DEVOTION

I love it when a band show DEVOTION to what they do. Like this band does having been at it for more than 10 years and not having given up yet. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Could you please introduce the band to us?
-As most of the bands in the world we are just a bunch of friends who share the same passion for music.

When you formed how easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound was going??
-We formed in dec. 2005 thanks to the common love of the 90’s rock/metal music. It has been quite simple and immediate for us to develop our sound as we all were so much influenced by all the grunge/nu-metal/alternative rock bands of those days, from deftones to nirvana, from helmet or korn to soundgarden and alice in chains and so on….the list could be nearly endless.

How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-for us the word “devotion” represents the way we live our passions, friendship and everything else we are passionate for.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-the image the band gives to the audience is quite important of course but for us this also means to create a connection with the fans that often turns into friendship with lots of them indeed.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-as for the previous question, artworks are very important for a band but they need to come always after a good effort on song-writing. We obviously take the right time to have good pics, nice booklets and stuff but it always happens after the composing process, which still is the main thing for us about being a band.

How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-Well, to be honest we never thought about this nor cared that much…having lots of likes on the band’s account is just maybe necessary for a band to increase the audience in some way but we still prefer to have some thousand authentic fans instead of millions fakes, you know what I mean?

When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-We are lucky to be part of a very active area here in Italy in terms of bands and people attending gigs and the so-called scene is still quite alive and honest, so we can easily say “YES” we feel a part of a big family.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot so on your own?
-It always depends on the deal. We’ve always been lucky with labels, both with our very first Italian label “BAGANA RECORDS” which is still our label here in Italy and now with our new family at Pavement Entertainment. For us it’s all about receiving constant support and a huge help with promoting new singles/albums with the right websites/magazines and mainly working with long-term professionals that could give you a more specific advice on what to be a band is about .

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We play lots of gigs in our country cause we love to bring our music wherever it’s possible but avoiding to exaggerate with playing too much! getting gigs outside Italy is not so much harder than getting concerts here, it happens to be even easier sometimes, if you just find the right people to work with…

What will the future bring?
-as for the future we hope to keep on rocking and to meet old and new friends everywhere we will play and maybe to tour inside/outside Italy very soon!

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