London, United Kingdom
Marco, 35
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a bit about Marco

What are you working on these days?

I’m designing Sofar’s blog, to inspire music lovers with stories from our intimate live gigs happening around the world. I’m also curating a few crowdfunding campaigns for the digital publishing platform I co-founded. In the spare time, I’m developing a new side project (yes, I’m a tech junkie). Apart from digital life, and I’m messing around with inking my graphic novel for the drawing school course I’m attending!

What drives you mad these days?

Brexit. I do think referendums are a great tool for democracy, of course. Still, I strongly believe UK screwed up big time.

What makes you happy?

Having a stroll or skateboarding on sunny days. Listening to good indie music, headphones on, especially if there’s a groovy bassline. I love brainstorming ideas, especially with friends who share the same passion for tech as I do. We have such a long list of things we’re eager to design and launch, but we know we’re not the only ones, so it’s not rare we join hackathons or startup weekends! At the opposite end of my fiddling with tech multitasking, every now and then, I love taking a step back and doing things very slowly.

When was the last time you cried?

The trailer of a National Geographic documentary. A man in India has been planting trees on its own since 1979 and he has now created a forest larger than New York’s Central Park, where elephants, rhinos, deers, tigers, and many other wild animals are inhabiting. His final quote was “I tell people, cutting those trees will get you nothing. Cut me before you cut my trees!”.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

“A Moon Shaped Pool” by Radiohead and “Love Letters” by Metronomy.

What was the last movie you watched and was it any good?

I think it was “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, for a Bowie’s tribute. Eccentric, and difficult to frame. As David, after all.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I’m not particularly bound to a brand, so either browsing online or simply walking down the streets; sales catch my attention. What I like to shop the most are T-shirts, ordering them from the american Threadless: great illustrations for an everyday geek life. One thing for sure, I have a very low tolerance for over-crowded places, so I prefer to avoid shopping malls, especially in the weekends.

What’s your go-to café in London?

So many good café here in London! If I had to name one, I’d say Fuckoffee in Bermondsey, or its twin Brick Lane Coffee. It’s quirky place, with a unique vibe and some weird posters. It’s got great staff, great music, great couches, and great smoothies too: order a Rainbow Kiss + extra Banana (which they call “strange curved yellow fruit”). Plus, Wi-Fi included.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in London?

I love wandering through parks or along the Thames. Queen’s Walk is charming (basically from Tower Bridge to the London Eye) especially at the sunset or in the evenings, with amazing views of the City skyline. At the same time, being a designer and one of the many ‘nerdpreneurs’ here in London, Shoreditch is like my second home, with graffiti all over the place and its vibrant tech scene, you can basically get inspired by simply doing networking over a lunch break.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?

Playing tennis! I really should come back to it, there’s plenty of outdoor free courts in many different locations. My sparring partner friend left London… and, well, I got a bit lazy. Do you play tennis by any chance?

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

I often go to the Tate Modern for some art exhibitions. It’s pretty close… and huge! Or the Southbank Centre, a multi arts centre with plenty of indoor seating, bars, and events.

What’s that place in London you feel like only you know about?

The Stave Hill Ecological Park. It’s nothing fancy, in fact it actually seems left to its own. A complete different experience from the well-known central parks. At the center there’s a small panoramic point for views on the park and Canary Wharf. On the south side, there’s a larger, curated area to chill out and relax.

If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

Gosh. I hope it’s a sunny day, at least. I’d probably start with a proper full english breakfast, and wander around my favourite spots in the city. Then say goodbye to my closest friends here, maybe with a picnic and a frisbee in Greenwich park, till the sun sets. I’d end the day going to a possibly amazing live music gig, or at least drinking a couple of Pale Ales at the King’s Arms in Jamaica Road.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Right now I’d go for Rotherhithe. It’s a quiet residential gem in the South East, beautifully cornered by the Thames, still very close to the centre. Or Islington, with its beautiful canals, close to Shoreditch.

What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

A tuxedo-only exclusive party in the Shard. And Regent’s Park zoo too!

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

Candlelit dinner on a boat with my beloved partner, Laura. Possibly with some good wine.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Walking the city, often randomly taking streets I’ve never explored. Live music gigs, the “indier” the better. Get lost in museums. Playing video games.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

I might already have two tickets for a concert, since I keep checking apps and internet for shows with the bands I love. Otherwise, cinemas! Either the Genesis near Whitechapel, a beautiful renovated 19th-century building with a great atmosphere where they often run movie related events, or the Shortwave, in Bermondsey, a single Room cinema with a friendly staff and a cosy bar with outdoor seating. If the weather is good, a rooftop party or a riverside pub are favorite options too.

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