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Saturnino: “Over 30 years with Jovanotti. X Factor? If they call me …”

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To call him just a bassist would be an understatement. Because Saturnino Celani thinks one and makes a hundred. From the Marche region, Jovanotti’s right hand on stage for over 30 years, all sorts of things have happened in the life of ‘Satu’. “Once I received a cast of my head in a box from a girl – he tells AdnKronos – it was disturbing, it seemed a mix between ‘Seven’ and ‘American Horror Story'”. Born in 1969, as well as being a multi-instrumentalist and composer, Italy’s most famous bassist also has a line of shoes and socks as well as Saturnino Eyewear, his eyewear label. Everyone likes it, but how does he do it? “I don’t have such a strong desire to necessarily please everyone , however it happens – says Saturnino -. I was born as a team player, as a team player. as Lorenzo told me now 32 years ago ” ‘go and look for your light when you are on stage’ and it has happened ”. From Ascoli Piceno, where he was born and raised, Saturnino has climbed the heights of Italian music. “The desire to do this has always been strong – explains Saturnino – to transform my passion into a paid passion. I followed my natural inclination ”. It all started from the first concert with the neighborhood group, “I joined as a bass player because the one who was there before was gone-he says-. A magical thing happened. It was also a means of towing, basically. Then you fall in love with the music, the instrument and go on “. Before the love at first sight for the bass, however, there was the violin. “You approach music because someone in the family makes you listen to it – he admits – my father studied violin at boarding school and we found ourselves with violins in the house. Maybe you start with a tool your parents would like for you, maybe this has happened. My dad is so happy with what I did, I think I made my parents both proud. Today Geppi Cucciari made me brush up on the electric violin on TV, I played the Rai theme song on it. ”In 1991 the meeting with Lorenzo Jovanotti on the Navigli, in Milan. It is the beginning of a thirty-year friendship. “With Lorenzo there is a relationship based on trust and mutual esteem – underlines Saturnino – I have nothing that binds me to him officially except the songs born together, which are lifetime. I am a professional whose trust is renewed, like an architect or a doctor. I am in a certain sense part of his certainties but he could go on alone at any moment. Of course, so many years have gone by … we meet, make music and still have a lot of fun. I think our relationship has lasted so long for a purely ego issue. Obviously I know how to be close to someone who has a great personality, I know that conflicts cannot arise. ”On 2 July Saturnino will be back on stage with the Jova Beach Party 2022, which will keep him busy all summer. “Live is a philosophy of life and the Jova Beach Party is a particularly demanding production – he explains – a lot of people work on it, when we rehearsed I had a contracture in my back. I think I somatized the tension but I was delighted at the same time. Restarting on stage after two years of hiatus gives you very strong emotions that you have to live with, it’s powerful “. Strong is also the bond with Milan, where Saturnino lives with his dog Oliva. “Without a doubt it is a city that adopts you, it is permeable to emotions, it absorbs you, influences you and inspires you – he admits -. There are so many beautiful things to see every day and if you learn to appreciate beauty, something passes through you and hits you. . Even with fashion it has been like that. I’ve always been passionate about it and I believe that when you play and pose yourself in a certain way, even the performance is better. I like to repeat that the true form of rebellion today is being impeccable, in what you wear and in what you do. “A mistake that you would not make again? “When I started this job, the economic aspect I neglected a little because it is driven by passion – he confesses -. Instead I notice that the younger generations today start with that aspect in their heads. Now I’m more careful and that’s okay” . If he hadn’t been a musician, perhaps Saturnino would now be a doctor or police inspector. “The study of medicine has always fascinated me and I’m a fan of the ‘Lady in Yellow’. So maybe I could have been a police inspector, who knows, maybe in another life”. Regrets, he says, he has none. “There are so many things that have taken a good turn. If something comes well, otherwise it’s fine.” The important thing, he jokes, “as the grandparents say, is health.” If he could collaborate with a big man of the past, Saturnino thinks of David Bowie. “It strikes me to hear her songs – she says – I approach them almost with awe. In New York I once met Gail Ann Dorsey and I complimented her on a DVD in which she plays bass with Bowie and moved me answered: ‘Glory Days’ “. Highest moment of your career? “I don’t know, I’ve always lived in a team – he explains – and I think the best thing that happens is to be able to share them with someone. Winning a prize alone makes little sense, winning it for something done together I find it more edifying”. For the future Saturnino does not rule out anything, including a foray to ‘X Factor’, as a judge. “If the opportunity arises, why not? Then it’s fun – he points out -. If they called me well … but that’s not what I propose. At ‘X Factor’ the star is ‘X Factor’. As long as the formula works and it puts someone gifted with talent in a position to stand out. It’s the equivalent of a showcase, where you play your cards. (by Federica Mochi)

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