Updated: Feb 1
Follow Me If You Want to Get Lost
One day after nearly every event shut down here in California, I did what I do to find a shred of positivity and constructive advice. I limited the news and, ignored the legions of panicked theories being sent to me. I wanted to get lost in my imagination and escape the reality of the evolving crisis. So, I turned my focus towards Italy. At that point, March 14th, Italy was about a week into their country wide lockdown. I didn’t want to rely on the news. I had to know, personally, how the people of such a beautiful country, were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis? What could I learn from them? I had to get lost but, where to go? That morning, I went on Instagram and was greeted with a lovely scene of a group of Italians playing instruments and, singing to each other from their balconies. This scene instantly made me think of Stef G @stefgofficial, an Italian artist I follow on Instagram. I wanted to take my chances and reach out to him, to see how he was holding up and get a personal perspective as to how he was dealing with the crisis. As I looked him up, he had just posted a picture of himself, adjusting his sunglasses and flipping the bird. The post read…
“Use your head. Stay home.”
I sent Stef a direct message and to my surprise, he wrote back! We have been chatting ever since and, have been checking in on how each other are dealing. This is why I hold musicians, artists and creatives to such high esteem. Even in crisis, connections and friendships can evolve. Creatives have unconsciously prepared for such moments in time. And in this historic moment, Stef gave me a personal glance of how things unfolded in Italy and how it is important to stay the fuck inside, deal with the seclusion. “Take the virus seriously, don’t panic but don’t be irresponsible.”
So, who is Stef G? Before being locked down in his studio, Stef G could be found all over Europe. Born and raised in Sardinia, a beautiful island in South Italy, Stef began to play guitar as a kid and, has been in several rock/metal bands. He has played hundreds of gigs almost everywhere. Not caring how prestigious the venue was, Stef G just wanted to grab his guitar and play.
In 2009, Stef G moved to Bristol, UK and thats where he really got into electronic music. He has studied Creative Music Production at the Access Creative College and upon moving to London he studied Audio Engineering at the SAE Institute. It was also in London where Stef formed SouLost, a female fronted electro/rock band. Take a look below:
In December of 2019, Stef G released his first solo single Original Sin. In addition, Stef has an alluring Instagram profile that is filled with alluring photos and, mesmeric quotes such as "What offends some may inspire others"
MH: As a kid who were your earliest musical influences?
SG: When I was a kid my biggest idol was Prince. It is safe to say, he is the reason why I grabbed my first guitar and, to be honest, I still consider him one of the greatest artists of the last century.
MH: Take me back to the Stef G five years ago. What musical endeavors where you on?
SG: 5 years ago I was still in London and I was playing with SouLost. We toured England several times and released 2 EPs of which, I am still pretty proud.
MH: Your solo debut single The Original Sin is on my Goth Club Playlist. What was your inspiration behind the title?
SG: Well, thank you for including The Original Sin to your playlist, it does mean a lot to me. As far as the title is concerned, the inspiration came from the Christian belief that everyone is born sinful, since the ancestral sin has been committed. I wanted my very first track as a solo artist to be my own “original sin”.
MH: What has been your most memorable performance?
SG: This is such a tough question, since every single performance, to me, has been memorable. But if I really have to pick one, I would say the SouLost show at the Borderline in London. I was a big fan of that venue and playing there was a blast.
MH: Your photos on Instagram are stunning! In addition to the great shots, your quotes are fire! I feel so much better after reading and often ponder the questions you pose. Do you have any song lyrics written down that you can share?
SG: First of all, thank you. Before considering myself a musician I consider myself an artist, and if I can touch someone’s soul with my images and/or quotes I am happy just like if they were listening to my music. Music is a language and I use it to express myself, just like I do with my images and my quotes, therefore, as long as the message reaches its destination, it doesn’t matter which vehicle it used.
MH: You acknowledge quite a few holidays. Where does Halloween rank on. your list?
SG: Well, Halloween is definitely on top of that list. I love everything about it, especially the history, and mysteries, behind it.
MH: How to do spend Halloween night?
SG: If I don’t end up at some Halloween party I like to dress up, put some make-up on, and just go out, either on my own or with some friends. I am not going to lie, I often do that on regular nights too, after all isn’t Halloween everyday?
MH: Indeed it is! What are your top three favorite horror films?
SG: Deep Red (an Italian masterpiece with such an iconic soundtrack) Night of the Living Dead (this list HAD to include at least one of Romero’s masterpieces) A Nightmare on Elm Street (Freddy is still one of my favourite horror characters).
MH: Once the air clears, the dust settles and Italy begins it’s recovery what do you hope humanity learns from this pandemic?
SG: Well, my main hope is that humanity learns that nature always wins, and we should never fight it for the sake of power and money. It took a “simple” virus, not even that lethal but still unknown, to stop everything on a global scale. There is NOTHING that could ever justify how badly we are treating this planet, and as far as this pandemic is over, I hope we can seriously act against global warming and antibiotics misuse. A post-antibiotic era would be a nightmare from which we would probably never wake up.
MH: Can we expect a lockdown album from you when this all ends? A full album?
SG: To be honest, an album is unlikely, I do not believe in albums at this stage. Most probably an EP. But, I won’t release it just for the sake of it. If the inspiration strikes and I write music worth listening to, I will. Otherwise all the music written during these days will stay forever in my hard drive.
MH: I can defiantly respect that, as I keep my personal essays, poems and other written works to myself. Stef, thank you for giving me your time and insight. I do hope we stay connected even well after the crisis as it will be lovely to say, I have a friend I could visit when I come to Italy!
SG: Thank you for having me! I genuinely appreciate the platform you have given me!
You can dance to Original Sin on any music streaming platform. In addition, Stef G has created U Rock Spotify Playlist. Check out the compilation of amazing unsigned artists!