Steel Notes Magazine October "Halloween" Issue 2016 - Page 89

Steel Notes Magazine anywhere in the world. I have good relationships with the people I have been working with over the past years. Building friendship and trust is definitely important in the music business, it makes work fun. go back in time, and what wouldn’t you do? - I would not change a thing. I am happy about the choices I made in the past, I have no regrets. - What’s your relationship with the guitar? What do you feel when you play it? - It gives me a sense of peacefulness. I love playing. It used to be that I would feel frustrated at times for not being able to do certain things I was studying. Not anymore. I play with more passion, and I only choose to play songs I really enjoy. It’s almost therapeutic for me. If I feel down, and I start playing, jamming, composing... I forget about all my problems. - You and your fans. What kind of connection do you feel? Is there a particular city or country that gives you a warmer welcome? Do you stay in touch with some of them even after concerts? Did this job give you the chance to create new strong friendships or is it always only about business? - I respect my fans so much. I never forget that my lifestyle and my job exist only thanks to them. I am myself a fan, I regularly buy music and go to concerts. Some fans, yes, became my friends. We keep in touch regularly and if there is a chance to hang out together, we do it. As for particular cities or countries, I do not think there is one that stands out in terms of warmth. Some nights are magical, and there is no logical reason for it. Those nights just happen, and it can be - Is there anything that you gave up by becoming a professional musician? Is there a wish or a project that you’d like to work on in the future, when you’ll have the time? If you hadn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now? - Honestly, from a professional standpoint I have no regrets. Music has always been my life and I never thought I would be doing anything different. From a personal standpoint, I do have some regrets, though. I wish I had dedicated more time to some people that stood beside me in the past. My lifestyle can be tricky sometimes... you give priority to work, but in the meantime people around you might be suffering, and you don’t realize it. This might be the price to pay for the career choice I made. If I had done something else, I would probably have become an architect. I am a big fan of modern architecture, starting with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. - How is the music business looking compared to 10 years ago? - I don’t think there’s much difference. Sure, the music industry is always evolving, with ups and downs, but people keep buying music, going to concerts and bands keep releasing albums and going on tour. Live music Steel Notes Magazine 89