How would you describe your music?
Hello everyone, and thanks for interviewing us! Well, we struggled a lot (and still struggling, tbh) to find a definition of our sound. Not because we needed to clarify that to ourselves, but just because the people need it. Everyone needs you to be classified in a specific area even though you don’t recognise it as yours. However music is changing a lot during these last few years so genre is not so important as it was 10-20 years ago. Having said that, we’d say our music is a kind of Alternative Rock with a lot of influences from Metal, Electronic and Classic music. Some people compared us to Muse, Faith No More, Dream Theater and Placebo, just to say some names.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
The band formed in 2004 and we started as any normal band does. We didn’t know each other, or at least not personally, even though some of us knew some other’s ‘fame. We didn’t spend much time doing covers and we got straight to the point. We wanted to play our own music and we knew that was the future we were aiming for.
In 2008 Kristal and Marco joined the band and that was the real start of a professional band as we decided to record and release our first album, which eventually came out in 2011.
Our first album called ‘Forgotten Silence’ wa released by a British record label named ‘Copro Records’ and it was followed by a UK tour. In 2013 and 2015 we released 2 Eps respectively called ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Awakening’; but 2018 will be our greatest year as we’re going to finally release our new album, which will be produced by Paul Reeve (you certainly know this name as he produced Muse!). Since 2004, we’ve been through a lot of things, good and bad, but we still know, that this is our life.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
As a band we have matured a unique sound through all these years. This happened thanks to our very different tastes in music: we love Queen and Muse, as you might have already understood :), but also Pink Floyd, Metallica, System Of A Down, U2, Depeche Mode, or even some heavier stuff like Slipknot. This colourful set of sounds reflects what we write.
What inspires you?
Well, this could be banal but everything that surrounds us inspire our music and words.
We’re fascinated (and scared) about the big and apparently slow changes our world is going through and we’re trying to take a picture of some little moments we’re more interested in. It’s like painting the very last moment before a big asteroid collides with the Earth.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We’ve always write songs in the studio (which eventually became our house). In the early days, we used to go to the rehearsal room very often and try new riffs, chord progressions, melodies, everything we had in our minds. We picked some of those ideas and translated them into songs. Nowadays is more of a computer based composition: we live far from each other so now Rox and Luca compose most of the songs on a computer. It’s weird how this method was so uncommon 15 years ago and now it’s the basic process to get a song ready.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Definitely Tomorrow! Tomorrow
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Touring with Muse would be a dream come true but to be honest it doesn’t matter which band we’re supporting or playing with: the real dream would be a 2 years worldwide tour.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
To be sincere, the music industry is fucked up. It’s just awful what’s happening out there, especially for rock and metal music! In one hand we’ve got social media and new technologies that give you more possibilities to start your career with a bunch of money and on the hand, there’s no money to invest on new talents just because new artists think they can become stars without doing nothing! And sometimes they’re even right! And with this lack of effort from both parties (artist and industry) we’re going to a complete cultural flattering. Is this all a big illusion where we’re completely stuck?
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We’ve been through a lot of funny and strange things, really! Back in the US we had a lot of fun! We decided to spend the night in a motel in LA, so we booked it, parked the van, left all the bags and instruments and took a walk around. Before we left though, we took a shower, fight with toilet tissue balls and obviously took a poo. What we didn’t know is that the toilet wasn’t able to contain all that big Italian boys’ shit! So we left and came back after a couple of hours and once we got into the room we saw the catastrophe: the carpet was completely wet and there were some little turds floating around, the smell was atrocious! We eventually ended up speaking with the guy at the reception, pretending to be upset as we didn’t do nothing: he believed us and gave us another room!
What are your future plans?
2018 will bring a lot of new things: we will go back to the studio to finish recording the album in May. Then we are expecting to release the fourth single as soon as we have everything in its place and the album immediately afterwards.
If you want to be updated on what we’re doing you can visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thelotusofficial/