“It’s not long before I say enough on the radio, I hate the story that is being told about Milan today”

“It’s not long before I say enough on the radio, I hate the story that is being told about Milan today”
“It’s not long before I say enough on the radio, I hate the story that is being told about Milan today”

Linus talks about himself in an interview with Fanpage.it: “I don’t think there’s much time left for him to say enough on the radio. Right now I’m having a lot of trouble finding music to play.”

Linus (Photo from La Presse)

Pasquale Di Molfetta, aka Linus, was not born in Milan, but has lived there since the 1960s. And today as then he defends it “I hate it – he tells Fanpage.it – the story that is made of Milan, which is a false and instrumental story, both from a political point of view and from that, simply, of sensationalism”. But he also recognizes the problems: “What I don’t like is that it is being standardized to other big cities. The sense of Milaneseness is being lost a bit. I care a lot about this”.

From the late ’70s, when you made your debut as a disc jockey and radio speaker, to 2024… can we say that radio has become one with you?

Wow! It’s not for me to say. I see it as a compliment, what you say to me. I would say enough, both from the point of view of historicity and that of evolution. I started by making a certain type of radio, very basic and even a little naive and I think, I hope, I have reached maturity. I believe I have followed a significant path parallel to the evolution of radio.

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How has radio changed in all these years?

Each radio has developed in a very personal way. We are not all the same and that’s a good thing. In common, there is the fact that they have given themselves a serious structure, a (not complete) ability to talk to each other, even if they always remain a little jealous and quarrelsome. However, there is a common interest, so we often meet, talk to each other, meet and exchange information. It’s quite a group. As I told you before, however, each radio station has grown in its own way.

Why, in your opinion, has radio, often considered finished, always come out on top?

Streaming platforms are a fantastic invention. I myself use it a lot, for many reasons, including simply recreational ones. But they are, as they once said, a cold medium, something pre-packaged. It lacks that feeling of warmth that only a voice can give you. I think this is the thing that saved the radios and made them continue to exist, in addition to their ability to be a little clandestine.

We are a small thing, which fits into all the bigger things: radios are in computers, in television, in telephones, in any device, as they say now. It has become very easy to listen to them, technology is allowing us to overcome that terrible part of the FM signal that was lost. Today it is difficult to have a radio that cannot be heard. So, this capillarity makes us a little more present.

How does Linus experience success while remaining himself?

In my opinion, the key word is “living”. I lead a very normal life, made up of frequent meetings. I’m not a big PR person, in fact, from this point of view, little by little they’re stopping sending me invitations to events, since they know I’m not going. To formal events, I prefer everyday life: I’m someone who goes around, on foot or by bike, goes to see a concert… Maintaining authentic contact with reality is fundamental. I don’t have a court of miracles, of people who tell me “nice”, “good”. I have a few people I trust, but if I have to tell you who is the person I trust the most, it’s myself. And I’m also terribly critical of myself.

Does having such a strong following increase the degree of responsibility?

Yes, it’s quite inevitable. It is a very delicate topic because, in an era like this, in which anyone can tell you anything, you often risk not fully saying what you would like to say, precisely so as not to get into these fights. There are characters, without naming names, who live by fueling controversies and fights. I don’t like being part of this category and this is perhaps one of the secrets of my professional longevity. I have never had these sensational peaks, precisely because I stayed very far away from them. Few, however, can say that, after 50 years, they are walking around with a decent figure.

Do you like Milan today? What can’t you stand?

Look, I hate the story that is made of Milan, which is a false and instrumental story, both from a political point of view and, simply, from that of sensationalism. If you live in any city in Italy and read about Milan, through social media, you have the impression of being, I don’t know, in a gloomy, dangerous and demonic New York. In reality, Milan is a large city, where, yes, there are problems, but it is certainly not the violent city that is described by those who want to be noticed on social media. It is clear that there is a problem linked to the management of immigration, to second generation children, but this exists in any Italian city, from Parma to Vicenza, from Frosinone to Pescara. It is useless for them to pretend that it is only in Milan, because it is convenient to draw this image.

Rather, what I don’t like about Milan is that it is becoming standardized to other big cities. The sense of Milaneseness is a bit lost. I care a lot about this. I was not born, but I grew up in Milan and this city must save its main characteristics, both from an aesthetic and relational point of view. Maybe this is what I don’t like sometimes, because it seems to me that we are selling ourselves to the rest of the world. On the other hand, all real estate investments are made by Qatari or English or American companies and this is not very nice.

Between arrogance, superficiality, falsehood, bad faith, what do you hate most?

Bad faith. Arrogance can be forgivable, because sometimes you fall into it due to inexperience; suddenly, you find yourself having something you didn’t have before and you don’t know how to handle it. Superficiality is, unfortunately, extremely widespread and goes hand in hand with ignorance, to the point that we have come to terms with it. Yes, I hate bad faith, because it assumes that you know perfectly well what you are doing and are cynical enough to play a role or tell lies.

Are you still an active athlete, as you always have been, or have you become a couch athlete?

No, no, no, no… I’m still an active athlete. In a couple of hours I’m going out on my bike and I was recently in Treviso, racing my Deejay tem. It’s clear that I had to scale back my goals a bit: if 10-15 years ago I ran it in 43-44 minutes, now it takes me 52-53, but it’s still good.

Besides yourself, do you have to be grateful to anyone in particular?

Look, at a series of people and coincidences. I have to be grateful to my father, who was an unestablished musician, but who dreamed of becoming a real musician. He played the trumpet since he was a boy and played it until the end, in orchestras and, to earn a little money, at weddings. He passed on the passion for music to me and my brother (Albertino, ed.). I’m lucky to have been a boy of the ’60s and ’70s, because I grew up right at the time when he was making the music that would also mark the following decades. Finally, I had good teachers, for which I must also thank those alongside whom I grew up.

More friends or more rivals, in many years of radio and television career?

Definitely more friends. I am a friend of everyone who is part of my little world, even of people who are no longer at Radio Deejay and perhaps work elsewhere. I have never felt rivalry with anyone. There is someone, good, who I may have had as a point of reference, but this is another thing. Even with those guys at the zoo, with whom, perhaps, there was, for a certain period, a bit of war, triggered by them, also for reasons of self-promotion, in truth, for many years, I have had a very nice relationship .

You will say enough when…

(Laughs…) I don’t think there’s much missing… Right now I’m having a lot of trouble finding music to play. I still like, among the things I say, to put songs in and find songs that are suitable for what I am and have become, it’s increasingly difficult. When it gets too hard, I’ll stop. Or I’ll do something else.

 
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