During a concert in Naples, a few years ago, we had a chat with our friends of La gente di Napoli - Humans of Naples about our relationship with their beautiful city, sharing experiences and opinions gathered during many trips to Campania.
You can find our story, along with many others, in the book "La Gente di Napoli - Humans of Naples" available here http://bit.ly/lagentedinapoli and on the main online shops.
Read here the interview in English!
We've been to Naples many times, it is interesting to see how we used to be welcomed then and what happens today, because many years have passed since we last came here. The people's attitude is wonderful, the Neapolitan public is sensitive and smart. However, when I think about Naples, the first thing that comes to mind is that we've been led for many years by two tour managers who are from Scampia. They are a strange case because they are Neapolitans who grew up in Scampia and also in the North because they were marshals of the air force until they met us, then we started a musical partnership together. They never lost their Neapolitan spirit, it is something that belongs to Neapolitans, it is their intrinsic way of speaking and thinking. Despite what you see on television, like in the tv show "Gomorrah" and other stuff that you've already heard and seen a million times, we are used to destroying a lot of these stereotypes once we are on the spot! For example how "in that place you can only eat certain things" and "there people are mean". However, there are some typical features that you can always recognize in a city. Considering the everyday life we lead with our two managers, we can say they are very generous and really, really hard-working! We absolutely don't agree with the stereotype about Neapolitans being lazy (Jeffrey: "Actually Sicilians, like me, are lazy. With a sombrero and all...!) Willy and Beppe really do work hard, they are professional and meticulous. Thanks to their great work this year we have basically doubled our dates. Anyway, it is always great to play in front of a public, whether it is from Turin or Finland, that doesn't really make a difference on the stage. If you feel good and people react well, you'll always feel great! Although usually, when you work in extremely professional and technical environments, there could be a lack of the "human factor". To put it into romantic words, people don't always "think with their heart". That is not the case with our two partners and with the people we know. There is the professional side, with the hard work and the goals to reach, but you can always feel their hearts, too. What can we say, we feel so good! We are led by Neapolitans and it's great. One last thing: Naples is a city that loves music and melody, which is perfect for us. Writing music, we are able to join our melodies to the energy of dance music and the result is always an amazing concert!