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Sunglasses under all stars (2010)

Hi guys, how are you?
We're happy. As always when we're talking about music.

Would you mind introducing us to your band members?
Claudio Domestico: guitar, background vocals, electric bass   (
Folco Orselli: lead vocals, guitar  (
Stefano Piro: piano, keyboards and synths, bg vocals  (
Alessandro Sicardi: electric bass, guitar, bg vocals  ( ,
All of us have different projects going on. Folco, Stefano and Claudio are singers and songwriters, Alessandro is guitarist and arranger.

How long has the current band line up been together?
We started playing together three years ago, when we first met playing. No one thought that an album could have be made after that session, but it happened. And we're definitely happy.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
It's our personal rock. Everybody of us has a “rock soul” inside but with many  different colours, and our melt origins a brand new kind of music that we didn't  know before. 

What have you been up to recently?
Next summer we’ll be working on new songs that will lead us to a second album. And we just played in London. Great experience.

What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
New songs, new feelings, new colours and images.

How did you meet each other?
Folco and Stefano met in a pub, Alessandro knew them in different pubs and then worked with both as arranger. Then they all met Claudio in another pub. As  you can clearly see, alcohol was strictly connected with our meetings.

How did you come up with your name for the band?
It's a sort of joke. But we won't ever tell anything more about it.

Did you always want to be in a band?
In a band like this? Yes. Everybody of us is a composer in our band, so that we  can share both sense of responsibility and emotions.

What music did you listen to while growing up?
Every kind of music made with heart, curiosity and consciousness.

How long have you been involved with writing & performing music?
Everyone of us started writing and performing music when we were 17-18 years old
What were your first music making experiences?
Above all pubs and festivals, whatever we could. The main thing was playing.

Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
Folco, Stefano, Claudio are self-taught. Alessandro had lessons.

What is your current equipment?
Fingers, voices, instruments, heart: all analog.

If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
A huge reproduction of Popeye's head.

Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Yes. Our first release was recorded live (apart from vocals), we just wanted to create the same feelings of a gig.

Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
It depends on the song, but we're generally not the type to have routine when  writing. Recording is different, some poles have to be put.

Which software/recording process do you use?
Macintosh became a standard in studios... pro tools in particular.

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Would you sign with a major record company?
Only if it they had good taste.

Do you have any new recordings planned?
Next year, next album hopefully.

How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
Lots: we could really go mad and stop sleeping for just a note, or a  sound, or a verse.

Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
Never say never. For the moment, four different heads are enough...!

Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
The first recordings of your life are quite strange. It’s not like playing live:  when you realize it, it's easier.

Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
They're different choices. You can think of an album as a place you can  experiment and use any kind of instruments and technology. Or you can take it as  an extension of your live performances, like “Sunglasses under all stars”. In any  case, taste and artistic consistency are requested.

Do you any favourite tracks from your album?
Maybe “The guardian” was the most important, because it just flew from us when  we started to play for the first time together.

Who are the main songwriters for the band?
We write together the main structure of songs. 

Do you have a method for writing songs?
Music first till now. Then we put lyrics according to the suggestions of music.

Do you write songs only about personal experiences?
Not only. Our songs are also about instanct imagines, stories, characters that came  out from our heads.

Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
Well, when you love to do something it's not difficult to do it.

Is there anyone who you would like to collaborate with on writing songs or performing?
Not for now, we just never thought about it.

Who are your favourite songwriters?
Just for example, there are many... Tom Waits, Luigi Tenco, Lennon-Mc Cartney,  Vinicius de Moraes, Paolo Conte, Radiohead, Bob Dylan.

Which countries have you gigged in?
Italy, UK.

Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
Maybe Germany and northern Europe.

Who would you like to tour with?
Our producer: he's a cool dj and enterntainer.

How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
Especially with live, it's the strongest way to promote music. And the most  beautiful.
Which music promotion websites do you use and do you have a favourite?
We mainly use social networks and accept with pleasure reviews and  interviews on music websites.

Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
They're good and free tools, although not the main ones.

With all the various websites out there for independent and unsigned artists, is there still something that is missing from them that you think would benefit the lesser-known artists?
Internet has a big problem: doesn't give you the real dimension of an artist. A real artist can be seen when he's playing live or when he's talking with you.

How do you relax?
Smoking a cigarette after an interview.

Have you ever entered any ‘battle of the bands’ competitions?
No. It's not easier for us to see music as a “competition”.

What's your best/worst experience at a gig?
Last 'battle of the bands' competition!

Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
Not nervous. Excited...

What are your day jobs if you have them?
Music, always music.

Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?
“Go on” was used on “Standing army” (Enrico Parenti-Thomas Fazi, 2010), a  documentary about american military bases around the world.

Is composing for film or tv something you’d like to get involved in if the opportunity came along?
For sure, we love cinema.
Is there anything you'd like to add?
As always, we thank our great chief SoloCute.


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