“They won Eurovision. Can They Conquer the World?” Thus The New York Times titled an article focused on Maneskin, the acclaimed Italian rock band that is surging to international fame.
In the meantime, it seems that they are conquering the U.S., after making their U.S. TV debut on The Tonight Show, where host Jimmy Fallon announced they will open for the Rolling Stones at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on November 6.
During their appearance on The Tonight Show, the four members of the band performed their global hit Beggin’, a cover of the 1960s Four Seasons hit, and their latest smash, Mammamia.
A few days later, the Rome-based band performed at a sold out concert at the prestigious Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan, which was rated #1 Best Club in America by Rolling Stone magazine, and which hosted the likes of Patti Smith, Tony Bennett, Coldplay, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Metallica. The band sent the crowd wild as they played 13 songs, including their Eurovision winner Zitti e buoni.
So who are Maneskin, the Italian rock band that keeps on winning music awards and media praise?
The band is formed by Damiano David (vocals), Victoria De Angelis (bass), Thomas Raggi (guitar) and Ethan Torchio (drums). Damiano, the oldest, Victoria and Thomas first met as high school students in Rome; Ethan joined them from Frosinone after responding to a call for drummer to complete the line-up. The band officially formed in 2016. Victoria, or ‘Vic,’ the only woman in the band, has Danish origins; she was the one who inspired the name of the group, Maneskin, from the Danish ‘moonlight.’
In 2021 alone, Måneskin won the Sanremo Festival, Italy’s most prestigious annual music festival; Eurovision; they topped the Spotify Global Chart with the song Beggin’ and became the first Italian band with two top ten tracks in the U.K.
In the months following their Eurovision victory, Maneskin surged to international fame, especially thanks to the success of Beggin’ and I wanna be your slave, made in collaboration with American musician Iggy Pop.