New Audio: Introducing the Brooding and Cinematic Sounds of Federico Guglielmetti


Federico Guglielmetti is an emerging Milan, Italy-based singer/songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist and producer, who can trace the origins of his musical career to when he was a child: he started studying classical guitar under Maestro Tiberi, a blind musician with an innate musical ear, when was he 12. Tiberi then taught him piano, how to sing, how to compose melodies for vocals and to compose material for solo instrumentation, as well as for a full orchestra.

Guglielmetti started writing his own original material when he was 16. Much of that early material, the emerging Italian singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer recorded in various recording studios with a band of his high school classmates, including his childhood friend and collaborator Sebastiano Foti, who co-wrote the lyrics of Guglielmetti’s album Quel che resta. Guglielmetti has played with many of these friends — but over the years, he’s been joined by a collection of instrumentalists — and generally that will include a saxophonist, a violinist, two drummers, two bassists, two guitarists.

Over the years, the Milan-based singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer picked up production skills — particularly song editing and mixing, which has helped him create slickly produced material from his living room. Interestingly, as a solo artist, Guglielmetti writes lyrics in English and Italian and records versions in both English and Italian while playing almost every instrument. Interestingly, his latest single is the brooding and cinematic “Holy Mary.” Centered around an elegant and sparse arrangement of strummed acoustic guitar, twinkling keys, propulsive drumming, a soaring hook and the rising Milan-based artist’s operatic-like vocals, “Holy Mary” is a dramatic song that recalls Barry Adamson.