The artwork of an album is something very important you know, it can be the very first impression for a new fan. What do you want to convey/communicate with yours?
With our artwork we want to express the concept of change therefore we have chosen the lion biting the sun for the cover; it is an alchemical symbol based on a text of the 16th century that represents the end of the work of the alchemist that reaches the dawn of a deeper experience of being.
Do you have any kind of “target project”? I mean, what is your dream, your main ambition in music? How do you imagine yourself in five years?
Yeah we have a lot of short term projects in the pipeline; we have already published our first videoclip and our new full length album, “Skyscrapers and Firefalls”, is going to be released by Sliptrick Records at the end of September. I think our main ambition is to reach more people as possible with our music and play our songs around Europe. We really don't know what is going to happen in 5 years but our purpose is to release a few more albums and play for bigger crowds in bigger venues.
Do you have different or similar musical backgrounds?
We have different musical backgrounds, Thomas comes from a more pop flavoured basis, Giancarlo is into classical music, Alessandro and I (Matteo) grew up listening to rock,metal & prog, Andrea prog metal and classic rock.
When you decided to build a band which bands motivates you to do it?
When we decided to start Heartache we were really into bands like Dream Theater and Opeth which obviously contributed to build our sound and pushed us to become more and more accurate performers.
What kind of sound effects do You use when you play your Music? Are They The same you use when you're recording in studio?
Actually we don't use the same effects live because in the studio we work with racks and plug-ins... but of course we recreate accurately the album sound using the same amps and keys of the recordings and all the modulations are set as close as possible to the recorded ones.
How do you think to find support in Italy purposing yourself here?
Well, we think that the only way to find support for a new band like us is to play live as much as possible and give the audience a beautiful experience every time.
Which is the instrument from which the creative process comes out first? What is the first instrument you play when you’re writing a song? And who does usually writes the songs?
Usually the first embryo comes from guitar and/or keys but the most important part of the creative process is when all our ideas mix up and the structure of the song takes form, then we add vocal melodies and lyrics and finally we adjust the arrangement until we are satisfied. Rather it is not an individual process but it involves all the members.
Do you live thanks to your music? If it’s not so, what’s your job?
For the moment we do not live thanks to our music; Thomas is a sommelier, Andrea a software developer, Alessandro and Giancarlo work together in a DIY store and I work for a phone company customer service.
What’s the element which could best lead people to listen precisely to your music, given a so strong competition in music business?
The thing that makes our music interesting is the hard work behind it, the research. We don't settle for the easiest way, we believe that only through hard work it is possible to achieve the acceptance of the audience.
And now to close the interview…
Thank You so much for all the questions, we hope to see you very soon on stage!