Born into a strictly observant Roman Catholic family, Andrea grew up in Rome as the middle child between his older brother and younger sister. His mother, who came from a large Italian family, installed in him the values of sticking together as a family and protecting each other… something Andrea still holds dear.
Taking his inspiration from the greats; Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige, Michael Jackson and Queen, Andrea started singing lessons at the age of 8 years old. Though he respected his mother’s wishes and finished his education, it wasn’t long before Andrea was making a name for himself within the Italian music industry.
But it hasn’t always been plain sailing for Andrea. He spent a lot of his younger life struggling with his sexuality and identity. Coming from a strict Italian background, there was no shortage of oppression from the wider community and, unfortunately, within his own family. Andrea was subject to bullying as a child, and as a result became withdrawn and shy. It was at this young age that he turned to music as a means of solace and to express his innermost feelings.
Inspired by his musical idols, Andrea began to develop his craft, taking singing lessons and experimenting with pushing boundaries. At 18, he moved to London and enrolled at the British Institute of Modern Music. Far away from the restrictions of his strict upbringing in Rome, Andrea found the freedom that he needed to really experiment with his style, not only musically but also with fashion. He became a huge fan of androgyny as a concept, portrayed through the work of Vetements, Versace, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga, and has adapted this to fit with his own vision, combining the elegant yet edgy. Andrea is a firm believer in style telling its own story… and that it is an extension of a person’s soul. He has since managed to take control of his oppression and develop an inspirationally positive mindset. With the help of a new support system and an insatiable love for music.
Combining this with his desire to perform, Andrea comes armed with an album of new music set to be released throughout 2018. His first single of the year ‘Our Own Way’ was premiered by The Line of Best Fit and received support from Spotify Fresh Finds and a number of online tastemakers. He also reached the final of Pride’s Got Talent and received a personal backing from judge Sinitta, confirming Andrea as “A star.. Original and fantastic.” His latest offering ‘Drowning’, sees Andrea take on an infectious pop groove perfect for the summer months. Co-written with Jamie Sellers (Alesha Dixon/ Pixie Lott) Andrea’s top-line beautifully juxtaposes the carnival-esque, drum-tight production, creating an uplifting electronic-pop anthem that’s sure to do the rounds this festival season.
This song is about a relationship that it’s coming to its end. I’ve taken a lot of shit, promises previously made are now broken but in my mind there’s no debate, I won’t be drowning anymore. It’s the second step, I was still hiding my emotions although I know how I really felt inside but I wanted to react, I couldn’t accept the pain any more.
Having already performed at The O2 in Shepherds Bush, Pride Festival in Brighton and the legendary performance series Sofar Sounds, expect big things from the young Italian in 2018.