Sunday Spotlight: Marco Iannello


1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.
My name is Marco Iannello, I am 42 years old, originally from Rome, Italy, and currently residing in Manchester, UK.

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.
I am very eclectic in terms of the music I write. I am very curious as well, therefore, I try writing in styles that may be totally unknown to me. I am currently focused on writing music for media (film, TV, video games, etc.), which can lead to writing very and totally different genres of music. I do some sound design too.

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?
My journey in music began when I was 7, playing my mother’s piano using just one finger per hand. As an individual and independent media composer, I started making my own music last year.

4. Stage or studio?
Both! I used to play in different bands, both in Italy and the UK. However, I had to make a decision that meant I had to put the stage aside, as I want to focus on becoming a professional media composer.

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?
I make my music on a Windows laptop, using Cubase 9.5. My main MIDI controller is an old Yamaha P-35. I occasionally use my Korg Kross workstation, as well. However, my main instruments are sample libraries and soft synths from different manufacturers. My audio interface is a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, which I love to bits! I even took it with me on stage a few times when I was part of the Manchester based steampunk Victorian influenced symphonic metal band “A Clockwork Opera“. I have a CMEPro XKey37 MIDI controller and the Korg nanoKontrol2 for when I am on the move. A Behringer BCF2000 is my stationary fader controller that I use for real-time MIDI automation. Last, but not least, I have a Shure SM58 for vocals and sampling.

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?
As I said, my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is something I cannot do without, really. Also, my Yamaha P-35, a discontinued product, yes, but the keybed has a fantastic action and really feels like a real piano, in my opinion. And the Shure SM58 is a true workhorse, indestructible and extremely reliable, excellent value for money.

7. Where can we check out your tunes?
You may visit my website Musical Wizardry. I recently released an “epic cinematic hybrid orchestral” album that can be found on all the major online streaming platform and stores.
All the links are listed in the footer of my website.

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