There used to be a time when I could name members of a band but that was a long time ago so it is no wonder that the name EDWARD DE ROSA does not ring any particular bells. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name?
-In this case it was not very difficult as I decided to use my stage name. It’s my solo album so it was natural as a choice
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
-The composer or one of the main composers. Working on this solo album, Zeitgeist, I discovered that there is nothing more satisfying than composing one’s own music. Everything that allows me to give full rein to my creativity, becomes my goal
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-First of all, composing your own music depends on two fundamental criteria: playing a lot and listening a lot. Listening is also an exercise like it is done on the instrument. When it is time to compose the brain is prepared to give birth to riffs and melodies. Obviously what helped me was to study and understand the guitar world. I start from a melody or improvising a riff. In that way the piece takes shape almost entirely in my mind with its structure.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-More than a movement, I feel I am part of one of the many voices that have something to say. it’s like entering a bookstore or a video library and having lots of inputs that go along with what you’re looking for. I like to see my music in the same way, imagining someone who finds my album on a shelf in a record store and discovers that inside there is a message that reflects, but also an instrument of escape from this reality.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-In this historical period it is crucial! We have this great resource (if properly used) that is the web and the best way to get anywhere in the world is to give people a credible figure of the project, in line with what is being told in music. Always be active, submit news to the public, always have new material to work on is how to bring their fans in the studio or on the stage even when they are on the other side of the world.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-They were very important, my music is influenced by a lot by film and narrative elements. In fact some songs have been influenced by classic science fiction books as I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, or The Mixed Man by A.E. Van Vogt. Movies as Blade Runner of THX 1138 were a great inspiration as well.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-I believe that no age that really involves a music collection ever really ended. Let’s think about the return of vinyl records. It is absolutely incredible that digital format and vinyl can coexist today in 2018, and yet it is a reality. What kills the album will always be piracy, or any other mechanism triggered by it.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Both formats. I believe that both things are important since the digital format can reach every part of the world and the physical format has its own story to tell even before playing the cd. The artwork is an extension of the message contained in the album
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
_I had live experiences mainly with two bands: Soul Of Steel and Elegy Of Madness in which I played as a session man. I have signed Europe with them in the Netherlands, Belgium, Latvia and Croatia, sometimes even supporting big bands like Amorphis, Edu Falaschi, Lacuna Coil and many others. With my solo project it will be difficult to undertake a real tour, but in the future it is very likely that some targeted shows will happen.
What lies in the future?
-My solo album Zeitgeist will be released on October 26th 2018 via Revalve Records and will see Giacomo Voli from Rhapsody Of Fire on vocals. The release of the album is the most important event that I await at the moment. For the rest I continue to compose and I’m recording guitars for the new album of Soul Of Steel, band power progressive metal. I also have a new side project with which I’m composing a concept album, so it’s a really creative period. For all the news, visit my official page: