Name? Alessandro (@alex._.grove).
What’s your job? Musician in New Candys (www.newcandys.com).
What did you study at university? Behavioral and environmental economics.
How did you start your job? I got a call from Fernando, he needed a new bass player, we met up in a pub and had a bit of a chat and I got the gig.
Your favorite style icons? Lou Reed and Nick Cave.
If you could live in one historical era, which one would you choose? Born in the 60’s.
If you could spend a day with an historical figure who would you choose? Lou Reed.
If you could compose the best band in history who would be in? Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale and Maureen Tucker.
If you could compose the best band today, who would be in? Trent Reznor, William Reid, Nick Cave and Simone Marie from Primal Scream on bass 100%.
If you could talk for 15 minutes in the world vision what would you say? To respect each other and be sustainable.
What do you think about influencers? I don’t really care about them.
Can you give us a definition of art? What makes you overcome your limits.
What is the night you spent the most money to have fun? Paris for sure, probably between PCC and Bus Palladium, or at Silencio.
The best guitarist in history? Lou Reed.
And bassist? Don’t know many, Carol Kaye maybe.
What do you do for fun? I mainly read and watch movies and football games.
Where have you been on vacation when you were young? My parents had (and still have) a caravan, so many places.
Where are you going on vacation now? Nowhere, I don’t really go on vacation.
What’s the topic you are most expert in? I’m a nerd, probably dates and names in music and football.
What’s the most exciting part of your job? And the most boring one? Exciting: playing live for sure; boring: unloading and loading the van.
Have you ever been in love? Yeah.
What was your job before becoming a musician? Last two are office worker and waiter.
Where are you from? Let’s say Venice, Italy.
Other cities where you’ve been living and how long? London and Paris for some time.
Which languages do you speak? Italian, English and French.
Favorite movies? Too many but let’s say The Shining, Eraserhead and Psycho.
Favorite songs? Too many but The Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs, The Jesus and Mary Chain – The Hardest Walk, Bob Dylan – Love Minus Zero.
Favorite bands? The Velvet Underground and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Favorite books? Loads but surely nothing from Bukowski.
Favorite authors? Camus, Riilke and Mayakovsky.
Favorite art works? “La Tempesta” del Giorgione.
Have you ever had a homosexual experience? Yes.
The craziest experience you’ve ever had? I fell into a swimming pool and almost drowned when I was 2 or 3, pretty crazy.
What’s your favorite historical character? Alexander the Great and Karl Marx.
Can you define yourself with an adjective? Not really.
What’s your favorite New Candys song? Twin Mime.
The most appreciated one? It’ll be Twin Mime.
Who is the band member you are most attached to? All of them.
Did you or the other guys use drugs while recording the albums? Nope.
And during concerts? Not before.
If so, which ones in particular? Mainly natural.
What’s your best gig in your opinion that we can find on Youtube? The Echo in Los Angeles or Levitation France probably.
What is the most rock and roll anecdote you can tell us about New Candys? Getting thrown out of the BJM bus because Anton wanted to sleep, that’s ironic.
What’s the best band right now in your opinion? We are.
The most overrated? Squid and black midi, Coldplay in the mainstream scene.
The most underestimated? Swans.
One you don’t like? Too many to say but Coldplay and Mumford and Sons are the fucking worst.
How did you join New Candys? Same way as question n°3.
Who did you meet first? Fernando.
Can you tell us a strenght and a weakness of each of them, starting with Fernando? Relentless and a bit stubborn.
Andrea? Precise, sometimes he thinks too much.
Dario? Loyal, sometimes too diplomatic.
Who’s the clever one in your opinion? Dario.
And the most talented as musician? Andrea, light years ahead.
What is your top five of your songs? Twim Mime, Vivian Rising, Zyko, Factice and The Clockmaker.
What is your song that you are most attached to? Why? Twin Mime, dunno why, I just love it.
The best song you wrote? A song called C with my previous band.
The craziest thing you’ve seen at one of your concert? A guy in El Paso, Texas with a gun in his jeans.
The most rock and roll thing? Moshing is always nice.
Who was the one with more success with girls? We are all so good looking.
Who was the one who got stoned much more? Me.
Which of them are you most attached to? Love em all.
Favorite TV series? Twin Peaks probably.
If you were an animal which one would you like to be? A donkey, love them.
Have you ever had sex with more than one person? Yes.
Have you ever cheated on your fiancee? In the past yes.
Have you ever cheated on a friend? Nope.
Do you have some regrets about things you wanted to do but you didn’t do? If so which ones? I’ve always wanted to play football when I was a kid but my parents didn’t let me.
Do you have some remorses for something you did but you should have done differently? If so which ones? My studies, I’d definitely do something else…
Do you have some dreams that you are trying to realize? If so which ones? Music as a stable job, pretty hard dream.
What time do you usually go to sleep? Late.
What time do you usually wake up? Sooner or later.
What’s your favorite city in the world? New York.
Do you believe in some religions? Nope.
Your typical day? Wake up, music and football shit, eat lunch, overthink, do things, have a drink, go to sleep.
Do you have many friends? Not too much, not too few.
What’s the first thing you would do if you win the lottery? Buy a house and help someone that might be in need.
The richest person you know? I don’t know many rich people.
What’s the thing you like the most? FC Internazionale Milano.
Your favorite dish? Pasta.
Do you have some phobias? Heights.
Last book you read? Mark Lanegan’s memoire and Girls Against God by Jenny Hval.
Favorite fashion brand? Saint Laurent because it’s one of the very few I know.
The most precious material thing you own? My instruments and some of my grandma’s glass vases.
What do you usually drink at the bar? Gin and Tonic.
What do you usually have for breakfast? Coffee.
An advice you can give to someone that want to do your job? Don’t.
Best party you’ve been to? Probably something around the Biennale or Mostra del Cinema.
If you had the chance to live an historical event, which one would it be?The storming of the Bastille.
Can you tell us something about you that nobody knows or very few people know? I don’t like chocolate.
What’s your best talent? My memory.
The way you dress more often? Black shirt, black jeans, black jacket and black shoes.
What are the clothes you can’t stand to see on a man and on a woman? Flip flops and sandals.
There are more recommended or talented musicians? Some Italians: M!R!M, Pearz and Giungla (who also plays guitar with Myss Keta).
What’s your favorite artist? Roberto Baggio.
What’s your favorite show business character? Not James Corden for sure.
Who are the people that inspired you the most? My parents for sure.
What’s the item of clothing you spent the most money on? Leather boots.
Your ideal holiday? I’d love to visit Japan.
Do you have any political orientation? Radical left wing.
If you could choose a person you know to do this interview, who would it be? M!R!M.