EVEN VAST : interview with Antonietta
mailer by Salvo "Lovedeath" Russo____May 2007
organized by Even Vast and Salvo Russo
I DON'T LIKE ITALIAN LANGUAGE IN MUSIC
!!!Can you present the band to our readers?
EVEN VAST are:
Antonietta Scilipoti (vocals and keyboard instruments), Vincenzo Di Leo
(bass) and Luca Martello (guitars & electronic grooves). The band’s
been created in 1997. Me and Luca started to work at new material, quite
different from the music style of Chaos And Technocracy (the band we were
previously playing in, since 1993). Our new direction was into a doom
metal experience, so we abbandoned the impact, typical of the crossover we
played in past, to get to the slow & sad mood of doom… We went in
search of a new bass player and with the help of a friend as drummer we
have recorded our debut album “HEAR ME OUT”, one year later, in
Holland. The album’s been released in 1999 by Greek label Black Lotus
Records, but they didn’t do much for it. No proper promotion I have to
In 2000 we released
a mcd, “WHERE THE TREES STILL SPEAK” under the sign of a German label
called ARS METALLI. The same mcd’s been also released by Belgian act
PAINKILLER RECORDS, as picture mlp, limited edition worldwide. Things with
ARS METALLI went soon to an end because the label had economical troubles
and couldn’t go on with payments and stuff.
In 2002 PAINKILLER
RECORDS released a cd single “SCARED FOR THE LAST TIME”, extracted
from the album “OUTSLEEPING”, which’s been released in 2003 by
Belgian act MAUSOLEUM RECORDS.
Through the years
the band’s got various changes in the line-up and, of course, our music
style’s evolved to something we like to define as “goth-rock” with a
really dark mood.
At the present
time we have signed a deal with MY KINGDOM MUSIC and just released our 3rd
full length album “TEACH ME HOW TO BLEED”.
This new album shows us a good impact and the most of the songs
gets a good personality, even if there are many influences…are you
completely satisfied of the quality of the new release?
Yes we are 100%
satisfied with it!!! “TEACH ME HOW TO BLEED” sounds exactly the way we
The band born in the 1999…what’s changed in your musical
approach if you remember the early times?
The band born in
1997, 1999 is the year we got our debut album released, as I said. Sure I
do remember the early times… Changes are really important in a band’s
life. In my opinion any musician should grow, improve and give evolution a
chance. That’s what we did. Nowadays we play our music in a more melodic
way, by using more keyboards as “basic atmosphere” but also to create
melodies, and giving guitar a sound more clear, less aggressive and less
obsessive than we did in past. Bass sound is really dark, we wanted to
create the atmosphere of dark/wave bands of the 80’s. The “metal”
influence is finally over! We think we have no more interest in playing
metal music, because all is said. There are yet too many clone bands… we
don’t need to be put into that cauldron of “goth-metal bands” or so
presumed. Our listenings regarding music are not selective. We have no
problems to listen to indie and other music styles because we feel free to
range in anything we do! In general the new sound we are into is something
we badly wanted to reach.
The new album is a jewel for all those who likes deep gothic…but
there’s still a not great production…it can be improved…do you agree?
No, not at all.
Hope you don’t mind me telling! We are 100% satisfied with the
production of our new album, for a number of reasons, we have produced it
by ourselves, which means we have worked at each and any single part of
the entire production, in our own recording studio, with a great care of
all the details. Spent a lot of time to put the right levels and stuff,
so, we can’t agree with you, sorry! All you hear is exactly what we
wanted. Of course, this production is not a typical metal one, so that’s
why drums and guitars are not louder than the rest, as it usually happens
in metal productions. As I told you, we meant to give emphasis to the
Tell us about your relationship with My Kingdom….How did you get
in touch with Francesco?
Francesco knew us
since our beginnings. He followed us through the years and when he had the
chance to listen to a rough mix of our new stuff he liked it and offered
us an agreement. Our relationships with him are very good. He’s a cool
guy, serious and professional in his business! Nice guy too, he cares a
lot of our needs.
What do you think about the idea to create an album with Italian
lyrics? May it be possible in the future?....And what do you think about
Italian gothic scene?
Not in our plans.
Personally I don’t like Italian language in music and I don’t like to
write lyrics in Italian because I think English is more fluid and musical.
I feel English fits much more in my lyrics as I do write them myself,
directly in that language.
Sorry, I don’t
know what to say about Italian gothic scene because I simply don’t
new album there’s an interesting electronic approach to the compositions,
in your opinion, how much importance you give to this aspect?...What is
the favourite instrument to compose your songs?
importance to the electronic grooves is enough, because anyway we are a
band that composes songs with real instruments. We like to add some
electronics just after the songs are completed, to give a special touch or
something like that. Regarding the favourite instrument to compose our
songs, well, we use to compose with keyboards, with guitar and with bass,
no matter who’s starting first! There are songs born by a guitar riff,
other songs born by keyboard’s melodies, other songs by bass… depends
on the personal feeling of each member.
Tell us about your live show….Are there projects?
Of course we do,
but still we have no concrete plans because we are currently waiting to
receive proper answers from various promoters. So, we hope we get good
proposals because the best promotion for a new album is to play it live as
much as possible!
three adjectives to describe your new cd…….
free from constraints!
final question is our game of the tower….You’re on a high tower with 3
bands…You must push down two of them, saving the third one….For you
THE GATHERING THEATRE OF TRAGEDY WITHIN TEMPTATION…
None of the above
mentioned bands is in my “list of favoured ones”, sorry… I’m more
into bands like Life of Agony, Corrosion Of Conformity, The Tea Party,
Editors, Siouxie, Arcade Fire, Joy Division, We Are The Scientist,
Interpol, Ikon, Kings of Leon, and many others. So, I’m not responsible
for the fall of the three bands you mentioned!!!! ;-P
Thanks to you for
the interview and the support!!! Keep in touch!!!!
Salvo Russo 02.06.2007
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