HUNGRYHEART – Dirty Italian Job (interview)


Time stood still. “Dirty Italian Job” sounds like the AOR/Melodic Rock records sounded in the mid – 80s. That’s a big big compliment. Last Of The Runaways spoke with Josh Zighetti , Hungryheart’s singer.

What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?

We had a tough time! Especially during the night sessions and believe me, it’s not easy to stay awake while recording and when you’re losing the rhythm you definitely needed a helping hand. So after a few beers (almost one for each track) we found that thing that some would say a perfect balance! That was fun! What was not fun was cleaning the studio later on!

If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?

A song that represents and describes me, good question… there’s no doubt in my mind that Soldier Of Fortune from Stormbringer is one of those! The reason why is because it relates to the deepest part of my heart and soul. One the best song ever that has marked me for life

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

Artists have to be a bit careful now about how to keep their careers going if they want to continue in music. Some people say “The music industry is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free,and good men die like dogs”. Sometimes I felt like a dog that gets his food before dying. The truth is that big business controls the types of music and artists that get exposure and become popular. Much respect to all starving artists and independent companies, in which you are not forgotten and you are appreciated.

Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?

One of the most passionate, sensitive and open-hearted musician I ever met…my bestfriend and partner in crime Mr.Mario Percudani. We grew up, and we’re getting older together. You got to know his solo work via his stunning debut album New Day. It’s a bunch of songs that pick you up when you are down. But you shouldn’t forget that he’s also the mastermind behind Hungryheart 🙂 The whole world should know this great musician!

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixt tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

It’s simple, but not easy, there’s lots of great songs! Maybe something about Garth Brooks, Don Henley, Bryan Adams, Michael Bolton,John Elefante. They wrote songs that get stuck to your head and go round and round, sometimes for days, sometimes for months. There’s always something incredible when we feel like we’ve made a deep connection with someone’s music. It’s just something that can’t be controlled and it can be very overwhelming for both of us. Anyway, here’s my personal list of top 5-song-mix tape:

Garth Brooks – The Change

Don Henley – The Heart Of The Matter

Bryan Adams – I’ll Always Be Right There

Michael Bolton – You’re All That I Need

John Elefamte – Where Does Our Love Go

I’m a little bit romantic, but I just wanna make her mine!

What’s up for the next couple of months?

We’ve some shows coming up just in time for summer, kicking off with this one in mid-June, mostly here in North Italy, and then ending in November at HEAT Festival in Germany. Then so never get up to late that day!

Check the Hungryheart website for update


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