Sydney based pop artist Damian Nasello's newest single, 'Walk Away' featuring Mara Duke, explores the convoluted feelings within everyday relationships.
"I wanted to create a song which is enjoyable to listen to and that the everyday person can relate to and adapt to their own, personal experiences and situations through its ambiguity."
Damian worked with Sydney production studio The Song Boutique. "This song was created in a few short weeks, from concept to completion it just felt like a breeze," Damian says.
"Working alongside Zeljko [Papic, owner The Song Boutique] and Mara on this track was such a privilege – we are all on the exact same wave-length when it comes to putting ideas into production and goes to credit the talents us as a team."
Who is Damian Nasello... A Sydney-based pop artist who is pursuing a musical journey within the genre to explore new sounds, write and release new music.
My new single 'Walk Away' featuring Mara Duke explores every day relationships and the roller coaster of convoluted feelings. I hope my audience can feel a deep connection with my songs while they get those catchy lyrics stuck in their head.
I sound like… My influences come from a variety of artists, these include popular musicians such as Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Guy Sebastian hence, my sound is inspired by some of these amazing artists.
My first gig was... I used to busk on the streets of Sydney, I sang cover songs with a friend and that's where my journey began.
When did you settle on your artist's name… I decided to use my birth name as I wanted my audience to connect with me as a person and build a sense of authenticity within my music.
In the studio I'm usually… When going to the studio you never know what's going to happen. It can go a number of ways, but usually I am having a laugh with my producer, writing, testing out ideas and playing a variety of instruments until we get something that sounds like a song.
If I could tour with anyone… It would have to be Bruno Mars. His show is such a fun and interactive experience, and I would love to be a part of it all, dancing, singing and jamming out with the The Hooligans.
Social media is… A great way for musicians to interact with other artists, explore a variety of musical genres and promote my original works.
My favourite app at the moment is… I find myself brainlessly scrolling through Instagram for hours watching fellow musicians jam out and do their thing while also laughing at the influx of memes on the app.
To date, my most embarrassing moment was the time… Was when I was rehearsing for a gig at a friend's farm when I was about 16. It was all going great, until one of the cows on the farm decided to break through the fence and choosing me as a target.
You would have caught me running in fear with a high-pitched scream, while holding my guitar. My band members were sitting along the sidelines enjoying the show.
Life on the road can be… Quite tiring, but I wouldn't change a thing.
For myself, it's usually playing local pubs and clubs. It's consistent travel, lugging gear and bumping in while the excitement of performing builds. But once the gig starts, there's no better feeling. The interaction with the audience and knowing that you are making their day better is something that I would never change.
If you'll have me on your bill, all I ask is that our rider contains… I would need to have Mars Bar-flavoured Pods waiting on arrival – I am addicted to them.
The most scary scenario I've found myself in, was… Probably, the cow story. Equally embarrassing and scary all at the same time.
What celebrity/ famous person would you love to be spokesperson of the band… Sebastian Maniscalco.
Three people you'd like to invite around for a dinner party… Bruno Mars, Drake and LeBron James.
If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us? I can cook a mean breakfast, but that's about it, so you're looking at some fried/ scrambled eggs with bruschetta on toast.
No matter the expense, send me a case of… Lemon Bintang shipped from Bali.
The last time I saw the inside of a gym was… About three months ago.
What's the one chore you dislike the most? Lugging gear to gigs.
Do you have any phobias... please explain? I absolutely hate cockroaches. As a child, I stepped on one with my bare foot and heard it pop. I have been scarred ever since.
Would you ever partake in a reality show? Yes, I would love to partake in a show like 'The Block'. I find myself constantly hooked on these type of shows. Even though have no experience within the trades, I feel like it would be a fun challenge.
If you could prank any of your friends, who's your target, and how are you bringing them down? It would have to be my best friend. If we are going to prank someone it would have to be extreme, I think I would have to leave it up to the experts and get him on a show such as 'Punk'd'.