Billy Carvelli created the acclaimed website The Italian Movement, dedicated to celebrate the artistic and cultural achievements of those of Italian descent. Now this Italian-Canadian continues to make serious musical moves himself.
For the past decade, Carvelli has shown major creative talent as a hip hop MC, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. He has earned rave reviews, peer respect and a growing international fan base for his work. Noted trade publication Cashbox gave his 2008 EP The Italian Movement a Five-Star review, calling it “a well-produced CD sure to garner a lot of sales and airplay.” Carvelli has released a series of singles that have charted widely and helped him score serious exposure on MTV and Much Music. His tracks have received No. 1, Top 10 and Top 40 awards from IAIRA (The International Association of Independent Recording Artists), and placed in the Top 10 and Top 40 of such charts as DJ Times, Mass Pool, Zip DJ and Galaxy.
billy carvelliLook for similar success with the release of a sizzling new track, “Down,” in January, followed by a five-song EP that will showcase the dynamic musical range of his work. Carvelli won’t let himself be pigeonholed stylistically, explaining that “I just go where I want. I’m not scared to do different things. I want every track to have its own feel, but all with positivity.” For instance, “Down” is a riveting and heavily rhythmic cut that effortlessly fuses hip hop, Euro-flavored dance, and rock into a compelling package.
The other cuts on the EP are equally eclectic and electric. “Whoa” features guest turns from two American stars, TQ and crunk queen Rasheeda, and their appearances confirm the peer respect Carvelli enjoys. On “All We Really Want Is,” Carvelli delivers a hip hop meets dance music track that’s heavily rhythmic, witty and sexy, while on “CEO” and “The Movement” he pays homage to his Italian roots on two unforgettably anthemic cuts.
Eye-catching videos for “Whoa,” “All We Really Want Is,” and “The Movement” have already been released, to great response. Carvelli is taking it a step further with “CEO,” for this hot track will serve as the theme song for a new TV reality show that begins filming soon. Carvelli is, in fact, a CEO of a number of different companies. He has long had a successful business career as an entrepreneur, running parallel to his musical life. A larger than life character, his life story is sure to make for fascinating and entertaining viewing. “Whenever people spend sometime with me, they say ‘man, you should have a show, about being a rapper and a businessman,’” he explains. “Now I will. I consider myself a pretty good character. I don’t have to act, just be real.” One of his idols, Frank Sinatra was known as The Chairman of the Board. Carvelli will soon be known as the CEO.