-Reading Parkett’s ‘About Us’ on your website, the first expression that catches the eye is ‘Webzine’ which is a younger relative of the fanzine (Fan + Magazine). Are you familiar with the fanzine as a medium? And, assuming you love music, how did your passion for it start?
Lorenzo: Let’s start with the first question: I was born in 1997, and gained consciousness about what I was ‘musically’ surrounded by when the fanzine era was already in a stage of decline. I’d say I was (and I still am, in a certain sense) not familiar with the fanzine medium, which is a bit ironic considering that I’m part of a webzine! Haha. As for your second question, basically my crush on music started thanks to many factors: I was always surrounded by music even if none of my relatives were involved in it. Then I finally discovered electronic music when I was six or seven. My cousin used to be a promoter during high-school so he often came to my house to dine before his parties and to download tracks on my computer, the same tracks that his DJ friends would then play. The truth is that I hated them! I remember deleting all the downloads when my cousin would leave, but for some reason, one time, my purging action missed two of those tracks: ‘Give You’ by Djaimin (the mighty Jamie Lewis’s ‘Crystal Clear’ Re-Edit) and ‘Hands Up Everybody’ by Pain&Rossini. I started to listen to them more carefully and slowly a whole world opened up in front of me. That’s how it all started!
Andrea: Parkett is an online magazine with a very competent staff. I personally don't feel like a music lover but an editor who writes about music. From the age of five I did nothing but dancing around the house, listening to 80s music at first, and then all the other genres: from the Rolling Stones' rock blues to Trentemøller's electronic. I’ve spent most of time in record stores and I’m proud of it.
Dante: I believe that the ‘about us’ on our website moves with the times. We get info/news from a Web based environment: breaking news, sports, fashion…. So, why not music? Oh, about my passion for music is a long love story. Everything started with radio. I grew up with the radio on when my mom was cooking for the family, then studying music at school and listening to radio when doing homework. I remember that I was an early fan of Classical, Jazz and some electronic music and the story goes on since then.
Carmela: My passion for music started when I was twelve years old. I think like all my peers, at that age I spent the day studying and watching MTV. Then, when I was fifteen I started going to clubs, imitating my mother's younger brother who was part of the old guard of the Neapolitan House music scene. It was a wonderful time where the only passion was music.
Nicola: Yes, as a student of Advertising Communication I know a little about all the media that have occurred over time. The passion for music is innate in my family. In my house we dance, sing and play from Reggae to Classical, from Punk to Electronica. My dad is a huge music collector with over 1000 CDs, 300 LPs and countless cassettes. I remember that, as a child, I would stop in front of the big JBL sound system in the living room, enjoying being shaken by its vibrations when he turned it up to the max. I believe that in that moment music entered in me. Then there is another legend in the family, which says that I was conceived during one Nirvana’s last concerts in Italy, in Marino (RM). I did the maths and it's not possible because I was born eleven months later (lol) but I like to think that in that moment, the idea of having a son started to become concrete for them, and this fueled my musical curiosity.