I gotta admit that I was at first a bit skeptical to the band name BASTIAN but having had it explained to me in the interview I understand it better. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce the band to us?
BASTIAN, are an italian Rock Metal band, formed in Sicily in 2010, by me (Sebastiano Conti, guitarist and songwriter of the band). In our first debut album, we wanted to start in a big way, inviting in the project big international stars of the rock and metal world. Real giants of rock and metal music with which i grew up. I am talking about the american singers Michael Vescera and Mark Boals (both ex Malmsteen), and the drummers Vinny Appice (ex Dio, Black Sabbath), Thomas Lang (ex Paul Gilbert, Glenn Hughes) and John Macaluso (ex Riot, TNT, Malmsteen). “Among My Giants”, is the title of the album. Title, that recalls the participation in this project of these great musicians.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
-No, I never know what will be the final destination of the song. But I do drive my self by my instinct. The heart, feelings and passion do the rest. Then it always happens that a musical note called the other
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-After the Deep Purple, the great Ritchie Blackmore formed the Rainbow. He used this name because Ritchie is a great fan of the classic movie “The wizard of Oz”. The rainbow was of great importance in the movie. I am a great fan of the american movie “Neverending story”. The name of the main character of the movie is Bastian. So I wanted to pay tribute to this character calling my band Bastian. In the same time Bastian is the abbreviation of my name Sebastiano. The mystery is unveiled
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image and the look is of fundamental importance in a rock band. The charisma of every single member of the band must be able to touch the soul and passion of the people. Not only with simple musical notes, but also with a gesture, with a routine live movement. Most of the time people are more influenced by the image that by the sound because it arrive them before the the sound. So this is very very important for one band. I would that our fans look this band like a really ’70 band. When the bands made up really good music moved just by passion. This band does not want to impress the fans with fulminating solos. This band wants to give to his fans songs that can hardly forget for their composition, atmosphere, passion and so much heart……a really ROCK heart.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-When each of us is in a record store looking for something new, the first thing that catches our attention is the front cover of the album. His immages, his colors, his graphics. From just the cover we can imagine in our minds the sound of that album. If it can be an Hard Rock sound, a blues sound etc etc. So the art work is really important for an album. I can say that my label did I really great work with the artwork. It really reflects the sound of the CD.
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-I think, “I like” on Facebook or youtube for the new generation boys means fame and glory, but in reality it is an ephemeral success because it is not worth the axiom 1000 I like = 1000 cd sold, but often we are slaves of these things, although at the same time I think that Facebook and Youtube have helped a lot to accelerate the visibility of an artist.
When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-Absolutely no . Today being part of a rock or metal band is like to be a”different”, a transgressive, a countercurrent. For me, being part of a metal band is like being part of a “race of survivors”. The wind changes, changing fashions, models of cars, but we’ll be there forever. We will always be there to play our rock and roll bro.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot so on your own?
-The record label is very important because give you more visibility and credibility to the musical project. Especially in these difficult days for our Rock. You must believe more and more in own work. Do not give up at the first set. Sooner or later something will happen. And if it does not happen is the same. The important thing is to believe deeply in what you do. Always putting passion and passion. For me this is the really winning move.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Unfortunately in Italy is very difficult to get gigs with this kind of music. No one has the courage to invest in emerging bands. They try to go always on the safe side. It is difficult to receive from italy some tours proposals. It is easier arriving more request abroad. Unfortunately in Italy the real musical culture is at a very low level. The people listen just commercial music. Just the 10% of the entire nation listens the real music.
What will the future bring?
-I hope many concerts, gigs and maybe some tour. This would be a right reward for a work like “Among my giants”