Born Veronica Delogu in 1987, Ronnie began singing at the tender age of 2 years old (for the joy of those around her and their eardrums).
Originally from Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy, I grew up in a ‘small town with a small village mentality’. Since the early years, I manifested a natural inclination towards music and singing, which led to my family buying me a karaoke machine at the age of 3. Having spent my early childhood as the ‘classroom underdog’, I wrote my first set of lyrics at the age of 12, as a mean to ‘free myself from all I wanted to say and all I wanted to forget I felt’. I grew up with my grandmother and my two uncles, one of which used to listen to 80’s Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music on a daily basis. He used to record me on our old boombox, belting Iron Maiden tunes when I was about 2 years old. He still keeps some of the cassettes he recorded. Growing up, I remember my neighbours greeting me on my way back to school saying they always knew I was coming back by hearing my voice, as I sang down the road. I must have been a true nightmare! I learnt how to play the guitar at the age of 8 when my aunt taught me the basics. I began composing the first tunes a few years after.
Early influences include Iron Maiden, Placebo, Muse, Prodigy, Public Enemy and Linkin Park.
I have managed to watch 5 out of 6 of them live. I am heartbroken I will never see Chester (Bennington) on stage. Huge talent. He gave me a voice and a mean to feel understood when I thought nobody could. Iron Maiden's music is basically written in my DNA. They nursed me as a baby, they were my lullaby (I was a peculiar child and I grew up to be a peculiar creature). I love how all these bands deliver on stage. It gives you a rush of adrenaline and the energy they feed back to the audience is surreal. They are my inspiration to be an artist and really touch people’s hearts and minds.
Any memorable / horrible moments in your music career?
A bizarre event was when I was playing with a friend as the duo TieBreaks (nope, we did not release anything! Maybe a couple of YouTube videos). We got scouted by one of the X-Factor talent-hunters and we went (with my immense dislike) to do an audition with them. My friend was too excited for me to crash his dreams, so I went along. NOT. MY. THING!
A memorable moment was definitely when I met the other 75% of LE. I was going to bail that day. I thought they would not like me! Huge gratitude to my friends who pushed my ass out of that door and into the studio! Owe you big time!
Random fact about yourself?
I am a mad scientist too! And if that’s not random enough… I do pole dancing ;)