Italians in London | Italians in London Marco Martini
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Marco Martini

Photo and concept by © Rob Venom 2022

I was born in Padova, a city in the North East of Italy right next to Venice.
I lived there until I was 23, then moved to Milan to pursue my music career and after about ten years I decided to move to London.
I have always worked with music, it’s been my greatest passion since I was a kid. I also love food and cars, but music and sound are the main thing for me.
What do you do in your life in London?
Music producer, sound engineer, composer and sound designer (you know, footsteps, laser guns, dogs barking, etc.). Every day is different, today I might be producing an indie band at my studio, tomorrow a recording session with a famous artist, the next day writing music for an animated series for the BBC, it changes all the time and it’s great fun!
Between work, family and industry events I don’t have much time for anything else really.
What is the reason to leave Italy and come to London?
I felt like in Italy my career couldn’t develop any further, I reached a point where I wanted to make a drastic step forward and I just couldn’t see that happening in Milan.
For my job, in Europe , London is the place to be.
What were your best and worst experiences in London.
I had some great experiences, working on the first Ed Sheeran album was great, he was only known in the singer-songwriter circuit at the time, a few months later his billboards where all over London.
Also working with George Michael at the Royal Albert Hall has been a special moment.
Luckily for me I never had any terrible experience.
I asked you to choose a place in London that you like or you are tied to, what was your choice and why you made it?
Definitely Crouch End, is the place where I live, my studio is around the corner from home as well as my son’s school. My life revolves around this area, it’s very quite and village-like, despite being only 20 minutes away from Oxford Circus.
During your early times in London, did you have any problem?
Speaking English fluently wasn’t easy at first, it took longer than I thought, also the kind of realtionship that you have with the people here is very different from what we are used to in Italy.
What do you think about this project?
I think it’s great, it makes us proud! There’s one thing that I really want to come across though, it’s not being in the UK that makes us special. We, as Italians, are special and we must never forget that.
How do you think you could support and promote Italian culture? 
Every time I meet foreigners I always tell them that Italy is not just about food, fashion and fast cars. Our music tradition for example is extremely rich, but largely unknown abroad, I really would like to see events here in London that promote Italian music.