Interview with NewAir

Tell us about yourself, who are you and where do you come from?

NewAir in everyday life is Gabriele Carone, while in music it is NewAir. I am a composer, a producer and a musician; I live in Rome and I am 28 years old. I live my life in my own small production studio, where I shape new sounds and give vent to my creativity.

How was your passion for music born? Who are your idols?

NewAir is my second skin and, if I could, I would add it to my ID; without NewAir I’m not Gabriele and without Gabriele I’m not NewAir. The musical project was born about 10 years ago, during the last years of High School. A friend of mine and I wanted to found a duo and call it “New Air”; we let ourselves be carried away by Experimental Electronic Music and, as fans of the French duo “AIR”, we wanted to combine the concept of “Air” with something of “New”. This is why New Air was born, a detached name to indicate the two founding musicians. Then, as it happens in life, the paths often diverge and four years ago the project became solo; so from New Air, I wanted to unify the two souls into one and give birth to “NewAir”, which is for this reason, composed by one single word. My passion for music was born around the age of 12, during the first year of middle school. I started playing the classic “Aulos” flute but I was immediately attracted to the piano. Like all boys of that age, I wandered around with my first keyboard and tried to throw down the first songs. Over the years I have started to create my own musical culture, going from Queen to Guns N’Roses, from Metallica to System Of A Down, without excluding the great Linkin Park. I admit to having reached even the most extreme Metal, but the group that brought me to electronic music were Enter Shikari; a crossover of genres that also united the antithesis. Being faced with Metalcore tracks with Techno / Trance contaminations was a revelation for me. At 17 I began to understand that I wanted to undertake this artistic path, being fascinated over the years by artists such as Jean Michel Jarre, AIR, Chvrches, Digitalism etc etc …

What kind of music do you do?

Pop and Electronic Music are the recording genres that shape NewAir; but I would also like to underline how the project has a real “crossover”. I absolutely do not set limits and over the years having collaborated with Rock groups, Pop, Indie, Trap and Rap artists, I found myself having many influences and contaminations. Let us always remember that we want to be what we are, but for better or for worse, we are perpetually influenced by the environment around us. I find this something fascinating and that allows our continuous development and growth through various experiences.

What is the most important song for you? What message do you want to convey to the listener?

In my music, in addition to contamination, the idea of collaboration lives. In fact, today without sharing you can’t go anywhere. For this reason, in my NewAir project, I like to collaborate with singers, musicians and technicians from all sectors. In addition to contaminating myself, both in genres and among musicians, over the years I have wanted to create my own identity in ever stronger ways. In fact, I find that recognizability is something fundamental in the musical field, and that it is even more confirmed when there is a lot of space between genres. Recognizing the style of an artist even in different fields I think is a fantastic success of your creations! In my music what certainly stands out immediately are the themes, the sound (with Electro-Pop, Dance and Deep House) and sometimes even the structures.

Why should a listener who doesn’t know you listen to your music?

Because you will be able to find and experience new emotions, brought by a new air!

What are your future projects? Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

For the future, in reality, I want to reveal little. I can only say that there will be new releases, not just from the NewAir project. In fact, with my NewAir Studio, I am collaborating and producing various artists; we’ll see what happens…stay tuned!

Tell our readers a funny episode that happened in your career as an artist.

Once I went to play music in a pub and I found an audio speaker with 30 watt of power, which is like a domestic appliance such as..a mixer ! And I was really surprised about that because the sound technician was really proud about it…so I imagined a great sound system and I found one with the power of a mixer! But anyway I managed to play anyway because music is above everything!