Andrea Bocelli’s son Matteo is the new tenor in Bollywood

Matteo Bocelli, who is all set to release his debut album shifting the gears from opera to pop, is in India to collaborate with singers Prakriti and Sukriti Kakar

Matteo Bocelli, who is all set to release his debut album shifting the gears from opera to pop, is in India to collaborate with singers Prakriti and Sukriti Kakar

Growing up in Fortei dei Marmi, an idyllic coastal town in Tuscany, Italian singer and pianist Matteo Bocelli recalls that it was “unusual that the house was ever quiet”. “The house was always full of music – not just opera and classical music, but also Sinatra, Queen, The Beatles. So I grew up with very eclectic tastes and even now I feel like a bit of an old soul when it comes to music,” adds Matteo, who has released three singles from his upcoming pop debut album.

The 25-year-old son of opera superstar Andrea Matteo is in India to team up with Hindi singer Amaal Mallik and siblings Prakriti and Sukriti Kakar for a song. “This is a collaboration that I have always dreamed of – I am honored to have done this with great talents such as Amaal Mallik, Sukriti and Prakriti. I started with the best,” Matteo says.

In 2021, Mallik and the Kakar sisters worked on the Indian remix of the song by Grammy-winning British pop singer Dua Lipa. Levitation, received praise from the singer, who called the mix a “gift to her Indian fans”. Matteo, who has already released a Spanish version ( Dime) from his new Italian single dimmed adds that he likes the challenge of making a song work in another language. It is therefore not surprising that he turned to India for a new collaboration. “I think collaborations are important if they come about in an authentic and natural way. I felt authenticity with these people (Mallik and the Kakar sisters) and they are not only great talents, but also beautiful people, so I am enjoying the moment and I can’t wait for everyone to listen to the song,” he adds . †

Matteo is no stranger to musical partnerships, having first worked with his father for: fall on me, the bilingual song in English and Italian for his father’s album, ‘Si’. The song, which Matteo sang and co-wrote, was included in the soundtrack of the Disney blockbuster film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms† “I am immensely grateful to my father for giving me so many incredible opportunities to develop myself musically before I am on my own. fall on me has brought us much closer together, not only as father and son, but also as musicians working together. We really trust each other,” Matteo says about his musical bond with his father.

His debut does not feature an opera legend, though, although he turned to his father when he wanted to pick the final track list for the album from a set of 80 songs that Matteo has composed to date. “The record explores the themes of love and life with a lighthearted, fun touch,” says the singer, who also draws from his childhood for the album. His classical training at home under the tutelage of his father and at the Lucca Conservatory is an integral part of the music he makes. “My classical training is such an inherent part of me – there’s no escaping it in my music. I can’t say what my songs would sound like without that training. I always approach every song from a technical perspective. I’m obsessed with how each element of the music is constructed and layered. At the same time, I enjoy working with composers and collaborators from the pop world to bring in other ideas and styles.”

“My classical training is such an inherent part of me – there’s no escaping it in my music. I can’t say what my songs would sound like without that training. I always approach every song from a technical perspective. †Matteo BocelliItalian singer and pianist

In addition to his father, Matteo also thanks the influential music producer David Foster for his musical career. Matteo made his US debut in 2017 and performed as part of ‘David Foster and Friends’ in Washington DC, alongside artists such as Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Blake Shelton. “Simply, without David Foster there would certainly be no Matteo Bocelli! David was the first to tell me I belonged on stage. Before David, I didn’t even think about a singing career – I just knew I loved music and wanted to be in that world. David was the person who said to me, ‘you have the technical capabilities to do this, you have the skills, go and do it.’ My biggest take-away from David was, “There will never be a second first impression.” It is always important to give every performance everything you have because everyone is watching and you are judged by it,” says Matteo.

Lalitha Suhasini teaches journalism at Flame University

SOURCE : www.thehindu.com

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