Arianna Talks "Sexy People (The FIAT Song)", Working with Pitbull, and More
Wed, 01 May 2013 10:12:23
Arianna is heating up pop music right now. The Italian vocal powerhouse recently dropped her first stateside single "Sexy People (The FIAT Song)" featuring none other than Mr. Worldwide himself Pitbull. It's a hyper steamy anthem that's bound to get bodies moving on the dance floor from Milan all the way to Miami and beyond. If you don't know Arianna, it's also the best way to get acquainted with her immense talent, as she's well on her way to becoming one of the world's biggest stars.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Arianna discusses "Sexy People (The FIAT Song)", collaborating with Pitbull, and so much more.
What's the story behind "Sexy People (The FIAT Song)"?
I'd made a track for a friend who does music for commercials. I was at home and they called me asking to suggest a song that's like the dance song "Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano". That's a Neapolitan song from Naples. They wanted a song like that because the commercial was about immigration. They wanted to speak about Italian immigration in L.A. I knew the Italian song very well, and they just asked for a suggestion. I said, "Torna a Surriento" is one of the best because it speaks about immigration. I sang it for a little bit since the commercial was 30-seconds. I didn't imagine it would get four million views on YouTube, and we'd do a song [Laughs]. I'm a singer in Italy, and I've done so many things including theater and musicals. It's like a dream for me to be here. I wanted to do a single in the U.S., but I didn't expect it. Everything feels like an unexpected dream.
"Sexy People (The FIAT Song)" [iTunes link] isn't just a pop song though. It shows how big your voice can sound.
Thank you very much! Sometimes, people ask me if I'm an opera singer. I'm not an opera singer; I'm a belter. There are songs in my new album that aren't always like that though, but it's nice if you like it.
Was your favorite part of the video shoot?
My favorite part was when me and Pitbull were dancing on the beach. It was amazing. I loved the whole day. He's such a nice person and a great artist. He has a fantastic attitude. He's always fun. I love how professional he is. He's Latin too. He speaks Spanish, and I speak Italian. Sometimes, we were speaking in English or in Spanish. It was a great time. It was the first time I did a song and I could really dance together. I've been training to dance my whole life. I was happy to do this.
The song doesn't just bridge genres. It bridges cultures.
Yes! Pitbull is really "Mr. Worldwide". You can hear it in his voice and my Italian accent. The song is about coming back and loving your country. It's a mixture of cultures like you said.
How does this lead into the next project?
I was doing an album in Italy. What I really want is to do operatic dance. I'd like to mix all of the songs with a dance beat. I feel this is a mix that can function very well. I have an idea for the next single already. It's got an Italian feel, but it can be joined with dance. I'd say that my soul is half in that melodic Italian world. At the same time, I'm young, I like to dance, and I want to have fun. There's energy for me. This is really Arianna.
For someone who has never been to Italy, what must they see?
For me, the most amazing city in Italy is Rome. You can really feel the history. It's a modern city, but you can also feel the romance. You can walk where the Romans walked. The energy when you're there is incredible. The Romans built Europe, and you'll experience that. It's amazing. Everywhere you turn, you're like, "Oh my God!" I live in Milan, but I have a house in Rome. You can see a building that's been there for 2,000 years, and it still looks great. How did they do that? Everyone in the world comes to see it.
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