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Charlie Dominici (Former Dream Theater) launches a campaign to take his trilogy to the cinema.
Former Dream Theater vocalist Charlie Dominici has launched a Kickstarter fundraiser campaign to create a movie screenplay adaptation of the O3 Trilogy of his solo conceptual albums released on 2005, 2007 and 2008. To achieve the purpose of transform this epic progressive metal creation into a film Dominici counts with the collaboration of screenwriter and author David Sakmyster, and best-selling international author Steven Savile.
The current phase of this project is to fund the completion of the Screenplay, as well as some initial entries into screenplay contests and festivals, aiming to attract agents as well as production companies and other talent. If successful, the next phase will consist of further promotional materials including short trailers, movie posters and convention shows, building toward casting, funding and ultimately - production.
1. Hi there Alberto. Hope you’re doing all right and it’s a pleasure to interview you. Let’s start with the obvious questions: How the idea of Lady and the Bass project was born?
Alberto: I felt the need to try something completely different and thought that a project focused on voice and bass could be interesting. Well, as you might have listened, there are other instruments on the album (electronic drums, keyboards) but the mainstream sound is the Bass one.
2. How did you meet Irene Ermoli (the “Lady” in the album)? Is she related with con Tommy Ermoli, your colleague on the band Twinspirits?
Alberto: On 2004 I’ve joined the progressive rock band TwinSpirits. Irene, guitar player Tommy Ermolli’s sister, was participating on the band trials while we were looking for the definitive singer (we were seeking a male singer). On 2005 I was starting to prepare my first solo album "Something Different", a very unique album featuring a vast list of musical styles (pop funky rock fusion). Particularly, I have writen a track called "BASSex" and I asked Irene to sing it (The girl on the video is not Irene but a dancer choosen for the video). Since then I felt that there was an amazing feeling among us and a few years later we’ve decided to start the "Lady & THE BASS" adventure together.
3. There’s a clear difference between Groovy and the other projects you are involved with (Twinspirits e your two solo albums above all). What are the main influences on this?
Alberto: I can’t deny the fact that my background is basicly progressive rock/metal but it’s also true that during my entire life I have listened to a lot of styles, and the 80s and 90s disco pop, which has influenced this last project, is among them.
4. How was the creational process on this album? Did you write all lyrics and texts or were there any external cooperation?
Alberto: Most of the tracks (lyrics and texts) were written by me, but there were also some cooperation with Irene (A New Life, Paradise) and Federico Solazzo (Paradise), who is also artistic co-producer of this album..
5. Not everybody might know this, but Groovy can be freely downloaded directly from your website http://www.ladyandthebass.com/ . Could you please explain why you chose to make it available for free?
Alberto: Well, to sell one’s music is very though nowadays and unfortunately it’s also hard to gift music as well. Market is full and to emerge is harder day after day. We don’t wish to sell, we just want people to know and listen to our music.
6. Another thing that I did not understand was the choice to not insert the track Quirky Girl (previously released as a single) in Groovy. I really think it would fit perfectly. How come you have chosen differently ?
Alberto: Yes, I agree with you: Quirky Girl would really fit on this CD but that track is under another label, therefore it was impossible to insert it in Groovy.
7. Tell us a bit about the music video Eclectic (http://youtu.be/bD6INdWOkoU) ? It is a very fun video to watch. Did you guys enjoy doing it as well?
Alberto: It was a very funny experience indeed! With few instruments we’ve managed to reach a fantastic result and all thanks to the director Elisa Fabris who has an incredible creativity. I still remember that the 40° C weather was not really proper for being in a suite and wearing tie …!
8. What are your next projects (if you already have something going on)?
Alberto: I am working on my third solo album which will be half instrumental and half singed counting with some really cool special guests such as Kevin Moore (ex- Dream Theater, OSI, Chroma Key), Goran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen), Mark Cross (Helloween, Firewind). The release is previewed to the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013.
9. Thank you very much for the interview and the usual cordiality. Would you like to send a last message for your fans and perfectprog.com readers?
Alberto: I really hope this new project will please you and wish to thank everyone who somehow supports my music!
Thank you for this interview and “ciao” to all perfectproggers around the world :)
Five years after the release of their second album "Isolate", Norwegian progressive metallers Circus Maximus have come back with a new album under the arm. This new musical effort is called "Nine" and will be released on June 1st in Europe and June 5th in North America, and it promises to show the more melodic and the heavier sound of the band.
As a preview of all this, today has been release an EPK for "Nine", and you can watch it below:
Guitarist JEFF AUG releases new Album, sets new World Record
European tour with moe., European tour with Allan Holdsworth, and U.S. HEADLINING TOUR IN JUNE 2012 (NYC, Boston, etc…see dates below)!
Born on Friday the 13th in Washington, D.C. and raised in Laurel, Maryland, Jeff Aug is a cool underground guitarist who has been living at the foothills of the Alps in Southern Germany for the last 14 years. He has toured with Allan Holdsworth, Soft Machine, Johnny A., Albert Lee, and has performed shows with Jawbox, Shudder To Think, and Ice-T & Bodycount with his old band. He's worked with John Stabb from Government Issue, has been touring and recording with Anne Clark for the last 10 years, and has been touring as a solo guitarist for the last 20 years. Jeff can also be heard on the new Atari Teenage Riot album Is This Hyperreal? released in June 2011 (Dim Mak Records / Digital Hardcore Records). He has also set the world record for the "most concerts performed in different countries in 24 hours" twice (2009, 2012).
It´s been 3 years, 1 world record, 2 tours , 4 European tours with Anne Clark, 1 tour as support for Soft Machine, countless solo headline performances across the U.S. and Europe (including Fusion Festival, Krach am Bach Festival, Klangbad Festival, and others), and 6 major features in guitar magazines worldwide (including Gitarist, Guitar, Guitar Player, Akustik Gitarre, Guitar Acoustic) since JEFF AUG released his last solo album Living Room Sessions in 2009. After a gruelling year of recording and touring which included tours with Soft Machine and Johnny A., as well as a performance supporting John Kadlecik (Furthur) in the U.S., Jeff Aug released his 5th solo acoustic instrumental fingerstyle guitar album Wedding Song on Friday, 02.March 2012.
To promote Wedding Song, Jeff Aug set a new world record for 'Most concerts performed in different countries in 24 hours´ by performing 9x concerts in 9x countries in 24 hours on March 3, 2012. We expect a confirmation from Guinness Book of World Records™ in the next few weeks.
11 x days later, Aug hit the road for a string of dates which will include headliner performances, shows with the jam band sensation moe., and yet another European tour with the Jazz Fusion Guitar Legend ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (starts May 4th in Berlin!).