You performed live in front of Nick Mason, at the press introduction of the book “Inside Out”. How did you feel?
We met him in the early afternoon, and I didn’t felt too much emotion: as we introduced each other I first thanked him for what Pink Floyd gave us with their music. I guessed him just the way he really is: a lovely guy with feet pretty down to the earth, like Roger Waters and some other artists and sportsmen I met in my career: the bigger they look in their public life the natural they are in private. He shook my hand and granted for our performance and signed my snare drum, which features more signature like Stewart Copeland, Ian Paice, and Carl Palmer. The only regret was that he finally reyected my wish to see him playing my drum kit: It would be another top score for my personal collection.
What is the most grooved moment in a concert’s daytime?
Basically, I even managed the band, under any circumstances. Fisically, I arrange the gear, build up and down, stuff like that. sometimes the big spin off of the morning partially fades as the day goes by and tiredness rises. But as the show begins, my adrenaline rises back and charge my body so that I’m able to share my energy with the audience and the band back again. the bigger please I got was when we performed in Imola in front of an hill filled with 3000 fans: during the performance of some Pink Floyd’s classics, I felt some kind of silent energy grew up from the audience and magically met our show. It looked like the music would grow off by itself. It was a one of a kind experience. That’s why I appreciate Floyd Machine: they are friends first, that could score big hits with a limited budget, and this is what I hope could feed the will of carry on together. The love of our growing audience is another reason of satisfaction and personal pride, and pays also for all the job that I do behind the scenes, the gear’s acquisition, stage and event’s managing, and all the second row tasks that make the show possible. I’m the man that moves, litterally and materially, the Floyd Machine’s family, and all this success we shared together from many years, looking for our and our fan’s enjoy.
interview by Paola Varrato