interview with Discordant Hemispheres

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, and many of us are currently playing with other bands.

How is it that you started playing music? When listening doesn’t satisfy yourself anymore, it means it’s time to take an instrument or start singing.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Marco P., 33, vocals; Andrea M., 21, bass guitar; Andrea S., 21, guitar; Riccardo C., 19, keyboards.

Did you make music even when you were young? We all started playing with bands when we were about 15/16.

Where are you from? We are from Rome.

What year did the band form? In 2016

What's your style of genre? Alternative progressive metal. Alternative, as our music is influenced by many genres and subgenres and we like to experiment a lot.

What inspires you? Our daily life, our passions, our hobbies. Everything can inspire us.

How often and where do you rehearse? We rehearse 2 or 3 times a week, for at least 3 hours each time. We always go to a rehearsal studio called Officina Musicale in Rome

How have you developed since you started with the music? We always had bands playing many different genres, but mainly progressive and metal.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Marco works and the rest of us study.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We have already a manager who deals with our business. We don’t need a booking agency at the moment, nor do we want one, because of how bad is the situation here in Italy, and also because of the pay-to-play-thing.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Same story, at the moment. We are producing our stuff ourselves and this gives us the freedom to express ourselves the way we want, without restrictions. However, we can’t deny we will need one, now or later.

What made you decide to make this music? It was the will to play together. As we have different musical tastes and backgrounds, we felt we needed to do some music that could unite us.

What are your songs about? They are about many themes, ranging from society to the most personal feelings.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Often Andrea M. composes and the rest of us complete the work. Lyrics are written by Marco.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? So far we’ve been starting first with the music, though we would like also to do the opposite as well.

Do you compose in a certain environment? Actually not, every situation can be good.

What language do you sing in?

We alternate Italian and English in the same track.

We can’t actually answer the questions about concerts, because we are aiming at making music periodically, releasing a single every 4/5 months. We don’t play live also because we don’t have any drummer (so far we didn’t find one who could live up to us). This doesn’t mean we won’t play live, maybe not so many times, but we will.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We will start doing it this as soon as possible.

Where can people buy your merchandise? People can now purchase our singles on Bandcamp and on our website, later they will also have the possibility to buy our merchandise.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It is ok for who can’t afford it, because everyone must have the chance to enjoy art by listening, observing, reading. What we don’t like is the lack of interest towards underground bands, that is: do you want to download our music illegally? All right, but at least do say something to us, tell us what do you think of what we do, no matter if you think it’s good or not. Do like our page. This doesn’t happen and we’re extremely annoyed by that.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Yes, their economic earnings are decreasing. But for new bands it’s not so different because if they get famous, they can sell their CD’s and also earn from tours and merchandise.

What do you think of my work? We think it’s useful, and that there is no difference of what you and we do. We make music, you interview. You contact us and we answer. In the end, we both do our best, the problem is at the end of the circle, audience.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? We don’t think about how to “go far”, we rather talk with those who are interested. You showed your interest, and that’s already a lot for us.

Do you have any role models or idols? No.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Once one has a wide-ranging musical culture, they can get inspiration from life and feelings.

What have been your biggest obstacles? At the moment they’ve been available time, Italy and Italians.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Blood, sweat and tears. Don’t care about success and go ahead with making music with humility.

Do you have any new material? Yes, our 2-track single “Declino” is out right now, but we are also continuing mixing some special content for some special news very soon.

What are your web sites?

How can people reach you? By texting our name on Google and on every social network.

What are your plans for the future? We will continue writing, playing and recording. Later this winter there will be a surprise.

Do you have something to add? Yes. Do listen to our music and let us know your opinions.

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