Interview: Italian-Singaporean Matilde G Looks to Bring Joy to the World on “Doorbell”

15 year old Italian Singer Matilde G is only in the first few steps of her career yet she’s already made waves bigger than many with years of experience beyond hers. Releasing only 5 songs so far, with each of them racking up an average of 300,000 plays, Matilde future feels hopeful and promising.

Just so happens that her music reflects those two qualities. Admitting that her foray into pop was due to the genre being “commercial”, Matilde G’s understanding of the genre is out in full force – especially on her latest single “Doorbell”.

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It’s a track that’s reminiscent to the electronic-heavy pop tunes of K-Pop while still maintaining the powerful vocal performances of her biggest influences Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga.

Read my interview with her below and listen to her new single “Doorbell” here.


Turntable Thoughts:

Let’s start off with you telling me about yourself.

Matilde G:

I’m Matilde G, an Italian singer-songwriter who’s been living in Singapore for 2 years now.

I was born and raised in Italy but I also stayed in India for a while when I was very young. It was around that time when I started doing and became passionate about music.

It was until a few years ago when I decided that singing was what I wanted to do. So I ended up studying very hard and trying my best. Right now, I’m signed to a label called The Kennel AB with “Doorbell” being my first single with them!

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Turntable Thoughts:

Why don’t you tell me about “Doorbell”?

Matilde G:

So “Doorbell” is a very upbeat pop song talking about a girl just wanting to have fun! It came out not too long ago and there’s a music video attached to it too. Plus, very bright with its colours and outfits. I feel like that represents the song pretty well.


Turntable Thoughts:

Was it inspired by any particular experience in your life?

Matilde G:

The world isn’t in the best state at the moment so I thought we needed something that says “I wanna have fun!”, “I wanna party!” and an upbeat song would have brought up the mood for a lot of people. That was the main goal for me.


Turntable Thoughts:

I also love how powerful the track sounds. What were the influences behind the song?

Matilde G:

Thank you so much! I feel it. [laughs] A lot of people say it sounds like K-pop!

Turntable Thoughts:

Yes! That’s what I wanted to say too.

Matilde G:

A lot of people would tell me “Hey, did you know you sound like this certain girl group?” and I’m like “Yeah.” So definitely a bit of K-Pop, along with my favourite artists like Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga. So the style of music is also a mix of theirs.


Turntable Thoughts:

Given that you grew up in Italy, along with your time in India, do you think your time there helped in any way for your musical journey?

Matilde G:

I was basically in Italy my whole life and only in India for 2 years. Though I wouldn’t say they influenced my music, cause Indian and Italian music has little in common with me and my stuff. 

Plus, I mainly sing in English so…not really.

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Turntable Thoughts:

So would you say your music style is born from the internet then?

Matilde G:

Yeah! Yeah, definitely.


Turntable Thoughts:

How does it feel like trying to make it into the local, Singaporean, music scene?

Matilde G:

I’m trying to get better roots in Singapore, build a bigger following. Though I feel like my music is very different from the local scene. In Singapore, people like deep themes and ballads but that’s not what I do.

Maybe being an ex-pat, they might accept it more than if I was purely local but we’ll have to see. I have a lot of positive energy though, so hopefully, something good comes from that.

Turntable Thoughts:

Yeah, the Matilde G sound is definitely more Western.

Matilde G:

Yeah it might not be something Singaporeans appreciate a lot but I mean…it’s worth a try. [laughs]

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Turntable Thoughts:

Still, do you think that you’ll stay in the Singapore music scene forever? Or do you plan to expand into places like the US or UK?

Matilde G:

I’ll have to see where the music brings me. [laughs] At the moment, obviously, I’m here and I love Singapore. If I could choose anywhere in the world to live in, it’ll still be here. 

Back when restaurants were open, I would have so much fun just singing at gigs. Hopefully, I’ll get to do that again.


Turntable Thoughts:

Tell me about your gigs.

Matilde G:

Well, it wasn’t that long ago, like only a year. It was more about me getting to know these places where I’ll start singing in Clarke Quay or Sentosa, then I’ll look at everyone enjoying themselves. 

Sometimes there would be families dancing together and asking for songs, it was so CUTE! That’s what makes me want to be a singer – interacting with the public and I miss that part the most.

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Turntable Thoughts:

So that’s why your music is more ‘happy’ to reflect that right?

Matilde G:

Ahhh, it’s not always been happy. [laughs] I actually used to only sing Adele songs when I was like 7. Yeah…so I was just really in a ‘ballads’ phase back then and basically wrote only those type of songs in my first 2 years as a singer.

I eventually outgrew and evolved into a different direction though. Plus I’m a huge fan of happy music so I want my own to reflect that.


Turntable Thoughts:

What are your plans for the future?

Matilde G:

Well, I’m seeing where the music brings me. In the meantime, we’re publishing a lot of content on Instagram and other social media. Maybe an EP at the end of the year. Also, I’m hoping to receive a lot more of the positive energy that I’ve been getting recently.

It makes me realise that a lot of people are enjoying my music and videos!

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Based in Melbourne and Malaysia. Jensen is a part-time journalist and full-time music fan.

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