KANTICA is another cool band I want you to check out. Answers given by Matteo Vevo Venzano: rhythm guitar & Tiziana Titti Cotella: drums Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Titti: In the symphonic and power metal world, a lot of things have been said, so we don’t want to be another band in the queue, but we want to try to bring something new, that characterizes our sound and style, and we are doing it mixing every member’s ideas while we create a new song.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Matteo: Oh yeah, this could be funny, but I think this is harder than writing the songs.
However, we were searching for a name that could sound easy to remember, but at the same time could symbolize something epic and mystical. So in the end, and this is really funny, we had to choose between Aristocrat symphony and Kantica, and we decided to flip the coin and, you know the result.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
Matteo: For sure, there is always a starting point from where you have to write the songs,
and you pick some ideas from your favourite bands, I think this is automatic and
involuntary. So the bands I really like are Epica and Nightwish, but since I met Andy K,
with his love for visual kei and symphonic bands from Japan, like Versailles and Matenrou
Opera, I started to listen to them too, and for sure this is bringing something new to the
sound of Kantica, and I’m sure it will be more present in the new songs

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
Matteo: When we decided the name “Kantica”, we partially knew which sound would have been created. We think that Kantica truly rapresents the concept of ancient that we treat, in contrast with fresh and new ideas that we bring with our songs.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
Titti: Honestly, I think it’s impossible to stop this process, but I would like that albums could
remain as important as digital format, cause for me, the album is the summary of a time’s period, where we can fix every inspiration we’ve had in that time, using the songs, and I think that releasing single songs has not the same impact.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
Titti: We think that this point is crucial, we truly believe the biggest part of the life of a band must be live. So when you play live, you are trying to create a show, not only by playing your songs but also with your look and actions on stage, and with the atmosphere you create. Everything is part of the project, from the music to the band’s image. So, as the title of the album suggests, the aesthetic look is very important, and the artwork must follow this idea of mysterious darkness and epic atmosphere.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
Matteo: For sure social media changed a lot the way you can promote your band, and we are
trying to do our best in order to achieve the best from this source of promotion. I think that with social media, if you use them properly you have more chances to let your name known by fans, but if you don’t the risk is to be outdated by other bands. We can’t forget we play music because we like doing it, not only for commercial purposes.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
Titti: Yeah, in this band every member must put his ideas in order to create the best product
possible, and then we have to perform our show live trying to be as united as possible, because if we want to impress who listen to us we need to be in armony, so we can create a magic, that magic that gives goose bumps.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Titti: I think this is the way. I really don’t believe in recording the album, and then only spread your music by listening it. For me, every band should try to play live as much as possible, because this is the only way to really reach people and fans. I think that there is a big difference between the feelings that you get listening to a live song, and the ones you get hearing it by your headphones, sitting on the sofa.

What will the future bring?
Matteo: in the near future, following our thought, we will try to play live as much as possible, and we hope we could play in front of many different fans, in order to spread our music in every country. But at the same time, we are already working on new songs. So stay tuned for our next live and we hope that a lot of people will appreciate our first album Reborn In Aesthetics! Thanks to all that are supporting us!

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