May 27, 2024

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Interview with Simone Gubbiotti: The music with all the aspects despite my limits and defects

Interview with jazz guitarist Simone Gubbiotti. An interview by email in writing. – First, let’s start out with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music. How exactly did your adventure take off?When did you realize that this was a passion you could make a living out of?

Simone Gubbiotti: – I grew up in Perugia, Italy which is a relatively small city between Rome and Florence. I didm’t have any interest in music until the age of 25 when I found out to have a classical guitar that was totally forgotten.

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It happened during a deep depression and basically it saved my life working as a therapy so I can’t say music was really a choice. Then I simply followed the passion without thinking about making a living or seeing it as a job. It simply happened going on in a natural way.

JBN: – How has your sound evolved over time? What have you been doing to find and develop your own sound?

SG: – I always tried to be myself on the instrument. I am a self-taught so it was a long and hard process to resolve a series of issues but now I feel I did a good job. I trust my feelings especially with the tone of the instrument without listening to much to the suggestions around me. Sound and tone are pretty personal. But again, I just try to be truth to myself.

JBN: – What routine practices or exercises have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical proficiency, in terms of both rhythm and harmony?

SG: – Concerning the rhythm I developed a method to improve the creativity expanding the rhythmic vocabulary through the use of different accents. It’s inspired by drums. For the rest I don’t have a specific routine but sometimes I spend more time on specific arguments.

JBN: – Have you changed through the years? Any charges or overall evolution? And if so why?

SG: – Oh yes, a lot! At the beginning I couldn’t play fast tempo so I developed a great sense of melody and during the years I had to fix a lot of things with my articulation. To make a long story short I would say that my evolution took me to be a more contemporary guitarist than mainstream.

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JBN: – In your opinion, what’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

SG: – I think it’s putting our experience into the music with all the aspects. We practice and play with a dose of intellect (at least I guess) and we have to be able to mix our emotions into the process. Pain, happiness, nostalgia or whatever without being scared.

JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; are you okay with delivering people the emotion they long for?

SG: – I do that all the times.

JBN: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of standard tunes are half a century old?

SG: – I don’t think the problem is the age of the tunes but the music those kids listen today. It’s even difficult to attract them playing an instrument today. I don’t have an answer but maybe it’s about culture or curiosity.

JBN: – John Coltrane once said that music was his spirit. How do you perceive the spirit and the meaning of life?

SG: – The meaning I try to perceive is being a better human being through the music despite my limits and defects. Music is basically a collateral effect and I truly believe, as a musician, I have to give more than a show or notes.

JBN: – If you could change one single thing in the musical world and that would become reality, what would that be?

SG: – I would chance a certain dose of prejudice when we have to discover a new artist. There is too much attention to the marketing side which often doesn’t match the quality of an artist. It would be giving a chance and being more open.

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JBN: – Whom do you find yourself listening to these days?

SG: – Many artists. Jonathan Kreisberg is definitely an influence but I still stay a lot with Bill Evans and Jim Hall. As a journalist I listen to many new records and proposal from every corner of the world and it would be a really long list.

JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine: where and why would you really want to go?

SG: – Oh … probably at my 15 when I didn’t want to go to play football with Perugia, the club of my city. It was a huge mistake. And I could start playing close to the normal moment for a musician.

Interview by Simon Sarg

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