FLEWID volume ONE INTERVIEWS
Photographer: Angelo Cricchi
Fashion Editor: Valeria J Marchetti
Writer: Valeria Montebello
“The Weinstein scandal” and the cases that continue
to come out have radically changed the way men
are seen in the world of cinema and, starting from the
world of cinema, we’re beginning to question the role
of men in general. There are women who demonize it,
others who absolve it. What do you think about it?
The abuse of power is always something loathsome, in all
environments and in whatever form it may take. If a man
harasses, humiliates or attacks a woman, it must be condemned. There’s no justification or extenuating circumstances for violence, so I totally support all the women who
have the strength and courage to report it, no matter how
and when. I don’t demonize all men – you can’t tar everyone with the same brush, but I think it’s a cultural problem
affecting society and men in general. I believe the role of
education in schools and the family to be fundamental if
we’re to have any hope for real change. In some respects
we’re still living in the dawn of civilization where the law of
the jungle, typical of animal instincts, reigns.
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Have you had similar experiences in the world of music?
No, I’ve never found myself in situations as bad as these.
I’ve only had to reject some insistent advances, which, fortunately ceased after I said a firm “no”. And that’s how it
should always be. Knowing how to listen, understand and
accept. That should be normal.
It’s often said that the world of music is dominated by
men. Is it true?
If I think about, for example, the team around me during
a tour with Baustelle, including musicians, management,
roadies and others, I would say it is. There are certainly
more men. Sometimes it isn’t easy even for me - I grew up
as a bit of a “tomboy” and have always had many friends
of the opposite sex. The world of music is still a rather chauvinistic environment, due to a series of stereotypes that
have not yet been overcome, but I really believe in the
power of women.
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What music are you listening to in your earphones at
I like many different things, from classical to electronic music, also trip hop, French music, soundtracks, singer-songwriters... But I do not manage to listen to many albums in
a short period. I go very slowly, I fall in love with just a few
things at the same time but I gain nourishment from them for
quite a while. My earphones, which I regularly lose around
the place, are something I can’t leave the house without.
They are my armour and my imagination. With music, the
world appears more beautiful and bearable to me. “Rest”
by Charlotte Gainsbourg is my album-love at the moment.
What is it like being a musician in Italy?
If you mean what it is like being a female musician, I would
answer by quoting P J Harvey: “I don’t worry about being
a woman when I make music”. Actually, I don’t worry about
many things when I make music, I only think about what I
want to do and what I don’t want to. I let myself go. I’m
self-critical. I go with my instincts. I reflect. I try to give a
sound to my world. The important thing for me is to stay true
to myself, in my incoherence and irrationality, even if what I
see around me, at times, seems to go elsewhere and may
make me feel inappropriate, old-fashioned, out of date.
In spite of everything, as Baustelle sing, “It’s necessary to
believe, you need to write, it takes courage”. For better
or for worse.
Reading the lyrics from one of your songs is like reading a page from a newspaper (I’m thinking of the lyrics
inspired by the article by Lodoli) or a page from a
novel. What are your literary points of reference?
Reading is good for you, like the cinema, it allows you to
travel and find out more about the world without having
to move. It brings you closer to but also further away from
reality at the same time. I must say that I tend to watch
more films, TV series and musical documentaries. But going to a bookshop makes me as happy as a child, it’s a
special place and even if lately I’ve been finding it hard
to finish the books I have started, I’m always buying more.
I’ll get round to reading them sooner or later. Right now I’m
reading two books - “Ennio Morricone – Inseguendo quel
suono”, and “L’altra verità. Diario di una diversa” by Alda
Merini. I like coming-of-age novels, biographies of artists
who, in some way or another, I feel close to. I like looking
into the life of a human being, seeing their transformations,
their ups and downs. I like identifying with them or recognizing myself in them.
Dress: Piccione Piccione.
Socks: Model Own.
Where did the need for you to write a solo album
Rather than a real album, “Marie” is an EP, a small creative
explosion that suddenly came to me after writing and singing “Mon petit ami du passé” for a RAI television drama
that was set in the ‘70s: “Questo nostro amore ‘70”, by
Luca Ribuoli. I played the role, so to speak, of Marie, a
singer-songwriter maudite who had abandoned her husband and child in Italy to start her career in France. Slowly,
but not too slowly, I found I needed to find out more about
the musical personality of this character, to let her express
herself and sing again. I wrote on an impulse, as if I were
writing an intimate diary. Marie became my alter ego; she
took possession of me, giving me the strength to put myself
to the test on my own for the first time. It was an amazing
experience which has spurred me on, given me greater
strength, made me embrace my insecurities and fears.
Make-Up and Hair: Francesca Petrangeli.
Photographer’s Assistant: Martina Bifolchi.
Special thanks Contemporary Cluster.