Hi Gianni. Can you introduce The Blues Against Youth project to us and our readers?
Hello everybody! The Blues Against Youth is my one man band project since 2009. It’s a musical project that takes inspiration from old country-blues music tradition and mix it to some 70s rock type stuff. I work all instruments by myself and try to keep those two souls together, as groovy as possible. Over the last 7 years I played a lot of shows in all Europe and released three LPs and a fistful of 7” working with several different independent record labels. My third full length came out on Beast Records on March the 1st and I’m very excited about this!
Where did you get inspiration for your music? Tell us something about it.
Since I was 10, when I embraced my acoustic guitar for the first time, I have listened to a lot of music… some of it was really crucial for my development. Other than music, I also get inspiration from the people I meet, situations I get into, my woman, the daily crazy news from the world and my night dreams. I’m a sponge.
Which artists have influenced your style & sound, if any?
Too many to list… I can name a few of those I’ve been listening lately: Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, and Lightning Hopkins above all have had a big influence on me.
What does it mean to be a country rock primitive one man band today? And what does it mean for you? Tell us something about it.
I don’t know. I can’t explain in word, I CAN JUST PLAY IT. I used to wonder about this all the time. It’s music writers’ task! ahah
Are you touring right now? Do you plan to have a tour in the next future?
Not now but in two weeks I’ll be leaving along with Belly Hole Freak, for a 3- weeks tour in Switzerland, Belgium, France and Holland. After that I’ll continue touring over the all year. “Apprentice” promotion has just started and I look forward to bringing the new record around.
What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?
I went to see this friend of mine, Manuel Volpe, who has a great project called The Rabdomantic Orchestra. It’s a 9-piece band and he writes all the compositions. I got raptured by the groove and the rhythms they developed that night. He’s also the guy who mixed my album.
Tell us something about your best and your worst memory on the road.
There’s many worst memories I collected, but the worst recent one was in Berlin, where the owner of the club (I can just say they have a juicy record store inside) came down in the basement where the show was going on and took the mic off the bassdrum while I was performing. Right in front of everybody. I immediately stopped playing and yelled at him something like “what are you doing?” He looked very angry and said that I was crazy to put the mic in there, so I was like “I do it in every club I play. Why didn’t you tell me before?” And he replied “this is not a club!”. The people in the audience were as bummed as I was and they asked me to play more numbers, but I got really pissed and didn’t feel like continuing. It was horrible, I did a couple of songs and left the stage.
The best memory is Binic Festival, in Bretagne, France, where I played last August. There I found the warmest crowd ever, very professional tech crew (which does not mean stressful like some big events are), friendly atmosphere, cool bands, best weather (it wasn’t up to them) stunning location by the ocean. When I played it felt like I was a unique thing with the people, and I was able to hear myself very clearly in the monitors though I hadn’t even sound checked… People in music festivals organizations should go there and see and learn what it takes to make a great one. It’s all about Love, first and foremost.
What do you think of Livetrigger.com? Do you think it could be a good tool to facilitate the process of booking and organizing shows? Do you have any suggestions?
I like the idea and the people involved. I heard they belong to a secret freemasonic lodge intending to place their booking agents in every venue in the world and take control on the whole booking process. It seems to be a very long and hard job but it will surely benefit the bookers’ mental health and provide them a more social living. The only suggestion coming up in my mind sounds like a devilish whisper, and it goes like “don’t tell everybody about this”. I know, this is pretty much controversial, and I hear those voices sometimes…