Francesca Lombardo, the queen of the Crosstown Rebels
Trained as a classical musician, Francesca’s began early picking up a microphone at the age of 4, and formal training started on piano at the age of 6. She has been electronic music scene for more than 15 years, and the last few years her career has been gaining what looks to be unstoppable momentum. She’s been called “Queen of [Damien Lazarus’s] Crosstown Rebels” and has had releases on staples such as, Culprit, Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom, Digweed’s Bedrock Records . Francesca is a veteran in the world of electronic music, and has Dj’ed with top artists such as Art Department, Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Dj Harvey. Things thankfully got a little weird today during this interview…prepare yourself for On&On’s next installment of Free Your Inhibitions.
If you could go to space and return, how long would you stay for, who would you bring, and where would you go?
I would go for ever and everywhere, I would go with Nasa astronauts and Prince.
Where were you born?
I was born near Lake Garga in Italy
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
If you could remix one of those artists music, and open for them, who would it be?
Who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman
If an ambulance is on its way to save someone, and it runs someone over, does it stop to help them?
Why do men have nipples?
Because once they were women
If man evolved from monkeys, how come we still have monkeys?
I don’t think man evolved from monkeys but I believe they are aliens that come from another planet
Is it still illegal to park next to a fire hydrant, even if your car is on fire?
If you had to come up with a weird name for a record label, what would it be?
little Star shaped croquette records
What is Satan’s last name?
We assume you create awkward moments, or revel in awkward moments… are there any that come to mind?
Probably while I am sleeping
Why do people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up every few hours?
Cause babies wake up cause they are hungry they dont suffer from insomnia
If you had to come up with a weird name for a track, what would it be?
squared circles dotted angles
When lightning strikes the ocean, why don’t all the fish die?
cause they are waterproof
Did Noah have woodpeckers on the ark?
If he did, where did he keep them?
Why put a towel in the dirty clothes basket if when you get out of the shower you are clean?
cause we are never clean enough
What happens to an irresistible force when it hits an immovable object?
it bounces back
If there’s a speed of sound and a speed of light, is there a speed of smell?
Ask the guy who puts the towel in the dirty clothes basket when he gets out of the shower
Why is a carrot more orange than an orange?
Sicilian oranges are more orange than carrots
Why is tuna sometimes called “tuna fish”? Chicken is never called “chicken bird”.
Not sure probably cause there are tuna birds and chicken fish
Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Cause she need to close the eye, try
At what point in your career as a Artists, did you realize that you were “All In”.
When I started to tour a lot and I didn’t have time to spend in the studio so much anymore, than I realised I was all in and had to learn how to manage my career.
What is your ideal set length, and what’s the longest set you’ve played?
There isn’t an ideal set length it depends how is the energy flow between you, the music and the people. Longest set for me was 8 hours in London.
What’s the best sound system you’ve ever heard?
I heard many, Manik from London was one of the best and Immersion sound system too.
Where’s the best sound system you’ve ever played on?
It was in London on Manik. I played on Manik several times back in the days!
Can you describe how your style music sounds? (For context, it’s 3AM, and your playing
a warm open air venue, with an amazing sound system and there’s 1500 people who are huge fans of yours)
I would probably try to understand what the crowd is asking for, what their energy is like and try to connect to them. I don’t mean my sets are always different but if you go into details they are.
What’s the most memorable set you’ve heard in the last few months?
Point G, in London. He played amazing. It was a live set from outer space.
Full of amazing sounds and harmonies and bouncing grooves, exactly how I like it.
Great Interview! A Big Thank You to Francesca Lombardo for taking the time to connect with us for this installment of F.Y.I. Come listen to the Francesca w/ Art Department & Special Guest Kenny Glasgow, and Trey Courtney at Mezzanine this Friday, June 12, 2015. Discount Pre-sales Here.