Francesca, HERETIC’S DREAM’s vocalist was so kind to answer some questions I had about this and that and everything in between. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

A band name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-I remember I used to propose daily a couple of names to Andrej, but nothing seemed to be the right one. I was a bit depressed and started to think we would had never come up with it. After two months of hard trying, I texted Andrej with these two words, “Heretic’s Dream”, sure about his answers. I was shocked to read his reply: “ I like it!”. Andrej and I are two opposite worlds colliding by the chance of Fate, and melting together such different music style sounds like the dream of an heretic fool.

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they colored your music?>
-At the very beginning, I would have said Tool and Dream Theater sung by Cristina Scabbia .Now it’s more Pantera sung by Madonna.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-We like merging slower sections with faster parts in the same track. The only rule is composing for the sake of the song, not as a show off of your skills or the will to be necessarily original.

Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-We sound harder, more metal. This is what people usually tell us. Performing live is all about connecting to the crowd, making them feeling part of the show.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-A good label is definitely a boost, as it spreads your music around the world through dedicated channels and addressing the market in the proper way. Unfortunately, not many labels know how to work today. Years ago, signing to a label was a real goal. Today, you can access most of them just paying, so actually they already have a “return of investment” as soon as signature occurs, and they do not need to work to see money coming from selling of your records. Thus, either you find a good label, or being independent is a better choice.

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-The market is saturated so it’s hard to emerge. So bands try to rise out of the sea of streaming music by focusing on their presence on social network, where it’s not about music at all: it’s about photos, likes, followers. I hate all this, I do not use Facebook and I do not have an Instagram profile. The band has got one, but we keep a low profile.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-To attract attention, being peculiar and possibly out of the context, unexpected.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
Italy will always be the country of the “bel canto”, the melodic popular song. There is a vivid underground scene, but arrogance and exhausting competition make it a real hell.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Technologies just moves on, and we need to be aligned, not to fear it, but embrace it. Even though I’d personally rather go back to 80’s, when music could not be produced and simulated by a computer.

What lies in the future?
-We are about to leave to Kiev for a show as main support to Therion (Sunday, the 15th April). This summer we will be probably stay home to finish composing the new album.
Many thanks!

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