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Tell us about yourself, where do you come from and what do you like to do outside of your artistic work?
I’m from Southern Italy, Palermo to be exact. In the last year, I moved to Milan where I practice the profession of a sound engineer. I really love what I do because it somehow keeps me close to my art.
Tell us about your artistic practice – what’s your favourite piece that you have worked on or performed?
The thing I like to do most is to give an image to what I produce, I think at the moment the song I am most attached to is ”About London” which I presented for the conservatory exam. You can find the song on YouTube.
What opportunities have you seen in the Liberty EU programme for young artists?
The opportunities offered by the programme, in my case coming to Journeys Festival International 2022, were many, such as communicating with other artists from all over Europe, meeting them and also collaborating on projects, as it happened to me with Aalborg Karneval, where I presented my Calibro Disco Machine project for the opening of the festival at Leicester’s Clock Tower – it was something I will never forget.
Why do you feel it’s been important for young artists to travel and work across Europe?
It had never happened to me before to perform outside of my country. Approaching a new audience with a different culture was something that stimulated and challenged me in a different way than usual. It’s been really something beautiful, I am proud to be able to tell it.
What do you feel are three key factors affecting young artists today?
Among the factors that move young artists today, there are social media, social behaviours and I hope with all my heart, sustainability. I love the place I live in, and we are having a hard time.
How did you hope the Liberty EU programme would impact on you as a young artist?
First of all, through experience. Being part of the festival was really helpful for the growth of my project, I met some fantastic people, and I’m still in contact with some of them. Through that networking, I was hoping to be able to carry the festival experience and collaboration with me for a while longer and it worked.
I have been booked for May next year to go and perform with my Calibro Disco Machine project in Aalborg, Denmark, on 27 May 2023. It will be another magnificent experience.
How did you like performing at Journeys Festival International in Leicester?
I had the opportunity to bring three of my projects, and I remember the days as intense. Every day something new to tackle, in a new country. It was magnificent, really gracious of everything.