MILAN — On Might 17, 2017, 4 unknown teenagers from Rome who exuded the unapologetic willpower that units these believing of their goals aside, posted their image on Instagram flanked by a bullish caption. “Siamo fuori di testa, ma diversi da loro…state pronti e #StayTuned,” learn the message, which in English interprets as, “We’re out of our minds, however we’re totally different from them…prepare.”
It was the fifth picture on the feed, shared on the fifth day because the creation of the account, which now goes by the title “ManeskinOfficial,” has 1.3 million followers and identifies the rock band representing Italy on the 2021 Eurovision Track Contest.
Little did they know again then that precisely 4 years after that put up, these 4 youngsters would carry out in entrance of a global viewers and repeat the identical assertion a number of occasions because the refrain of their hit track “Zitti e buoni.”
The charismatic group’s lead vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi and drummer Ethan Torchio — who’ve identified one another since center faculty and established the band in 2015 — are in Rotterdam readying their gig for the competitors’s grand closing, which takes place on the metropolis’s Ahoy Area on Saturday.
Along with the track’s catchy guitar riff and gritty vocals, Måneskin’s fashionable aesthetics and daring perspective are added attributes which might be already sparking curiosity and drawing worldwide consideration to the band.
As an illustration, the video clip of the track reached roughly 22 million views on YouTube because it was launched two months in the past, with supportive messages and customers predicting their Eurovision win piling up within the feedback part, in addition to on social media.
“We learn every part, each remark,” David says with a smile throughout a Zoom name with the group on Thursday. “However we don’t really feel the strain, we simply can’t wait to [perform] on the closing, in entrance of the viewers.
“And these optimistic feedback inspire us and cost us with expectations not a lot for the victory, however extra for the suggestions we may get even after the competitors,” he provides, underscoring that the last word objective is to increase the band’s fan base, reaching out and attracting new folks to its music.
Traditionally, Eurovision has been fruitful for Italian artists on the identical mission, as former contestants attracting worldwide recognition ranged from Domenico Modugno and Franco Battiato to Raphael Gualazzi and Mahmood, amongst many others.
If Måneskin does handle to take the trophy residence as properly, it could mark the third victory for Italy however the first in additional than three many years, following Gigliola Cinquetti and Toto Cutugno, who gained the competition in 1964 and 1990, respectively.
One of many founding members of the occasion, Italy made a return to the present in 2011 after a hiatus of greater than a decade and, ever since, the Eurovision fever has grown exponentially within the nation. Worldwide critics all the time praised Italy’s entries for the number of music genres offered during the last 10 years, starting from jazz and opera to pop and romantic ballads. But rock was nonetheless lacking, which contributed to producing curiosity round Måneskin.
Over the previous week, Italian music stars akin to Laura Pausini and Fedez have added to the hype, beginning to cheer the band on social media, whereas assist additionally got here within the streets of Rotterdam itself, with folks stopping vehicles to want the band luck.
“We’re excited as a result of we’re having enjoyable, there’s a really relaxed ambiance, every part is properly organized and it’s so good to see folks from different nations and speak with different artists,” says De Angelis concerning the expertise within the Dutch metropolis to this point. “We rehearse and go on stage every single day, and it’s so good to be again in entrance of an viewers, one thing we had been lacking for nearly two years now.”
Particularly, Måneskin is on the brink of impress the general public and depart its mark on the present with a pyrotechnic efficiency and rocking coordinated, personalized outfits courtesy of Etro.
“The appears to be like my brother Kean and I designed for Måneskin originated from a confrontation with the band and thru the involvement of Nicolò Cerioni, who has curated their styling over the previous 12 months,” says Veronica Etro, the model’s artistic director for the ladies’s collections. By the way, that is the primary time the style home has dressed an artist for the competition.
Channeling a glam-rock model, the outfits had been crafted from laminated leather-based with contrasting criss-cross motifs operating by flared pants, vests and a bustier. Studs in burnished steel additionally punctuate the appears to be like, which had been designed bearing in mind the lights and results anticipated onstage, says Etro.
“It was an excellent artistic course of,” provides De Angelis, recalling the free trade of solutions between the band and the designers, who “allow us to categorical our concepts and provides them our inputs.” Total, the band takes inspiration from music icons of the previous, together with Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, however “essentially we attempt to have enjoyable experimenting with appears to be like, with out setting limits however simply sporting what we like.”
“We think about style as self-expression, and as a manner of giving extra power to at least one’s message,” echos David. “Particularly in on a regular basis life, it additionally helps to seek out one’s personal identification and place on the earth, by feeling comfy with oneself.…In our case, perhaps we categorical ourselves higher with music, however [fashion] is one thing we care so much about as a result of giving the proper aesthetic to a track strengthens its message.”
In collaborating with the band, the Etros thought that adapting the identical aesthetic throughout the band and tweaking outfits in a private manner for every member was the successful technique. This components already proved efficient on condition that Etro additionally designed Måneskin’s outfits for the 71st version of Italy’s Sanremo music pageant in March, which the band gained towards all odds and due to this fact incomes the golden ticket to Rotterdam.
On that event, the nude, tulle jumpsuits the band wore for the ultimate made for a memorable second, and fairly an impression on the viewers. “That’s the one we labored on essentially the most: the blokes wished the appears to be like to characterize an intrinsic expression of freedom and selected the feather as a logo,” recollects Etro, explaining how this transient was changed into the feather paisley-shaped embroideries embellishing the jumpsuits.
“Let’s say that we went slightly additional than our consolation zone, however with them every part is feasible,” she provides. “It is a group of younger and distinctive guys, with a rock soul laborious to seek out within the new musical generations. We like their rebellious spirit and the liberty they categorical, which is in sync with Etro’s personal philosophy and aesthetics.”
Consequently, Måneskin by no means shied away from experimenting each with their appears to be like and lyrics, rejecting labels and a homogeneous model, epitomizing Gen Zers perspective.
Each the Eurovision track and the group’s new album, “Teatro d’ira, Vol. 1,” mirrors this rebellious method, with lyrics typically centering round emotions of anger and need to interrupt free from guidelines imposed by society. “We attempt to battle towards prejudices, stereotypes or impositions each within the musical and private sphere, starting from the best way of dressing to sexuality,” says De Angelis.
The band can also be a refreshing addition to the Italian music scene for its means to interact with youthful generations and categorical their values whereas standing aside from the considerable provide of lure, pop and indie music.
“In a manner, it was a problem and a guess, as a result of that is an album stepping away very removed from others right this moment,” says the bassist. “We didn’t set many limits by way of music as a result of we wished to do one thing that actually represented us and that we actually appreciated with out essentially having to homogenize, do one thing extra radio-friendly or interesting to most people. We wished to be trustworthy with our viewers.”
Satirically devoted to their faculty instructor, who used to inform them to “be quiet and behave,” the “Zitti e buoni” hit was pivotal in sealing the band’s creative credibility regardless of the members’ younger ages, ranging between 20 and 22. It additionally empowered them to undoubtedly shift their standing from “former X-Issue contestants” to rock band.
After performing as buskers within the streets of Rome and enjoying at some native gigs as teenagers, Måneskin rose to fame in 2017 after they auditioned for “X-Issue Italia’s” eleventh version, standing out for his or her assured perspective whereas performing their debut single “Chosen.”
“I’ve been following the group with nice consideration since their debut at X-Issue,” reveals Etro. “Since their first performances I believed they’d one thing distinctive and already on that event we had collaborated with them, dressing them for the ultimate episode.”
Måneskin got here second that 12 months, however the debut single scaled native music charts and they’re among the many most profitable artists within the historical past of the format right here.
“That was actually the turning level for me,” recollects Raggi. “To see the variety of folks exponentially rising live performance after live performance. We checked out one another and understood that one thing was occurring.”
Conversely, for De Angelis and Torchio the large epiphany got here even earlier than getting into the present, with the previous recalling how their names began to flow into in different colleges after they established the band as teenagers, and the latter pinpointing the primary gig overseas in Denmark as pivotal moments.
After “X-Issue,” Måneskin’s business success was cemented with different hit songs in addition to a documentary movie. In 2019, the band toured Italy and Europe, registering 70 sold-out concert events, adopted by an extra sold-out dwell occasion at The Dome in London, the place the group additionally briefly lived.
In the course of the keep, the British music scene influenced the event of the brand new album, which took two years of labor and marks the band’s creative maturity. Particularly, De Angelis recollects how the pandemic and the primary lockdown induced the group to experiment with a brand new method, shifting from writing the songs all collectively to taking time to develop their particular person identities earlier than combining them.
“It was additionally good to take issues extra slowly, listening once more to tracks and having the time to metabolize them and make modifications,” notes Raggi.
After Eurovision, the band will return to songwriting and to engaged on the second a part of the album. A tour round Italy will begin in mid-December, with dates in Rome and Milan already sold-out, and ending at Verona’s iconic Area on April 23, 2022.
“However we hope to have the chance to do additionally a European tour, when this COVID-19 emergency will probably be over.…Given this expertise and that totally different nations have began to understand us, we sit up for performing of their cities, too,” concludes De Angelis.
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