Yakuza, DJ with a rock soul between radio and alternative evenings – Corriere.it

Yakuza, DJ with a rock soul between radio and alternative evenings – Corriere.it
Yakuza, DJ with a rock soul between radio and alternative evenings – Corriere.it

The snapshot printed in his memory as a child the vinyl-covered wall in the house of his uncle, Roberto Gambuti, now a television director, who in the seventies made his debut as a radio DJ (collaborates with Renzo Arbore and Gianni Boncompagni): It was like finding myself in front of a mountain of candy – says Yakuza, the alias in the console of Stefano Masella, 36 -, I was fascinated by the covers ( here the Subtraccia Sound System playlist). And omnivorous: from the theme songs of Pippo Franco’s programs to Led Zeppelin. Passion settles to explode when, a young freshman at the faculty of Psychology, he attends one of the few Roman clubs dedicated to rock music, the Black Out in via Saturnia: I watched the DJ and thought: “One day I would like to be in his place”. Who would have thought that? The first audition at the Zoobar in via Nomentana, in 2006, from which his adventure starts: They asked me what name I wanted on the poster, but I hadn’t thought about it yet … The idea came to me jokingly, as a lover of Japanese culture. I was amused by the short circuit between my image, always dressed in black and without tattoos, and the archetype of the Japanese criminal. Three years later, the dream comes true: to ignite the track of his favorite place, a reference point of the rock scene in the nineties. Resident for nearly a decade at Black Out, he continues to play on the club circuit and independent spaces until he feels ready for the umpteenth somersault: organize evenings.

Thus was born Italian Stail al Monk, a format in which live Italian songwriting mixes with other genres offered on the console: a fixed appointment since 2012 last year, before everything stopped due to the pandemic. Sabotage, on the other hand, is the more experimental project that intercepts the arrival of the first dubstep in the capital (alongside it in the WHTRSH experiment, Coez’s DJ). Distortion, between Wishlist and Zoobar, brings him back to his rock roots, hybridized with the electronic avant-garde. In the meantime, after his experiences at M2O and Radio Kaos, he is credited as leading DJ at Radio Rock evenings. Explorer of a musical genre with a thousand variations (punk, crossover, grunge, nu metal), the listening that, as a kid, kidnaps him Dookie by Green Day: At thirteen they lent me the record and a world opened up, the perfect transition from pop to rock. Convinced that his strength is far from exhausted, would like to create a YouTube channel dedicated to the knowledge and dissemination of new record releases which risk remaining out of the more commercial charts: Among the most recent bands I find the British Idols very interesting. Recently blossomed, they are on their second album but theirs a post punk like they haven’t heard for some time. Last year I put the records at Largo Venue with the singer and it was a very pleasant meeting. Cinefilo (At a certain point I discovered that I was missing some fundamentals and I started studying), during the lockdwon he took advantage of the screen-sofa combo to listen to a lot of records and watch movies. And who knows, as soon as we can leave, they will not become the ingredients of a new creative alchemy.

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