We know this level drummer
The series continues with interviews with friendly musicians of the QuadriProject. Today we find Marco Andrighetto told in this mini-interview:
1) How did you approach music? how was your passion born?
Good question, actually it started as a game at around 3-4 years old when my father gave me the first toy battery that I immediately fixed by piercing the skins with a screwdriver, then nothing until 13-14 years old, although I actually remember that I was often fascinated by the percussive sounds of the music that my parents listened to in the car and that I tried to reproduce by beating everything.
Coming back to us, at the age of 13, my parents gave my brother a drum-machine with 6 round blue pads for their birthday; yes, my brother wanted to become a drummer, but luckily for him, he met me. I literally stole from him the “toy” and I never stopped playing and at 15 I had my first REAL battery, a Ranger !!!
2) Was it easy to follow this passion for you, or did you have difficulty? If yes, which ones?
It was very easy to follow her inside me, following her and taking her outside the room, turning her into my business, it was very difficult, especially living in a place where the music, alas, is still only considered leisure and far from work reality. and the entrepreneurial world in which we are immersed and perhaps a little too submerged! In fact, I had to hold on and fight with my family to make my work my passion.
3) What is your biggest success? And what made you most happy?
What a nice question! Well, for me every musical project and every experience that allows me to express what I am in that moment and that I have to say musically speaking, are in fact successes and moments of great happiness. I don’t pay much attention to “success” as it is often understood, for example as a reputation, first of all for me comes personal satisfaction and being comfortable with music, to which approach at that moment.
4) Have you collaborated with other successful artists? important collaborations?
Yes, in my musical life I have had the good fortune to know and work with really important and well-known characters and maybe discover that the voices that people circulate are both completely different from good and bad. This gave me a lot and made me understand that too often, in music, negative feelings such as envy or jealousy lead people to shut themselves up in an absurd and anti-music world, talking inappropriately and thus losing what little humility that would serve them to appreciate anyone who does music well! The ego is an ugly beast. 😀
5) In the course of your musical career have you understood what people like or understand it is like the search for the sacred Grail?
If I was really looking for this, I don’t think a lifetime would be enough and I don’t think there’s even an answer. To my students, for example, I often remember that music is one of the most powerful art forms to express all that we cannot say in words, to expose what is most intimate within; I am convinced, simply, that by playing what I like and what makes me feel good, I can give the public what it needs, emotions. More than a few times I happened to go to concerts of characters whose music, stylistically speaking, never involved me, but “how” they played it and lived it made me transmit unique sensations.
One thing, moreover, that often makes me smile is the eternal and sterile struggle between the huge fans of the millions of notes in a second and the hardcore fans of the 2 beautiful notes played in a minute. I also went there as a young man, but now I laugh at it when I hear these speeches because I think the music is beautiful ALL, provided it is done well and with respect. I have to say: “Every morning a hobbyist musician knows that he will have to get up and play, every morning (maybe afternoon) a professional musician knows that he will have to get up and prepare a concert. It doesn’t matter how many notes you make, no matter how fast, for sure every morning you’ll have to get up and play. Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional, do it with respect towards the music at any speed and with any amount of notes you want! ”What do you say Alberto, Gentlemen, the music is BEAUTIFUL because it’s varied, let’s never forget it !!!
6) What do you think about today’s music scene?
Artistically I think it is going very adrift, finding television programs conducted by people who sometimes do not know what a change of tone is and who then choose who and what we will have to listen to in the coming months depresses me on how much, but you know, the majors trudge and they need ready-made packages. Money once again dominates and art is often put aside and that’s what I’m sorry about. In fact, I am not against the various Talent Shows, but cabbages, they were worth at least of the name they bear, “TALENT”. I have seen very few talents so far, but in a country where meritocracy counts much less than the “swollen suitcase” is what you can expect.
On the other hand, I think it’s good for independent music, I think it’s a period where those who want to speak their mind with music can do it by changing course, choosing alternative routes; perhaps this “down” moment for music will give us many beautiful surprises.
7) What does it mean to you as a musician?
Life. We have one and never one day I wanted to turn around and ask myself how it could have been to be a musician !!!