You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
A: Well I start from the bottom: it was very easy, for me, to choose this name ‘cause Blut stands for Blood in German and I’m half Italian and half German Swiss, so I try to use my second language.
At first, Blut was only an image flowing in my brain, so i thought”Blut sounds good for this new project, because Blut lügt nicht( Blood doesn’t lie in German)”.
I know our name doesn’t represent clearely our music, but… we are Blut.
As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
A: Blut is a strange creature born as a solo project in 2014 on the day after the dead of Anthologies, my last band. I tried to put all my heart and my soul in this idea, so I started to wrote music and lyrics for a new album. On this way I met Giulio Capone (ex Bejelit and Ex Temperance) in the early 2015 and I asked him to help me with arrangements and recording at his Music Ink Studio, so Blut had the first change and it became a real project . After that first change we invited some musicians to record some parts in it; Davide Rigamonti (Eternal Silence) offered his ability for the guitars and Marika Vanni (Eternal Silence) and Silvia Sciacca (Ex Clothes of death) sang the female parts of the first album called“Inside my mind part 1”; In this you can find others musicians like, Matteo Calautti (ex nightside) at drums, Niccolò Paracchini (ex locus animae) for some programming.
In June 2015 came out the firt single “Forget Paris”, and on November 2015 Blut released the second single realized with Andrea Falaschi (Deathless Legacy) from the song “Inside the Evil”.
In november, me and the musicians from the first Blut’s album, had a meeting in which I asked to all if they wanted to trasform Blut from a stuio project to a real band, someone accepted!
In January 2016 me, Marika Vanni and Valentina Carlone (she is our performer) became the first core group of Blut and we search others musicians for a regular lineup, at the same time I wrote other materials for the second album “Inside my mind part 2” closing the concept, helped again by Giulio Capone.
At the end of may 2016 we involved in Blut Vittorio Rondino (ex True endless) for the guitars and in June we release the new single “Jerusalem calls me” realizing also an official video for this song (recorded and edited by Andrea Falasci) ; in the same periods we met Fabio “Attacco” Tocco (Rideout) who took part at the bass as a session man.
In December we signed a deal with Ausr Ltd.-Secret Sound for digital distribution of the first album and the new one.
In February 2017 we had the first live show with Davide De Carli (Hidden memories) at the drums as session man and we signed a deal with Sliptrick Records for worldwide distribution of our “Inside my mind part 2” in physic cd.
In May 2017 we had the release party of our new cd, with a new session drummer Alessandro Boraso. And so here we are.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
A: I was shocked by some old and new bands like: TiamaT, Type O Negative, Moonspell, Pain, Lacrimosa, Suicide Commando, Abney Park, Doctor Steel and Sentenced, but there are too many bands and too many influences.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
Formally we have no scene, but… there are some sort of wave. Goth, black, death and thrash in ’90; Nu metal in early 2000; than Punk rock and metalcore in second part of 2000; folk metal from 2010 to 2015 and now a sort of mix filled by post black metal alternative metal and a “reborn” of industrial.
Here in Italy a lot of band can grown in vacuum of scene, or better a band need some support from fans and other musicians, especially if they play music in the same rehearsal space, but there aren’t a real scene, “just” several group of musicians who support each other .
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
A: I can’t explain easier how I feel but is like beeing somewhere and in someway that makes me free but this sensation isn’t clear despite i know it is really good
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
A:In these two albums birds can smell not too much in line of what we play, but… bees are ok, because in a song (Ekbom) we sing about a mental illness that affects a person who is sure he/she has insects inside the skin. So bees can be good.
Anyway for me a good artwork for a cd is an image, or a photo whose capable to bring the essence of the concept and show it with colors, shapes and feeling.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
A: I’m little bit old, so physical first, but I like the digital too, just for comforts to bring too much music in a little pod.
I don’t think digital is killing music, digital has forced “market” to modify the source of music recovery. Sure some form of digital download (p2p for example) have killed some labels and the continuation of different bands, I’ve seen it with my eyes in the early 2000, but the real problem is who use the “free” digital download? Not a “monster” or something who is incorporeal…
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
A: What we do now it’s a sort of mixture of gothic metal show with a taste of steampunk attitude and a bit of Grand Guignol flavor. We are more than a metal band, we bring our illness and put it on the stage
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
A: For us it’s a sort of both, an happening and a party at the same times; as I said here up we do a weird show so it’s not “just a concert”
What would you like to see the future bring?
A: Shows, Shows and Shows in the early future, big festivals in the medium and long term a new record and Fame.