ITALY – Just over a year ago, Måneskin were little-known musicians playing in the streets of Rome and fighting other street performers for a spot on the corner that would attract the most people. Now, attracting a crowd is as simple as announcing their next concert.
Earlier this month, they played to a sold-out crowd of 70,000 at Rome’s iconic Circus Maximus and have been invited to perform at some of the largest music festivals in the US, including Coachella and Lollapalooza, where they will appear for the first time this Sunday.
This fall, they will embark on their first world tour, which will take them all over the United States, Europe and Latin America with tickets selling fast and dates extending into 2023.
A lot of times Eurovision winners have that big moment and then they kind of disappear. What do you think makes you guys different that you’ve been able to take this and catapult so much and become this worldwide phenomenon?
David: I think for us Eurovision came at a very right moment because we had just come out with an album, so what we brought to Eurovision was basically just one of the things of the whole album and it was fresh, and it was super authentic for us. So, I think that people were happy to find a lot of coherence between what we brought to Eurovision and what they saw in our catalogue, and they felt like, OK, this is not just a viral song that they made specifically for Eurovision, but it’s just one of their songs and then they have two albums, and it all makes sense.
Then, you release “Beggin,’ ” which turns into the most successful rock song of last year. I mean, I woke up every morning I think for the last year like, (sings), “I’m beggin’, beggin’ you”… (laughter) … It just gets in my head, and then I’m like, come on, just get out!
David: Yeah, it’s our fault, it’s our fault, (laughter). Well, it’s not even our fault because we didn’t even promote it. It’s TikTok’s fault. It just got viral. We were pretty shocked by it. When we saw it growing, we were like, what is happening, and then we found out it was viral on TikTok and all that came about after.
You also covered “If I Can Dream” for the Elvis movie, what was it like singing an Elvis song? I mean, you know, “The King of Rock n’ Roll.”
David: Well, every time when we have some big deals, we try not to think about it that much because then you get like anxious, and you feel the pressure. When we had the chance to play a cover of Elvis, we didn’t feel like we were confronting Elvis because that would have been impossible, you cannot try to fight with Elvis’ heritage. We were just super happy and super glad and super honoured just to have the chance to play one of his songs, and we focused on that, and we focused on doing the best that we could do on that song without even comparing it with the Elvis one because, of course, it’s untouchable.
Now you have two VMA nominations and a third number one song on the Billboard charts, “Supermodel,” can you tell me what the song is about?
De Angelis: The funny thing is that everyone thinks it’s about supermodels, but it’s not. We wrote it after like three months in L.A. where we met a lot of people that were faking being supermodels or superstars. Everyone was very focused on the way they appeared and not what they were really like or who they really were. Everyone was just trying to fake that they have the best clothes, best friends, the best club, that kind of stuff, and we found it a bit stupid, of course, but it was something that we thought was only shown in movies, like a stereotype, you know, but when we saw it in person, we just thought it was fun and wanted to make a funny song about it.