Answers by Markey Moon (bass player):
How and when did you discover your love for music?
Markey Moon:It was in primary school. I was 7 years old and got completely crazy for "Wild Boys"! In fact my first record was "Arena" by Duran Duran. I was just starting to play piano but my dream was the electric guitar. Since then I never stopped to listen and play music. And luckily my tastes got wider :)
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?
Markey Moon: The cover art visually summarizes the sub-text of the entire album. It's about human race at the very end of time, when our sun dies becoming a red giant star which devours the whole solar system as supported by many astronomical theories. Maybe we'll manage to survive. If so will we still lose our precious time fighting each others or will we cooperate to last a little longer?
Will we keep on plundering the few resources left or will we finally behave sustainably and respectfully towards our planet? Will we still waste out times in praying imaginary gods or will every cult be merged into the worship of a Mighty Sun, in some way going back where all of them originated? Given this setting, the songs are reflections about the human beings' existence on planet earth.
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?
Markey Moon: I always start with heavy guitars. Riffing is the coolest thing in the world. Then ideas develop themselves unpredictably and at the end of the process I have a song. It can happen that I have the band listen to my demo and we work on it together. Or some times is our drummer who comes out with his own demo. Some other time (and this is what I like more) we play together and suddenly cool things come out naturally. What is important and stimulating is that everybody in the band contribute to every song with his own sensibility and ideas.
The final result is often very different from the starting point and much more interesting!
What’s the element which could best lead people to listen precisely to your music, given a so strong competition in music business?
Markey Moon: What we look for when composing and playing our music is basically to feel good, to reach that powerful, cathartic feeling that can be only reached by playing your own heavy stuff together. We hope that someone else, listening to our music, can tune in that emotional flux and enjoy it. It doesn't matter how many people, if it's just one, we'll be happy anyway. We don't care about competitions at all.
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?
Markey Moon: We basically use very good 70s style guitars and good old tube amplifiers. We are lucky because our guitar player Mark Simon Hell actually can build this stuff. He has his own line of amplifiers called Jailbreak which are exactly what he and the other guitarist use in TYTUS.
We always try to use the smallest possible amount of effects. We want our recordings to sound very similar to our live sound, so yes, we use the same equipment in studio as well.
What do you think of the discographic Italian system?
Marky Moon: It sucks like any other business whose sole purpose is to maximize profits.
1) Can you introduce some influences from rock band that you like in the music that you sing?
Markey Moon: Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, early Metallica, early Judas Priest, Kyuss, Black Sabbath...
2)do you believe in god? Do you approve the christian message or do you try to separate it from you writing satanic lyrics in anti-christian way?
Markey Moon: We are convinced atheist. We are not really much interested in christian message nor any other religious stuff. The only interest we have on this all is just from the perspective of how dangerous and harmful it is for human beings, intellectually and socially speaking. Frankly we don't even bother to think about satanism or similar.
Do you have different or similar musical backgrounds?
Markey Moon: All of us has listened, listens and will listen huge amounts of music of very different kinds, with a 360° perspective. There are a lot of things that we all like. But talking about preferences, everyone of us has his own ones and his own taste, and this is what makes playing together a very stimulating experience.
What do you thing of bands those introduces political thinking in theirs lyrics? Do you think that politic idea (but religious too) may influence the nature of a band that discover the underground work and then the mainstream?
Markey Moon: To take a stand on things and therefore have a political thinking is something that every human being should develop through serious information and reflection. To communicate your mind in some ways is also important and this music is a very interesting vehicle to do it. At the same time, since music is a creative activity, a song should not become a strict political speech. It is a lot more interesting to try to express certain concepts using stories, allusions, metaphors, as the acoustic-guitar-and-voice songwriters of the past were able to do.
And now to close the interview…
Thanx Guys!! Long Live Heavy Metal!