UNDERFLOOR were new to me but I found them interesting enough to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2014

As I’m not too familiar with UNDERFLOOR could you please give us a short introduction to the band?
Guido: The Underfloor are a rock band from Florence, Italy.
We formed in 2003 and recorded four CDs: “Underfloor” (2004), “Vertigine” (2008), “Solitari Blu” (2011) and, in 2013, “Quattro”.
We sing in Italian, our music has many influences, particularly progressive rock and psychedelic rock.
Currently playing in the band Guido Melis (bass, vocals), Marco Superti (guitar), Giulia Nuti (viola, keyboards) and Lorenzo Desiati (drums)

How important is a band’s name in getting the fans attention? How did you come up with your moniker?
Guido: The name can be important at first, but of course it’s the music that matters.
We chose a name in English because there seemed to sound good, but in reality, as I said, we sing in Italian.
Our musical references are, however, especially British, from the Beatles to Radiohead

Is the national scene enough for you or do you want to reach out to the World? How do you do that the best possible way?
Guido: We’d love to play outside of Italy.
I believe that in our case the language of the songs is not an obstacle, since the instrumental part in our music and improvisation are the most important

When you write lyrics in a language that isn’t English what are your chances for an international career? Has in your opinion the way people look upon bands that don’t have lyrics in English changed?
Guido: I hope so.
In Italy it has existed and exists today a strong tradition of rock music sung in Italian.
As I said, in our case the music is more important than the vocals.

What kind of respect do you get from your regional/national press? Do they recognize local bands or is it just the big bands that come through on tour that gets the “headlines”?
It is not easy to get attention if you’re not a famous band.
But “Quattro” got an exceptional critical acclaim on webzines and specialized press, in Italy.

How pleased are you with your latest recorded material? What kind of reactions have you had to it and how do the reactions match the one you expected to get?
Guido: The album sounds exactly as we wanted.
I personally supervised the recording, made of 16-track, 1 inch analog tape.
I also did the mixing of the CD, which has received a lot of positive reviews for his sound.

Now that almost everybody has access to the internet and can reach out to the whole World what importance does a local scene play?
Guido: The local scene is your starting point, and has a key role.
The important thing is that it is not even the arrival date.

How easy is it to get blinded by say 5000 Facebook likes or 3000 hits on Youtube and think that you’ve made it big? How do you best utilize the interest you get on social media to actually have it mean something in real life?
Guido: Our music video “Indian Song” currently has been viewed on Youtube over 40,000 times.
This makes us happy, but it does not lessen the difficulties of all small rock band.
It’s not easy to play live, or sell records.

What would you like to see the future bring to the band?
Guido: We are currently making a second video from the album “Quattro”.
Then I would work on a new album, maybe mainly instrumental.
But it is early to say, at this time we especially want to play live the songs of “Quattro”!

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