“I'd happily go and live in Wisconsin”, says Marco Zitelli from Grottaferrata. The chosen source of inspiration for this twenty-four-year-old musician from the Roman Castles has nothing to do with the Mediterranean or the local countryside – he prefers the landscapes and forests of North America. There is a reason: after playing in a Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band and metal groups in high school, Zitelli decided to change style definitively and start investing in himself, and with the solo project Wrong on you, he moved into indie folk territory and started recording. He currently has three singles to his name, Friends, Killer and Rodeo, the first more electronic and the latest closer to the sounds that Zitelli has in mind.
Wrong On You sprang into life spontaneously, confesses Zitelli. “I just started recording in my bedroom, and then eighteen months ago I started singing. I tried to find a specific sound which combined ambient and folk. The sounds I was aiming at don't come from Italy but from the international indie scene: Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, as well as Elliot Smith and Nick Drake”.
In addition to being the voice of Wrong On You, Zitelli plays guitar, bass, drums, piano and dulcimer, a stringed instrument beloved of America country musicians. To dedicate himself to his project, he dropped out of university and started playing shows all over Italy – fifty last summer alone – with the aim of supporting himself with the proceeds, and he has also toured as a session musician in Georgia and Carolina with the Space Bugs. Even without his Eps, he already has a setlist of 15 songs. “With just guitar and voice I can play for up to an hour and a half”. On stage, he is accompanied by Francesco Aprili and Emanuele Triglia. He has also played at the Roma Brucia festival. Zitelli's ambition is to write soundtracks (for which he practices by writing new ones for Wes Anderson films) and to do something with Riccardo Sinigallia and Roberto Angelini, “artists I'd like to work with”.
The story of Marco Zitelli has been written by Stefano Ciavatta, writer
Three singles and 50 tour dates to change musical direction: Marco Zitelli, and his indie folk that dreams of Wisconsin.