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The winner of our “frestyl reporter” contest for Mi Ami, Tommaso Bertelli, has reviewed the second day of the festival (11th June), which was also his last day at Mi Ami as on the Sunday his duty as an Italian citizen won over his duty as a frestyl reporter (that weekend we had to vote for referendum). And that’s a good thing! So here is the review, in Italian, of course.

Recensione del secondo giorno del MI AMI 2011: 11 giugno – by Tommaso Bertelli

La storia si ripete, come spesso capita. Si replica il giorno successivo, sabato. Stesso copione: esco di casa col sole, arrivo al Magnolia con diluvio. Più breve, ma più intenso. Secchiate d’acqua dal cielo. C’è sempre più fango nel parco, che sempre più acqua per terra. C’è sempre più rock.

Entro e sul Pertini stanno suonando gli Smart Cops, carichi come delle molle. Di rosso e nero vestiti trasudano energia. Ma oggi decido che è il palco Collinetta quello cui dedicherò le maggiori attenzioni, visto che in scaletta ci sono una serie di band giovani e interessanti. Primi tra tutti i Be Forest, che sono in tre, che sono giovani e soprattutto che sono bravi. Li seguono a ruota i Radio Days, che con un look molto mods sembrano la versione italiana e sfigatella dei Franz Ferdinand.


I Be Forest potrebbero benissimo essere una band indie americana che appare su Pitchfork

Guardandomi intorno si capisce che la giornata di oggi è meno mono-genere di quanto lo fosse ieri. Gironzolando nel parco, tra gli stand, sotto i palchi ci sono ragazzi di ogni genere e vestiti in maniera totalmente diversa, molti dei quali sembrano appena usciti da uno scontro a fuoco e con bombe a mano con il proprio armadio, ma alla fine tutto fa colore e soprattutto fatti loro! L’atmosfera è più colorata e divertente di quanto non fosse venerdì e ci sono anche un sacco di bambini e più di una volta ho rischiato seriamente di calpestarne un paio.


Mi Ami crowd

A rompere questa magia arriva la prima delusione della giornata e cioè che i Death in Plains che ero curiosissimo di sentire sono rimandati ad un’ora tarda, su un terzo minuscolo palco, a causa dei ritardi dovuti alla pioggia. Peccato perché suoneranno in contemporanea ai Casino Royale e nessuno, o almeno non io, andrà a sentirli. Sul palco salgono i Babalot che in sei non fanno neanche mezzo Rino Gaetano, perché loro lì puntano.


Il restio Babalot canta al Mi Ami accompagnato dalla sua band

A questo punto bevo una sonora birra e mi lascio trasportare dalla solita schizofrenia per tentare di seguire in contemporanea gli Iori’s Eyes, che risultano troppo naif e anni ’80 per i miei personali gusti, e gli LN Ripley, side project di Ninja, batterista dei Subsonica. Un grandissimo show! Energia pura. I primi, in due giorni, che giocano anche molto sulla componente visiva dello spettacolo e non solo su quella musicale. Tre enormi occhi di plastica gialli compaiono sul palco che nel frattempo si riempie di fumo. Dalla nebbia spuntano i componenti del gruppo, tutti mascherati. L’impatto è devastante! La carica di Viktor, il frontman, che dopo una canzone rivela il suo volto già sudato, è incredibile. Non sta fermo un attimo e canta con grande energia. Dietro i musicisti che rimangono mascherati macinano note e valvole dei sintetizzatori. Grandi!


Lo show pirotecnico dei LN Ripley

La serata si chiude con il live più atteso, quello dei Casino Royale. La storica band milanese, che in questi giorni torna con un nuovo disco, sale sul palco che son da poco passate le 23 e la folla che ormai riempie il piazzale davanti il palco principale esplode. I nuovi pezzi (Io e la mia ombra e Ogni uomo, una radio) si mischiano alle hit della band capitanata da Alioscia (Crx, Sempre più vicino, Ogni singolo giorno e Royale’Sound). È anche il primo momento in due giorni in cui la politica fa la sua comparsa al MiAmi, e non potrebbe essere altrimenti quando sul palco c’è una band che ha legato il suo nome a doppio filo con la città, questa città che nell’ultimo mese ha assistito ad uno dei cambiamenti più epocali cui io abbia avuto occasione di partecipare. Che sia forse il momento che la “Milano fratricida” che i Casino Royale cantavano nel lontano 1997 sia scomparsa? Speriamo.


Casino Royale, missione speciale, pronti a decollare

Dopo oltre un’ora di live Alioscia e soci abbandonano il palco e la giornata finisce. Torno a casa con la convinzione che il MiAmi sia uno di quegli eventi che fanno bene al morale, di tutti: dei gruppi e degli artisti che vedono un’incredibile partecipazione del pubblico, nonostante le avversità atmosferiche. E fa bene anche al pubblico che in tre giorni vede quanto di meglio l’Italia possa offrire in ambito musicale. Vero è che di qui passano solo artisti e realtà indipendenti, ma piccoli e pochi è meglio. Non sentiamo il bisogno di riempire stadi o parchi veneziani, posto poi che neanche i grandi ci riescono…
Al prossimo anno MiAmi.

:: thomas mann

PS: potete trovare le altre foto di Tommaso Bertelli del Mi Ami QUI

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frestyl has recently launched a few contests for becoming our reporters for the festivals and events we have a partnership with. Of course we’ve only chosen super-duper cool events, and we’ve offered entrance+press pass to the winners of such contest, and the opportunity to write a review of the event on this blog.

We’re excited to introduce the first review, done by MI AMI contest winner Tommaso Bertelli, already collaborating with the webszine Osservatori Esterni. We’ve chosen our MI AMI reporter based on the music event reviews participants have submitted, and we’ve chosen Tommaso because he was able to not only talk about the music but also the overall atmosphere of the concert itself. And we wanted to convey the atmosphere of MI AMI, which is a pretty peculiar music festival, as it mainly showcases emerging Italian musicians but is becoming increasingly popular and attended.

So below is Tommaso’s review of the first day of the MI AMI festival. In italian, of course, and with pictures taken by him during the show.

Recensione del primo giorno del MI AMI 2011: 10 giugno – by Tommaso Bertelli

Arrivo al Magnolia e resto fermo in macchina col sospetto di aver guidato troppo lontano. Fuori vien giù un’acqua allucinante e mi sorge il dubbio di trovarmi in un paese a caso del Sud-Est asiatico durante la stagione dei monsoni. Nuvole chiare provenienti dalla città mi convincono a concedere tempo al tempo e aspettare un paio di minuti prima di uscire dall’abitacolo.

Quando entro al MiAmi non c’è ancora quasi nessuno e i ragazzi dell’organizzazione sono impegnati a scrollarsi l’acqua di dosso e soprattutto dagli impianti. Il palco Pertini sembra abbastanza a posto e stanno già togliendo i teloni protettivi, pronti per il primo live. Il palco collinetta, invece, se l’è vista brutta e i tecnici stanno urlando contro il cielo. La corrente è saltata e non si sa se si potrà suonare.

L’acqua è e sarà la costante del festival. Mi prendo la prima birra e, grazie al braccialettino speciale, mi piazzo sotto il palco, davanti alle transenne, per il live dei Deluded By Lesbians che hanno l’onere e l’onore di essere i primi a suonare. Dopo di loro tocca a The Hacienda, con il cantante che ricorda Liam Gallagher nell’aspetto (capello a caschetto ed eskimo compreso) e il classico indie rock inglese nel suono. No buono!


Il Mi Ami wet-style ricorda un po’ il mitico Glastonbury (anche se gli italiani non sono così a loro agio tra pioggia e fango!)

Ma ecco che improvvisamente il sottopalco si popola, non eccessivamente sia ben inteso, lo schifo di tempo e l’ora presta non consentono ancora grandi folle, ma diciamo che a cinquanta-sessanta persone ci siamo. È il momento dei Fine Before You Came che infiammano il MiAmi, per il primo vero grande momento del festival. Cantano e suonano più sul pubblico che sul palco, in una session di body surfing che coinvolge tutti i membri della band e i rispettivi strumenti (batteria esclusa). Seconda birra.


Rock’n Roll-style: i Fine Before You Came suonano in body surfing

Non sapendo neanche bene come mi ritrovo dietro al palco, nel backstage, insieme alle band in attesa di suonare. Scambio due chiacchiere con gli EgoKid in attesa che dall’altra parte del parco la situazione migliori, il palco collinetta è messo ancora male e il ritardo si accumula. I Massimo Volume sono a due passi da me che si riposano, mangiano e si concentrano per il live. Incrocio lo sguardo con Vasco Brondi (lui “è” Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica n.d.r.) e tento telepaticamente di comunicargli tutto il mio disprezzo. Lui, forse, capisce e distoglie lo sguardo. So già che è impossibile avvicinarlo visto che si è premurato di far sapere a tutti che lui, manco fosse Mick Jagger, foto e interviste non ne fa… Quando sale sul palco ammorba il pubblico, non dico altro. Facce annoiate ovunque.

Guadare il parco per raggiungere l’altro palco è impresa ardua e complicata, soprattutto se non si hanno le scarpe adatte. È come se avessi ai piedi delle ballerine di tela! Passo attraverso l’area degli stand e delle bancarelle e nel frattempo scende il buio. Anche sul piccolo palco è arrivato il momento di suonare e la voce di Denise è una bella sorpresa. L’atmosfera è più intima e la scaletta delle performance preparata dagli organizzatori rispetta la concezione più personale di questa parte del festival.


Denise sul palco del Mi Ami, per la seconda volta

Il continuo passare da un palco all’altro mi provoca una strana forma di schizofrenia che curo con una nuova birra e un panino con la salamella, immancabile cibaria da concerto, da festival in particolare…
Faccio appena in tempo a ingoiare l’ultimo boccone che è il momento forse più atteso in questa prima giornata di MiAmi: è il momento dei Massimo Volume che in un’ora regalano niente meno che emozioni. Poco altro da dire su di loro. Emozioni.


Massimo Volume: una band che in Italia ha fatto storia

Ultima botta di bipolarità e mi riporto al palco Collinetta per il set dei Mariposa, che con il solito look allucinato di Enrico Gabrielli e Alessandro Fiori propongono i pezzi dell’ultimo splendido disco per una degna chiusura di prima serata.

:: thomas mann

PS: Tutte le foto di Mi Ami scattate da Tommaso le trovate QUI

frestyl has been open for registration since last October. In these past months, not only we’ve been growing a lot, especially here in Rome, but we’ve also started several fruitful partnerships with local and national key players within the Italian emerging music scene. Some of them we’ve looked for, others have reached out to us, and in both cases it’s been a great experience so far and we’ve grateful to all of them. To us creating a web platform for promoting and discovering music is not only a technological challenge, but also a social one. frestyl is (and wants to become a more prominent) part of the music scene and all of the changes its undergoing, it wants to be on the streets, in the clubs, where the music plays and where many people work hard to make the magic happen.

In past blogposts we’ve already talked about two partnerships we’ve established, the first with the guys of Polimorfo and La Tua Fottuta Musica Alternativa and our second partnership with Rockit, the main opinion leader when it comes to Italian emerging music. We want to also mention a few others that are currently in progress, which we’ll cover more in depth in later posts.

A few months ago I met Stefano, who not so long ago decided to quit being in the organization of big music events and to start a PR firm for artists called Mypresslab, which helps support the promotion of emerging musicians. Through Mypresslab he also still organizes events, but now he focuses on increasing the awareness emerging music. Stefano asked us if we were interested in doing a partnership for the music contest Jammin’Felt, and we were more than happy to do so. Jammin’Felt takes place in a club here in San Lorenzo, Rome, called Felt, and selects emerging bands from March to November. Entering the contest is free, and Mypresslab provides the winner with an award package that includes a music video, a photo booklet, the recording of 3 songs and 6 months of free promotion with Mypresslab. frestyl will help out with promoting the festival, and eventually help out Mypresslab in promoting the winner of the contest. Jammin’Felt is only at its second edition, but it growing fast and we’re happy to be part of this effort to support local bands to overcome some barriers to breaking out and going national.


Detail from the Jammin’Felt flyer

Another Rome-based association, Martelive, has shown that this is, in fact, doable. Working on promoting art at 360°, Martelive has been holding, for more than 6 years running, a music contest that has launched some of the most promising Italian music talents such as This Harmony and Nobraino. We’ve reached out to them as they’re widely established in Rome and increasingly in the rest of Italy (we’ve already covered some of their packed music events in previous posts), but they still keep that drive and motivation that we love and want to support. So we’ve managed to partner with Martelive for their music contest which will run from May until September and culminate in a 3-day SXSW-style music fest here in Rome. That is indeed pretty exciting.


Martelive’s logo

We’ve also established a partnership with the local promoters 2manynights, a group of creative guys whose work spans from the organisation of music events to social media consulting. Indeed, I first met one of the guys, Enrico at the Ignite event during the Rome Social Media Week back in February, where I presented frestyl. I have yet to go to one of their events, but they promise to be a fun mix of artistic expressions in addition to some great music. Their next event (15th of April), for instance, will have a photographic exhibition accompanied by a band playing and a VJ installation.


Flyer from one of the events organized by 2ManyNights: U.F.O.

Finally, we’re really excited by a couple of partnerships-in-progress with summer festivals. They’re both awesome electronic music festivals set up in the picturesque locations of Foliglio, Umbria and Salento, Puglia: Dancity and Streamfest. We’ll help out not only with the promotion of these festivals but we will soon launch contests for all frestylers to get involved. So stay tuned!


Streamfest festival’s logo


Dancity festival’s logo

:: karmanet

In our blog posts we have already mentioned many times Rockit, the website centred around Italian emerging music. All the hipsters who follow the indie music scene in Italy know about it, but we feel that even more people should discover this resource as it truly is the leader when it comes to discovering great Italian music of all kinds. Rockit also organises the biggest summer festival for emerging Italian music, MIAMI, a 3-day event in Milan which is attended by about 15K people and where the frestyl crew has so far spotted some of its favorite bands, including the ones that came to NYC with us to play at frestyl’s showcase at the Northside festival last year (e.g., Serpenti, LE-LI).

In addition, over the past few years Rockit has organised another event which I find really remarkable, a celebration of Italian music all around the country, called Maledetta Primavera. Basically every venue can take part in this event by inviting their favorite Italian bands to play and branding the concert as “Maledetta Primavera” (“Damn Spring”). This year’s edition of Maledetta Primavera, taking place on the 19th of March, has already seen over 100 venues subscribing to the event, and the number is growing every day. It’s a pretty simple and straight-forward format, but it contributes to creating a bigger awareness of the amount of Italian music currently circulating through live shows all around the country. Maledetta Primavera wants to give a voice to this growing phenomenon, allowing it to emerge from the limited space of small and medium local venues and making it become a more accessible and, at the same time, relevant, event.


Poster for Maledetta Primavera

Rockit is telling us that we should have a day when we officially celebrate Italian music, but not the mainstream music that people usually hear on the national radio or see playing on MTV. In addition, this year Maledetta is trying to reach outside of Italy and demonstrate how the barriers that usually contain Italian music within the country are now being loosened up as many bands have already managed to reach an international audience and play shows abroad. So this year’s edition of the festival is supposed to include concerts in Slovenia, London and hopefully New York.

In all this, frestyl has been called out by Rockit to help out with this “internationalization” project and we were very excited by the idea of working with them, not only because we respect them, but also because making Italian music more internationally known has been one of our missions since the beginning (see again our showcases in NYC). In addition, frestyl is lending a technical edge to the festival by presenting the entire program on Maledetta Primavera’s frestyl page and linking the hundreds of events to its Facebook and Twitter accounts. And finally, the Rockit guys were pretty excited to see all their events on frestyl’s iPhone app, and we have to say we’re psyched too.


Snapshot of all the concerts of Maledetta Primavera on frestyl

Going back to the music, Maledetta Primavera is first of all a local event in which people from different cities and villages can celebrate their favourite local (or not) bands. But also, the festival can become a great occasion for music fans to plan a daily trip around Italy driven by the desire to follow a specific band or the curiosity towards a specific type of Italian music. For instance, if you’re looking for some Italian singer-songwriters you could go to Livorno to see Le Luci della Centrale Elettrica playing at The Cage, or near Siena to see Paolo Benvegnù playing at Mattatoio, or finally to Milano to see our friend Davide Brace (whom we met and saw playing in New York) at Il Tornio. On the other hand, if you’re looking for more rock-oriented Italian bands you can go to Perugia and check out Verdena playing at Urban, or to Padova to see The Zen Circus at Pedro. Finally, if you’re looking for Italian bands with a more international sound, you could go to Macerata to see The Niro playing at Groove, to Salerno to see A Toys Orchestra at Ju Bamboo or finally to Ascoli Piceno to see our LE-LI at Brevevita.

If you are or happen to be in Rome, we’ve already mentioned last week in our interview with Frigopop, that the second day of RomaPopFest, will take place in conjunction with Maledetta Primavera. Spread out over two venues, Mads and Le Mura, various bands including Young Wrists and I Quartieri will play.

Here’s a little teaser of some of the bands that will play during Maledetta Primavera:

The Niro – Liar


Verdena – Razzi Arpia Inferno E Fiamme


The Zen Circus & Brian Ritchie – Figlio di Puttana


A Toys Orchestra – Peter Pan Syndrome

These are only a few of the over 100 concerts with emerging Italian music that will take place all around the country and not only on the 19th of March. To find out the full program, check out the website and the frestyl, Facebook and Twitter pages of Maledetta Primavera. In the meantime, we’ll go to speak with the organizers of the festival and will come back with all the insights in another great bi-lingual interview.

Stay tuned…

:: karmanet

PS: For non-Italians who don’t know where the name “Maledetta Primavera” comes from I found a great self-explanatory video that you can find HERE as its creator has disabled embedding.

They have a catchy logo, a nicely designed and interesting blog about indie music, they’re 5 girls and you can often spot them DJing at the most hipster-friendly venues of Rome, like Circolo degli Artisti and Le Mura. Sometimes, they also organize concerts where they invite some of the most interesting upcoming Italian bands. It’s hard to see what could go wrong with Frigopop, a name you’ve probably heard of if you live in Rome and are involved in the local music scene.

Last year, Frigopop also started to organize the Italian version of the otherwise international event called PopFest. Their version was a 2-day festival that took place in Rome with a line-up that included A Classic Education and My Awesome Mixtape, two Italian bands that have recently been touring abroad and receiving some serious international recognition. Needless to say, the festival turned out to be a big success (yes, I was there and witnessed it!), and they’re doing it again this year, on the 18th and 19th of March in not only one but two venues, Mads and Le Mura, which are one in front of the other, in San Lorenzo. The second day of the festival is also part of another festival, Maledetta Primavera, organised by Rockit, which takes place in different venues all around Italy (and not only) on the 19th of March. At frestyl we’ve partnered with Rockit to promote Maledetta Primavera, and we’re pretty excited about this collaboration. More posts to come on that!

But for now, back to Frigopop. We wanted to know about these girls so we decided to interview one of them, Nur, to find out more about what they are up to. Our last bi-lingual interview (with La Tua Fottuta Musica Alternativa) was a big success, so we’re publishing this one both in English and Italian:

Your name is quite well know in the Roman indie scene, can you tell us a bit about your “all girls” project, Frigopop?

We’re five girls, born and raised in Rome. We’re all around our twenties and three years ago we decided to form a collective in order to promote pop music in the city. At the time there weren’t many nice club nights so we decided to start one! Besides that, we started running a webzine, where you can find reviews, interviews and mixtapes, and we started djing too!

I can see on your blog that you’re keeping a close eye on the international indie music scene. Can you draw some quick comparisons between the Italian and the international indie scene?

Well, we’ve always lived and worked in Italy, so our comparison can be based just on vague impressions… anyway, the main differences I can get are two: firstly, outside of Italy there is a much broader public going to concerts, listening & buying records, and partecipating in various music activities and entertainment. This leads to a wider choice, both for music lovers (and users, in general) and people who organize events. Secondly, maybe there is a more genuine approach to music. This can depend perhaps on people’s education and how society in general considers music and culture. In Italy, it’s just a very unpopular hobby.

A few weeks ago we interviewed the guys from La Tua Fottuta Musica Alternativa and I’ve heard that you’ll be working together on some events in the coming months. Can you give us a sneak-peak of this joint project?

Yes! We decided to join forces for a concert. The band is called L’Officina della Camomilla, it’s a brand new act and we love them! The concert will take place on Saturday 26th March 2011, at Dal Verme club!

Last year you’ve organised the Italian version of a music festival called RomaPopFest, which has quickly become a point of reference for a lot of music fans here in Rome. What made you start this festival and what’s the philosophy behind it?

We just tought it was a nice thing to do. We love (indie)pop music, there wasn’t nothing like this in Italy, so we decided to be the first! So basically what made us start was just the will to listen to some good pop music in Rome, nothing more nothing less. We have no particular philosophy: we just want to have fun and bring awesome bands to play in our city.


Catchy poster for the 2011 version of RomaPopFest

Having fun, listening to good music, and sharing these two activities seems, then, the main philosophy behind Frigopop. And apparently it works, and is contagious! As a person who’s spent a considerable amount of time outside of Italy and has been quite involved as a music fan in the local concert scene (mainly in Dublin, London and Los Angeles), I do agree with Nur on what she was saying about Italy not supporting the culture and mentality of going to small/medium concerts as an everyday activity, as it happens more often abroad. However, I can see from the little time I’ve been living in Rome (oh gosh but it’s been almost 2 years actually!) that more and more people attend concerts, at least the ones I go to, and they’re definitely not the big and expensive ones! Also, it’s true that it might be hard for organizations like Frigopop to enter the live music space and actually contributing to it in this socio-cultural environment, but it’s exactly thanks to them and other active event organizers like LTFMA that the music scene in Italy is slowly getting better, and this process is coming directly from the local parties, and the live music acts. So, I want to keep a positive attitude towards this.

For the RomaPopFest 2011 Frigopop invited some bands that I’ve already seen (e.g. I Quartieri and Mamavegas) and others that I’m very curious to see (e.g. Virginiana Miller, Non Voglio Che Clara and Young Wrists). It’ll be fun to jump back and forth between Mads and Le Mura (which are literally opposite to each other).

If you want to follow the girls from Frigopop and their activities you can find plenty of resources online as they’re pretty good with the interwebs. You can find them on frestyl and get the news about their RomaPopFest, which also happens to have its own website, Facebook Page, Twitter account and bandcamp to check out all the bands.


Young Wrists perform at Maps

Ed ecco la versione italiana della nostra intervista con Nur di Frigopop, un’organizzazione di ragazze che animano da qualche anno le serate romane facendo dj-set, organizzando concerti e festival come il RomaPopFest e facendo da trend setter musicali attraverso il loro blog. Così si raccontano.

Il vostro nome circola ormai da qualche tempo negli ambienti indie romani, ci raccontate com’è nato il vostro progetto tutto al femminile?

Siamo cinque ragazze, nate e cresciute a Roma. Siamo tutte sulla ventina, e tre anni fa abbiam deciso di formare un collettivo per spingere un po’ la musica pop in città. Al tempo non c’erano molte serate carine, così abbiam deciso di iniziarne noi una! A parte questo, abbiamo fondato una webzine dove si possono trovare recensioni, interviste e compile, e poi abbiamo anche iniziato a metter dischi in giro!

Grazie al vostro blog avete anche un occhio sulla musica indie a 360°. Come descrivereste l’attuale panorama italiano a confronto di quello internazionale?

Be’, abbiam sempre vissuto e lavorato in Italia, quindi la nostra comparazione può essere basata per forza di cose solo su impressioni vaghe…comunque, le principali differenze che riesco a cogliere sono due: la prima, è che nel resto del mondo c’è un pubblico molto più ampio che va ai concerti, ascolta e compra musica, e partecipa a varie attività connesse con il mondo musicale. Questo fà sì che ci sia una scelta molto più ampia, sia per gli utenti/amanti della musica, sia per gli organizzatori. La seconda, è che fuori dall’Italia noto un approccio più genuino alla musica. Questo forse dipende, in generale, dall’educazione di un popolo, e da come una società considera la musica e la cultura. In Italia, sono solo degli hobby molto impopolari.

Qualche settimana fa abbiamo incontrato i ragazzi di La Tua Fottuta Musica Alternativa e voci di corridoio danno una vostra collaborazione ormai per certa. Ci anticipate qualcosa?

Sì! Abbiam deciso di unire le forze per un concerto. La band si chiama L’Officina della Camomilla, è un nuovissimo gruppo e li amiamo! Il concerto si svolgerà Sabato 26 Marzo 2011 al club Dal Verme!

L’anno scorso avete organizzato un evento che è subito diventato un punto di riferimento per la musica emergente a Roma, il RomaPopFest. Quest’anno replicate l’esperienza il 18 e 19 Marzo. Ci dite qual’è la filosofia che si cela dietro questo festival?

Pensavamo solo che fosse una buona cosa da fare. Amiamo la musica (indie)pop, non c’era nulla del genere in Italia, così abbiam pensato di esser le prime! Quindi in pratica abbiamo iniziato perché avevamo voglia di ascoltare del buon pop a Roma, niente di più e niente di meno. Non abbiamo una filosofia particolare: vogliamo solo divertirci e portare band fantastiche in città.

Invitiamo quindi tutti a celebrare questa primavera musicale con Frigopop al RomaPopFest, la cui seconda data (il 19 Marzo) non a caso coincide con l’evento Maledetta Primavera, un festival di musica italiana distribuito in tutta Italia e organizzato da Rockit. Seguite il tutto su frestyl, o se volete anche sugli altri 1000 canali (tra cui sito, Facebook, Twitter e bandcamp) usati dalle internaute del Frigopop!

:: karmanet

frestyl is back from MI AMI, the most famous festival of independent Italian music. Last year we went to check out the scene and talk with some of the bands and record labels. This year, we went official and had a frestyl stand with an astonishing banner, plenty of frestyl schwag (t-shirts, pins and good looking flyers) and of course our charming presence 🙂

Lots of talking, good feedback, good weather (apart from the clouds of dust), beers and nice stand neighbors (thanks to Teo from Aiuola for the fun and “technical” support, the guys at Sounday for the ideas and the collaborative mood, and the guys at Schiaffo Edizioni for the entertainment). And a big thanks to everyone who stopped by!!

Just a little less of the music compared to last year (you can’t have everything right?). But we got there just on time to see LE-LI performing, the amazing folk/experimental band that will play at the frestyl showcase, Italians do it Live in NYC later this month. The second day was musically more intense, as we were able to see reggae-girl Mama Majas, who sings in a mix between Jamaican and Pugliese and captures you with her energy. We then saw bits of the very good math rock group Aucan, the experimental Ex-Otago, the surf band Ronin (who look like heavy metal guys but are very chilled out!), the always excellent …A Toys Orchestra and last but not least The Zen Circus (one of my fav Italian bands that I’ve been wanting to see for ages!) with Nada as a special guest. But only if you’re Italian, you’ll understand what that means! (I’m not sure @deadroxy appreciated as much as I did, indeed!). The third day was a bit musically scarce but I was very happy to see Brunori Sas (someone I’ve been hearing about a lot but never got to see live!), who pulled together an outstanding live show, very different from the (also fantastic) album he released last year.

That’s it from MI AMI – stay tuned for some news about the frestyl showcase in NYC!

:: karmanet