SOVVERSIVO is an Italian band that has a sound that is quite interesting. So interesting that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2014

Just so we know what we are dealing with could you please give us a short introduction to the band?
– Sovversivo was born in 1998, so experience is maybe the main feature of the band, due to a question of age too ha ha ha. We like to describe our sound as “the right mix between hard and heavy”, and it goes from gothic atmospheres to modern and powerful sounds.

Is it a good thing to be an Italian metal band? Do you get the respect you deserve?
– No, not at all. The current musical culture in Italy is embarrassing and Europe knows that. So it’s normal to get no respect.

What is it that has defined your sound, what makes SOVVERSIVO sound like SOVVERSIVO?
– What makes a sound a great sound is the community of interests when you create it, and we all know exactly what we want and how it has to be when we write something. But we don’t know before, we just express what we are. Already done? Who cares! Never try to “sound like”, but be yourself and YOUR style will flow out.

I remember in the 80s how hard it was for smaller bands to get a decent sound? How easy is it today to find a producer/studio that understands your needs?
– The answer is “too difficult” for both the questions. Having a super studio at your beck and call, with all the best and modern devices, doesn’t mean that you can automatically have a super sound. You need the right person to manage all that devices in the right way, and the right way is the one that lets your music to endorse.

Is it important to have an album cover that grabs people’s attention? How do you get people to go from looking at the cover to actually listen to the album?
– It Is less important than in the past, when an LP was a collectors’ item. Now you can have tons of music in a stamp and the first thing that people want is to find an easy way to download, so… Maybe with a complete fluo yellow cover people is tempted to take your cd from the shelf… But it doesn’t mean they will buy it 🙂

What would you say is a great album cover? What does it have to contain for it to be great? I love the really big, colorful ones from the LP days. The ones you could sit for hours looking at discovering new details.
– Yeah, as we said before, in the past buying an album was a wonderful event, and you came back home carrying an LP or a CD like a trophy, and you had to unpack it, and then you could smell it, read it, analyze it, and finally press play. Now? “”, and in 30 secs you’ll get all the discography of the bands for free in a terrible MP3 rate. This is music nowadays. And that’s also why modern covers sucks 😉

What are your feelings on this development of digital replacing physical?
– Digital advantages are less than it is said. Digital has killed many of the artistic sides of music. Digital allows everyone to make music (and this is NOT good 🙂 ). And digital doesn’t help you to easily make your music popular, ’cause you always need a deal, a label, a distribution exactly like 20 years ago. But reaching a deal now is more difficult than in the “physical” era, because everyone now can fit out a cd in half a day, so labels, net, everything is submerged of “material” and it’s harder to identify what really deserves becoming an album.

Now that almost everybody has access to the internet and can reach out to the whole World how important is the community feel of a strong local scene?
– It’s important, but it’s only a starting point.

What plans for the future are there?
– We’re trying to share our music as more as possible, and this interview goes for that so thank you so much for the opportunity. We will also try to find out some “strategic” gigs to promote Falling Deep during the next year.

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