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Matteo Tambussi

When were you at Kingston and what did you study?

Matteo Tambussi, Kingston University alumnus 2009 – 2010. I studied MA Music and Creative Economy.

Why did you choose Kingston?

It was an internationally renowned university and it offered a specific course that no other university did.

What do you remember about your time at Kingston? In three words.  

Mmm… better not answer this one!

Have you been back to Kingston since graduating? If so, what for?

Of course. I've been back to see some old friend still living in the area, play some gigs, record some music and have meetings with people from the music industry.

Are you still in touch with anyone from your Kingston days?

I'm Italian, so if we create bonds, we try our best to keep them alive like plants. Sometimes though, I don't have the green thumb and forget to call or write... but that's because I'm from northern Italy.

What did you expect to do after graduating? Are you still doing that now?

I was already into music when I first started at Kingston Uni, and I am sticking to that as much as I can. KU gave me some good tools to craft my "creative geometries", whenever I'm running out of inspiration.

What's your greatest achievement?

The last thing that happened to me…  I just had a song, 'Island', played on Gilles Peterson's Musical Vitamins on BBC6, his Worldwide 60 on InterFM Tokyo, and somewhere else... It's been pretty rewarding and it has given my artistic life here in Berlin, new stamina and boost.

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Do what you want, not what they want.

What last made you laugh?

Some of the kinky birthday presents I received yesterday!

What's your ideal weekend?

Gig on Friday, gig on Saturday, love on Sunday.

You are to live out your final days on a desert island…

What book would you take and why?

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize winner and one of India's most revered poet.

What movie would you take and why?

I guess I would get CCTV on London's Trafalgar Square or Berlin's Hermannplatz..

What food item would you take and why?

Garlic. It's a body thermal regulator, natural antibiotic, aphrodisiac, strengthener and it goes really well on bruschetta.

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