Mauro is a 15-year veteran of the music industry who started his career aged just 10. The New York-based tenor singer, songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist is also an actor, poet and painter. We spoke to Mauro about his career so far and anthem ‘Dubstep Heart’.
Sometimes we can’t just wait for the storm to pass in order to be strong… we must be strong in the middle of the storm.
First up, tell us bit about yourself. Going back to the start, what first got you into music?
My love of music. I’ve been working in the arts since I was four, and music was a certain path for me as I always loved singing, writing, dancing and creating art of my own of course. At the time I was doing theatre, constantly performing live, I fell in love with being onstage. Songwriting was natural to me as I had previously written tales and poems so I think my talents united to give birth to my music career.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from when starting out?
No. As an artist I’ve always created myself and the inspiration has come straight from me.
You’re currently celebrating 15 years in the music business. What would you consider your five most significant moments in that career?
1) Beginning my career at ten years old when I wrote my debut album “Just Songs”, time in which I started getting hired to perform my songs.
2) When my songs reached #1 on international charts including my latest releases “Dance With Me”, “Making Love 2 U” & “Dubstep Heart”.
3) Every show I’ve given throughout these fifteen years. All the people, fans, friends and more beautiful souls I had the privilege to perform for and who support me and my music.
4) When my song “Chain Our Hearts” was chosen for “Musicians For Peace Event” live from Germany, a very special event broadcasted across the globe for world peace.
5) Receiving worldwide radio airplay including the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, France, Belgium, Russia, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Mexico and Brazil.
What’s been your best moments of 2017?
My latest record ‘Dubstep Heart’ reached #1 on the Pop Chart, #3 on the Originals Chart, #4 on the World Chart and #6 on the Dance Chart of Beat100; the song was also named as one of the Pop Hits of 2017 by NY Music Hits in New York. This year I also traveled a lot with my music, met new people, composed many songs and really loved it!
Tell us about your anthem ‘Dubstep Heart’. What’s it about?
‘Dubstep Heart’ tells the story of a broken heart that keeps beating during the darkest times. It’s my kind of homage to resilience, it’s about smiling at adversity while being hurt, tired and broken. The song goes “they might break all of my teeth, but I’ll keep on smiling”. If you listen carefully, the music is sad actually, because it’s a sad song, it’s the beat that makes it brighter plus the chorus is the center message which evokes strength and power.
I love how the verses revolve around this miserable existence and then comes the chorus trashing it all down, imposing the new found courage, laughing at the pain with “break me, taint me, baby, I still shine in the dark”… I loved writing, recording and producing this song.
Are you a fan of dubstep?
I like dubstep, when I first heard it I thought it was very interesting, and one of the reasons why I named this song ‘Dubstep Heart” just like the syncopated beat this narrates the life of a heart that is broken and hopeless yet strong, resilient and fearless throughout a chaotic existence which is life.
How does ‘Dubstep Heart’ build on your most recent music?
I can definitely say it left its mark on my new creations, I just finished 150 new songs and there’s still a felt presence of it in some with a variation in contrast. The manifestation of strength in the middle of the pain is dealt within a different spectrum in these new songs, in fact, there’s one addressing the issue from the misery.
What are your hopes for ‘Dubstep Heart’?
It’s dedicated to all the broken hearts, survivors, fighters, warriors in life, people who won’t give up, who keep going in spite of everything and everybody no matter the situation. I’ve already received positive feedback from people who say the song was uplifting and inspirational, that it’s got a warrior beat. I really wish that when people listen to it they feel a empowered as I felt when I wrote it. That they embrace it as their mantra. Sometimes we can’t just wait for the storm to pass in order to be strong… we must be strong in the middle of the storm. We need songs to help us grow, heal, deal with adversity and negative circumstances, because that is life.
What’s coming up for you in 2018?
Touring abroad and hitting the studio. I’m in the middle of an artistic reinvention that not only involves a whole transformation but it includes a serious selecting of the 150 new songs I just finished composing. More music!
When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
I’m currently touring Latin America. Updates will be posted on my Facebook.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Britney Spears and Marina and The Diamonds.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I would go back to the first time I performed live and say to my younger self: “Never let go of your passion, because once we run out of passion in this life we are dead already. Keep going!”
Listen to Mauro’s ‘Dubstep Heart’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to mauromuzik.com.