I’ve met a lot of insanely talented and creative people in my life. They come in all different forms: artists, writers, chefs, musicians… but one thing that they all have in common is that they have other parts of their lives, other passions and interests, outside of what they’re known for. For many of these people, their other enjoyments rarely surface to the public, but to me, those parts of people’s lives are what makes them whole and interesting. I value connecting with people on a deeper, more intimate level and experiencing them while they’re completely being themselves is such a treat.
Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down for lunch with my new friend BOT at his home in Los Angeles. You may initially recognize him from his previous project as half of the DJ duo Crookers but this Italian producer’s talents and accomplishments extend far beyond his electro house roots. Aside from being one of the most down to earth people I’ve met in a while (we spent a solid hour of our time together discussing art and our shared love of succulents), BOT draws inspiration from many different places, his kitchen being one of them. It’s clear that BOT values the intimacy and conversation that transpires from a home-cooked meal amongst family or friends and his Italian heritage shines through in his skill at the stove. Although I walked into his home not really knowing him at all, his hospitality and genuine personality had me feeling like an old friend by the time I left, a talent that many of us should cherish.
Want to learn more about BOT and his musical inspirations? Check out some of our conversation topics below:
You’ve had quite the experience in your musical career so far – first as a member of the successful duo Crookers and now as a solo producer cultivating a new sound. What’s it been like to transition into an individual artist and how do you think you’ve improved or changed since breaking off on your own?I have been involved in music all my life and it became a career when my previous project Crookers took off almost 10 years ago. I feel that the transition from that part of my creative life into the next chapter is still happening right now and it feels good to somehow rediscover yourself artistically without having to compromise with anyone. It is more true to yourself and at the end of the day that comes through because people can tell if you like what you do most of the times.It’s taken a couple years but I can finally say I am fully working on music that I 100% feel, be it solo or collaborative work. And I am back at preparing my DJ sets in the most fun way possible which is just playing my favorite tunes of the moment and try to create a coherent vibe while doing so.Lately it seems as if you’ve been collaborating with lots of different artists. I personally love collaborating and think it’s great to get as many different perspectives as possible when creating something awesome. What’s your favorite thing that you gain from these collaborations?I do love collaborating with artists I respect mostly because you end up learning something. As much as creating on your own is great because you have full control over what you are doing there is a lot of value in creating music together with others as one sometimes. It is pretty great on a human level as well… I feel the most successful collaborations are when all the parties involved bring unique and valuable elements to the table, when you end up with a song that you love and in no way you could have created it with your ideas only.Thank you so much for cooking me lunch! You seem to enjoy cooking for yourself and others and hosting people in your home. Was food and socializing over a meal a large part of your upbringing?Yes it definitely was, I grew up in Italy and meals are very important over there! We obsess over good food and have a tradition of sitting down together with family or friends for hours to enjoy a good conversation in front of good food and a glass of wine. I think it is a good habit to have and it helps me get out of “music mode” which is a state I find myself after many hours of studio time. I prefer to cook for friends or people I just met and have them over to my house over any other form of socializing really.Your home is so inviting and something that all creative types lust after – with the stunning view, pool, studios and succulents, it’s hard not to envy every square inch. How important to you is it to have your home be a reflection of your taste and what’s it like having your studio steps from where you sleep?I find it very important to live in an environment that stimulates me creatively and makes me feel good. I always made sacrifices to be in one like that and I have to say me and my room mates were lucky to find the place we found, shoutout to Craigslist. Me and my girlfriend furnished it ourselves over months of looking for second hand furniture that we liked (we’re fans of the mid century modern style) and it helps to make the place feel more like ours since we’re renting.As you say it has some pretty great amenities and it feels very stimulating also because I live with a sculptor and a director and we all have our studios there and collaborate at times. It is so nice in many ways that I wouldn’t want to have a studio anywhere else to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of windowless studios with purple lights and all that.Also the fact that the house has a garden when I can grow produce is pretty insane for someone who always lived in grey big cities, it makes me feel so good to make a pasta sauce with tomatoes I grew myself!
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