Monday, 13 August 2012

Vanyar - Interview

Vanyar
Italian Symphonic/Gothic metallers Vanyar have only been together for over a year but are quickly making a name for themselves amongst fans of the genre.

Originating from Cosenza in southern Italy, the six-piece are made up of Luigi Conte - Guitar, Nicola De Rose – Guitar, Federica De Rose - Vocals, Valerij Magli - Bass/Vocals, Giorgio Belluscio - Keyboards, Giuseppe Nardelli - Drums.

I took a moment to catch up with keyboardist Giorgio Belluscio to talk about how this relatively young group of musicians are enjoying life in Vanyar.

Gerry:
Considering you have only been together for over a year, you have built up a strong following.  What can we look forward to with the upcoming album?

Giorgio:
First of all, we are happy with the work we have done so far and the positive reviews we have received about our first release; on the next album we will try to continue on the same musical vein with some theme variation to improve ourselves based also on the reviews we received. The production of the next album is still at the beginning and we hope to make our fans happy with our new work next year.

Gerry:
What themes does you write about?

Giorgio:
Our themes are inspired by fantasy, literary and mythological characters (for example: Tolkien’s universe) that sometimes are intertwined and reflect our reality.
On “In Love & Death”, however, we tried to demonstrate how the gap between imagination and reality is weak. We can anticipate that in our next album the themes will change and be based more on reality than imagination, using this time mythological characters of our creation, and it will be for the audience to decide if we are talking of reality or not.

Gerry:
Can you tell me about the recording process the band uses?

Giorgio:
When our first album went out, we had the pleasure to work with Kami Plastick (a.k.a. Camillo Copat), a serious and reliable person, known in the international metal audience. The production of “In Love & Death” was made using two methods: in digital and analogical recording environments. We must say that by using the two techniques together for the first time (at least for us) the result is not bad at all!

Gerry:
Why do you choose to sing in English, instead of your native language?  Is this more difficult for the band to work together?

Giorgio:
We have chosen to express our lyrics in English for two reasons: the first is because in this way we have the possibility to cater for and care about the massive and exciting international metal audience, and the second because of rhythmic issues. Sometimes it is difficult to work in an environment which is different from our native language, but this can allow us to grow up, musically and culturally.

Gerry:
Are you working with a producer on the new material?  If so, do you like to be pushed, or do you feel like you know exactly what you need to achieve with each song?

Giorgio:
Now we are independent, but are always in search of a competent and professional producer who can help us create new material according to the most advanced sounds and trends. But we will always continue to work according to what we feel reflects our ideas and sound best, and we hope we will be able to find a person who will understand and will help us develop our ideas.

Gerry:
Who is the person that pushes the rest of the group?

Giorgio:
Let’s say there’s not a leader as such, but we have learnt to work together and assign responsibilities according to our respective talents and availability. It goes without saying that sometimes somebody does more work than others, but in the end the overall results are what really counts and we are fine with it.

Gerry:
Any plans for touring the UK?

Giorgio:
We would be happy to play everywhere, we also have friends in the UK and all around the world, but because of the limited budget we are very cost conscious.

Gerry:
Who would be your ideal touring partners be?

Giorgio:
Of course we would be pleased to work with famous artists of our genre and with technicians who are able to play and deal with a metal event in a professional way.

Gerry:
What message have you for your fans?

Giorgio:
We thank them for supporting us during this time, and we invite them to follow us on our next shows: the Vanyar adventure is only at the beginning!

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