When did you start playing (any instrument)?
- At school in Italy at the time (mid '80s, woah) you HAD to play flute. So technically that was my first instrument, in 1985. But I already wanted to play guitar (I took my first lessons in the following summer, 1986).
When did you start playing YOUR instrument, and why?
- My mate Federico was a bass player and once, when I was 16, we met up in a practice room and he showed me where all the nice wee notes were. Then I basically forgot everything, and I started again in 1993, soon after my 18th birthday.
Who was your first band?
- The Senza Nome ("Without a Name"). Toni "Horse" and Alessandro "Pizza" on guitars, Davide "Dice" on drums, Gabry and Federica on backing vocals, plus a bunch of keyboard players and some vocalists until Toni and Gabry took over themselves.
When was your first gig? Can you remember which songs you played?
- On the night after my second written exam in the high school finals, so late June of 1993. With Monta on vocals, an arse who could barely sing. One Vision, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Hammer to Fall by Queen, Sweet Child o' Mine by Guns'n'Roses, Sogni di Rock'n'Roll and Libera Nos a Malo by Ligabue, Knockin' on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan and Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits. Probably a couple more songs, I think the tape is in my bedroom but I canny be arsed checking.
Which genres have you played?
- An odd rock-blues with the guys above, then trash metal, grunge, punk, death metal (but I just rehearsed with them a couple of times), Irish folk, Italian folk, country
Whose covers have you played?
- The whole world, I think. Dire Straits, Ligabue, Queen, Bob Dylan, Guns'n'Roses, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Green Day, Fabrizio De André, Daniele Silvestri, Quintorigo, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles - I must be forgetting plenty.
Is there any song that you HATE(D) playing?
- Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits. Toni wanted to play the full, 7 minutes live version and during the final solo I tended to lose all my will to live.
And any song that you LOVE(D) playing?
- Amongst the covers, it was Metallica's For Whom the Bell Tolls with Planet Fear/Prima Linea, double time, growling backing vocals and all. Amongst non-covers it must be something by B%ze, probably Ghosts, our "powerful opener".
In how many bands have you been playing?
- Those Senza Nome/Rooks/Sultans of Swings; then I rehearsed a couple of times with that death metal guys; then it was Planet Fear/Prima Linea/Linea d'Ombra; then Three Little Slaves, The Wild Rovers/Effetti Personali, B%ze, the thing I used to call "Ufen Project" or "P.U.B.B. Project" and the two bands I'm jamming with now. And the Zio Trio!
Which genre are you playing now? How did you come to play that?
- I'm jamming with a Johnny Cash tribute band because Dave asked and I like Johnny Cash. And there also is the rock/hard rock thing for which a drummer is needed, same reason as above.
When was your LATEST gig?
- Uuuuuuuh, nearly two years ago with the B%ze at Lava Lounge.
Which was your BEST gig ever?
- With B%ze at the Vertigo in Glasgow for Emergenza - we seriously rocked. And with Prima Linea at the Festa de L'Unità in Padova, again great stuff and plenty of people in the audience (OK, because we were opening for TNR, but still).
And when will your NEXT gig be?
- Who knows... but as soon as we have one I'll let you know!
Can you devise your ideal band picking from the people you've played with?
- Tough, and I wouldn't like to offend anyone... I'd have Simone Varroto (Prima Linea - not a great voice but he knows how to use it and is good at leading the audience) and Tom Barnes (J. Cash tribute band) on vocals, Alessandro "Pizza" Ceci (Senza Nome) on lead guitar, Marco Rizzato on rhythm guitar, Alberto "Bionda" Martin on keyboards and accordion, Andrea Falaguasta on percussions and Micol Tosatti on violin (all Effetti Personali) and... aaaaaaaaargh this is tough... Martyn (cy)Borg (B%ze) on drums, although Stefano Pavanati (Three Little Slaves) and Pat Gillen (J. Cash tribute band) are amazing drummers as well. I didn't list Davide Mazzoni (guitar) because we never played any live gig together. And for the songs... I'd ask Andrea Cogo (Prima Linea), Mario Canosa (B%ze) and Dave Watson to write them - I'm sure something unbelievable would come out of it!