wyme: hi Anto, how are you? Let’s start with some personal stuff: you’re from Sardinia but you permanently live in London.
Anto Dust: When I booked a ticket for a flight to London, I didn’t really know what I was doing… It could have been Berlin or New York, destination didn’t really matter. All I can say is I was trying to escape a boring life, a dreamless life. I can’t tell when I realised this was the place for me, it just happened.
What do you love most about London?
I love everything about London. How multicultural it is and how many different things you can learn every day. Before I came here I didn’t know how to play guitar or how to write a song for instance. But not just for the music, but for all the arts. This is the most inspiring city in the world.
You’re just recording your new album. When will we be able to get it?
Should be out in September. Recording is exhausting and liberating at the same time. I never thought I could do it; stick to a plan, play in time, not to fuck up.
What’s the craziest thing that happened to you in London?
I happened to live at Sting’s house for two months. Sting of The Police, yes! I had my own gym and an entire floor to myself. I still havent had the guts to tell my Dad. He is a massive fan of The Police. Even if I did tell him, he wouldnt believe me.
Do you think Italy is completely fucked up or is there some hope left?
No hope. Music died when TV took over.
Despite your love for the city, have you ever wished to escape London again?
What are your songs about?
When I first started writing songs, I didnt think they’d go anywhere.Therefore the main subject was me, my frustrations and my desire to find out what I wanted to do in life. They were very intimate and honest. When I realised that people were actually listening and coming to see me play I shied away from it a little. So I started to write about other things I see rather than focus on my personal experiences. Self-protection I suppose.
Lyric-wise I think thank ‘all the poets are dead’ is really one of the best songs written in the past years. What influenced you to write it?
I studied greek, latin, philosophy and history in college and university. Bearing that in mind you know exactly where the song comes from and where its going
I know that you’re also quite interested in politics. Are your new songs also political? Very. But with a quite deceiving mask on.
What’s your biggest fear?
To die before I bought my mum a house.