The Orielles suggested we meet at Soho’s The Social, a venue which I’d never been to before. Might they be cooler than me? Not likely 😉
Inside, at the bar, we sat down on a booth seat. Talking Heads “Once In A Lifetime” was blaring. As I whipped out my tape recorder it dawned on us all that this interview was not going to work inside. Eek!!
We ended up awkwardly sitting on a plank of wood outside the venue. I perched on the very end and threw my recorder at Henry, who was sitting in the middle of Esme, Alex and Sidonie. When life gives you lemons, babe.
The band was self assured, “goofy” and intimidatingly close.
As a kid on Sunday afternoon my father would arrange a sort of cinema . He was an amateur photographer and had lots of pictures of Rome and protests there because he was very active politically. I would just stay in the dark room, watching all these images and he would inform me about what we were looking at .
Then I moved to Rimini I met other guys who took photos. They were all super cool, super vibrant and had super sick Myspace profiles. (laughs). I was coming from a village so never had my own. I just started feeling jealous of these guys hooking up with girls because they were good photographers and thought, I want to do this.
To be honest not that many people have come recently. The most people I’ve seen at the cinema is to see Magic Mike 2.
WHAT GETS YOU UP IN THE MORNING?
The crippling thought of loneliness. Also I listen to Mark Kermode’s radio podcasts when I go to sleep and wake up with it ‘chattin’ away’. The podcast is an hour and a half and plays on loop. Sometimes I’ll also wake up to recorded lectures by Grayson Perry.