Julie’s Haircut Sänger und Gitarrist Luca Giovanardi hat sich vor dem Psych in Bloom Festival Zeit für unser Q&A genommen. Neo-Psychedelic-Rock und Kendo – das gibt es in der neu erschienenen Single „Plaster Mask“ zu sehen und zu hören:
What was the most wonderful gig you ever played?
We’ve played hundreds of them and it’s difficult to pick one. But in recent years maybe the Rocket 20 festival at The Garage in London has a special place: when we were kids, not in our wildest dreams would we imagine to play that venue.
Where would you absolutely love to play?
We’ve played at some amazing places, we’ve even played at the legendary Cavern in Liverpool. But we’ve never played the Paradiso in Amsterdam.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t listened to it yet?
One magazine some years ago wrote: “Like if the Stooges relocated to Dusseldorf”. It’s as good as any, at least it’s fun. I suck at putting into words what we do, I think it’s actually quite difficult for anyone, because we don’t really fit into any given genre. My personal answer would be: pick 10 random songs from our discography and listen to them and make your own idea about it.
What’s your best memory of seeing live music?
I saw Bjork with a string quartet at the Union Chapel in London in the 90s: just the five of them, no electricity involved, only candle lights and no amplification. That was magic. Other shows that really stuck with me were Jane’s Addiction in 1991 and PJ Harvey in Barcelona during the tour to “White Chalk”: again, she had no backing band, she was totally alone on stage and it was like listening to those songs for the first time, in their purest essence. She literally brought me to tears at one point, the only time it ever happened to me while attending a live show.
Describe the perfect stage outfit.
Ah. You can’t go wrong wearing black, especially after a certain age.
Please describe your worst studio experience.
We don’t use many studios, we’ve worked maybe in 5 different studios in more than 20 years. Never had desperate situations, to be honest. Or maybe I just tend to forget them after they’re gone.
Which things must always be in your tour bag?
When you have a toothbrush you’re all set for a world tour.
Which song never fails to make you sing, hum or whistle along?
“I’ll feel a whole lot better“ by The Byrds. “For a dancer” by Jackson Browne. “Strangers” by The Kinks. Great songwriting, I just can’t help it.
What was the first song you fell in love with and why?
This is a hard one to answer. I remember some songs from the Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla that my dad used to play when I was a kid. You wouldn’t know about them, I guess. But I still love his songs.
Which program was the last you binge-watched?
Ted Lasso. Priceless.
Your favourite misbehavior?
Oh, I’m a naughty kid, you don’t want to know.
Your favourite weird food quirks?
I’m italian, so I tend to be particular about food. The weirdest shit, I’ve had in Belgium, I think. They have this thing called “La Mitraillette” that almost killed Andrea, our keyboards player. But I can’t say I like it, it’s too much even for junk food.
The most beautiful human in show business?
The greatest musical genius (dead or alive)?
Miles Davis. But you’ve had some pretty good ones in the classical field, in Germany.