We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Hi all, good morning, let me introduce myself: I’m Joe, leader and singer of Starbynary. The question might seem complex but, to me, answering is very simple: I just want to make great music, trying to excite those who listen to our records. I would then be able to enjoy some satisfactions, having fun with the guys in the band, and to bring our music around as much as possible. And we’re working quite hard on it!
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-I find this a very, very strange question. I can tell my country, as regards approaching the musical niche we are part of, is a country a bit to the margins of Europe and the whole world itself. Here seems hard to understand that moving as a pack and pushing towards musicians of our country would create a good the whole movement would benefit from: despite, the main trend is looking abroad, being envious, looking only to own “little”.
This all means that being an Italian metal musician is considered somehow second class.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is identification from album to album to you?
-Yeah, positive reviews are pleasing but now there is an overload of information among the world wide web that spotting and profiling who sits behind a keyboard is mandatory to leverage the judgment. After that, in a complex work such an album there is obviously a part that can be reconducted to objectivity and rules, but the most is absolutely up to everyone’s taste. Often is time itself which gives the sincerest graduation setting albums to glory, both for mainstream names and underground ones. As far as I am involved I tend to stick to artistic side of works, considering music with the same ratio if composed by Starbynary or Dream Theater.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up digitally or is physical still cooler with really good songs?
-I think the biggest challenge is definitely creating songs, and generally music, that in some way keep to be remembered. This is what I’d like to do. It’s difficult, because in our genre finding the perfect balance between being accessible, not trivial nor obviuos, it’s not easy at all!
Almost everything has already been done and tried… but after that, who can say what are the rules? It’s impossible to please everyone… so all that remains is believing in what we do and keeping focused to be able to undergo a proper self-criticism so to produce the best result possible in relation to what is our potential. I believe that doing this by heart keeps me away from going wrong.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-No, I’ve never recorded analog. I am graduated as Audio Engineer and at school I faced all analog recording techniques: I remember I even did editing with cutting the coil at a precise time not the cut to be heard; but study time aside, in Starbynary CDs and earlier with my former band’s ones I never used analog recording techniques.
How do you view your sound? Would you say that you have a sound that is all your own and that I’d recognize it instantly?
-Listen, I think that no one can invent anything from nothing: everyone is undoubtedly influenced by a lot of bands from our background (it’s enough looking at the guests we had in Dark Passenger); aside from this I think Inferno has an its own characterization, a unique brand talking clearly about the way we conceive and compose a song, as for example the way we use markedly the piano. From here, being spotted in seconds while heard is a bit too much or too early to say after only two albums, while one of them, at the time being, is yet to be released.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Vocal lines and lyrics are my job, they cover an important role for all of us: in writing I rely on a dear friend of mine, great Ivan!, who helps me with English in order to find the best possible shape. As of now, with Divina Commedia, you’ll understand how this part of the whole work is huge: we have to start from archaic Italian to end with the best form of English, both ancient and modern, as to recreate the atmosphere Dante has magnificently evoked.
What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-It is something really important because it is the first and only image you can give to the whole work; but to me, what really stands on top is what will come from the sound system when our album is playing!
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
I hope I’ll answer you with consistency soon, when I’ll succeed bringing Starbynary around the world!
ahahahaahha c’mon mate, let me dream a bit…
What do you see in the future?
-Of course we will go on working to carry around Inferno; meanwhile we have to keep the pace working on Purgatorio!
Thanks for your time and the interview!