Spotlight Interview with Steve Marinangeli
A brand-new single dropped today from Steve Marinangeli and Zach Alwin takes on the summer with this bright and edgy soul pop banger that crosses into dance and brings with it an energy and hooks that you seriously just can't get rid of.
"Without You" is a near perfect summer single that shines with neon lit night vibes and a danceable rhythm that becomes quickly infectious.
The single has some beautiful breakdown sections that feature acoustic guitar effects and a unique build that adds some vintage 90's synths and when it gets where it's going, it explodes into an uproarious feel.
This has everything you can want from a single, especially one that pretty much rings in the summertime and does so with a great attitude.
The song shows plenty of character and touches of swagger and style all over the place but most of all, it does a damn good job of bringing that atmosphere.
A track that's killer for the clubs, or a drive, or a party, "Without You" is here to stay.
With such a great single, we wanted to touch base with Marinangeli about the single and where it came from.
Here's what went down.
RAG: Okay so let's start with "Without You". This single has a very summer pop feel to it! Where did this track come from?
The song 'Without You' started with an idea i had in my head. The lyrics came first and after this, i got in contact with a producer from Sweden who could produce a beautiful instrumental who fitted my vision and my lyrics perfectly. I worked for nearly 4 months on this song and now i’m happy i can finally share it with the world.
RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I have a lot of musical influences and inspirations. For this track, i tried to include some dance pop vibes and some upbeat Ed Sheeran vibes. In general, my biggest musical inspirations are Westlife, One Republic and Ed Sheeran.
RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?
My music career as a songwriter started in 2020. I discovered my hidden talent to write lyrics, to write songs during that time. I began to release my first songs and in 2021, my debut album 'Hidden Thoughts’ got released. Music is a big passion since my childhood. I loved music since i was 2 years old.
RAG: What's next for you as an artist?
I have some exciting project for the future. I am still working on songs for my solo career. I’m also writing song for my other project called RayDi & Stivie. I am working together with RayDi on this project. We also founded our first label together called X-Sato Records under which we release all our songs and also work and help other artists with. So there is still a lot to come!
RAG: What inspires you to write a song?
My inspirations are different. I mostly try to write from own experiences. But since my life is also quite boring sometimes, i use my imaginations or other experiences from other people in my songs.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
Music is still only a hobby for me. My full time job is working as an educator with kids. I am also heavily involved in a football club over here in Luxembourg, and i’m playing darts in a club. So whenever i have some free time, i use it to work on some music.
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
I’m of course listening to my musical influences such as One Republic, Ed Sheeran and mostly to Westlife. I am a huge fan of them since i was very little. I also listen to other artists such as Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Olivia Rodrigo, Bon Jovi, Måneskin and a lot of others.
RAG: Are you doing live performances?
Sadly, i don’t do live performances. I don’t have the ability to sing, and my voice sounds awful when I try to sing. I would love to hear my songs be performed though, so to all my musical friends and singers who i worked with, you are more than welcome to perform the song on your tours.
RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there?
My advice is single. Do what you love to do. Don’t let other people tell you what to do. As long as you’re an independent artist, write, perform and release the music you want!
But make sure the songs are mixed and mastered well. Also, make sure that you release all your music properly and get it copyrighted. And most of all, connect with each other.
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
I would want to say to them: A very big THANK YOU to everyone who supports me and my music and follows me on my musical journey. I am so grateful for every single one of you!