‘We solely slept in our personal beds 10 occasions final yr’


The group, who hail from Rome, have a median age of 21. (LR: Thomas Raggi, Damiano David, Victoria De Santis, Ethan Torchio)

“I by no means believed in Friday thirteenth till at the moment,” says Måneskin’s publicist, because the band arrive for our interview in Turin final week forward of the Eurovision music contest.

The group are an hour late, after getting trapped in a raise. “We had been attempting to tug the doorways aside for half-hour,” explains singer Damiano David who, his bandmates reveal, suffers from a light type of claustrophobia.

Damiano was already having a foul day. He hobbles into the room leaning on a crutch, after injuring his ankle on a video shoot.

Because of this, the band had been unable to rehearse a deliberate efficiency at Saturday’s Eurovision Tune Contest, the place they debuted their new single, Supermodel, a yr after successful the competitors.

“I do not know if I will be capable to run about,” says Damiano mournfully. “I am simply going to shuffle a bit.”

Maneskin live on stage

The band have achieved billions of streams over the past yr

After lacking all three digicam rehearsals, they make it on stage for the televised present – however as a substitute of his traditional hip-thrusting exuberance, Damiano stands rooted to the spot. He is clearly in ache, however his sense of mischief is undiminished.

Requested to offer recommendation for this yr’s winnerhe jokes: “Have enjoyable and do not get near the desk,” a sly reference to the controversy that arose final yr when he was falsely accused of snorting cocaine within the Eurovision inexperienced room.

Since that night time, when their music Zitti E Buoni (Shut Up And Behave) topped the leaderboard, the band have turn out to be international sensations, even breaking America, the place they toured with the Rolling Stones and performed Saturday Night time Reside.

Their single Beggin’ – a scuzzed-up cowl of the Frankie Valli traditional – notched up one billion streams on Spotify; and so they performed tour dates in additional than 30 international locations.

“What number of nights did we sleep in our personal beds? I do not know,” says bassist Victoria De Angelis. “I believe most 10.

“However it’s principally all we dreamed of in these previous years whereas we had been taking part in and doing music in Italy. So we’re very pleased about it.”

We took the band, which additionally consists of drummer Ethan Torchio and guitarist Thomas Raggi, on a tour of the highs and lows of the final 12 months, to see what it is like turning into international stars within the blink of a watch.

Profitable Eurovision


Damiano: “Earlier than the present, I believe we had been very pressured.”

Victoria: “Careworn and excited.”

Damiano: “It is only one shot. So you need to give all the pieces you bought, so that you simply come off the stage, like, panting.

Victoria: “We simply tried to get misplaced within the music and revel in it, as if it had been our personal gig.”

Damiano: “And once we received… Effectively, it is all filmed. You may see it. Ethan noticed God, individuals began crying instantly. And I used to be kidnapped by the Serbia contestant. Do you bear in mind? They had been cute.”

Making the highest 10 on each side of the Atlantic


Not like quite a lot of Eurovision winners, Måneskin have not turn out to be recognized for only one observe. In truth, their successful entry was eclipsed by the album observe I Wanna Be Your Slave and an older cowl of Beggin’, each of which made the UK high 10 concurrently.

Victoria: “It was very pure for us as a result of we went to Eurovision with not only one music, however the entire venture. In order that’s perhaps why individuals then saved discovering our music and saved following us after that.

Damiano: “The success of Beggin’ was very shocking as a result of it occurred with no promotion in any respect. It simply went viral on Tik Tok and exploded globally. Originally we had been sort of hacked off as a result of we thought, ‘Why is it a canopy model that is streaming that a lot?’ However then we noticed the numbers and we had been like, ‘Okay. I would prefer it, I would prefer it!'”

Duet with Iggy Pop

Maneskin with Iggy Pop

Maneskin with Iggy Pop

The godfather of punk recorded a brand new model of I Wanna Be Your Slave in August 2021, after falling in love with the band.

Victoria: “Iconic! He is a legend, so it was insane. I nonetheless bear in mind after they instructed us, we had been like, ‘Whaaaat?’ After which he referred to as us and stated he was very pleased that there was a band of younger individuals taking part in this type of music and that he preferred that music, and he wished to sing it collectively.”

Thomas: “It was sick. We made a zoom collectively on the pc as he was recording his vocals reside.”

Damiano: “Shirtless, burping within the mic.”

Ethan: “Simply bare.”

Victoria: “As at all times.”

Dedicating an MTV Award to their haters

Maneskin at the MTV Awards

Maneskin on the MTV Awards

When Måneskin received finest rock act on the MTV Awards, Damanio devoted the prize to individuals “who instructed us we’re not going to make it with our music”, including, “I assume you had been incorrect”.

Damiano: “It wasn’t proper firstly [of our career], it was a degree within the center. The whole lot began effectively, after which unexpectedly, individuals began attempting to cease us from doing what we thought was the most effective factor for us. That sort of music with that aesthetic, speaking that manner and folks weren’t agreeing with us.However we saved believing in it and, on the finish, they stated we had been proper.”

Ethan: “The individuals who criticized us up to now days now are struggling. And so they’re like, ‘You are the most effective rock band ever, you are unimaginable, you are nice.’ However you by no means stated that earlier than we had been well-known, so we do not belief you.”

Damiano: “The place are these individuals now? do not know. I believe they’re having robust nights as a result of we made it. I believe they’ve quite a lot of itches.”

Dealing with the sudden onset of fame

Damiano: “I believe it is onerous and each all people reacts differently. I struggled a bit as a result of I am a house man. and I am very chilled and I do not actually wish to avoid house for too lengthy. However after all you need to take care of it and discover some methods to really feel such as you’re at house, even should you’re not. So I realized some tips that helped me keep centered and wholesome.”

Ethan: “It helps that we’re a 4. There’s at all times somebody to speak to.”

Writing their newest single, Supermodel


Damiano: “We wrote it once we had been hanging out in LA. I believe that, as a European, if you get there for the primary time you actually see the variations. And one factor that actually was all these individuals in Hollywood going to the best events, with the best garments however on the finish you see that they are battling it since you simply have to point out, present, present again and again and over. And so they’re like, tremendous faux. You may see it Whenever you discuss to them. They only wish to see if they’ll get one thing from you – and if not, finish of the dialog. And I felt very dangerous about it as a result of I am very into connection and relationships. So I simply wished to make enjoyable of this factor. I am criticizing it.”

Victoria: “However there are after all additionally good individuals in LA. If you happen to meet the appropriate individuals and also you’re with your pals then it’s extremely cool.”

Thomas: “So it is not about LA, it is a few sure kind of individual.”

Damiano: “I do know it is not our deepest music, however it’s good enjoyable.”

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