Spanning influences such as dark wave, dream pop, electronic music, baroque pop and more, Indigo & the Sirens is the project of Italian singer-songwriter Mario Ferrara. The Southern Italy native took his moniker from pseudo scientific new age concepts and Greek mythology, a mix that depicts perfectly the sound of this genuine homemade alternative sensation. Born Mario Ferrara on May 9, 1996 in Nocera Inferiore, Southern Italy, he delved into songwriting at an early age and rapidly found the perfect formula to bring his unusual stories and characters to life. His ambitious independent project started with The Cult Of Youth, a dark, experimental baroque electronic piece where vulnerable androgynous vocals meet the depths of his darker guttural range. If Lana Del Rey and Dave Gahan had a child it would probably be Indigo & the Sirens.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in Nocera Inferiore, a small town in Southern Italy, but I’m currently living in Bergamo (Northern Italy).
Describe your sound:
Well, my sound consists of dark and sultry soundscapes, mostly electronic. Lyrically my music evokes a sort of magical realism that I like to call “heretical pop”.
Who are you as an artist?
A homemade unapologetic version of myself.
How are you producing your music?
I write and co-produce my music with the same guy since the very beginning, his name is Robin Marchetti, front man of Carousel 47. We couldn’t be more different in terms of artistic backgrounds/sensitiveness but when it comes to creating music together we’re a match made in heaven. I usually start from lyrics and melodies then I would go to the studio and tell him how I envision that particular song. The first time we met I was 17 and I was working on a track for another artist (Sophy Rose). I showed up at his studio with a bunch of samples, a song with 3 different tempos and when I was asked how I wanted the track to sound I just said “flame that turns into a fire” and guess what? He did that! He really knows how to translate my soul into sounds.
Your video ‘Ghost In The Sheets’ is nicely done, congrats on almost 21k views. How did your collaboration with Sophy Rose come about?
Thank you! I couldn’t believe it when my stylist called me on the phone to tell me that my first music video ever reached 1k views after only 8 hours from its release and all that without promotion. It’s a big deal for a completely independent unknown artist. Talking about Sophy, I’ve been working on her project for a very long time now and both my EP and her upcoming debut album share the same concept. When I wrote the part she sang I already knew it belonged to her.
What motivates you everyday?
The endless possibilities of music and life in general.
What makes you angry?
Feeling like I’m wasting my time.
Describe your meaning of happiness:
It’s all about finding peace in chaos.
What do you have coming up?
Next year I will tour Europe with Sophy Rose to promote our albums and I will already perform a few songs from the record I’m currently working on. I will shoot a double feature video that will close this era, then I will start promoting my next EP. I’m really excited about this new project because I started working on it before The Cult Of Youth even came out and I finally feel like I found the perfect formula to bring this new chapter to life.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is darkness. To me it’s like growing beautiful flowers in a graveyard, you can appreciate the exquisite vision of red roses blooming and the dismal feeling that hits you at the same time. I can’t really put that mood into words right now but I’ve always been familiar with it, that’s why I make music.