Who is Angelo Marinelli? He is friendly. He is engaging. He is unique, personable, relevant. He is a 2010 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. He is I.AM.ANGELO.
They say "some are born to sing the blues," and although you will find no "blues" in Marinelli's music, there is no doubt that he was born to play music and entertain. He began writing songs in his basement with close friend Adam Davis but has been playing the drums since the age of 2, which makes him an 18-year-old with 16 years of experience. Since that time he has also learned to play piano via YouTube tutorials. He can trace his musical history back to the earliest days of his childhood, a time when he adored and revered the Beatles perhaps more than anything.
Marinelli, of Williamsville, essentially is a one-man band, fully assisted by modern technology. By means of a program called Ableton, he plays the drums, guitar and synthesizer while he simultaneously belts out lyrics that he wrote.
Unlike many of the popular young musicians appearing on today's music scene, Marinelli seems refreshingly genuine. He says he isn't tempted by money, and he is not looking to sell his soul for fame. His music exists for emotion, and it is written and played with feeling.
Writing music began as a sort of escape for Marinelli. Undoubtedly, most teenagers experience times of angst. Marinelli took these raw feelings and used them to his advantage, creating through his music a blissful place where worries vanish and happiness abounds.
Marinelli's goal is not to play music for an exclusive crowd; he plays music for all. He invites everyone to join him, to hear the music, dance, remember and forget. He says he is not looking for a career or a fortune; all he wants is to provide the soundtrack for people's happy memories.
"Everyone does their own thing; everyone has a mission," he says. "I just want to impact something. So when everyone goes to sleep at night, I stay up and write music."
So far in his career, Marinelli has met several celebrities, including Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, Mike Novak of Every Time I Die, Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack and Farewell Continental, and Dave Melillo of Cute is What We Aim For and Nocturnal Me, with whom he was able to collaborate in the recording studio.
Marinelli also has worked with DJs such as Steve Neil, who remixed two of his songs, and producer Jay Zubricky.
Nevertheless, Marinelli has not been affected or influenced by their fame. When he was told he needed to develop an image for himself, he refused.
"I am not going to be anyone other than who I am," he said. "I just roll with the punches."
His carefree attitude carries over into his music, providing his audience with the levity to let loose and enjoy.
His new album, "Easy Love," is due to be released in November, but current tracks and information are available on his website, iamangelomusic.com.
Christina Seminara is a junior at Nardin Academy.