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Meet Mauro Buonarota

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mauro Buonarota.

Hi Mauro, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Also known as GoodWheel, and I’m an Italian songwriter, music producer and DJ. Music has always been part of my life since I started playing drums and piano when I was a child and year after year, I developed my skills as songwriter and producer. At the beginning, it was tough since you need to understand what’s your style and to make sure that there is connection among mind, heart and hands in order to make your music a clear expression of what you feel inside. I kept working on myself and my music, and project after project collaborations started with several international established artists like Alex Alessandroni Jr., Phonat, Fabio Campedelli, Dom Capuano e many others.

As I like to say, hard work always brings you important rewards, so in 2018 I reached No. 1 in Italy and No. 2 in the USA and UK in the iTunes Electronic Chart with “I Think I Love You”. In 2019, I had the pleasure to collaborate with Phonat on the Remix of “Tomorrow”, originally performed by Alexis Ashley reaching the Top 10 (No. 7) in the Billboard Top Dance Music Chart. Several hits have followed as songwriter, producer and DJ till I decided in 2022 to move to Los Angeles to keep working on all my projects and collaborations. At the moment, I have a large number of projects in place and in March 2022, after one month I was in LA, I had the pleasure to become Artistic Director of the NakedMusic nights at Caffe Roma in Beverly Hills. Caffe Roma is one of the most famous Italian restaurants in LA, stage for so many established artists during its lifetime, and as Director of the NakedMusic nights, I take advantage of my achievements, skills and experiences to scout and judge upcoming songwriters coming from the USA and the rest of the world in order to give them the chance to play their original music on a prestigious stage. The scouting and judging activities, along with my music projects, will represent my focus in the next months.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
High goals always request strong motivations, the right mindset, a continuous work on your own development and an amazing team because the road will be windy and to me these are the pillars you need to get focused even when things are not easy. During my career, I had the pleasure to collaborate with amazing artists reaching incredible goals but of course, it wasn’t easy.

While you are working on a new song, you are always surrounded by doubts about how good you will be with putting into music your feelings. Sometimes you are good, sometimes you aren’t. with no doubts dialogue and working with a tenacious team have helped me a lot and of course, you have to be always ready to fight till the end for your vision of music. As my manager used to say, “world has plenty of songs, nobody really needs a new song”, which means that you have to be the most focused, motivated and talented songwriter, producer or Dj if you really want your project to succeed.

Of course, what we have been through during the last two years was another big struggle; the pandemic heavily affected the music industry and most of projects have been suspended for a long time. Once again, motivations, mindset, self-development and my team gave me a strong support to face those hard months and protect my dreams.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a songwriter, producer and DJ. I love writing sessions because it’s the perfect environment to share new ideas and create something unique. I’m very open-minded and happy to have a quality dialogue with other artists and that makes me very specialized in contaminations from both a sounds and music styles point of view. Along with contaminations, during my career I’ve been told by most of the artists I collaborated with that what really makes my talent special is the ability of getting in touch with the artist’s soul, being able to perfectly mirror with my music what they are feeling inside and want to share with listeners. Of course, I take advantage of these skills also as music producer and Dj. My talent helped me to reach many amazing goals but basically two are the things I’m most proud of: first of all, after all my efforts, I’m proud of how many people have been listening and enjoying my music; my hits and the Billboard Top 10 achievement show me how good I’ve been working on my projects and how much people appreciate my talent.

Second thing I’m proud of is being a tool to develop upcoming artists and to help them to share their original music; this is exactly what I’m doing with my experience as Artistic Director of NakedMusic nights at Caffe Roma; scouting American and international songwriter, judging them, helping them to develop their projects and to step on an amazing stage.

How do you think about happiness?
Considering the two years of pandemic we have been through, I’d say that just getting back to make music and develop my projects make me feel very happy. But from an artistic point of view what really makes me feel happy is the spark in the eyes of an artist once he’s connected with my song. You have been working for days on a new song, changing your mind millions of time, deleting all you have done and starting it over so many times. Then you are finally in studio sharing your last version, all eyes on you and you are the only one looking at the artist and then it happens, first bits, he starts smiling, his eyes shine and you finally can breathe and say “Wow….I’m still good!”.

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