly for acts instantly thrust into the highlight.

That gave them a track thought.

“After Eurovision, we had a lot of attention. There were lots of times when we felt we did something great but people criticized it. And I wanted to translate that into the lyrics,” the band’s lead vocalist, Damian, mentioned in a press convention livestreamed from Berlin, Germany. The Inquirer was invited by Sony Music Philippines.

“Perhaps you’re doing something you feel is great, but they don’t understand it, so they make bad judgments and comments. I wanted to make fun of this situation,” he mentioned.

‘Focus on what we like’

The result’s “Mammamia,” a tongue-in-cheek rock bop that “also brings dance and club vibes” with its “strong bass riff and a rhythmic drum.” Released this month within the Philippines, the track talks about individuals’s misperceptions of 1’s conduct, ideas and intentions.

But the members, all of their early 20s, are previous analyzing and dwelling on what different individuals should say about them. “We try to think about what makes us feel satisfied. That’s what we try to do, because it’s impossible to please everyone,” Victoria mentioned. “So we just focus on what we like.”

The 4 artists, who’ve been buddies since their junior excessive days, acquired their begin on the scene, busking on the streets of Rome. In 2017, they entered the eleventh season of “X Factor Italia” and completed second. Influenced by a mixture of rock, funk, pop, hip-hop and reggae, the band went on to launch two studio albums, “Il ballo della vita” (2018) and “Teatro d’ira: Vol. I” (2021), which each have a number of platinum certifications in Italy.

Their three earlier singles, “Zitti e Buoni” (for which they gained Eurovision), “I Wanna Be Your Slave” and “Beggin” have up to now been streamed greater than 234 million, 427 million and 684 million instances, respectively, on Spotify. They additionally impressed punk icon Iggy Pop, who recorded vocals with the band for a brand new model of “I Wanna Be Your Slave.”


Most just lately, Måneskin, which suggests “moonlight” in Danish, grew to become the primary Italian band to attain nominations within the Best Rock and Best Group classes of the MTV Europe Music Awards, which is able to happen on Nov. 14.

Over the previous 10 years, rock music has fallen out of vogue within the mainstream scene, which is presently dominated by hip-hop.

Do they suppose rock is beginning to regain reputation?

“Maybe it is, slowly. I think the fact that this kind of music is now doing great again is good for people in bands who want to do it, but get told by the labels that it’s impossible. It will give them more hope to be free and do whatever they like… I see many of our fans messaging us, saying they’re starting to buy instruments, starting up bands and stuff like that. It’s insane and very cool,” Victoria mentioned.

Excerpts from the press convention:

What’s the songwriting course of for “Mammamia” like?

Damiano (D): We wrote this track instantly after Eurovision. We had just a few days within the studio, however happily, the track got here out only a few hours after. That’s why we thought it was going to work; that it was going to be a banger for us.

Sometimes it takes months and months to jot down a track. But generally you’re simply very very impressed and you want what you’re doing.

Victoria (V): We attempt to have enjoyable doing it. It’s not critical as a result of it’s a really foolish and carefree track. It was throughout a second once we have been experiencing a number of issues… The track got here collectively naturally… We had enjoyable and loved ourselves, and we’re very joyful in regards to the outcomes.

The phrase “mamma mia” can each have optimistic or damaging connotations.

D: It’s a combination. It’s simply an exclamation of shock, about how individuals react to what you’re doing. We additionally wished to make enjoyable of that stereotype, as a result of we’re from the Italian stereotype.

You preserve the songwriting amongst yourselves?

Thomas (T): No exterior songwriters… It depends upon the state of affairs. Sometimes we begin with a guitar riff or generally with a bass riff. Sometimes, with drum beats. But we attempt to combine one another’s influences.

V: We really feel very free doing it with simply the 4 of us. We suppose that’s necessary as a result of we need to specific how we really feel. And if we do one thing good or dangerous, we need to write that ourselves and to not produce other individuals writing stuff. We have been writing our personal music since we began and we by no means labored with different authors or anything. I believe this works high quality for us. We’re nonetheless younger, so there are nonetheless a number of issues to speak about, specific and experiment on.

D: And I’m form of a diva to be trustworthy, and would by no means let anybody write music for us! (laughs)

You at all times make it a degree to current your self as a four-piece band.

D: We at all times refuse to separate up once we’re requested to do interviews or different issues. We simply need to push ourselves as a band. Of course, we now have our personal individualities, however we need to stick collectively and construct one thing nice collectively.

Why do you suppose followers are going loopy over you?

D: We’re good at what we do, we’re lovely—we’re humble!—and we’re Italian!

But we don’t know the explanation. Maybe it’s due to our authenticity. We at all times attempt to be pure in what we do. We by no means do one thing that doesn’t make us really feel snug. Our distinctiveness shines via and other people see that we’re having enjoyable once we’re performing or simply doing interviews.

We even have a superb stability amongst us. People can also see our friendship and the way pure every thing we’re doing. I really feel like they’re actually near us as a result of we’re regular guys in our 20s who do one thing large. And that provides hope to the younger ones and youngsters to do one thing nice and work for one thing they love sooner or later.

Do you are feeling stress to behave like function fashions due to that?

D: We don’t see ourselves as function fashions or educate anybody something. We simply attempt to be one of the best model of ourselves. And if individuals see us as such, then it’s a superb factor. But we don’t really feel we now have that form of accountability. Of course, we don’t need to do dumb issues in public, however that’s extra for our sake than others.’

When we get off the stage, we cease being rock stars… We hang around with buddies and lead regular lives. We separate our jobs from our personal lives, that helps us to remain grounded.

How do you keep grounded? Do you suppose this stuff can get into your head?

V: We don’t suppose we’re necessary simply due to our job… I believe we can assist one another handle the stress and all of the issues this job can deliver. I believe we will face it collectively as a workforce. Everyone’s type and provides us an opportunity to be ourselves, however on the similar time, retains us grounded. once we’re doing one thing unsuitable.

You even have this androgynous vogue and look.

V: It’s not a factor we select to do on function—it’s simply the best way we’re. Especially in Italia, a conservative nation, many individuals suppose [of you differently] when you’re not dressed usually. We skilled this loads once we have been youngsters.

It’s one thing you develop up with, sadly; it’s like that for everybody. But after all, we expect it’s unsuitable or silly to have these prejudices that cease individuals from being themselves. So with many individuals taking a look at us, we really feel that we can assist unfold a optimistic message and inform them that it’s OK to be who you’re… Talking about necessary subjects like vanity and confidence is an efficient factor, it may possibly assist loads. Fans are telling us about that.

The United States is beginning to catch up.

V: We can’t wait to get there once we journey round… That’s once you understand what’s actually occurring. When you see it on social media, it’s one thing that feels distant. But once you’re within the precise city, with individuals ready for you, that’s once you understand [it’s real].

Any new music arising?

V: We’re already engaged on that. We have few songs in our pockets. But like every thing we do, we need to do it correctly and ensure we’re 100% happy with it. No rush. We will take our time and luxuriate in “MAMMAMIA.”

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