Photo credit to Monty Limon.
Michael Mancuso is a pop star in the making. With a brand new single out titled “Give It To Me” that is already drawing comparisons to Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas, he is on the fast track to the top. Continue reading for an interview with Mancuso telling all about his new track and influences.
Hey everyone! My name is Michael Mancuso and I was born and raised in Westlake Village, California.
The creation of “Give It To Me” was really organic and unexpected. I walked into a writing session with my producer/co-writer Dan Whittemore and we started catching up on life. He was telling me about things he had been doing with his wife, and I was updating him on how things were going between my ex and I. Something in that conversation made him remember a track he had been working on, so he pulled up his file of new work and started playing me a few of his newest tracks. We weren’t planning on writing to a track he had already made…we always start something new when we got together. But, out of nowhere, the bare bones of the track that would later become “Give It To Me” came on and my jaw hit the floor. I think we were both shocked by how much I liked it! We agreed to get going on writing a song to the track, and started discussing concepts to write about. Given that I was telling him about my ex earlier, emphasis on ex, it had definitely been a minute since I was with another girl. Dan jokingly brought up that my current ‘dry spell’ would make for a great song, and “Give It To Me” was born!
I definitely enjoy the comparisons. I draw inspiration from all of the artists you listed and more! Different aspects from either their recorded or live performances have made their way into my own sound, style and stage presence.
I want to make it as a top 40s pop artist, so I’m always listening to today’s top hits. But lately I’ve been looking for songs that just make me feel good! Two prime examples of that would be “Merengue” by Kent Jones and “Ooh Lordy” by Youngr.
Yes I am! The music video will be exclusively premiering May 18th on https://www.popdust.com. Looking very forward to it!
I’ll never forget the first time I met Meghan Trainor, or the first time I met Scott Hoying. One of my friends was singing background vocals on one of Meghan Trainor’s earlier tours, and we went to see their show at The Palladium in Los Angeles. After the show, we went backstage to say hi to our friend, and she surprised us by bringing us into Meghan’s area and introducing us! We all ended up hanging out for a good portion of the night and have continued to see each other every now and then! As for Scott Hoying, I was a freshman at USC in 2012 and was trying to get into an a cappella group called The SoCal VoCals. Scott was a member when he was a student at USC. Pentatonix and Adam DeVine were booked to do a music/comedy show on campus and, after the show ended, Pentatonix ended up going back to the VoCal’s house to hang out. A friend who was already in the group invited me over and my first interaction with Scott was a game of beer pong! For the record, I lost.