Could you please introduce yourself to those of us in the dark?
Hi everybody! I’m Kate, the red singer of the Melodic Metal Band Wait Hell in Pain. We are a relatively new band in the italian metal underground, so we are somehow wandering in the dark too and working hard to make the light shine on us
I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-I’ve always loved music since I was a baby. I used to listening to music, sing all day, create songs. But I was really shy and I was ashamed to sing around other people. Sometimes my parents recorded my “creations” in secret, then they play it back and I cried because I really hated my voice! Years after I decided to face my shiness and I start studying music.
When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
-Well, playing on stage is really cool! But seriously, what’s your job?”. This is the question that most of people ask to EVERY musician that live in our Country, after telling someone that he/she plays in a band.
That doesn’t make life easier. We live in a well-known Country where ‘music’ and ‘job’ are often considered as opposite directions. All Wait Hell in Pain members have a ‘normal’ job, and a ‘second life’ in music.
But all of us wanted to get more than fun, and since the first times we played on stage we have received a good feedback. That encouraged us to keep working hard and to push all to a higher level.
When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-I’ve never felt like wasting time singing a band. I had many bands and every one of them gave me growth opportunities, or deals to think about. Wait Hell in Pain are my family, we’re bounded by the same passion for music and we have a great time together. “It is not the destination so much as the journey”, they say.
No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-We create and play music with heart and passion. Even if we live in a country that does not encourage art and traditionally doesn’t support rock music, we’ll just keep to play it, because we have it in our heart. The best legacy is to remain, one day, in the hearts of those who listened to us, and discover that our music is able to give the same emotions we felt when we created it.
Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-We live in an era which is completely focused on performance and speed, an era in a constant state of hurry. Logically we changed the way we listen to music. Digital assures that songs can be available everywhere and every time we need. It’s not worse or better than before, it’s just in line with our times. But IMHO that change has somehow lowered the intrinsic value of music.
A big loss of the digital era could be, for example, that we cannot feel anymore that sort of ‘vintage pleasure’ when we pick up a booklet looking for lyrics or artwork, and literally smell the printed paper. And that is another important part of an album work.
How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-There are literally millions of metal bands outside, it’s really difficult to make the difference, I don’t think that’s the point.
It’s all about quality. The difference is made by all the ‘package’ in all facets. You have to mix good image, great songs, cool sounds together and try to not leave anything to chance and to be ‘real’ at the same time. We need to work hard to improve our skills, write songs and play them to give emotions, not to feed our ego (and our social-media accounts).
Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-We don’t want reduce our music to a single topic. All our lyrics tell about personal experiences, about a bit of our lives.
In “Wrong Desire” there’s a mix of songs written years before we decided the main topic and other songs written specifically for the purpose. When the album plot came out we just realized that we could use all of them.
Of course, basically there’s a message in “Wrong Desire”: it’s about women abuse, a common theme in our Country, but that’s not the center of the album’s world. We want to tell you a story without limits and with an open ending. It’s your job to find the truth behind the story: has May really killed someone or she dreamed it all? Is she running out or the journey happened only in her imagination? Will she unleash her pride or her rage?
Speaking about future works, we’re writing new songs and we promise to tell another good story, but …it’s a little secret 😉
Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-Both of them. Studio time is good for improving, practicing and (of course) have fun. We also have our own rehearsal room. It’s not a common fact here, and we feel lucky about that.
But the best vibrations come out from the stage. few things are better than a live show. We consider it as a demon that we must constantly feed up 😉
How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-We are a young band and the lineup had important changes during the last 2 years, We didn’t plan any tour , we only made gigs in the local area. We made new friends, collected many good memories and a lot of funny moments too 😉
We worked hard be more professional, to set up our personal style, to promote our music and to play better quality shows. It’s time to have more fun together on tour! 🙂
What does the future hold?
-We will conquer the world!! Well, we planned to release our first album in September 2017, and we wish to promote it playing around Italy and, hopefully, Europe. This album is not the destination of our journey but the first stop. We are writing new stories to tell…