The duo’s backgrounds are rather different: while Matteo has his roots deep in electronic music, with a love for Kraftwerk and 70’s German cosmic music, but grew up studying jazz, Marinella’s main influences are Italian 70’s prog rock and Indian classical music.
Musetta’s image and mood is inspired by early 20th century arts, film-noir and science fiction - a retro feel with a futuristic edge.
They started touring as Musetta the same year, playing at various live events, among which the famous Heineken Jammin’ Festival, Arezzo Wave, Rock Contest, MTV Day ‘08, MTV Sunset, always with a great response from the audience, and played live for many corporate events (Toyota, Samsung, Nokia, Heineken, Luxottica, Lines, Tampax), fashion firms (Romeo Gigli, Krizia, Enrico Coveri, AB/Soul, Massimo Robecchi, Rinascimento).
‘Mice To Meet You!’ is their debut album, which sees the collaboration of UK producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Placebo, Tricky, Melissa Etheridge).
One of the tracks on the album, ‘Ophelia’s Song’, was licensed to Creative Commons and has become the ‘most remixed acappella’ on ccmixter.org and got featured - among others - by the French Rails SNCF, while the remixes of ‘Peace and Melody’, soon followed by ‘Red Star’, ‘Nicotine’ and ‘Standing by my Side’, released on over 150 records by Morrison Recordings (Canada) and Armada Records (Holland), climbed the Beatport charts and got the endorsement of Pete Tong, Tiësto, John Digweed, Sasha, Armin van Bureen, Markus Schulz, Laurent Garnier and David Guetta.
On August 2009 “Mice to meet you!” won first place for best album in the category of Electronica in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Awards - selected from a pool of 42,000 albums in 96 genres.
Musetta are now working on their forthcoming album, and touring as a quartet (bass, vocals, drums, guitars, electronics) featuring a VJ set specially conceived to interact with the music.