interview with Dario Lombardo

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Have any of you played in other bands? Sure, everyone did it
How is it that you started playing music? Having a guitar as a gift
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? This is the present line up of The Blues Gang: Dario Lombardo, gtr; Andrea Scagliarini, harmonica; Katia Costa, Hammond; Marco Costa, rhythm guitar; Alice Costa, bass; Massimo Bertagna, drums. age is between 25 and 63 years
Have you had other previous members? Sure, many
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes
Where are you from? North Italy: Turin, Piedmont & Milan
What year did the band form? 1988
What's your style of genre? Traditional & Contemporary Chicago Blues
What inspires you? Muddy Waters
How often and where do you reherse? Sometimes and somewhere
How have you developed since you started with the music? I am making my life
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Teaching guitar
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Could be, we are musicians
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? not at this time, we got one
What made you decide to make this music? I saw Muddy Waters playing in my hometown
What are your songs about? Life
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Me
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? both things, it depends on the song. Sometimes one thing comes out before of the other, sometimes they jump out together
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Nope
Have you done any covers live? Sure we do, we play the Blues, so we play standards
What language do you sing in? English
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? 2 the least, 2 or 3 thousands the most
What ages are most of your concert attendants? we see a lot of grey hairs in the room... but young people too!
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? no, I vary
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Yes, most of times we play the same clubs.
What was your first gig like? Exciting
What was your latest gig? Yesterday
Have you had to cancel a gig? Nope. They did it to me (clubs, maybe), but I never erased one
Where have you played live this year? Italy, US
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Italy, Europe, US
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? in 1986. Records, and t-shirts sometimes
Where can people buy your merchandise? Stage and Internet. Some record shops too.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Well...it's the new way of doing...I don't download music. I pay for it. It's important to support musicians, so I think it's a must to buy music, in the net or at the shops/shows.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? there is less attention to genres like Blues and Jazz or some kind of Indie Rock
What do you think of my work? sounds good!
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? well, I don't know...I hope it will bring some! 
Do you have any role models or idols? No idols. Never had one. There are models and or musicians to take inspiration from. Main ones Muddy Waters, Phil Guy, B.B. King.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Inspiration comes from everything. You may listen to Bukka White or to your neighbourhood's band and discover things that tell or teach you something.
What have been your biggest obstacles? incompetence and envy
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Listen, study, play
Do you have any new material? Sure
What are your web sites? My FB page. There is an old website, dariolombardobluesgang.it but I must redo it
What are your plans for the future? Play guitar, teach guitar, write new songs and doing new records
Do you have something to add? Thank you so much Robex for this interview, ciao! 
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