If you think of Italian electronic music, among modern names, Meduza come to your mind. Or maybe you will know their songs, but you do not know that they are actually Italian and complete artists of which to be proud, because they are among the few who can export their music around the world and in an organic way.
The trio, after the singles “Piece Of Your Heart” and “Paradise”, has released “Tell It To My Heart”, the new single available from October 29 for Island Records and which sees an exceptional featuring: Hozier.
Needless to say, between bold artistic choices and their now ascending career, Collater.al decided to ask to Meduza a few questions to understand how they are doing even in view of this new release with an international character.
When you think of Meduza you immediately think of a career in rapid ascent, especially after your many successes in Italy and around the world. How much did the forced stop because of Covid influence your lives? Have you been able to take something positive from all this?
We definitely became much more aware of what was happening to us: in the first year of the release of the single Piece Of Your Heart, success rained down on us in just a few months. We suddenly started touring the world and every day, as we traveled from airport to airport, we were busy thinking about an avalanche of things (including producing new music, finding cool tracks for dj sets, answering interviews, etc) and never really had time to realize how our lives had suddenly changed. Pandemic was a period that forced us to stop allowing us to reorganize our ideas and figure out what and how the future path of the project could be. Moreover, spending more time with our families, this forced stop reminded us how much the affections are important and how much the off moments are necessary to be lucid and keep our feet on the ground.
You usually choose international featuring and often not directly related to your genre, this one with Hozier is the confirmation. Are these choices dictated by something or is it simply a need to innovate by getting out of your comfort zone?
We like to collaborate with artists who are not too contaminated by the electronic world in order to have the opportunity to experiment and give life, when the formula works, to new and not obvious music. We try, as much as we can, to get out of the standards by creating something unique and alternative. We think that the union between different genres is essential nowadays to be able to stand out in a mainstream market largely saturated with music with little personality and little search for innovation.
There are few Italians who actually have a career in the international scene. The satisfaction will surely be very high. Do you feel like standard-bearers of Italian music in the world?
A little bit yes, and we are proud of it even if, wandering here and there around the world, we realized how many Italians work in the world of music: we met many of them who are not protagonists at an artistic level but are a fundamental part of various teams behind great projects.
You often travel for music. How do you comment the current situation in Italy for live shows?
We are very happy that the situation has finally unblocked: a bit late compared to the rest of the world, but better late than never…
People need music and music, in turn, can only survive thanks to the people who live it. Concerts, festivals and discos are a fundamental part of this culture and need to be taken more into consideration and protected by institutions.
After this single, what does the future hold for you? Do you have any short term goals?
Where possible, given the pandemic, we will promote the new single with Hozier and continue to perform live DJ sets in clubs and festivals mainly in the States (the only country that, since May, has reopened to full festivals and shows). In the meantime we are finalizing several more club oriented collaborations with other djs and producers and we are working on the next single. The most important project at work is the live show that we are preparing for 2022 where, unlike the dj set, we will be all three on stage playing live with keyboards and other instruments accompanied by 3d efx.