"Romance is living. It's not dead."
In a world of history, literature and poetry lies Lorenzo Sutto: a six foot two Italian model with brown hair, blue eyes and a talented soul. He pops into the BBG headquarters, taking a break from his string of visits to London designers and fashion offices.
He sits, happily chatting away about his life pre and present modeling with enthusiasm bubbling out of his eyes and ears. A fiercely handsome fellow signed to Elite London, Lorenzo is also the front man of a band where he both sings and writes the music.
A far cry from your average boy, his eyes burn into the camera lens with a potency powerful enough to make the creatures of the night turn and run. He talks to the Boys by Girls team about his music passions, being scouted and also the struggles with letting friends into the fashion realm. You also learn about his battle with the stereotypes that has accompanied him on his journey.
Hey Lorenzo, where did you grow up?
I grew up in Italy, basically in Rome, but I also lived in Bordeaux in South West France. I’m kind of an international combination.
You said you were into music?
I got into music when I was about eleven years old. My neighbour is my guitar teacher, so I just started playing. Then my friend and I experienced things like 'Detroit Rock City,' 'Tenacious D' and 'School of Rock', and we thought, wow lets make a band! The rest is history.
Instant Analogue by Liz Ord and Molly Baker. Special thanks to IMPOSSIBLE.
I take it you play guitar?
Yes, and I sing. I’m the front man. I also write the lyrics and the music.
Do you have a method of finding sources of inspiration? Do you hang out in cool coffee shops?
No, no, no, it’s very spontaneous. If I want to sing something that’s stuck in my head, I just sing it and record it on the phone. If I want to start with lyrics, depending on my mood, I write lyrics down and see how it forms from there. I think it’s more similar to poetry than the traditional way of composing music.
Do you ever get your own song stuck in your head?
Yeah, I do, and it’s always the bad ones! haha
Does anyone ever stop you and ask what you’re singing?
Yeah sometimes. If I’m singing a bad one it’s awkward.
Have you played any gigs around London?
No, but I would love to. Playing with a band and getting my own music circulated, like I did in Italy, around Rome would be great.
What are your songs about?
Well you know, that’s a tricky question. It could be about a girl, about a stranger you met on the street, about how you feel, or how your friend is feeling. You can’t really focus on one thing. There's so much stuff in my head.
I find that’s the case with images too. It’s not ever just one thing. People want a solid definition to focus on; they want to know exactly the interpretation they’re meant to have formed. Do you have any other things you like to do?
When I was younger I did a lot of stuff. I was the average American teenage boy. I did a lot of skateboarding, I had the quiff and now I’m into history. I love history, literature, poetry and I love to travel. I know everyone says that, but honestly I do love travelling!
What’s your favourite book?
I think, 'The Catcher in the Rye'. And maybe 'On the Road', Jack Kerouac. I like reading, so I have a favourite book for every topic.
If you were to pick a place to spend the next year, which country would it be?
Ah, last year, I would have gone for Berlin, because I was really into that period of history. But now I think I would go to California. I haven’t been there, but I like the idea of it all, you know, being 'on the road', it’s based around America. The Cadillac’s, the road trips, the rock n roll American lifestyle.
How long have you been a model?
I’ve been a model for one year, but I’ve only just started working now. I was scouted at an Arctic Monkeys gig. I was queuing and this tall gorgeous woman came up to me and said: “you should be a model.” I was like, 'yeah!' But I didn’t want to lose my place in the queue so I carried on. Then she said it again and I thought okay yeah sure. So she took a picture and asked for my email. I’m not a drug dealer or anything, but embarrassingly my old email was “ivegotmdma,” and she even asked me if I had any and I was like 'urm no'. So they called me from London and it started from there. At first I didn’t really believe in it, I’ve never thought of myself in that way. I’m not sure whether I can say in this interview what my friends thought about it, they teased me quite a lot. You know, the fashion world is totally absorbed in this ‘campness’. They didn’t understand it and I guess if you’re not part of it, it seems a bit weird.
You’ve travelled quite a bit and you grew up in Rome. How do you find the London culture?
Well, I grew up in a country where people seem really open at first, but in Rome they’re not as open as they want you to think they are. Here it’s different. It’s more difficult to get to know people, you know the whole British reserved quality, but once you get to know them it’s great. English people are really nice, it just takes a bit longer. In Italy it’s easier to get to know someone, they’re like: “yeah come to my house!”
Romance is dead. Agree or disagree?
I think romance is living. It’s not dead.
Oh good, that's a relief.
Interview by Molly Rose Baker & Liz Ord.
Introduction by Savannah Liu.