Unlike his roles in the movies and on TV, Matteo Guidicelli presents only himself when he picks up the mic to sing.
The actor was recently at the Manila Bulletin office as one of the performers at MB Life’s Acoustic Fridays, and we were surprised to hear him take on a variety of genres, from pop to rock.
Asked about it, he humbly joked he was just “trying hard.”
“I really enjoy when I am singing, when I am performing,” he enthused. “I have a good time every time I do that.”
It’s because he can be himself as music to him is very “personal.”
“I feel like music is like your personal love letter to the world so I wanna have my own voice, my own sound,” he explained. “Sing my own love letter kumbaga.”
He has a band, an album out, and a concert on Nov. 30 at Kia Theater. Matteo hopes to write his own music someday.
“I’m still shy, I’m still scared to write,” he admitted.
Still, the songs from his latest album are his “true” stories.
“We sat down and I told them what I want to write about, what story I want to say and then they wrote into lyrics,” he said of his session with the songwriters that contributed tracks to “Hey, Matteo.”
A fun show is what he promised concertgoers tomorrow; a lot of “organic” and “original” music with a ’90s vibe.
“I just want to make people laugh and really have a good time,” he added.
He differentitates between his two passions.
“I love acting but acting kasi you really have to choose your projects properly while singing is like you’re with your boys creating a vibe, being honest and telling story, which is different.”
Matteo started singing in high school when he joined a musical.
It was theater actor Franco Laurel who really influenced him and gave him workshops, Matteo credited.
He would later pursue Musical Theater at Columbia College in Chicago.
He prefers to be known as musician and singer and not “an artist that sings.”
“Showbiz is very competitive. Kung sino ’yung mas gwapo sa isa (siya ang sikat). I’m tired of that stuff that’s why I wanna do my music because this is my sound,” Matteo said.
Does he have a target audience?
“Not necessarily. Whoever relates, whoever has a good time with my music.”
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