Måneskin responds to “not real rock” accusations: “At least we’re not playing trap or hip-hop!”
“We’ve had the pleasure of playing with legends like Iggy Pop, the Stones, Guns N’ Roses, and even they don’t think about it, so other people shouldn’t either.”
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Italian quartet Måneskin recently addressed rock fans who have accused the band of not being “real rock”, saying it’s not their goal to convince those fans they are.
Asked if the group is concerned about not being “taken seriously as a rock band” in a new interview with Classic Rock, frontman Damiano David replied with a laugh, “I would say traditional rock fans aren’t our target.”
“When we play, people can be like: ‘This is not real rock because it’s on TV, so it’s shit!’” bassist Victoria De Angelis added. “We don’t care about it, because if you’re really passionate about music you should judge the music and not where it comes from.”
“It’s not our goal to convince rock’n’roll fans that we’re real rock. We’re just doing our own thing. Especially when we’ve had the pleasure of playing with legends like Iggy Pop, the Stones, Guns N’ Roses, and even they don’t think about it, so other people shouldn’t either.”
“At least we’re not playing trap or hip-hop!” said the musician.
As for what exactly is it that makes the 2021 Eurovision champs so appealing to mainstream audiences, David mused that Måneskin’s emphasis on “actually playing” as opposed to using backing tracks probably played a part in helping them stand out.
“If we talk about analogue music in the past ten years, I think we filled an empty spot,” he said. “Also our live performance; we see less and less actual performance and more backing tracks and DJ sets. Perhaps with Eurovision, people saw that we were actually playing. It was just the four of us with a lot of noise and music. I think that’s what stands out and makes us a bit different to the majority of mainstream artists.”
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