MAGNET

MAGNET are new to me but I wanted to see if there is anything cool to this band so I interviewed them. And it turned out that there is some cool to them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? For how long had you planned the sound of MAGNET?
-Hello! Thanks for this interview guys!
Riccardo : Actually Magnet has been growing slowly as an idea in my mind while I was playing in Psychedelic Witchcraft.
I moved from Milan to Florence to join PW and I always loved its music and contributing to it as much as possible.
The idea came out slowly because I kept writing songs of my own, with the sounds I really loved and felt the most personal to me.
Songs are truly about personal experiences and at a point I realized that what was happening was basically an album being done.
So also thanks to PW, I got the chance to see Magnet as a real project with his own life, and that’s how it was born.
The sound is something really really spontaneous and natural, the voice of the soul I’d say. There’s not a real “planning” of the sound, it’s more a shaping of what I had in mind.
The band came out with a strong musical alchemy between all of Us.
Jacopo and Vanni played a lot together in Overload (Hard Rock/Southern Rock from Florence), Mirko just lays down drums perfectly and I finally can express myself with my main instrument.

When you record an album I guess you have it all planned out before you go into the studio. How organic is a recording session? How much do you allow the album to grow in the studio?
Band : Well usually yes, when You go record your songs, You have your sounds in mind and You know how You want the album to sound. Though it’s not always easy to stick with it, as in the recording
process You may find issues or may realize something has to be changed so, allowing the album to grow in the studio is an important part for Us.
In the studio all takes life and You see all the parts of it getting together. This way You always hear what might be changed without going out of what’s in your mind.
That’s the main path for Us, following what’s in our mind.

To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-The band name came after the songs were done and everything. It’s been the final touch haha. It sounded like a good name for Us and meaning could be endless.
In a pretty easy way, in all of our lives there’s kind of magnetism, attraction, to people and all sort of stuff that surrounds Us.
It’s about what We are and what We like and most of all, it is about our instinct, our true nature.

I used to be all against bands with an image but now I’ve kinda come full circle on that and likes a band that stands out. How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Well the image could be pretty important nowadays. It’s like a book cover or a movie poster. If it gets to you in a matter of moments, then You may like it and again, magnetism, attraction!
Luckily for Us this is another spontaneous thing, We didn’t plan anything about our style, our dresses or what. It’s always been like this, the pictures of the band, that’s how We feel, how We are, how We go on stage!

Back in the days I could sit for hours and stare at the LP covers. With the CD I kinda lost that but I am still a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-We’d put the artwork together in the image thing. Of course it must look cool. Not to get this wrong, it is a matter of taste.
The artwork should represent in a picture what is going to be heard, for Us it is something inspired by the sounds.
Always a matter of taste so, it should come in a spontaneous way again following the concepts in your mind.
In Feel Your Fire’s artwork, it’s represented a kind of “classy” style mixed with nature and earth things. Also the symbols are relatives to earth and nature, standing to the “being as natural as possible” concept.
Everything has a link.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Social media has given everyone the chance to do something and to show it to the world. Has pros and cons of course. On the good side You can be more in touch with the community and give it information in a really fast way.
Really, You can reach a lot of people. The down side ? Maybe there’s too much of everything and nothing has the right space it deserves, though nowadays it feels like the only way to get to the world.
Feels like You have to accept the “rules of the game” either You like ’em or not.
Talking about every artist, if the music is good then people will like it and everybody can reach who really wants to be reached.

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? Does being in a band transcend borders and you become a part of something global, universal?
-In a way? Yes. You can meet a lot of bands and you can get to know them as persons other than just “that band”.
It’s really cool when between bands a sort of brothership is born. We’re all humans and We’re in the same world running different paths.
So personally We think it’s awesome to know new people and bands and whenever it is possible, help each other you know.
Though there’s always someone who generally “hates” or just doesn’t like others, that’s the only down side of this community thing.
Some wouldn’t just like others for no true reason and that won’t be cool, just that.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-There’s always a way to do things on your own but, You won’t have the same effect and the same result that a label can have.
In our opinion You can’t promote Yourself as well as a label can, unless You’re the label yourself haha. There’s the risk that people won’t take You seriously.
It could be a kind of roles thing, musicians should think about the music side and label about the label side.
Both working together for the same reason at the same time, everybody has its own role and most of all, there’s mutual trust between the two, alchemy.
We’re very lucky to be with Jorn with Soulseller Records. He believed in Us and He always does a great work for his bands.
It’s truly a luck to be with someone who takes his work super seriously!

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We’d like to play live shows and tours as much as possible. We think that live music is the point when You get real true contact with people.
It’s super important, maybe more than the CD/LP or whatever. It’s always a real pleasure when You get to see that band that You love and they sounds even better than the cd!
This is our main focus about live shows along with playing as much as possible, even though our country is not much into rock music generally.
It takes to know the right person, and well, he has to like Us as well haha!
Doing great shows and reach out to the world, that’s how it works and goes on and on!

What is in the future?
-In the future things will come! Can’t hide that new songs are already on their way but We’d really like to tour for the release of our debut album!
Every album will have his own character, and will be the most spontaneous as possible!
We hope We’ll meet on the road guys!

Thank You again for this!
Magnet
Riccardo, Jacopo, Mirko, Vanni.

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