“Forget about what people say. Your curly hair are just like rock’n’roll, they will never be out of fashion“. That’s one of the first things Alessandro Santopaolo told me when we met. Together with Massimo Bianco he founded ContestaRockHair in Rome in 1996 and now the brand counts on 11 salons between Rome, New York, Miami, Firenze and Shanghai, but this wouldn’t mean that much to me.
These are the Lame, a garage punk band* from Torino, Italy. They started playing together around the end of 2013 and they are now ready to tour in Europe for the summer. The guy on the right, Stefano Isaia is 34 years old, he sings and plays guitar, besides his being the singer of Movie Star Junkies. Maria Mallol Moya, 29, singer and guitarist too, learned to be a drummer for this project. And the other guitarist, Massimo Scocca, turned 50 a few weeks ago.
My first professional interview ever happened in a Japanese company. I was just about to graduate, they hired me and I entered the world of Arigatou gozaimasu. I learnt about Japanese habits (deep bows, beautiful hot springs, endless sucking up while eating hot soups). I spent hours miming with my Japanese colleagues since they spoke little English. I had dinner at 6:30 p.m. (as the saying goes: when in Rome, do as Romans do) and made sure there was no hole in my socks so that I could safely take off my shoes as they do. I loved omiyage, their gift-giving custom as they always have a gift for you when visiting. I longed for a slice of Castella cake, I went mad each time my questions remained unanswered, maybe because they were not contemplated in my interviewees’ mental schemes.