ON the interviewing block today…
is the talented songwriter Mauro. He chats with me about his current track, Dubstep Heart, and why it holds personal weight – and can be appreciated by everyone who listens. The U.S. star discusses his plans for new music and whether we will catch him in the U.K.
I learn how Mauro came into music and how important it is connecting with fans; Mauro tells me how he spends time away from music; whether he takes a lot of inspiration from mainstream arbutus – and, exactly when music came into his life.
Hi, Mauro. How are you? How has your week been?
Sam! I’m excited! I’ve been traveling, composing new music and enjoying life!
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
World! I’m Mauro; the proud owner of the most colorful guitar on the planet, where heartbreaking and hip-shaking songs were born. I’ve had the delight of performing in a tuxedo with sneakers, lying down; in a white bow tie, like an animal, under the rain and, maybe, in a dream you had - all for over sixteen years (so far) and in front of the biggest stars I know: the people.
Dubstep Heart is out. What inspired the song? Is there a story behind it?
The legend tells the story of a broken heart that keeps beating during the darkest times. It’s one of my homages to resilience dedicated to all the survivors of adversity. I had produced different records at that time which were going to be released instead but, suddenly, an interesting series of events took place that deserved an anthem.
I started writing the chorus on a plane after promoting my previous work. Here, we have a heart that is strong yet miserable, poetically embodied in the syncopated beat of Dubstep. Hidden messages are painted within the song as well.
Is there more material coming up? Can you reveal what is coming next?
I recently finished two-hundred new songs. I’m working on this serious selecting because releasing new music is obviously in my plans. So…there’s a lot of music going on and a couple surprises to look forward to. Stay tuned!
Your music has gained support from sources all over the U.S. How important is that backing and kudos?
Fundamental. It’s gratifying to be appreciated by people who value your work objectively. To me, music is a connection and, by connecting with others, I fulfil my purpose in this life.
Do you take a lot of inspiration from the modern mainstream? Which artists strike a chord?
I inspire myself according to my inner revolutions. Last night, I wrote an R&B song all of a sudden and, last week, I started an Alternative composition which ended up as a Rock explosion (and that’s just me). Music comes to me naturally - without having to be influenced by it.
How did music come into your life? Did you grow up around music?
Destiny-meets-work. Music was love at first sight. I’ve been an artist my whole life, permanently creating. At the age of four, I started working in fields such as painting, drawing; acting and writing - and it was a matter of time that I began creating my own music. I wrote my first album when I was ten - and have been performing ever since.
Can we see you tour soon? What gigs do you have coming up?
Actually, I’m back from tour. I had a wild time! I even had a sick photoshoot at the beach and all. Upcoming dates will be posted soon. I’m happy on the road.
Do you think you’ll play the U.K. this year?
I’m crossing my fingers; it would be such a pleasure. I love the U.K.! Shout-out to my U.K. fans!
How important is it connecting with an audience and getting on stage? Is it somewhere you feel ‘free’ and uninhibited?
Essential. I work to tell a story on stage wherever the circumstance may be - and that’s one of the keys towards connecting with people. In my case, it’s a whole mind-soul-body experience to convey the collective of memories attached to the song that live through me. I’m only myself when I’m performing. To me, it’s like being born again. Someone once told me I transform when I’m on stage…I agree.
What do you hope to achieve in 2018?
In 2018, I’m celebrating sixteen years of music - and this is a year of transition for me. I hope the message in Dubstep Heart continues to resonate within more people. All is leading towards a new era in my career…so; we will definitely meet again at the end of the rainbow!
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music – the one that sticks in the mind?
Wow. I’ve got a list! Part of me is stuck in my childhood years where I started my music career. It is fascinating for me to realize I was hired at that age to perform music that I wrote and loved. If I had a time machine, I’d go back and perform with that kid.
He seems cooler than me.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Be fearless. If your love of music is the reason leading your journey, then nothing and nobody will stop you from doing what you love.
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
Not at the moment...
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I’m married to my music; in sickness and in health and till death do us part. I do get caught up in writing poetry, painting/drawing; photography and any other artistic activity that reinforces, amplifies or refreshes my view of music from a multitude of innovative perspectives.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Barbra Streisand - Where Is It Written?