interview with Faca Crevaro

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Did any of you play in other bands? Actually, before starting to develop ideas for my solo project, I participated in several bands, but mostly in the metal genre such as Garage SA, who was my first band in adolescence framed in the Hard Rock genre, Krücis who it's a power metal band and more currently Terrä, which was my last band experience before I started working on my first solo album. Outside of that there were several study projects, among the most important ones for me, since in a certain way my way of composing was "Change Machone Proyect", which we developed with a drummer friend (Valentino Larrocca) and of which I remain as I record two recorded songs. As a separate point I also played in a FolckRock band from my city with which we made popular songs.

How did you start playing music? My approach to music, more specifically to the guitar began at the age of 16, I always liked to draw and when I did I liked listening to music, within those bands that I listened to was Queen, which marked my approach to Rock and Rata Blanca, the band that impelled me to learn to play the guitar, since her guitarist is very showy and I was always struck by her solos. It was only when I was 19 years old that I decided to learn and dedicate more and more hours of practice to the instrument.

What's your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? My name is Facundo Crevaro, my nickname is Faca and I mainly play the guitar. My age is 32 years.

Have you had other previous members? Stable members, no, given that it is a solo project that encompasses Faca Crevaro, if both in my first album "Shades of Humanity" and in "Ramé" my new album that is in the process of recording I counted and how much with great friends and guest musicians,

Did you make music even when you were young? I always liked composing and when I was 23 when we started rehearsing with "Garaje S.A" it was when that part of me began to develop very little.

Where are you from? I'm from Azul, a city located in the center of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In what year was the band formed? My solo project started in 2014, with the first sketches of what would later be my first album.

What is your gender style? Actually, what I'm looking for is to cover several subgenres within what is metal, such as Progressive Metal, MetalCore, TrashMetal, Djent, Shred, among others and in turn I like to nuance with ballad-like environments and interludes. to be able to play with the climates in my songs.

What inspires you? Actually, there is no specific topic, what inspires me most is to feel the sound of the guitar, outside of that when looking for a theme for my songs I really like what is linked to existentialism, dreams, is very broad ranges of options, but I go, what motivates me the most is simply listening to the guitar.

How often and where do you keep? Actually, I try to practice and practice every day for around three hours, both my subjects and in turn I continue studying and looking to learn new things.

How have you developed since you started with music? In the vast majority of self-taught, I have known very good friends musicians who have helped me a lot to grow and now I started taking classes, you always have to keep learning and nowadays the internet is a great tool.

Do you have other interests working outside the band? Actually, I have participated as a guest musician and transferor in other projects, but nowadays my source of income is not music, since in Argentina it is difficult to be able to live clearly in a band, it depends a lot on the luck factor and that The music you make is purely commercial.

Are you looking for a booking agency and what do you think about that? I believe that it is always sought, even indirectly, the possibility of continuing to grow in what one does and that the music is heard and reaches many listeners.

What made you decide to make this music? Simply because it makes me happy and fills me with energy.

What are your songs about? As previously mentioned, the themes addressed in my songs tend to vary a lot, but in my first album I looked for a conceptual line as far as possible, focusing instead on an existentialist theme and questioning in general terms "where we come from and where come on".

Who makes the composition and writes the lyrics? The songs I write and I compose, except what my guests do, since I like to give them creative freedom so they bring freshness to each song.

Do you start with music or lyrics? Usually with music.

Do you make up in a certain inviroment? Not specifically, on many occasions ideas or inspiration comes when we least expect it.

Have you made any live version? From my first album not yet, if everything goes well soon I will be going out to play presenting both albums live.

In what language do you sing? The only song sung from my first album is in English.

How old are most of your concert assistants? When I played with the bands that I mentioned before, the age range was generally from 18 onwards, except when they were open-air festivals, there were family environments and there were children from older people.

Do you always play the same songs live or vary? We used to have a defined list of topics, but we always wanted to rotate the topics so that we did not get bored either.

How was your first concert? My first concert was in a pub in my city and despite the inexperience and it was enjoyed very much.

What was your last concert? My last band concert was in 2016, since from then on I started working on my first album.

Did you have to cancel a concert? Yes, coincidentally that last concert due to bad weather, it started to rain while we played "Cowboy from Hell" by Pantera.

Where do you plan to play next year? The idea as mentioned above is to come out next year to present both albums live. And in the first instance I would like to cover a large part of my country.

When did you start selling merchandise and what do you have to sell? I started selling my first album "Shades of Humanity" in February of 2017.

Where can people buy your merchandise? My album is available in all digital stores and can also be purchased in physical format through my Facebook page as well as from my profile on BandCamp.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying discs now? And it is a complicated issue because in fact you do it yourself, but despite that I recognize that the most appropriate thing when you really like the material of an artist is to buy it, since that way it helps the artist to continue growing and investing in equipment and supplies to offer the best album after album.

How do you think the music industry has changed because of this?And, depending on the economic situation, it became perhaps complicated, given that the digital era has taken the place of the compact disc and therefore the industry as we knew it, but what this genre is positive is that self-management grows a lot, that you can access more easily to record your own material and that the means of dissemination are more accessible to everyone.

What do you think of my work? I think that journalistic work was always fundamental to help spread and make new artists known, I think it is one of the fundamental branches of the industry as well.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? As we say in my country "Todo Suma", for me the simple fact that you are interviewing me is a very important one because it shows interest in what I do and I know that it can help more people to know what what I love doing, playing the guitar and making music.

Do you have a model or idols? Actually, no, I have always sought to learn from many musicians, rather I have influences, but idols or models specifically not.

Why do you think they exist? That I do not have them does not mean that for others they do not exist, if they exist is for what they generate and awaken in others, in many cases it is admiration or the simple fact of wanting to be like the artist in question, I think.

Is it easier to find inspiration in older bands or bands that are more active now a days? Personally I like both options.

What have been your biggest obstacles? I do not have a specific example in mind, but the most recurrent is to find people who share the same interest and emotion when forming a band or musical project.

What advice would you give to other bands or artists? That they insist with what they like and never lower their arms, sooner or later if there is a will and fundamentally self-criticism all that is good comes.

How do you get excited for a concert? I take a lot of anxiety before going on stage and usually about 40 minutes before playing I start practicing with my guitar unplugged so I put my fingers in shape.

Do you have any new material? Yes, at this moment I'm working on "Ramé", my second solo album.

What are your websites?

My sites are:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FacaCrevaro/

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDPjlUFxx6Dy52iV9YZwS2w

Online Store:

https://facacrevaro.bandcamp.com/releases

https://soundcloud.com/faca-crevaro

https://www.deezer.com/es/album/40007681

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071R9TTK7/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/faca-crevaro/978218396

https://open.spotify.com/album/52L3Ar3leUYHj7R67qwcwP

How can people get there? They just write me on my Facebook page, which is where I am the most.

What are your plans for the future? Continue learning and improving as a musician, to be able to join a professional band or project and above all to continue working on my music.

Do you have something to add? Simply thank you from the heart for the interview.

interview with Unbeing

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Have any of you played in other bands? I have not. UNBEING has always been my primary focus to write the music I wanted to play.

How is it that you started playing music? I started playing guitar when I was 15 years old. My motivation was always to write music.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Sherif, 29, Guitars (29) -Mat, 36, Guitars -Max, 24, Drums -The rest of the band (bass & keyboards) are filled out by session musicians who play different projects at the same time.

Have you had other previous members? Many. They’ve all left for their own reasons. The current lineup, using session musicians has provided the most stable outcome. Everyone works very well together and the musicians have never been so competent as they are today. Did you make music even when you were young? -Always. I have some recordings dating back to 2007 haha…

Where are you from? I am born in Egypt and came to Canada when I was 4 years old. All other band members are Quebec (Canada) natives. What year did the band form? -March of 2006.

What's your style of genre? Instrumental Progressive Metal.

What inspires you? So many things… Almost every genre of music inspires me, a lot of soundtracks and images, video games, movies. I like to “see” an image and think what kind of music would match that image. Every time I write, there is a scene playing in my head matching the song’s mood.

How often and where do you reherse? Almost never. The advantage of playing with professionals is that we’ll rehearse one time before a streak of shows and we’re good to go. Everyone does their part in learning and practicing the songs on their own. I’ve created a lot of support material (tabs, sheets, click-tracks) to help musicians learn the songs efficiently on their own.

How have you developed since you started with the music? When I started this band in 2006, we wanted to make death/black metal. We thought we were being “cool” and “edgy’ by being as heavy as possible (like most starting bands). Eventually we starting exploring sounds, moods, time signatures that made the songs a lot more unique than when we started. That caused tensions inside the band at the time because some members still wanted to do some generic “death/black” metal, while my compositions did not reflect that. Over the years the dissenting members left the band and others took their place. The newer members like the band for exactly what it is, and hence enjoy themselves a lot more when we play together today.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Not really. My “day job” in in project management and finance. I’ve also studied to be a studio technician but that’s a saturated market in Montreal unless you’re already a celebrity. To be honest, there’s nothing I’d like more than to work full-time on playing and writing music.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? For the time being, we have our own booker. Eventually we’ll look to work with others to leave Canada and play in other countries. I will be actively looking for a label in October 2018.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Sure, but I’m not an idealist. I’m only going to consider a label depending on what they can do for the band. Since 2006, I’ve operated the band myself and have gotten better and better at it over the years. However I can’t do everything by myself forever and so a label can certainly help me focus on the music while other aspects are being managed by professionals.

What made you decide to make this music? This will sound strange, but it’s the type of music that speaks to my deepest thoughts and emotions. No matter what I do, this is the type if music that I end up writing when I grab my guitar. I’ve experimented for some time with electronic music. I’ve had positive feedback, but it lacked something only metal can bring.

What are your songs about? The songs are instrumental and invoke a feeling of introspectiveness and inner dialogue with oneself. Not to sound like a hippy, but the inner dialogue emerging from music is unique to oneself; what I may feel listening to some instrumentals will differ from what the next person will feel. This is why among my biggest influences are some classical themes, soundtracks, and other vocal-less genres. Lyrics tend to limit what one can feel or interpret from a song. Instrumentals speak to our core, and open our minds to the infinite possibilities every human being can perceive from a single song.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? I compose everything, and come up with the ideas and concepts behind the artworks matching each release. There are no lyrics.

Do you compose in a certain environment? Not necessarily. I’ll usually get my best ideas by playing them on a classical guitar first, and then adapting the melody to 7 and 8 strings.

Have you done any covers live? Never.

What language do you sing in? I don’t sing. However I try to address the audience in their preferred language when I can.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? The least has been about 12 people haha. The most has been about 400 people.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? The audience thends to be 18-35 years old average. This is because the venues rarely allow minors to attend because of the sale of alcohol. There are rare exceptions when 45+ year-olds will come to speak to me about the songs reminding them of bands they used to listen to when they were younger, when instrumental progressive was more popular.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We try to vary when it’s possible, but the set list is built in a way to showcase certain songs in particular that elicit the best reactions from the audience.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? It depends on the town. Most towns have a particular venue perfectly adapted to what we’re doing, and so we’ll come back to that venue each time around.

What was your first gig like? I remember being very nervous, as if all the pressure in the world was on me haha. I had a crappy guitar, my clothes didn’t look professional at all, my playing was… alright and it was over before it even began. It was a learning experience, and every gig after that has continued to teach me something to do better to this day.

What was your latest gig? Latest gig was May 20th in Shawinigan.

Have you had to cancel a gig? We cancelled 3 in 2017 due to some internal struggles inside the band. Members had decided to leave unexpectedly and I struggled with some mental exhaustion issues myself in the process of replacing them.

Where have you played live this year? We played many towns in the province of Quebec, the full list is in the unbeingmusic.com homepage.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Absolutely, we plan on starting shows in fall and winter again, Starting next August 24th in Ste-Thérèse.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started almost a year after our first show. We started with t-shirts first. At the moment we have t-shirts, sweaters, zip-hoodies, tank tops, beanies, vinyl’s and cd’s.

Where can people buy your merchandise? UNBEINGMUSIC.COM

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I don’t care so much. There used to be a time when this would be upsetting to people selling albums. However the sale of albums has largely declined over the last decade, and with it several retailers placing a high mark-up on your cd have gone out of business. This is unfortunate but it the progress of the times. People still buy albums when they come to our shows, and for that I’ll always be thankful.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? I’ve heard horror stories about artists being cheated out of their fair due by their label cashing all the album sales because they didn’t sell an unrealistic amount of records. For my part, I could care less. This is why I decided to do everything myself when I first started and continue to do so unless I’m offered a better deal.

What do you think of my work? I’m sorry I’m not more familiar with it.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I’m not sure. I’ve done several interviews, and I assume it will be read by people who have enjoyed the music and would like to understand how I think.

Do you have any role models or idols? I don’t believe in “idols”. However I do have an immense respect for certain values that are personified in some individuals. I respect discipline, dedication, open-mindedness and the ability to think critically. We’re all flawed human beings in my humble opinions and the ones who recognize that fact are the wisest among us. They’re usually the ones who’ll come up with innovative ways of creating something, whether that is through their entrepreneurship or creativity.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? 50/50: Older bands have inspired the new ones. It’s good to know where an idea was first attempted, but new bands always bring a new twist to something you already know. Since you’re inevitably competing with all the bands of your genre, you need to know what they came up with so you can improve your own song-writing abilities.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Developing social skills to work with other musicians. You have to develop some humility to accept criticism from others, and not take it like an attack on yourself. I’ve also struggled with developing an efficient way to work on music and recording it properly.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Be humble and keep in mind that no matter how good you think you are, you don’t know everything. Learn to take criticism and be open-minded to what people say about your music.

How do you get psyched for a gig? I actually fall asleep. I get psyched within the last 10 seconds before we play. When the show intro comes on, I’ll fist bump the musicians, smile, and get ready to have fun.

Do you have any new material? A single with 2 songs (15 minutes) will be released by the end of 2018. If you’d like an advance copy after mastering is completed, let me know and I’ll happily put you on the advance list.

What are your web sites?

UNBEINGMUSIC.COM -YOUTUBE.COM/UNBEING

INSTAGRAM.COM/UN_BEING

FACEBOOK.COM/UNBEINGMUSIC

How can people reach you? All the above websites have a contact section and I monitor all of them for any question/comment/request.

What are your plans for the future? Keep writing music, make albums and enjoy the craft.

Do you have something to add? UNBEING’s music is family-friendly (there is no blasphemy or violence), which can be quite unique for a metal band.

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