The Headless Swan is a place here in Helsingborg that plays decent enough music to dance to. If you can dance to HEADLESS is up to you to decide. As I don’t dance at all I’ll stick to listening. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
(Dario) A friend of the band in the early nineties’s been responsible for the name choice. I think he’s been inspired by some sort of a headless knight in a videogame, perhaps a cool Dioesque vibe was running in his veins at that time. Walter, the founder member of the band, liked the moniker because it’s short and easy to remember, it doesn’t have any peculiar meaning but sounds cool.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
(Dario) Basically Headless is a heavy metal/hard rock band, anyway we all have a wide range of influences: Enrico is a fan of progressive rock and he also has a jazz/fusion background, Goran loves progressive rock and bluesy stuff, Walter is into rock ‘n’roll, blues and heavy metal, Domenico loves melodic hard rock, power metal and thrash metal. Myself, I dig psychedelic rock, progressive rock and heavy metal. So the sound of the band comes out of this melting pot.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
(Walter) I write music just when I feel the need to hear something that I never heard before, without pretending to be original…you know…just to fill that gap in mind and find the missing piece, what’s possible in my perspective but still missing in my discography. The greatest influence for me as a guitar player is Mick Taylor (former Rolling Stones member), a magic touch and timbre. But our greatest influence as a band is Queensryche, no doubt.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
(Walter) We just want to make and listen some good music, no matter if we are talking about sex, guitars, love or the armageddon. It’s just heavy metal music, we do not pretend to do some poetry here. Anyway I hope that in the end every Headless song leaves a good vibe to the listener. We all need something we can lean on…
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
(Enrico) When I go on a stage, I always try to remember I’m doing a show in front of new people. Everybody’s eyes are on the band and I’m sure that a good image could be the first step to give a good impression to the crowd, especially when you’re opening the show for another band. In that case you always have to think that probably they’re watching to you for the first time. By the way, once you started playing, if your music is good enough, you don’t need to look as a model but your image must be appropriate for the kind of show the people is attending.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
(Goran) The cover? I think the cover is more important to the artist then the consumer these days when people download and stream music rather than buy albums. Back in the days when the format was LP the cover was of more importance.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
(Enrico) To be honest I have to say that all of us, in our area, are pretty respected. I think this is due to the fact we all are teachers in very well known music schools so probably the young people may know us for our music while others know us for our activity as educators and instructors. However, sometimes in our city, in the country side of the central Italy, not everybody is always ready to give respect to metal musicians; a violinist or a classical piano player could be more easily appreciated.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
(Domenico) Receiving a warm welcome from a foreign audience it’s great … hearing people singing our songs after the first verse, well, it is a dream come true. We are very excited whenever we bring around our songs! We would like to do concerts non-stop!
Also, when we are on stage, we always give our best, and that’s because people always participates in a very warm way.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
(Goran) Yes it’s an efficient way to promote an album/artist, especially if you have the opportunity to open up for a bigger band . You sell the album at the merchandise stand after the show with a potential to reach new customers and fans. Anyhow… Now when royalty income for sold albums are decreasing rapidly the only remaining option to make some money as a band or artist is to go out on the road and play with the risk of ending up more broke after the tour then you was before (laughs).
What does the future have in its womb?
(Domenico) In December we will be back on stage. We will play in Belgium, Holland and Germany as opening band for Bonfire. In spring 2017 we will return again in northern Europe with Tygers of Pan Tang. In addition, our “Melting Europe Tour” will take us to perform in some major summer festivals. We are also considering the possibility, together with our record label (Mighty Music), to create a video clip.
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