The word OVERTURES makes me think of classical music but this Italian band is anything but classical and dusty. Metal to the bone. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
– Well, I have to say that it took quite a while to get to “OVERTURES”. For the first years of our life we played as a cover-band, and our very first name was “Delirium”…then “Event Horizon”. We had to change ‘cause we discovered that both of this names were already taken by other professionals, and when we started to write our own music, well, we wanted to be unique. The band was born in a music school when we were just 16een to 18een years old. Giving a name that is linked with the classical music was a pretty good choice. Considering that most of the times we have symphonic arrangements with orchestras…after so many years we can say that the young guys in 2003 made a good choice ahahaha
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-As said before, Overtures were born in 2003. We were 5 students that time, all lovers of heavy metal and hard rock. We immediately had an amazing feeling and after some years playing cover in pubs in our area, we decided to start writing our own music. In a few years we had 8 track that were convincing, and we tried to record our first Demo/EP, “Beyond the Waterfall” that was surprisingly wanted by an Italian label first, and then bought by Rock it Up Records – Germany. From that point, our point of view changed. We started composing and focusing on our music, and we worked hard year after year. This way came “Rebirth (2010)” and our deal with “Sleaszy Rider Records” that still is our label. Then the first European tour in 2012, then “Entering the Maze (2013)” and its huge success that brought us on tour twice with Almah and Secret Sphere first (2013) and as direct support to prog-metal-legends Threshold in 2014. Now we have our latest album, “Artifacts” receiving tons of amazing reviews…we played Gods of Metal with Rammstein, Megadeth, Korn, Gamma Ray…we shared the stage with Halestorm, Primal Fear, Stratovarius, Powerwolf, Rhapsody….and who knows what will future give us?
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-What we do is trying to express our ideas in music getting the best of our influences and at the same time creating something unique in the sound and style. I can say that we love prog metal, we love classic heavy metal, we love hard rock and power metal…but we can’t define our music as “Classic, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal” or anything else. We are a prog-power-symphonic-heavy-thrash metal band??? No, we’re just Overtures, we don’t mind about labels and we don’t care about “how we must sound like”. We just follow the instinct and try to express what we have in mind
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Ahahaha nice question! Well, believe me…you feel very, very small! You always have to keep in mind that the “market” and the “worldwide panorama” includes bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Kamelot, Avantasia…it means that when you are compared…on the other side you have THAT names! On the other side this is a huge incentive. It makes you try to do the best, always. It makes you understand how hard it is and it makes you think “well, I have to reach that level if I really want to do something”. It is a good way of thinking in my opinion. Selfcriticism and a constant analysis of your work is always the best way to improve yourself!
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-In 2016 the “image” of the band is something like 50% of your work. It is sad, but true. My idea is that what should count when you talk about music…is music. But today we live in a world where people needs to touch, to watch, to feel the style of the band…and this means that you HAVE to have your own style and your own look. You can’t just go and play your music. On the other side, my idea is that your “style” should naturally include your way of dressing and of promoting your music too…
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-A song it isn’t a song if the lyrics aren’t right for it! Our lyrics are as important as the riffing and the structure of our songs. We also have some important concepts expressed in the last two albums…we can say that there is a connection between “Entering the Maze” and “Artifacts”…given by their lyrics. As I said before we live in a society where the Image is getting more and more important…but at the same time we’re losing the importance of what there is BEYOND the image. We live our lives on smartphones and we do care about how we look like in the pictures put online…aren’t we forgetting that life is somewhere else?
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Unfortunately, the answer is no: the album is no more as relevant as it was in the 70s and 80s…but the problem is not “digital” killing the album. The problem in my opinion is that in a world where everything is hard, and where finding an own path is getting harder and harder due to all the problems of the actual society…having a resource such as the net, where everyone can “share” itself, people are getting over-charged by music. On one hand, this is good ‘cause real talented musicians (and artist in general) can be discovered with ease. On the other hand the whole situation is distorted, ‘cause who can afford promotion can buy promotion – no matter if you are good or bad -, or you can spread your own music no matter if yo are talented or not…having thousands of new artists to discover everyday…people lose their interest in finding new stuff on their own, and of course who pays the price of this, is the selling of albums…
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I believe that physical copies will always be an important part of music: I don’t believe that physical albums will disappear…stats says that in the last years Vinyls are INCREASING their sellings! People who loves music needs to touch music. The experience given by reading the lyrics on the booklet while listening to a song is something unique…and luckily there are still a lot of people who NEEDS to touch music….and I also have to say that both for labels and musicians, only a physical copy gives a proof of your work through the years. Digital is aerial, physical is an artefact you’ll always keep with you. I don’t like the idea of telling to my sons in the future “check what I did when I was young on the net”. I WANT to give one of my CDs in their hands, and I don’t think I’m the only one.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We are a live band. We need to be a live band. Probably we’re a better live band than a studio band. We do care about how we play, we do care about the show, we need to express our music live. Entering the Maze had two Euro-tours and tons of live shows in Europe for its promotion, Rebirth before it had tons of shows in Europe and 1 Euro-tour…Artifacts already had 20 summer shows in Italy and we’re scheduling an Euro-tour for the beginning of 2017…we offer a live show with two backing vocalists, stage graphics and with everything we need to make a live show something to remember. Music is live, and we need to play it live!
What lies in the future?
-We’re planning new live shows, as said an European tour too. We just released an unreleased song called “Through the storm” that has been composed for the Italian TV as theme for the NFL Championship, we’ve got some huge announcements coming…and I am happy to say that we have a lot of ideas for an upcoming album, that if everything goes as supposed, will see its first works next year…we can’t stop ourself from making music! HUGE THANKS FOR YOUR COURTESY AND ATTENTION!’