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4/11/16 THE ITALIAN INVASION

As we make our way up a rather shitty rocky and slippery trail somewhere in the Tucson Mountains, Giacomo Godi and Emiliano Nencioni—the two Italians who make up the internationally-known DJ duo SUPERNOVA—refuse to take their eyes off the soil they’re stepping on.

A few minutes ago, we ran into two, yes two, rattlesnakes. The reptiles were four inches away. Getting bitten would have been, well, unpleasant. Emiliano and Giacomo, natives to Florence, are in Tucson for the next no more than 18 hours. They flew in from L.A. this Friday morning and heading to Mexico City tomorrow. Thanks to the local house DJ crew Dazed and Confused, SUPERNOVA is performing at gallery and art studios venue Solar Culture very early Saturday morning. Like, 1 a.m. early. It’s their first time in Tucson, and what better atmosphere for a chat and a photo shoot than right in the middle of a bunch of saguaros?

Photo by @loljeffweber

This time of day, about 4 p.m., we’re hoping for the golden hour. You know, that time right before sunset hits, when the light is warm in hues of yellow. It’s perfect for outdoor photography. Instead, we get clouds. Lots of clouds and lots of wind. Old Tucson is just a couple of miles below. And Gates Pass is right there. We arrive at a good-looking stopping point. There’s a house-like structure made of stones with graffiti on the walls. That plus the sea of Saguaros saluting us in the mountains in the foreground—what a perfect contrast to Emiliano and Giacomo, who are dressed mostly in black and have cool shades on. The Italian style is unbeatable.

At this point, Emiliano’s black pants are down to his knees. He’s wearing gray boxer briefs, I thought you should know.

He’s laughing his ass off, and probably cursing in Italian, while he pulls out small cactus thorns from his right knee. Emiliano’s been a DJ since his teens. He’s 43 now. He and Giacomo began their musical career together more than a decade ago.

Elio Sottoscritti, also from Florence, and one of three DJs in Tucson-made Dazed and Confused, is here to hang out and to make sure they make it to sound check at 6 p.m. sharp. He’s been friends with SUPERNOVA for a good chunk of years. He’s just excited to bring a piece of his natural habitat to his adoptive home in the Southwest.

Now we’re in the middle of Kinney Road, dodging cars every five minutes, all in the name of a good photograph. Still, no sun. One last snap and it’s time to head back to the city. They had fun.

#cactusontheknees #snakes

Photo by @loljeffweber

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