interview with OPERAPIA

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What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Danilo Magni (35) - lead vocals

Angelo Filinesi (37) - guitar, backing vocals

Stefano Tedde (28) - guitar

Francesco Brocca (18) - keyboards, synthesizers

Fernando Iuliucci (49) - bass

Gigi Calvia (45) - drums

Have any of you played in other bands? I guess all of us had some experience in other bands before joining OPERAPIA. I'll tell you the main or most recent ones. Fernando used to play bass with a band called "Prigionieri del Tempo", while Gigi was a member of "Atropos" and "Il Palco della Musica". Angelo used to play guitars with "Talkin' Grey", same for Stefano with "'Till Dawn". As for me, I did play first  guitars and then bass in a band called "The Drop".

How is it that you started playing music? I've always thought music was a lifestyle since I was a child. Being able to understand the music of others, reproducing it by yourself, taking inspiration and then expressing something new, something different. It can be
I can't really answer for all the six of us, but I'm sure it was a necessity for all of us. Something we just felt it was the right thing to do.

Have you had other previous members? Yes, the ones who participated in the EP recordings.

Did you make music even when you were young? Absolutely.

Where are you from? We're from La Maddalena, Italy.

What year did the band form? 2011.

What's your style of genre? Alternative/Progressive Rock.

What inspires you? Good question... I guess all rock music (mostly prog) from the 70s until now.

How often and where do you reherse? Usually some days a week, in our singer's rehearsal room.

How have you developed since you started with the music? To be honest, we like to think we're still developing... You can't really stop evolving when making music. It's a continuous process.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Aside from our jobs or studies and from OPERAPIA, we all have personal side projects we're working on.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We haven't looked for it yet, but we're thinking about that. It could be interesting.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? For our debut EP we signed with an indie label called TRB Rec. We still have to decide for the next recordings.

What made you decide to make this music? As I said earlier, it wasn't a decision... more like a real necessity. It all came out spontaneously. It surely is something we like to listen to - and play, of course.

What are your songs about? Our lyrical topics are always different, as we don't like to be repetitive. In this EP the most recurring topic is duality, and trying to see everything from more points of view.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? For our debut EP, Angelo did, and the entire band arranged the songs.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Sometimes music, sometimes lyrics. We can't command inspiration. (laughs)

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Usually at home, but it can happen anywhere. Definitely.

Have you done any covers live? Yes.

What language do you sing in? Mostly Italian.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Umm... I guess from a few dozens to 100-something?

What ages are most of your concert attendants? Most of them are 20 to 40 years old, but of course there are also younger and older rockers \m/ ;)

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We usually change some songs after a couple of gigs.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? Not really, we like to change location and play in front of new people.

What was your first gig like? (Angelo): It was a jam session in a club in Costa Smeralda. It's been great. At the end of the gig, the club owner came to us and asked if we could come back another night to play our entire setlist.

What was your latest gig? It was in a local club in September.

Have you had to cancel a gig? Not yet.

Where have you played live this year? Northern Sardinia (where we come from).

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Possibly in the entire region of Sardinia and maybe in the rest of Italy.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started one or two months ago. Currently we have a limited number of physical EPs available, but we're planning to put t-shirts on sale soon!

Where can people buy your merchandise? On our official Bandcamp store. You can find it here https://operapia.bandcamp.com/

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? What surely has changed is accessibility, both for listeners and musicians. Everybody can now record an album and produce it decently without huge investments. Some think it's harder to emerge from the enormous mass of indie bands out there trying to find their place in the music industry... But honestly, even if there is more music available then it was back in the last decades, the way major labels sign saleable, appealing music is always the same. Musical habits change and the music industry focuses on them.

One thing is for sure: we like to buy actual CDs. It's cooler and of better quality than common MP3s. We like to have our physical collection.
What do you think of my work? Sincere admiration for all those who promote independent music like you. It's thanks to all of you if new music comes out, gets heard and enters in people's houses. You give musicians huge motivations to never give up and keep on living the dream.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business?

We're already happy if you, and your blog's readers will listen to our EP. That's all.
Hope you enjoy it!
Do you have any role models or idols? Many! Led Zeppelin, Queen, Deep Purple, Porcupine Tree, Genesis, the Italian prog scene, etc... Too many to write down

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Both!

What have been your biggest obstacles? Finding people who play (and listen to!!!) music with real passion... It's always rarer. Too many people think too much about the finalities and scopes of doing whatever thing, and forgets about the pleasure of actually doing it. This is an obstacle we still find everyday.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Never doubt about your music. Just play it without asking yourself why. Believe in it, have guts.

How do you get psyched for a gig? We joke and fool around to lighten the mood and... uhm... ease the tension! (laughs)

Do you have any new material? We do. We're working on a new EP.

What are your web sites? How can people reach you?

You can reach us (and write us!!) on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/operapia/

YouTube: http://bit.ly/2HvVJ2t

RockIt: https://www.rockit.it/operapia/

Label: http://trbrec.com/artist/operapia/

e-mail: operapiaband@gmail.com

Be sure to find us in all the major digital stores!

Bandcamp: https://operapia.bandcamp.com/ Amazon: http://amzn.to/2BX1pTc iTunes: https://apple.co/2pfqYcH 

We're also planning to open an Instagram and Twitter page soon.

What are your plans for the future? Keep playing our music, recording our EP and possibly reaching as many people as possible.

Do you have something to add? Big up for all the passionate music-addicts like us, and a huge THANKS to all our followers and supporters, and to all the people who will read this interview. And of course, thank you for giving us this opportunity!!!

Cheers from Francesco & OPERAPIA

interview with Strike Master

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Have any of you played in other bands?

Col.KMU only has been in Strike Master, meanwhile Corp Picos and
Patch have played in other bands such as: 4 drunks, Venemous and Metal
tribute to tolkinen
How is it that you started playing music?

All started as kids, our families were very musical/artistic so we
got into instruments at Young age
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Col.KMU age30, guitars and vocals
Corp.Picos age 23, drums
Patch: age 23, bass
Have you had other previous members? like 6 diferent line ups yes…
Did you make music even when you were young? of course we all did but nothing serious
Where are you from? México city!!!!!
What year did the band form? 2005
What's your style of genre? Thrash Metal
What inspires you?
Our daily crazy life sumberged in a macabre whirl with visions of
nakedness, violent rituals and even the arrangements of our own
sacrifice.
How often and where do you reherse?

At least 2 times a week, if something its coming then we reharsal
everyday
How have you developed since you started with the music?
Theres been evolution in our composition and our way of thinking,
everytime is more horrible and miserable are way to see this world
Do you have other interests of work outside the band?
We like to cook, to go boxing, to run, to go jiu jitsu, to travel, to
chill to have a good time all the time, and to sleep peacefully
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that?
We are always looking for anything wich could help us, if a booking
agency offers a good deal wich makes our money come back and our band
grow then we would accept and to start working imediatly, meanwhile we
keep independent
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that?
We are still independent in our way to produce and we sell lisences
to labels around the world that get interested in our material, if one
that a big metal label comes to us offering a good deal then we would go
for it, meanwhile hard work to be acomplished by us.
What made you decide to make this music?
the intensity of it, its the way we live and the way we die everyday.
What are your songs about?
hate, misery, violence, sadness, war, blood, surrealism and all that
shit that lives inside the back of our minds…
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics?
Col.KMU writes and composes, but both Picos and Patch help on making
the song sound compact at the end, all we colaborate, teamwork all the
way.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics?
most of the times i do music and then lyrics.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment?
My room 3:00 am, i also did composed music in the mountains and
inside a military bas
Have you done any covers live?
No, once we did like 10 years ago in a Motorhead tribute, i remember
we did Ace of spades and Sacrifice, we were just kids playing..
What language do you sing in?

English, is the international language and the way we try to
internationalize our band.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs?
Psychopaths, asassins, crazy bitches, and people who has issues such
as they got raped when they were little kids.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? teenagers but there are also grown ups taking their kids to see the band.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary?
We vary depending the situation..
Do you have a regular place you play live often? We have diferent places all the time
What was your first gig like? I was so nervous that i puked.
What was your latest gig? Very cool, in the north of Mexico, near by the border with North
america, old school metalheads, good food, beautiful women.
Have you had to cancel a gig? mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, yes once like 10 years ago, dont remember why
Where have you played live this year?
We did Mexico all the way, small gigs and big festivals too, we also
went to the US, California.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year?

We have confirmed dates in MExico, Guatemala and USA, so far it comes
we confirm our dates, we hope to get invited everywhere, we will goa
round the world if necesary.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? As soon as we released our first demo back in 2005, We have all our
albums in CD format, LP format and crazy fucked up t shirts
Where can people buy your merchandise? www.strikemaster.net  BUY OR DIE FUCKERS!!!
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying
records now a days? As long as they asist to our gigs its cool, its modernity, we have to
deal with it anyways
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? A lot, people has becamo lazy and idiot, and sissy and delicate.
What do you think of my work?

You are the best, never underestimate yourself, I apreciate a lot to
write for you and for your help helping us spread our Word, anytime you
come Mexico city my home is your home.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music
business?

hopefully your readers will pay attention to Strike Master and that
way we will grow stronger, and of course we will re post you on our page
for our fans to start following you, its a win-win situation.
Do you have any role models or idols? Of course, we love Slayer, Overkill,Iced Earth,Black Sabbath among others
Why do you think that they exist? Destiny, they were ment to exist and to give life to our music genere
and lifestyle.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are
more active today? Its a way to see an example and to never give up yes of course.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Line up changues, and t olive in Mexico, the metal scene of the world
doesnt pay much attention to our country
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Fight for what you belive to be right, never surrender.
How do you get psyched for a gig? note ven my dictionary found the woord “psyched” im sorry…
Do you have any new material?

Our new álbum just came out on October 12th!!!!! You can buy it at
www.strikemaster.net
What are your web sites?
www.strikemaster.net
FB page is: strike master oficial
Youtube: strike master oficial
Email: contact@strikemaster.net
How can people reach you? contact@strikemaster.net
What are your plans for the future?

Top lay metal, reléase more albums and to grow the band as big as
posible..
Do you have something to add?

I hope the readers to reach to us, we are always ready to work
together or to drink some beers together, thanks to you for the
interview as well.

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