Freelance Translator (English-Italian and German-Italian)

Professional translator for the music industry

Dropinka® is Claudia Benetello, an Italian professional based in Milan. Claudia doesn’t consider herself a freelance translator so much as an artisan of communication: since 2005, she has worked from English and German into Italian, translating everything revolving around music information and promotion.

U2, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen: these are just a few of the artists she has had the pleasure to translate. To do this, she draws on her professional experience, because Claudia personally handled music information and promotion.

After earning her Master’s Degree in Music Communication for the Record Industry and Media at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, from 2003 to 2004 she worked as Promotion Manager for the Friends & Partners concert agency (now F&P Group), promoting tours by artists such as Pino Daniele, Antonello Venditti, Niccolò Fabi, Elisa, Biagio Antonacci and others. From 2005 until 2010 she also handled press office work, likewise for the music industry.
As a journalist, she has written for various periodicals, including Gioia and Max, interviewing Italian and international artists such as Cesare Cremonini, Elio e le Storie Tese, Francesco Renga, Gogol Bordello, Pat Metheny and Simple Minds.

With such a prestigious CV, she naturally decided to specialize in translations for the music industry (and advertising: this does not involve straight translation work, but a service that is a cross between copywriting and translation, known as transcreation). In fact, translating requires not only linguistic expertise, but above all mastery of the subject matter. A full member of the Italian Translators and Interpreters Association (AITI) since 2011, Claudia has also earned the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (the top certification of knowledge of English) and the Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (the top certification of knowledge of German), and she constantly stays up to date by participating in training courses and conferences.

Translations from English and German to Italian

The best translators are those who understand their limitations. It is impossible to provide a professional translation in all areas of human knowledge: to offer top-quality service, it is essential to specialize in a specific field. Furthermore, given that scripta manent, for written translations it is best to translate strictly into one’s native language, the only one we truly master.

That is why Claudia Benetello translates professionally from English and German into Italian in the music field. Her experience with press offices and as a music journalist ensures not only mastery of the subject matter, but also a clear and incisive style that sounds natural in Italian. Because, let’s be honest: there is nothing worse than a text that “reeks” of translation!

This is what Claudia can translate for you:

  • Press releases for press offices in the music industry
  • Articles for periodicals (reviews, interviews, and features on artists and bands)
  • Bios of artists and music groups for the press offices of record companies
  • Books: music critiques, biographies autobiographies of artists and music groups
  • Audio material: translation of audio interviews and audio commentaries
  • Video material: translation of video interviews and the making-of for video clips (including subtitles)
  • Songs: lyrics

Claudia is also an Italian/English interpreter and can assist with meetings, press conferences and other music events. She has worked with internationally renowned artists like John Legend, Noel Gallagher and Robbie Williams.

Three good reasons to choose Dropinka® for your translation needs

  1. Availability: Dropinka® can help you deal with any emergency because you can get in touch by phone or email around the clock.
  2. Specialization:  Dropinka® only translates in its specific areas of expertise, to guarantee you top-quality service.
  3. Credentials: Claudia Benetello is a full member of AITI (Italian Translators and Interpreters Association).


A picture is worth a thousand words, right? So take a look at some of the translations by Dropinka® for the music industry.

  • Making-of video

    Translation from video file
  • Making-of video

    Translation from audio file
  • Video Interview

    Translation from video file
  • Traduzione inglese italiano video intervista Roger Waters (ex Pink Floyd) Il Fatto Quotidiano

    Video Interview

    Translation from video file
  • Traduzione inglese italiano libro autobiografia U2 by U2


  • Traduzione inglese italiano presentazione album Michael di Michael Jackson

    Album story

  • Traduzione inglese italiano track-by-track album Lotus Christina Aguilera

    Track by track

  • Traduzione inglese italiano biografia David Bowie


  • Traduzione inglese italiano blurb album iTunes Sessions - Wilco


  • Traduzione inglese italiano comunicato stampa The Bloody Beetroots

    Press release

  • Traduzione inglese italiano testi di figurine cantanti

    Collectible cards

  • Traduzione inglese italiano libro The Clash


  • Video interview

  • Traduzione inglese italiano da file audio Kasabian

    Translation from
    audio file

  • Traduzione inglese italiano libro Neon Angel Memorie di una Runaway


  • Traduzione inglese italiano libro 1001 Dischi di Musica Classica


  • Video

    Translation from video file
  • Traduzione tedesco italiano volantino pubblicitario Duo SeidenStrasse


  • Transcreation backstage video musicale Up Olly Murs ft. Demi Lovato

    Video backstage


What people are saying about Dropinka®

Here are the words of some of the people who have relied on Dropinka® for translation services in the music industry.

  • I couldn’t have interviewed Roger Waters, the great Roger Waters, without Claudia Benetello. Her translation of the lyrics from the record Is This The Life We Really Want? and then of the interview that Waters gave Jon Pareles of The New York Times was invaluable. The same holds true for the subtitles of my video interview. Claudia is both excellent and meticulous. Plus she’s fast, which doesn’t hurt. Mentioning her in the written interview as well as the one on video, both of which published by Il Fatto Quotidiano, came naturally, the right thing to do. It was a pleasure to work with her and I look forward to next time.

    Andrea ScanziJournalist and writer
  • Claudia Benetello translated a CD booklet text as a freelancer for my translation agency from German to Italian. The music was a crossover of Chinese world music and classical music. She did the translation extremely well, showing professionalism in the formal aspects our collaboration, thorough understanding of the source text meaning and delivering exact and stylistically convincing solutions while respecting the deadlines. The client’s feedback came promptly and they were highly satisfied.

    Sebastian Viebahncreativ Übersetzungen
  • Claudia in a few words: she perfectly knows English in all its shades, and she always catches the spirit of the translations, being a huge music fans and having a lot of sensitivity.

    Luca FantaconeSony Music Entertainment


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