Here’s the translation of (most parts of) the Sorrisi e Canzoni interview.
But when looking back at those past images, you don’t see any signs of unhappiness.
Because on stage I felt fine, the ugly stuff came after. Right after the concerts I always wore a long face, I was sad. Instead of going out to celebrate with the band and with friends, I holed up at the hotel. In that period I was in such conflict with myself, wondering why so many people came to my concerts. I’d go on stage feeling nervous, thinking: “Are you really sure?” This time, however, I will walk the meters from the dressing room to the stage with serenity, joy and a desire to share.
Do you have any surprises in store for the concert on July 14th, at the Olympic stadium?
I hope to have a great Roman guest, but I can’t reveal the name just yet. And then I will add a few gems to the set list. Hopefully the fans in the other cities don’t hold it against me, but I’d like for this concert to be a bit special. Because I’m coming home and I want to enjoy this one in a more unique way.
So far, have the people at the concerts welcomed the tracks from the new album L’amore è una cosa semplice?
I discovered that a few songs have touched the fans with a force even stronger than I expected. Based on this I picked the next single.
Which will be…
“Per dirti ciao!”, as the audience already sings it like it’s a piece of my history. Although rhythmical, it’s a melancholic song. It was inspired by a letter from a young widow, who told me how my songs had become the soundtrack to the love story with her late husband.
Can a song change your life?
I hope so, and I hope that mine are able to suggest positive change. I sing about my life and show it as an example, for better or worse. I reveal the cards, if then someone wants to use my game plan, go ahead. Maybe it will prevent some mistakes.
How do you feel now when you sing the songs from 10 years ago?
The older songs move me, I wrote them between 17 and 20 years of age when I didn’t even think they’d be published one day. They reflect a period of my life where I was dominated by recklessness, the desire to leave home, the fear of not making it, all the feelings that I’ve now defeated. I still sing “Imbranato” but I’m not like that anymore.
And “Xdono”, the first success?
It’s a song that I love, that allowed me to get to where I am today, but by now I sing it just because I have to. It’s like asking Jovanotti to sing “È qui la festa?” In fact this year I’ve downplayed it in concert with some hip hop choreography.
And which songs were left out completely?
The most famous is “Scivoli di nuovo”. The lyrics are so very sad that I’m not able to immerse myself into it anymore. And for this reason I abandoned it.
One time you told Sorrisi that you could say things with your songs that you didn’t have the courage to say to people in person. Is it still the case?
A song is still a good way of saying things, my favorite way, but now it’s no longer the only one. It has two major upsides: it’s brief and to the point, and it has the ability to reach the daily lives of people in a short time, through radio, TV and internet.
By the way, you don’t frequent the social networks much. How come?
I actually don’t use them at all. I tried it with Facebook but it was a failed experiment. Twitter, I don’t even know how that works. I leave it to others to update my official pages, my fans know this.
Where does this aversion come from?
For me, social networks represent a legalized invasion of privacy, a more subtle and legal way to stalk people. Cause it’s true that in theory you decide what information you share and with whom, but then it’s not really like that. One can still decide to spy on you anyway and it’s something that scares me deeply. Also because, despite all the improvements I made to myself as a person and to my personality, I remain very reserved and shy.
Ivano Fossati, who you wrote “Indietro” with, has retired from the scene. Have you ever thought about doing the same?
I know that when I do, I won’t have the courage to declare it or to celebrate it. I will disappear in silence, like a wounded cat that doesn’t want to be seen.
Do you still write your journals that then become books?
I write them, but enough with the books. The second one was already an appendix, the missing chapter that explained what happened after the release of the first. That story has ended. I’ve told a beautiful tale, that of Tiziano and his sentimental dream, guarded over by monsters. We’ve opened the treasure chest and driven out the monsters. And everyone lived happily ever after.
And you’re still convinced that love is a simple thing?
I continue to believe it. It’s obvious that the daily routine of a couple living together, and now also separated due to the tour, it complicates life. But then it also makes the more interesting sides of being together come to light, like the ability to adapt to more extreme situations. You discover, for example, that when you’re far away from each other you also miss the little flaws that you clash over on a daily basis. So, considering these mechanics, love may not be the simplest thing, but for me it simplifies life. Because it makes me better.