The Heroine’s Journey of Luna Paese

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 

I love the fact of being able to nourish my personal and professional life at the same time, my life goes into my work and vice-versa. It’s a way of living, not just a job.

What is my idea of happiness? 

Making the best of what you have. Having love in one’s life, however it may manifest.

What is my greatest fear? 

The insanity of people that have so much power.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I wish I had better boundaries. I tend to see good in everyone – and that has definitely costed me in the arts field. I don’t make calculations, the heart guides the mind; sometimes I don’t see it’s not the same for everyone. But the last two things have been both a blessing and a curse.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? 

I love artists as Agnes Obel, her music is profound and soothing. So strong, so tender.

What is my greatest extravagance? 

I communicate in my own way, I skip parts assuming the person knows what I want to mean. Sometimes I think I communicated something when it’s not the case. It’s not deliberate, I think it’s some basic neuro-diversity – and a bit of traumatic experience that shaped my brain weirdly -.

On what occasion would I lie?

To avoid hurting someone feelings – even if I do personally dislike when someone does it to me. To protect my community. I try to be as honest as I can, I had in my life some experiences with people who have issues with lying. It damages relationships.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The lack of money and the precariousness.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I was very happy when writing and creating my first EP at my place, it was magical, everything seemed possible.

The dimension that I prefer is being in my universe, when sounds and words emerge, as if I’m in a dream. I’m not religious, but I do agree with the words of Quincy Jones when he said that melodies come straight from God – for me, they come from another dimension. Even in the process, the part of me that’s involved is a mysterious one. It seems that the song takes control, and I’m just doing what’s necessary for it to emerge. I’m not in control.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I’d like to be less affected by everything that surrounds me. I’d cry less !

What is my greatest achievement in work?

The next one 🙂

Where would I most like to live?

Sometimes in Berlin – my favorite city so far – sometimes in the countryside. I would like to be surrounded by nature and to grow food. 

What is my most treasured possession?

My piano.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I’m an introvert. Until something or someone really attracts my attention.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I live in Grenoble, in France. I love to be up the hill, breathe and walk.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

There are many nice places, anywhere near the city center.

What books influenced my life and how?

I am a huge book reader. Roland Barthes: A lover’s discourse: Fragments. I read all Paul Auster, David Foster Wallace, Arnold Mindell, Dostoïevski. Recently I was very inspired by the Diary of Anais Nin, by her relationship with reality and imagination. How do you deal with a reality that is unbearable? She creates her own imaginative world, at odds with society morals and norms.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I don’ know if I would listen to music on my last day. Maybe the sound of the birds in nature.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

I’m not that into fiction, although I love mythology, Artemis, Persephone.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Those who speak truth to power, sometimes risking their lives.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Nosferatu in the version of Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.

What role play stories in my life and work?

I see myself as a storyteller, so a lot. I mix reality and imagination, I feel that there’s a huge freedom in that place.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? 

The story is still unfolding.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

A friend with which I collaborate, we know each other since many years. Several of my friends are fans of what I do, luckily. My label Beautiful Losers is a great ally. I don’t have a sponsor so if anybody is willing to be one, I’m hiring.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022? 

There are lots of people I admire, but it’s quite tricky to say you would like to work with someone, because maybe from the outside you love their work, but then you meet them and it’s a nightmare, you don’t get along. It’s so important how you fit together to create something that is more than the parts. It’s a matter of chemistry – which doesn’t necessarily mean perfect harmony.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2022? 

I don’t really see people as a way to make a difference in my creative career, but I’d love to meet (previously cited) Agnes Obel. I like very much also a musician called Majke Voss, her music is touching. And people outside the field, they give sometimes more creative inputs than the professionals.

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on?

I’ll record this summer my first full length album.

Where can you see me or my work in 2022?

For now 9 june L’Ampèrage (Grenoble, France); 22 september La Belle Electrique (Grenoble); 17 november SMAC Abattoirs (Bourgoin-Jailleu).

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

I think I’ll do art until the day I die, I don’t see myself doing anything else.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

Salome Katrin, Elettra Luchetti, Paulina Ruiz Carballido, Marie-Juliette Verga, Marialuisa Capurso, Laura Triscritti, Smaranda Trifan, Andrea Liuzza.

How can you contact me? Here: https://gintsugi.bandcamp.com/album/gintsugi www.gintsugimusic.comwww.facebook.com/gintsugimusic www.instagram.com/gintsugimusic

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