MISTHAVEN is another cool Italian band that needs to be discovered. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce us to the band?
-Misthaven is a female fronted Italian Alternative band, made up in Campobasso, Italy, in 2014. Born as a five members band, we’re leading it through some several line-up changes, that are finding their way during these days. As the band’s out of a little scenary, it has been really hard to get out of our tiny cage and spread the word about our music, but dreams need patience and steadiness and we’re totally ready to work on them. After releasing two demos, we’re now working on a debut album.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-What to say, it’s difficult to define how our music became music. I think the greatest catalyst can be always found in our influences, everything we listen to and all that we have learned and confined in our backgrounds. Misthaven band members, you know, don’t come out from the same musical background, so our sound definitely is an experimentation of the mixture of styles and ideas everyone brought into it.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It can be really hard. It’s hard to choose which songs are going to be released when you have a bunch of them now ready to see the light; it is hard to find where to record them, as, you know, Misthaven takes its scene in a really little country here in Italy; and, yeah, it is really hard to release them in a geographical zone that appears not to be ready for the music style we brought ourselves in to. We’re determined!
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Absolutely. Our world is full of good music and people trying to bring it on, so from the beginning you have to create your own community, your circle of listeners, that aren’t necessarily supposed to be close to you. Digital definitely made easier to reach out for people in every corner of the world.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-I don’t think so. You’re able to pick a release date and wait until it even when you’re releasing digitally in order to be ready. In my opinion, there’s no difference.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-People seem to have really appreciated them. They’re following us on our official page for every news, they’re sharing our music and, you know, I already had the chance to hear one of our songs being played by a fan. That was the best experience ever had, so far.
We live in a world were there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Every contact was surprising! But, well, if we have to pick just one, I would say.. being heard in USA. That’s such a dream coming true.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a metal band?
-Well, we don’t exactly define ourselves a metal band. But, yeah, there is a greater community that you need to reach out when you’re joining the music world. If they appreciate, you’re worth it.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Honestly, I’m not that sure. Playing live is the better way both to improve yourself and learn from your lacks and let people know about your music. But sometimes you need to have followers willing to support you playing live, and it happens especially when you come from a little society..so, I definitely don’t know whether it should be a predictor of success or a consequence of your being musician.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We’re working on some live shows, taking contacts with labels and, as already said, we’re focusing on a new work which is gonna be our debut album. Hope to succeed!