Måneskin works with Baz Luhrman for new ‘Elvis’ movie soundtrack

Måneskin spoke to NME about his work with director Baz Luhrman on their cover of “If I Can Dream” for the upcoming Elvis biopic.

Elvis, the upcoming Baz Luhrmann-directed Presley biopic set to hit theaters next month, comes with a soundtrack of cover songs as well as “original songs and recordings” from Presley himself and the film’s star, Austin Butler. Contributing artists include Eminem, Tame Impala, Stevie Nicks, Jack White, Swae Lee, Diplo, Chris Isaak, Denzel Curry, Jazmine Sullivan, Pnau and more.

Talk to NME For this week’s cover of Big Read, Måneskin told us about recording their version of Evlis’ “huge ballad” “If I Can Dream.”

“We were talking about it with Baz Luhrmann, who had this really cool, super smart idea, because it would have been so easy to give us a beat song and go super rock,” frontman Damiano David said. “He saw that between the lines that we were going to be able to give something else to show the soft side of Elvis. I think we did a great job!

David continued: “The meaning of the song is very contemporary: ‘If I can dream of a better land / Where all my brothers walk hand in hand‘. It is about unity, peace, freedom and happiness, and it comes at the right time. We are really proud of what we have done and to be part of this project. I feel like it’s going to be amazing.”

Guitarist Thomas Raggi added: “Elvis is an amazing artist so it was great to just be able to contribute and pay tribute. We recorded the song at a really special time during the writing sessions for the album.

David also spoke of the “incredible” experience of working with the Romeo + Juliet and Gatsby the magnificent director.

“I love that despite being one of the greatest directors in the world, he’s like a kid,” David said. NME. “He’s super enthusiastic with millions of ideas. He puts his faith in everything. You never speak to his team, it’s always directly with him. He’s always there saying, “You did an amazing job.”

When asked if the movie was going to live up to fans’ expectations, David replied, “Damn yeah! It’s crazy good – like Bohemian Rhapsody good! Besides, me and Elvis were born on the same day! Just like Bowie.

Måneskin on the cover of NME

Also among the names on the soundtrack is Kacey Musgraves, who recently revealed that she recorded a rendition of Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for the soundtrack. So far, one song from the film’s soundtrack has already been released – Doja Cat’s “Vegas” arrived earlier this month.

A release date has yet to be revealed for the soundtrack, but the film itself is set to arrive on June 24.

Check out the full Big Read cover interview with Måneskin here, where they also talk about dealing with fame, the consequences of cocaine speculation at Eurovision, their success in America, the breakfast- lunch with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, work on their new album, their stance on playing covers, and the fun they take in “pissing off” the naysayers.

Måneskin recently shared his new single “Supermodel”, before performing it on The show tonight in the United States with host Jimmy Fallon joining the band on bass.

The band will play Reading & Leeds Festival 2022 in August before headlining London’s O2 Arena on May 8. Visit here for tickets and more information.