Interview with A SECRET PLACE

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What is the name of your band? A SECRET PLACE

What does the name "A Secret Place" stand for? A secret place where you can set yourself apart from the ordinary life.

What made you call the band "A Secret Place"? We thought that it was the most appropriate name to describe a place unknown by anyone, where we could do music freely.

How was the band formed? It was a decision of the friends Ivano Scafati (guitar), Michelangelo Catapano (vocals), and the former bass player Luca Cioccia

What made you form the band? The passion we shared about post-hardcore and music in general.

Can you briefly introduce your band and who you are? We are a post-hardcore band from Rome, active from 2010; we registered our EP by SkyStudio (BECKO, Hopes Die Last) and we have played many gigs along the years. We are part of Still Fighting Promotion family, and we are looking forward to bring our music in the whole Europe.

Where are all bandmembers from?/Who does what in the band? We all come from Rome, our singer/screamer is Michelangelo Cantalapano, the other singer is Claudio Ruggeri, Ivano Scafati and Mirko Miano play guitars and Lorenzo Virgini plays the bass. The drummer is Valerio Coretti.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We wanted to become a band loved for the feelings we express with our songs.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our music is as strong as sweet and deep.

Where was your first gig? It was at the Blackout Rock Club, Rome, IT in 2010.

Where was the latest gig? It was on 21 september 2012, at Traffic Club, Rome.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Michelangelo and Ivano usually write the lyrics, and each band member does his best to write the music.

Who has the best sense of humor in the band? The screamer! Michelangelo Cantalapano, "The Judgeman" for his friends. He's crazy!

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? The only negative thing we've got in the history of the band, is the lineup changes, and we have been very sorry for this. We think to be a new-post-hardcore band with pop-punk, melodic metalcore influences.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Because we followed the influences of every band member. Our lyrics, as the name of our "Words Never Said" EP says, are usually about all those repressed feelings experienced by each of us.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write about our own feelings, no it's all ours!

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We've just finished writing our first ep: "Words Never Said"

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, we have a lyrics video for the song " I Remember" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oikbtfQPGBc) But you can hear the other songs 'Love's Revenge' 'Hold Me Tight' and 'Lament Before Vengeance' on our YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/AsecretPLACEband/videos)   How old are you?/What got you started in music? We're almost the same age, from 18 to 20!

At what age did you start playing? We started playing when we were just kids

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? We were seventeen! Seems long ago!

What year was the band started? We started with our first line up in 2010

How old were you the first time you saw a liveband play? We grown up with music, infact even when we were kids our parents took us to a lot of gigs!

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We will play soon at Traffic Club in Rome (IT)

Where have you played from then till now? We played in Rome at Alvarado Street, Traffic Club, Closer, Blackout Rock Club; in Naples at Sudterranea

What songs are in your live set's? We play all the songs of our ep: Lament Before Vengeance, Love's Revenge, Hold Me Tight and I Remember

Is it always the same set's live? We always try to renew our performance

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? We loved a lot of gigs, expecially the one with Hopes Die Last at Blackout Rock Club and the one with Scarred By Beauty at Traffic!

Have you had any bigger tours from start till now? Unfortunately no, but we're organizing something very big for the release of our ep!

What are the plans for the rest of the year? After the Release Party, we're planning to go out for some date

Where do you usually play? We usually play in Rome, but we wanna go touring somewhere new!

How do you get psyched up for a gig? We try to stay calm and relaxed

What are your goals with your music? We want to spread our words, and emotionate people with our music

When did you decide to go all in for the music? We think is our life, cannot imagine doing something different or a life without playing our music

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? We're more inspirated from new bands

What are your sources of inspiration? Hearing a lot of music gives us some good inspiration

What's the first step when making a new song? We usually started with the guitar, and then came the rest

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Well, our first single came out in free dowload! ahah So we believe in the online support, but it's even important to support the bands buying their album

What would be your dreams for the band? We dream to share the stage with great bands, the ones we go to see! And we'd love to see people under the stage singing our songs with us

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We listen to every genres, from Dubstep to Grindcore, from Blink 182 to August Burns Red

What do you hold most dear? We believe in friendship and family besides all

What would be your greatest fears for the future? To lose our fans

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? That the people that hear us doesn't comprehend what we try to say

What songs and what years were they released? We're releasing our first EP November the 30th

Have you been part of any other projects? Yes, some of us play in other bands

Have you been in any other bands? Last Day On Heart, Watching a Burning Sky, Falling Here

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Yes, we all work outside this project

What would you do if there was no music? It's even impossible to imagine!

How important are your fans? they are the most important.. without them we'll be nothing

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Asking for our autographs and pictures

How often do you rehearse? Twice per week

Where do you rehearse? We reharse in a box

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? 'I Remember' and 'Lament Before Vengeance'

What do you feel is the best liveband you've seen? We all have different musical taste, so they're too much!! ahahah

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Unfortunately we don't live with our music, but we love to play, and we wanna take this project very far

Do you have any webpages? Our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/asecretplaceband?ref=ts&fref=ts) and YouTube Channel

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Better play with the heart that for money

Describe your show, visually and musically: we're visually very simply, the tipical formation. Musically, we try to give our best trying to execute perfectly... or almost perfectly

How do you view the musicindurty of today? we love the fact that they're trying to let emerge and support even bands that aren't so famous

What advice would you like to give other bands? Always do what you love

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? The resources to carry on doing what you love, and the fact that is not always simple to let people know what are you doing

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? the best are the sense of family that creates when we soundcheck, the worst is the timing of the event..

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? we'll have our release party this 30th November, and you must be there because we'll present our brand new ep, and share the stage with alot of great bands

How would you describe your sound in one sentence: You have to listen to us! We'll make you  jump off your seat! ahah

What is your favorite crappy instrument? Our!! ahahaha

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? We love each other!

Whats your Pre-show ritual? We don't have one! just trying to focus!

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