interview with From the dust returned

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Have any of you played in other bands? We all come from different bands and projects. Alex is a tenor and he played in many bands (Reinwen, A.E.M.), Marco comes from Sumera, Andrea from Southern Drinkstruction, Corpsefucking Art and A.E.M, Miki has a personal black metal project called Dr. Fiemost and he played in A.E.M, Danilo is the Graal’s keyboardist.  
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Alex De Angelis – vocal and guitars
Marco Del Bufalo – harsh vocal
Miki Leandro Nini – bass
Danilo Petrelli – keyboards
Andrea Parenti – drums
Our ages are from 31 to 45
Have you had other previous members?
Yes we had a lot of previous members. They leave for different reasons.
Alex founded the band with Gianluigi Uzzo Costa (bass) and Dario Palazzolo (keyboards), but they leave soon because they were busy with other bands.
At the beginning we played with two basses together and Luigi Prili was the second bass. At the same time Flavio Nobili and Carlo Cremisini played with us (Flavio – drums, Carlo – guitars), but they leave for their personal commitments.
Last member who leaved the band was Cristiano Ruggiero. He recorded the drums on our first album and then leaved the band to follow other projects.
Did you make music even when you were young?
Music  is our life, so we make music since we’re young. Young bands, learning different instruments to play.
Where are you from? Rome, Italy
What year did the band form? We are born at the end of 2015, but the definitive mark starts his work only in the 2018
What's your style of genre? We try to play a narrative prog metal. We like to write concept albums and we play combining our different musical backgrounds (hard rock, black metal, hardcore, opera, prog) with different genres like folk, swing, blues, trying to give theatricality to our songs.
What inspires you? Our main source of inspiration is the human mind and its mysterious nature. Several inner problems, different state of mind, its infinite capacities, these things are an inexhaustible source of ideas and inspiration for us.
How often and where do you reherse? We meet one/two time every week and we have two rehearsal room. The small one used to study the rhythmic session and the second one to play all together.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We’re still not looking for a booking, because we would like to wait the second album to go around. Our first album contains only 6 song (4 long and 2 very short), so we think it’s restricting to play live only these songs. We prefer to wait.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We have a label yet, Sliptrick Records and we work very well with them. We hope to go on with this label for the next job.
What made you decide to make this music? There is not something precise that move us. So many reasons for each one of us. We need to communicate our feelings, our experience, our ideas, our emotions and we’re able to do this only making music and we think there’s something physical inside that push to each one of us to give a form to our inspiration.
What are your songs about?
In the first album we speak about several inner problems, about the human mind. Our song talk about schizophrenia, clinophobia, depression, selfishness and filophobia.
In the second one we’re working about a sensory journey and… we don’t want to anticipate too much… 
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics?
Alex composes all the songs and then worked with us to the arrangements and Alex with Marco write all the lyrics, Marco for the harsh parts, Alex for all the rest.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? We start always with the music that has to represent the main theme, because we try to represent theatrically with the music the emotion of that theme. Then Alex and Marco work together to find the words to explain what the music shows.
Have you done any covers live? We made a Kiss cover in a limited edition single called ‘The Fifth’. The song was “Journey of 1000 years”, really different from the original.
What language do you sing in? We sing in English because we find this language musically perfect for our genre.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We hope to see people who come to listen our music. We think that we haven’t a precise musical framework, so if you need the heaviest we are not the right band and if you need classic prog we’re still not your band. The people have to come to listen our music.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We are planning some gigs to present a preview of our second album, but we have to wait to complete the work. 
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale?
We have T-shirt with our logo and with the album cover. You can find both on our Bandcamp page.
Soon we will have adhesives, patches and something more.
Where can people buy your merchandise?
On our Bandcamp page or sending an email to ftdreturned@gmail.com
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?
We think that the downloading is important because it helps us to be known, but it’s necessary a control of it. If no one buy records we can stop to make music. We need to sell music… with the right price obviously!
We think that the right way is the streaming. You can know a band and its work in streaming and then you can buy their albums if you like it.
The downloading without a limit is not a good thing.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?
The music industry has to follow the trend, but we think that changing the prices of the album it’s possible to fight the unlimited downloading.
What do you think of my work? It’s very important for us. Thanks to your work many people can know us and try to listen our music. So we have to thank you and people like you.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? We hope that people could be interested reading this interview and start to find something about us listening our music.
Do you have any role models or idols? Absolutely!  We love the big band who wrote the story of this genre, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, ELP, Genesis and many others, but we’re also fascinated by modern bands like Opeth, Orphaned land, Pain of Salvation.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?
We think that the inspiration has to come from our background. Not from older or modern bands, but from the mix that their music creates in our minds and our hearts.
What we have inside, in our memories, in our minds move our ideas.
What have been your biggest obstacles?
Certainly the fact that we can’t live making music. Every musical activity is deviate from our jobs. We can live our music only during the free time (or answer to the interview while we’re working!)
What advice would you give other bands or artists? We can’t give advices, we can just learn from the other. Maybe the only one thing… to play always their music and not what people wants to hear.
Do you have any new material? We’re working to our second album and it’s almost finished. It will be a little bit different from the first, because we change, we grow up and also our ideas, our needs change and then we don’t like to repeat the same things. Different emotions, different feelings have different ways to talk about them.
What are your web sites? We have a landing page fromthedustreturned.jimdo.com
How can people reach you?
You can find us in any main social network
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reverbnation…
What are your plans for the future?
We have to finish our second album and then we would like to start to go around to play our music
Do you have something to add? We just want to thank you for your work and for your time dedicated to us
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