Check out our recent interview with singer-songwriter MAURO.
upfrontNY: How did you get your start in music?
MAURO: I’m a multifaceted artist. I’ve always been involved in artistic fields like painting, drawing, acting, singing since I was five, but I found myself in my music when I was 10.
When I was 10 years-old I started writing my own original music, performing live at international festivals and recorded my first album “Just Songs”, an experimental fusion of genres. Then albums like “Living With Music”, “Nobody’s Home”, “The Human Pain” came along.
I remember myself as a kid in the recording studio producing my albums; being 11 years-old and performing my creations live on pretty great main stages too. I began as an autodidact musician which I admire because I got to live the songwriting process step by step reflecting my existence into my compositions. Nowadays I’m celebrating fourteen years of a career I started when I was just a kid.
upfrontNY: What inspires you?
MAURO: My music has always been a living diary that highlights moments in my life, an autobiographical expression so I’m inspired by the situations I’m experiencing. The inspiration in my music develops itself in three areas: the first is the expression of reality: as an artist I express my reality through my music, the second is the purpose in the mission: I create music and as a musician the intention is the creation of it for myself and others and the third is the significance of the message: the various visible and hidden messages within my songs that convey my outlook as a human being and my vision as an artist.
upfrontNY: How would you describe your music?
MAURO: My music is a chameleon, it changes colors during the circumstances and experiences I go through. A parade of emotions. Poetry with my personal twist. It’s versatile, eclectic, deep and heart-felt musically and vocally. My music offers a ticket to my thoughts, feelings and eras in my existence. The “heart factor” is a must in the elements of my music and even more these days, translating my sentiments into sounds. My music is my legacy and prerogative to be truly myself. A public and private painting of the story of my life.
upfrontNY: Of all your songs, do you have a favorite?
MAURO: I consider all of the songs I’ve composed my favorites because they represent a piece of me individually and together as a work of art they are special to me in different levels. I love my evolution and the music that I will be sharing from now on. From the start my songs were raw truth, a heart in my hand like in the first album and that’s one of the attributes I still keep within my work. I cherish singles from my second album “Living With Music” like “Raining On Me”, “Are You For Me, or Not?”, “You’ll Be Mine Forever” “Breakaway”, “My Way” that convey hues of my deepest self. “Nobody’s Home”, “Where?”, “The Rain that Never Ends”, “Something New” are songs from other albums I’ve produced where you could find that natural versatility of genres, vocals and rhythms. From the latest releases “Dance With Me” that became an international success, a #1 hit on the radio stations and charts; “Beauty Of Your Soul” takes you for a soulful ride and “Making Love 2 U” actually talks about giving love in times of despair.
upfrontNY: Can you tell us about your song Dubstep Heart?
MAURO: “Dubstep Heart” is my new #1 hit on the international pop charts which tells the story of a broken heart that keeps throbbing in spite of all the dark. In the chorus you get: “I got it, I love it that Dubstep Heart. Break me, taint me baby I still shine in the dark”, which reflects the soul of a warrior, fighter and survivor. With this new production I can hear my own heart coming alive. “They might break all of my teeth but I keep on smiling” roars the “Dubstep Heart” in the lyrics, this way it’s dedicated to all those who smile at adversity and keep rising. I love this song, it gives me the strength to smile with my eyes closed and fly without wings.
upfrontNY: What has been your favorite performing experience?
MAURO: I have created my shows from head to toe since I was a kid and throughout these fourteen years of my career my favorite experiences go from singing my heart out with my guitar on main stages to performing live with my female dancers and having the time of my life.
I’ve got beautiful first memories of my performances from when I was younger; always establishing new ideas, looks, costume changes, choreographies and taking charge of everything related to my music including visuals, artworks and stage lighting.
upfrontNY: Do you have any cities or venues on your touring bucket list?
MAURO: I would love to go on a world tour.
upfrontNY: What is next for you?
MAURO: I’m currently working on new music and celebrating one more year in my career. I’ve written four albums in the past couple months and I am focused on my journey.
I have completely turned my direction upside down by giving birth to a new era in my life: “Dubstep Heart”. One promise I can make: I’ll create music till the day I die.