Hey! It took a while, but I’m actually writing a new blog post. And the title is clearly inspired by one of my favourite’s Talk Talk records. Also, the window in my room is wide open, sun is shining outside, weather is warm. Spring is definitely here. The only thing that sucks is that I got chickenpox! It started last Sunday when I noticed something wrong on my face. At first I thought I was covered in pimples – strange, but that can happen. Then it started spreading all over the body… Monday was quite a nightmare, couldn’t sleep all night. I was too itchy and frustrated. Well, I’m working on it, getting some rest and I hope to be fully recovered in a week or so.
Last month, EchoTest played gigs with a full line-up here in Italy, for the first time ever. Mike Visser came all the way from the States to play a week of shows with me, Julie Slick and drummer Alessandro Inolti. As I mentioned in my previous post, I had planned a few gigs for the band in Rome (including a very cool radio performance and interview at Radio Rock); one in Prato, Tuscany; one in Jesi, on the east coast of the country (the region is called Marche); we then headed south to Molise and played a rockin’ gig in a small town called San Giacomo degli Schiavoni. The morning after we had a nice drive back to my hometown, Latina, to play one last concert in front of friends and family.
Shows were very well attended, with the exception of Prato. Not the biggest crowd, but a good crowd! Alessio, a fellow bass player and all-around-nice guy, helped us setting up the gig. We met with new friends (Eve and Massimo) and it was cool. A student of mine, Fulvio, drove from Parma to be at the show. He brought his sweet handcrafted bass for me to try. I was a bit toasted after the concert, but it felt so good, such a nice instrument to play. I’m grateful he was there, as well as my other friend Gabriele (he helped me and Julie back in 2014, finding our first two gigs in Tuscany… the rest is history!).
The next big plan is to play some house concerts with Julie in the States, in August. I’ll be flying to NYC at the end of July and I’ll be finally attending the Three of a Perfect Pair Camp again! I was one of the happy campers in 2011 and 2012, and it’s been a life changing experience for me. First time I met with Julie was at the camp, in 2011. For those of you who are not familiar with TOAPP, it’s a week-long music workshop hosted by Crimson members Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. A good excuse to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Catskill Mountains, meet people from all over the world, play music and learn a thing or two from those legendary musicians and the talented folks who partecipate. Visit the official TOAPP website to read more about it. You’re welcome to join us and be part of the family!
As soon as I recover from my chickenpox, I’ll start working on a solo gig scheduled here in Latina at the end of the month, then I’ll focus a bit on my third solo album. I still need to put the final touches on it, and have it mixed and mastered. Didn’t really have the time and the motivation to go ahead with it, but maybe the time has come now. And I hope I will have more news soon about the Fifteen Strange Seconds record, as well. I’ve been talking with Andrea today and we’d like to book a few shows to showcase the project in the near future. We still don’t know when the album will be out, though.
As usual, I’ll keep you all posted.