Lucia Zambetti Proves That Indie-Pop and Instagram Can Coexist

Photo by Noah Shaub

Perhaps you haven’t yet heard of 17 year old pop artist Lucia Zambetti. But maybe you’ve stumbled upon her TikTok or Instagram accounts, each with followings of over 100,000 people. The internet has allowed her multiple platforms to distribute her music — and although she has only been releasing content since 2019, her fan base has continued to increase in number, with each of her four Spotify singles having at least 75,000 streams.

The pandemic has allowed Zambetti plenty of time to focus on her art. She has released the majority of her singles after the outflux of stay-at-home orders, but she doesn’t just have the pandemic to thank. Between Spotify, Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest’s algorithms, Zambetti’s work has been shared and enjoyed by millions of people. As for her career, she still has lots of room to grow, but that will certainly continue to happen as she releases more music.

Zambetti’s recent entrance into the pop scene makes her already large audience all the more impressive. Her 2019 single, “That Night,” her most streamed song, has been listened to over 600,000 times. With a voice that sounds like the lovechild of beabadoobee and Gwen Stefani, Zambetti creatively weaves her way through the song that recounts a summer night in 1961. From the point of view of a girl in love with a greaser, Zambetti uses playful lyrics that challenge traditional gender norms, such as ‘I hope I can make this boy my wife.’ The instrumental aspects of the song help paint her picture with hints of nostalgia, including guitar lines that would certainly make the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner proud.

Reading the title of her newest single, “Good Luck With You,” you might ask whether Zambetti meant to say ‘good luck with your life’ or ‘good luck to you.’ After listening to the piece, the answer to that question is ‘definitely both.’ With a sound reminiscent of No Doubt, Zambetti navigates a broken heart, letting go of someone she describes in the first line as a ‘lost cause.’ Piano motives that tug between minor and major help portray feelings of conflict and struggle, but ultimately show that Zambetti’s mind has been made up.

Many artists have become famous through their music videos or by being opening acts at concerts. But Zambetti showcases her innovative work by promoting it via social media — something that older groups have yet to get behind. The internet’s exponential growth in popularity during the pandemic has proved to be a useful tool for Zambetti, and she continues to use it to her advantage. Although her career is just beginning to take off, her creative songwriting skills and use of social platforms will be sure to help her skyrocket.

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