All our users have voices to be heard and stories to tell – and this is finally the time to start introducing you to our community members. There are dozens of small groups, communities, games and projects hiding below the surface and we want to give them some exposure. We’ll begin with Julie a.k.a. TheLastLaugh from Rome who happens to be behind a long streak of spontaneous and not-so-spontaneous Tastebuds meetups!


1. Hi Julie – welcome to the Tastebuds User Mini Interviews! Please introduce yourself to the community, tell us a little bit more about yourself.

I think you can have an idea of who I am if you look at my profile, and I’m not really good at talking about me (not to mention how lazy I am!) so I’ll just give you some random (epic) facts about me.

  • I used to ride motorcycles under the age of 10
  • I kissed Iggy Pop once (I’m pretty sure it was him)
  • I’m so dizzy that I can even faint
  • I hate colorful clothes
  • I don’t use Facebook!

2. How much music do you listen to a day and what gear do you use?

Well, this won’t be a surprise, I listen to music all the time I can. Maybe morning music is the most important to me. I don’t really care about the gear, I can use whatever I find, depends on where I am. But I’m not a big fan of headphones, I almost never use them, I feel like they cut me off from reality, and I get scared. Ok that’s weird.

3. What does music give you that other art forms can’t?

Actually, I can’t say it gives me something different, I’m very sensitive to every form of art, they all tickle my emotions BUT music is maybe the most popular and approachable one. I mean, unless you live in the middle of a desert, you can’t avoid it (radio, TV shows, bars… even supermarkets) and it sneakily infiltrates people, it contaminates them, no matter who they are, young, old, rich, poor.. Almost everyone can have access to music, it is the greatest viral form of art because it even makes you want to contaminate more and more people. This is what I like about it.


4. What’s your favourite album?

This is a cruel question. You guys are sadists!
Anyway, if I had to choose one, it would be `L’homme à tête de chou`, by Gainsbourg (1976). Because I love the artist, because this concept album is a masterpiece, it’s more than music. And for a lot of personal reasons, too.

5. How do you find new music, new bands, where do you go to find new stuff?

There are a lot of ways to discover new music. I listen to radio, local ones mostly, websites can be really useful too, like Tastebuds for example or the french one IRM. But what I really like is going to gigs of bands I don’t know.
No matter if I like it or not, at the end it is still a great experience, and there are some really nice surprises! Here’s a band that was really astonishing live!

6. Tell us three non-music works of art that you’ve digested recently and we need to sample them! Books, films, fashion, whatever! Bring it on!

Last good movie I saw is the new Marjane Satrapi one, I saw it at a film festival in Rome a few months ago, I’m a huge fan of her work, this one is really different from the others. If you like black humour (and if you understand French), you’ll laugh. A lot.

I recently fell in love with the work of a young American artist I saw in a little gallery here in Rome, Monica Canilao. Her work is absolutely refreshing, like a newborn mythology made of recycled/organic materials. Colorful spiritual and poetic.

The last but not the least piece of art I digested was an amazing pepperoni risotto I made, just ask if you want the recipe!

7. How did you find Tastebuds and what do you like most about it?

When I decided to move to Italy, I didn’t know anyone there. I was a total stanger with no friends in an unknown city. After a few weeks, all my French friends were asking me what I did/saw, who I met.. And I had almost nothing to tell them, it was the beginning. Then they lost patience and one of them told me about Tastebuds – ‘I know you’re not into social networks and shit, but you should try it and meet people’ I did. And I met a lot of great people here in Rome ! It’s not easy to meet people with a common music taste, especially when you just moved abroad, but Tastebuds helped me a lot. Thanks!

8. Freestyle question – tell us about anything you’d like to talk about!

Well, as I said before, I met a lot of people here, who are great friends now. I don’t like social networks, I’m not on Facebook or Twitter, etc.. I don’t like them because at the end, contacts are virtual, and I like to see people, physically.

The great thing about Tastebuds is that I have now a little group of friends who call to tell me about great events I didn’t hear about, or gigs, movies… we’re like a virtual/real comunity. And of course every Roman Tastebuds user is invited to join us!

9. Which Tastebuds user should we make the next mini-interview with and why?

Ricardo, because he’s an incredible man. Don’t need to say more, you’ll see.

We at Tastebuds are glad that we could help you a bit into feeling more at ease in Rome – YOU ARE THE FOUNDATION STONE ON WHICH ROCK IS FOUNDED UPON!

Did you like what TheLastLaugh said? Check out her profile and drop her a friendly message OF ROCK!

Do you have any questions, comments, recommendations or ideas about the interviews? Tell us about those in the forums or send us an email!