Issue #121

Roberto Mancinelli

Il Cre-Attivo

I was born in Castelvenere (BN) 1970 but Milan was my home before coming to the Usa. It was the autumn of 1988 when, sitting in front of the microphone, I flicked a switch and the first record started playing on a Radio Station. It was “Tomorrow People” by Ziggy Marley. After that I was a journalist, an Artistic Director for CGD/Warner, Sony Music and a publisher for Sony Atv.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I have worked in music since I was a teenager. Dj, radio host, journalist, A&R or Publisher. It’s always been a lot of fun. But is it fun to work or it is my work fun? I’m a bit confused and that confusion is the meaning of my life.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

New challenges are essential to my life. Living and working in NYC was the goal. I thought it was time to take the risk and jump. I wanted to try to be a New Yorker. And, yes: a hot Pretzel from a street vendor in the early morning was a big attraction too!

Please share your best memory in the City.

On Christmas 2008, I was invited for an Irish coffee on a terrace in Midtown. It was like a movie. I felt a strong energy coming from viewing the city from the top of the building. The lights of the Chrysler Building were like a vision. Now I live in Midtown in a building with a large terrace. Every night I speak with my friend Chrysler and everything he says is goodnight to me…. I’m the luckiest guy, aren’t I?

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

Music in NYC is everywhere: in the recording studios, in my office, in the hundreds of clubs. But music, the real music is among the people: in the train during the day, mixed with the sound of the city. I could not resist the call, for me NY has become a wonderful necessity… So, I chose a recording studio, my Terrace with a view on my office and the Park and finally a special sidewalk on Chelsea. What else?

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US.

ITALIANY is an opportunity for Italians to show that we are more than the stereotypes. It is a window on the reality of a “bella” Italian community in the US.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

I am not sure I am an ambassador. But I’m passionate about my work and I deeply respect my roots. I am here to try to create a connection between Italian and American Songwriting. I am fascinated by the ways songwriters with different cultural background work with melodies and lyrics. And I am so excited to witness the ways they come together to collaborate and create something completely new and exciting.

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  • Time

    180 mins

  • City

    New York

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