With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to WATERSHAPE. Answers (by drummer Francescco Tresca Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-The most exciting thing starting a new project is that you don’t know where it’s gonna bring you so it’s very difficult to answer to this question, let’s say it’s similar to what I had in mind, but it was not a very precise idea, I was open minded.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-I feel very happy, I love the final result, I’m very happy with every aspect, production, composition, arrangement, I’m very proud of this debut album and I can’t wait to do the next one.

Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
– Yes I think so, we are open to adjust that and let it follow an evolution, but I really like as it is at the moment.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-It is very important, it helps you following the musical journey. We like to talk about surreal and dreamlike episodes, weird and bizarre images, very influenced by surreal cinema and art in general.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-It has to reflects the mood of the album and it is the first step for someone who doesn’t know you. I think it can not sell an album, but it can bring the listener to you…then you need good music.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-I think it depends on culture and it depends on how it used to be in the past, nowadays it is much easier for bands all around the world, but people still need time to get used to it. Success is to have freedom to create your art in the way you want and having people listening to it easily. Of course selling records and playing live shows is part of the success too, but music is the most important thing.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-That is a clever question, actually, you can’t, what I mean is that there is no rule, whatever happens today could change tomorrow in the digital/social world. The only thing you can to is to be honest with yourself and keep working for your music, go ahead and someone is gonna listen to your music.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international? *
-It’s great, full of bands in Italy play rock and metal, you have to work together with them and help to each other, it is very important.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Metal is very mainstream nowadays, it’s one of the biggest genre in my opinion, when I started listening and playing metal (early 90s) it was not like this. This is great, I’m very happy about this new situation, in Italy it’s become bigger and bigger in the last 10 years.

What does the future hold for you?
-We are working on the second album and playing some gigs in Italy, so keep on following us and thank you very much for this interview.

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