Monday, 10 October 2011
Interview with Bobby Williamson of Eumeria
This week on PerfectProg.com we had the opportunity to talk with Bobby Williamson [Keyboard player] of Eumeria and to ask him everything about his band, from its inception to its future plans. Now you can read the round of questions bellow:
1. How was this project born?
Bobby: I met Reece [Guitarist] on myspace a couple years before Eumeria was formed, he was only 16 years old then. About a year later I met Jonny [Vocalist] on myspace after hearing his voice in his former band, Timefall. I knew that these two guys would sound good on a song that I wrote, so we tried it out and they sounded even better than I had imagined. Then Eumeria was born.
2. I think you have had a very fast rising, has been two years since you took shape as a band and your debut album is already out there. Even when there's a whole sea between band members it seems that all of you are linked in one way or another, so it's almost like you were destined to be together as a band, it's kind of weird and awesome at the same time, isn't it?
Bobby: Yes the chemistry is there, and we seem to complement each other’s efforts on the songs. I don’t know if it’s weird, but I know it’s awesome……..and I’m lucky to have convinced such great musician’s to help form this band.
3. How was the writing process of Rebel Mind? Did you write most of it?
Bobby: Well, the first two songs were written by me before the band was formed (Father and Secret Places)…but then the guys put their own signature on it. However, we all shared in the writing from the point that we formed the band. So aside from those first two songs the rest of the writing for the album was shared by myself, Reece and Jonny. Our drummer wasn’t in the band at the time, but he did take part in writing Tides and will have a bigger role in the next album.
4. What did you want to capture on the album when you wrote it?
Bobby: We weren’t looking to capture anything in particular, we just wanted to right good songs and hoped that we could generate a fan base. We thought if we right good songs then good things should follow. J
5. When I knew about Eumeria I was obviously expecting an Outworld-like band (in terms of sound). But something that really impressed me when I listened Rebel Mind was that there's a lot of differences between these two bands even with both you and Shawn being former members of Outworld and Reece using a Dean RC-7 guitar [Rusty Cooley signature guitar]... was this something that you were looking for or it just flowed spontaneously?
Bobby: I wasn’t thinking of Outworld at all when I formed Eumeria. I opted for Shawn Kascak because he is a good bass player, so it had nothing to do with Outworld. Reece obtained the RC-7 guitar purely because it’s a brilliant guitar…but again nothing to do with following in the footsteps of Outworld.
6. How has been the critics and audience reception so far?
Bobby: So far we are quite happy with the response to our debut. But we do get the negative stuff too….it’s just the nature of the business. J We’ve been the top indie-band seller on Century Media’s distro site, and have shown high ranks on Amazon as well from time to time even 3 months after the release…so things are going well.
7. By the way, maybe you don't know this but in our website it has been a poll for our readers to choose the best prog-metal album of 2010-2011 and Rebel Mind is in the second place over bands like Riverside, DGM, and Symphony X... what do you think about it?
Bobby: I’m not sure what to think about that……..I’m just glad we are in good company with those great bands! J
8. Which song is your favorite on Rebel Mind as a band? And which one is the song that you enjoy the most as a keyboard player?
Bobby: I think it’s a toss up between Rebel Mind, Tides, Legion and Delusions as far as the band’s favorites. I personally love all the songs, but if I was forced to pick I’d go with Legion since it has more of a straight up “metal” to it.
9. I know you've been working in some new tunes for the second album, what can you tell us about that?
Bobby: I can tell you that we seem to be finding our sound more and more on the new songs…and I’m very excited to be working on them. We have about 4 song ideas on the chopping block….and we are currently arranging parts.
10. How long do you think it will take until we can hear a new Eumeria album? Any date in mind?
Bobby: We will have it all written and recorded sometime in 2012……not sure when a release date will happen though.
11. What are your plans with Eumeria for the near future?
Bobby: We plan to release the 2nd album, then tour to support both the debut and follow up releases.
12. Do you wanna share some final words for our readers on PerfectProg.com?
Bobby: Yes, we thank you and Perfect Prog for the interview and support……it means a lot that you guys are into Eumeria….and I hope to work with you again on the next album. J Also we have some merchandise for sale if anyone is interested…..the sales will help fund our next production.
Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read the interview… hopefully we’ll see you on tour in 2012!
BUY EUMERIA REBEL MIND ON EUMERIA.COM
Interview with Kelly Sundown Carpenter!! Tuesday, 13 September 2011
A few days ago PerfectProg.com had the opportunity to talk with Kelly Sundown Carpenter, the lead [Vocals] character of Epysode’s debut album ‘‘Obsessions’’, Darkology singer and former singer of Beyond Twilight and Outworld. And here we post the round of questions of the interview for you:
1. What is Obsessions? I mean, what is the story contained in the album? And what’s your role on it?
Kelly: Obsessions is basically a story developed by Samuel Arkan, long before he developed the music. He always love to read thrillers, mystery books, novels and stuff like that, but what he miss was the music, so he wanted to write the music that will go along with the story...
And what I am in the story is the profiler, which is a investigator who is looking into strange disappearances and murders, and try to find the connections and to figure it out what’s going on with this ongoing mystery which have some supernatural aspects related as well.
2. With the same line up of Origins I guess Epysode born from that project, how was that?
Kelly: Well basically what happen was Sam wrote all the music and everything and put down some demos and then Mag [Luyten] wrote all the melody work and then they ask me to be involved and I came along. After that they ask all of the rest of the people you see in the line up to be a part of it, and so everyone flew to record in the studio and make the album sort of come alive.
3. When you got involved in Darkology everything was already written, this time was the same?
Kelly: This time too, everything was written. Basically I just put through some of my own interpretation and my own style into the role.
4. How was the recording process? Do you work all together (Singers and musicians) in the studio?
Kelly: I was here with Mag and Sam, but most of the other people recorded their parts before I came, so they came at different times.
5. This is the third time you work with Tommy Hansen, on Section X he was on mixing and mastering, on Outworld he was on mastering… how was this time?
Kelly: I actually didn’t get to go to the studio and mix with the guys… but what we do really enjoy about Tommy Hansen’s work is that when you have music with many many layers he’s really good in bringing out all of the layers so they can all be heard at once, and in giving a really nice clarity to the music and not letting anything disappear. He is very passionate about music and he gets a sort of signature sound to his mix.
6. The most of us knew about Epysode in early June, has been less than 2 months and the Obsessions is already out there (Via AFM Records). How do you feel about it? Because you know that most of records labels require more than 3 months before releasing a new album…
Kelly: Yeah! ... Actually we are really really happy with AFM, they’re really strong on promoting, and they’re really behind it. Timo Hoffman is one of the people that we talk to at the label on a constant basis. He’s easy to access and to talk to, and to get with on ideas, and otherwise to sort of market the band and to try make sure it becomes as big as it can be…
And we’re really happy because when we started to think about looking for a label they were our ideal label because they’re an old school metal label and in this music we don’t have any growling or anything going on… this is more traditional in that sense and that’s what they are, they are a true metal label, so we are very happy to be with them. They really are pushing the album and doing everything that they can to make it big, so we are very happy with that partnership you know…
7. How has been the audience reception for Obsessions so far?
Kelly: It has been very good, very strong. We had a little sort of listening party on The Metal Madman Radio Show and everybody was super positive and excited to hear it, so of course we were really happy to experience a strong reaction like that.
8. Any live show yet or forthcoming?
Kelly: Depending the demand, and how many people get out and buy the album, and go to the facebook page and sort of get involved and let us know they’re out there… then live things can happen. All of the singers and musicians are now in their own bands, in their priority you know… but all of the members have expressed a real desire to make this happen live and to do whatever they can to make live things happen, so in the future I can see us doing something…
9. You always do amazing jobs in your records because, in addition to your insane voice, you have a unique interpretative quality which is something that lacks in these days and especially in progressive metal. So what’s the secret to convey all that emotions through your voice?
Kelly: Well, I don’t know… what I set out to do when I started to learn how to sing was try to have a versatile voice, a voice that can express very melodic sounds and very ballad-type singing… and then I wanna go to the other extreme you know, and basically be the angel and the demon at the same time and I always wanted to switch the voice immediately back and forth between those different dynamics, and colors and emotional sort of aspects. But I guess I really enjoy the acting aspect of metal and sort of playing a role on an album like on Section X there’s a sort of craziness, and there’s a sort of madness on Darkology album… I really enjoy that super extreme thing… and when I did Outworld I do the most extreme vocals I could without any growling, I just wanted to be completely over the top and really insane, and just really extreme…so that’s it.
10. By the way, when you quit Outworld you said you wanted to explore more facets of your voice, could you finally do that on this record?
Kelly: Oh yes! In fact I feel that I was able to show something new of my voice on this record, particularly doing some ballads and things like that I used my voice in a different way, and I really enjoy that because I really don’t like to be put in a category you know… it’s like ‘‘oh yeah this guy… he’s a screamer’’ or he’s this or that, so I really wanted to prove what I can do in that sense you know…
11. If you have to pick one song of Obsessions based on you performance, what would be your choice?
Kelly: Based on the performance I actually have to say the 2 softer songs, the 2 more ballad-like songs… there I found the most refreshing world for me just because I was available to do something a little bit.
12. Now that the album is out, what is the next step for you? The second album of Darkology? Live shows? Any other project?
Kelly: I do have a few things going that I can’t really mention, but I think there will be another Darkology album somewhere in the near future, everything is in the writing process and most of the demos and everything have been put down for that and we are just sort of waiting on the label to sort of arrange everything for us… and I think that will happen for sure.
And there’s another band, a pretty well-known band that I’m may be working with but I can’t say anything right now hahaha… I just can’t say anything…
13. About this second album with Darkology, this time will you be more involved in the composition process?
Kelly: I may be a little bit more involved in some of the lyrics and some of the melody lines and things like that, so I may put myself a little bit more into the record than the last time.
14. Now to finish… where can we find Obsessions?
Kelly: Well, obsessions is pretty much available everywhere in all the web-shops and through us too… and one good thing if you order it from www.epysode.com is that you’ll get something a little bit special from us… we will sign it for you, you will get some extra stuff in a special section on the website and things like that, so we’re trying to make that a more personal fan-band relationship. .. It’s cool to download the album from Itunes or whatever but if you don’t have the story… especially with this album it’s a complicated story, So if you don’t have the artwork, and the whole story to understand who is singing, where and what the roles are… you may be lost.
15. Do you have any words for your fans on perfectprog.com?
Kelly: Yeah!... thanks for supporting real metal and go get the Obsessions album and support it, come to the facebook page and say hello, come to the website and say hello there… and I maybe will see you out there live someday!!!
Joan López Duarte
Thursday, 18 August 2011
We interview Derek Sherinian about his new album called "Oceana", thanks for the interview Derek!!
Derek, I'm Luis from PerfectProg.com in Mexico, first of all, thanks for your music, and your time to answer this questions for us!! YEAH! I..I,
1. In Oceana, this 7th forthcoming album, you're working with long time partners, what can you tell us about the pr.production and production of the album?
Derek: Simon Phillips and I began writing for ‘Oceana’ right the beginning of January 2011. We c.wrote 5 songs together and recorded tracked scratch drum tracks. Then I c.wrote 2 more songs with Steve Stevens, and one each with Joe Bonamassa and Doug Aldrich. Simon then laid his final drum tracks and the rest of the Musicians completed the overdubs. The record was mastered in June 2011.
2. You're recently ending a very awesome tour with the BCC, what's next for promoting Oceana?
Derek: I will be doing a lot of press all over to world to get as much coverage as possible to get The word out. There is talk about a possible European tour in February 2011.
3. You've played with great musicians through your entire career, what is the most amazing lesson you've learned so far as a musician and as a human being?
Derek: The biggest lesson is that your hard work never ends, and that there is always room for improvement. The minute that you think that you know it all, you are done.
4. Recently the metal, progmetal, fusion, hard rock genres have been taking some kind of "new breath" worldwide. What can you tell us about the industry nowadays?
Derek: I am not sure about the industry now days, it has changed so drastically with all of the downloading of records. As far as a "new breath", I hope that you are right!
5. As a man that works with technology all the time, how have you been benefited?
Derek: I have a pretty loaded ProTools studio on my property. I have benefitted by being able to make records on my own clock and in my own environment.
6. Finally Derek, what advice can you share with your Mexican fans and with all the bands that are beginning their journeys into the music industry?
Derek: It is very difficult to break into the business. All I can say, is make sure you are playing the music that you love, And always surround yourself with people that can elevate your career.
Monday September 5th sees the UK release of Derek Sherinian’s new solo album ‘Oceana’ – released on the Music Theories Recordings label via the Mascot Label Group.
If this were the 1970's, the heyday of such keyboard titans as Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Jon Lord, he would be among that elite circle of players whom were superstars. back in a time when such talent was not only appreciated, but celebrated in popular music. This is, however, 2011, and in this age, Derek Sherinian is the premiere rock keyboardist of his generation, a member of the supergroup Black Country Communion, a core member of Dream Theater, and a prolific solo artist.
Derek has played with a diverse range of artists including Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen and KISS. In addition to being a part of Dream Theater, Derek was also a member of the prog rock band Platypus, and the founder of the progressive fusion/metal band Planet X.
Oceana is mixed by the legendary drummer Simon Phillips (whose drumming credentials include Toto, The Who, Jeff Beck, 10CC, Roxy Music, Mick Jagger, Mike Oldfield).
The new album features contributions from Joe Bonamassa (Black Country Communion), Tony MacAlpine (Planet X), Simon Phillips (Toto), Steve Lukather (Toto), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), Jimmy Johnson and Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder).
- Five Elements (4:37)
- Mercury 7 (4:29)
- Mulholland (5:56)
- Euphoria (5:34)
- Ghost Runner (4:54)
- El Camino Diablo (5:06)
- I Heard That (4:53)
- Seven Sins (5:56)
- Oceana (5:38)
Sherinian has carved out a niche for himself within the progressive metal scene. His solo albums have featured the best technically proficient and creative musicians, including luminaries as diverse as Al DiMeola, Steve Lukather, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, John Petrucci, John Sykes and Zakk Wylde.
With Oceana, the album is yet again an assemblage featuring some of the most talented players to ever strap on a guitar, all of whom have joined Sherinian in the studio.
Steve Lukather once again collaborated with the keyboardist on the tracks Mulholland, Euphoria and Seven Sins, and former Planet X guitarist and fusion legend Tony MacAlpine performed on Five Elements and Mercury 7. Acclaimed session musician Steve Stevens is featured on Ghost Runner and the title track Oceana, while Black Country Communion ban.mate Joe Bonamassa makes an appearance on I Heard That. Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake) performs on El Camino Diablo, and Jimmy Johnson plays the bass on all tracks with the exception of Ghost Runner and Oceana, which both feature Tony Franklin. Toto’s Simon Phillips performs drums across the whole album.
Favouring a guitar heavy rock based approach to fusion ala Jeff Beck, Sherinian’s music creates a certain energy that comes through the recordings, setting him apart from other jazz fusion artists. His music also appeals to fans of technical heavy metal.
Thanks to his relentless touring schedule with a wide range of wel.known artists, Sherinian easily adapts to ever changing musical genres, while always maintaining his signature style.
Earlier this year record producer Kevin Shirley opened the door for the keyboardist to join Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Joe Bonamassa in the rock supergroup Black Country Communion.
BCC’s two acclaimed album releases have set the stage for ‘Oceana’ to reach a more mainstream audience, a move which will surely continue to cement Derek’s legacy as one of the premiere rock keyboardists of the 21st century.
To promote the release of ‘Oceana’, Derek will embark on a solo tour in early 2012.
DEREK SHERINIAN – OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY
Keyboardist Derek Sherinian is a man out of time. Raised in Santa Cruz, California, he began playing piano at the age of five, then came under the spell of Elton John’s music, and the early influences of The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
While still a junior in high school his, Derek was offered a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After three semesters he was introduced to Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys), who was putting together a touring band. After an ultimately impressing audition, he earned his spot.
After leaving Miles, he landed a gig with rock legend Alice Cooper. He toured with Alice and performed over 250 shows in support of his ‘Trash’ album. Alice nicknamed Sherinian, “The Caligula of the Keyboards.”
After another tour, in 1991 he became offstage keyboardist for hard rockers KISS. However, it was with him joining prog metal superstars Dream Theater that his profile began to rise. More technically challenging musically than anything he had previously been a part of, he was named the band’s keyboardist just prior to the tour in support of the album Awake. After spending four years with the band, Sherinian went solo in 1999 and released his first solo album Planet X.
Between 2000 and 2009, Sherinian released several albums including Universe (2000), Inertia (2001), Moonbabies (2002), Black Utopia (2003), Mythology (2004), Blood of the Snake (2006) and Molecular Heinosity (2009).
In 2010 he toured extensively with Billy Idol. In the same year, he joined the rock supergroup Black Country Communion alongside Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham. BCC’s first two albums went to No.1 in the Official UK Rock Album Chart. The band is currently in the midst of a European tour which includes London’s High Voltage Festival.
Derek Sherinian: Official Website
Derek Sherinian: Twitter
Tuesday, 05 April 2011
Interview with Daniele Liverani
A few months ago I received the news of the latest Twinspirits release, their third album Legacy (see album review attached after this interview), and that they would perform live around Italy for a 15 dates promotion tour. Of course, I went checking the nearest place and it was on a city called Caserta a few miles before Naples, on the southern Italy.
The trip was already organized and I contacted, using the amazing tool called internet, the mind behind the band Daniele Liverani (Empty Tremor, Genius Rock Opera, Cosmics) to set an interview after the concert. Daniele quickly positive response was a great prelude for the interview itself. March 25th , the night of the concert arrived and I was there 2 hours before the show.
The concert went perfectly fine and Twinspirits are as good playing live as they are on studio. I was amazed by Goran’s voice and personality, by the young talented guitar player Tommy Ermoli, by the versatility (not to mention the passion to play with a injured leg) of bass player Alberto Rigoni and by the power transmitted by drummer Dario Ciccioni. As you will all see during the interview, Daniele Liverani has managed to express himself and to direct these young talented musicians into this very interesting project.
At the end of the concert, I went meeting Daniele Liverani who was very cordial and asked for the club manager to find us a quite place to perform the interview. The interview turned into a nice conversation with a very available and nice guy as Daniele; at the second part, bass player Alberto Rigoni joined us and the conversation gained with his presence. At the end of it, Daniele gave me an extra copy of Chapter 3 of Genius and Alberto gave me an autographed copy of his CD Something Different (which by the way is great stuff) and gave me his contacts (on sacred internet) since he is about to release a new album with Porcupine Tree’s drummer Gavin Harrisson, which I hope to write about very soon.
Unfortunately, not everything went as I planned and my video/audio recorder stop working and I was obligated to register everything using a cell phone. Nevertheless, the interview is very interesting. Enjoy the interview with the Genius behind Twinspirits!
1. Thank you for this interview Daniele. Let’s start from the start. What is the name Twinspirits origin?
Daniele: Well, those who have followed the Genius rock opera might remember that Twinspirit was one of the two main characters of the entire story and I wanted to continue that music vein but with a band that I could play live (with a single singer instead of many characters). Even if the two projects are not correlated (Genius Rock opera is a complete trilogy) and have different concepts the idea behind these projects are quite the same with a progressive rock base but filled with rock and other styles influences.
2. You’ve kind of anticipated the next question. What is the main difference between a multi singer project and a band with a single singer?
Daniele: As I said, it would be impossible to bring a project as Genius on stage (logistically, economically, among other difficulties) even if I tried to make something on that sense on 2005, but the costs were prohibitive. Being so, I’ve searched for young talents I’ve knew to start this new project and to tour and play live. The compositions are still mine and the guys prepare some arrangements , but we’re very happy with this new album, Legacy, and I think Goran (Goran Nystrom – Swedish singer and only non Italian band member) has a fantastic personality.
3. Tell me about the impact of this live experience?
Daniele: We are quite content about the impact on the live performances and I believe that Goran’s ability to express himself and the concept behind the tracks and the album itself has been determinant and I hope that such talent remains with us.
I was not able to hear carefully Legacy before tonight but everybody who has listened to it reported great things about it, and I can’t wait to hear on my way home tonight (by the way, thank you for the autographed CD). Do you think it has been a particular evolution on this album? If so, where?
Daniele: The great thing about keeping a band together for a while is the process of know each other better and to grow our capacities as a whole not only as a single musician. I think it is physiological for a band to stay together at least for a couple of albums in order to reach a good level and develop its own identity. We have great musicians playing with us, but on legacy we have developed our skills as a band. Even if I am a sort of artistic director on this project, we try to understand what we can improve day after day, and that only comes when we have the chance to play together as long as possible.
Nowadays I can affirm that I know their abilities and what I can get from their skills. To tell you the truth, I believe that now that they got my ideas and I know better all their skills we are more powerful as band. For instance, playing live the previous album, I’ve got the ideas to play with Goran’s vocals skills and realized what I could get from him.
I don’t know if you are aware of your popularity in Latin America . . .
Daniele: I am aware, in fact the 3 Genius albums were released with Helion Records (from Brazil) and we know that our sound is very diffused around there and we hope to get there one day if the logistics and costs will allows us to.
… that was an introduction that I (as latin American) wanted to remark. But, have you played with Twinspirits outside Italy? If so, have you noticed some difference?
Daniele: Yes, we have played outside Italy in some near countries such as Switzerland and I must remark that there’s a huge difference: people goes more to concerts and follows more prog and rock genres.
In fact, such confirmation comes from some previous interviews of mine. I believe Italy crowd (at least below the center) has become like USA: people enjoys more commercial styles and prog (and rock) bands has to seek elsewhere (northern Europe, latin America, Greece, ecc). Do you agree?
Daniele: Unfortunately I must confirm that. The situation in Italy is very difficult, almost sad, and it is very hard to introduce a new prog band and organize concerts successfully. You have to be a bit commercial or a great name, like Dream Theater, in order to successfully play in Italy. Elsewhere is different, but to create real opportunities to play live in festivals is not an easy thing; there’s plenty of competition and the choices almost ever falls into more commercial bands. You see, we try to introduce new ideas even on our live shows that are not always easy to follow: For example, in out concert tonight we have only played a 30 minutes long structured suite, composed by 5 tracks that forms one song and even if it is well structured and might seem as 5 different tracks it is not commercial enough to attract people that are not already into the prog scenario.
Well, I enjoyed the concert…
Daniele: Yes, and thank you. To conclude what I was saying, in Italy there is a large culture in other genres like classic music that receives incentives from the State since it is considered culture, which is fantastic but if you play prog here in Italy the lack of incentives and some sort of public laziness remain the main obstacles to go on and to bring people to concerts, unless there’s a famous name that attracts crowd’s curiosity.
Since the interview is flowing into the direction I like I know officially renounce to follow the list I prepared lol. Tell me about this tour and how it is organized.
Daniele: We have played 15 concerts alongside Ytse Jam, which is a great Dream Theater cover band, trying to create this prog event which we thought would be an intermediate solution to bring new concepts and ideas to general crowd together with classic things like DT’s songs…
The continuous search for classics. I saw that even in the Iron Maiden concert in Rome when people wanted the classics instead of their new stuff, which I find great by the way…
Daniele: That is a bit sad for bands like us that try to bring original ideas, but we are not going to let such things bring us down and we are giving our best to continue. Of course, we are moving in the clubs and pubs network for now, since we haven’t got an opportunity to play in bigger festivals, and averagely speaking it has been quite rewarding playing live and the public has shown lots of interest. Besides, it is very rewarding to give life to our music on these live performances since in studio we compose and arrange, but there’s something about the stage that is priceless.
I promised my wife I would ask you this (lol): is it possible to economically live of music today in Italy?
Daniele: For the reasons aforementioned it is not. We all (referring to all Twinspirits members) have a regular jobs that we combine with our passion which is music, composing, song writing and playing live.
After the Genius project and after working with such great names like Daniel Gildenlow, Eric Martin, DC Cooper among others, is there an artist that you wish to work with?
Daniele: I would have to say James LaBrie, but I must admit that this cooperation phase is behind me now. After playing, producing and cooperating with some of my music myths and great artists (and for that I will always be grateful to frontiers records that gave us the opportunity and the budget to complete the Rock Opera) I fell fulfilled for what concerns projects like that. Genius is the result of almost 1 decade of composition, producing, contacting and convincing singers and musicians as well.
At this point, my focus is to grow with an original idea, which is Twinspirits, with a permanent team in order to develop a self identity with time. As I said before, I want to create a whole instead of a simple union of artist, styles and influences and for that I believe a regular band is the best solution.
Talking about myths, what are your biggest influences?
Daniele: My musical path began with classical musical, so among my myths artist like Mozart, Bach, Paganini, Beethoven have a secure place while for what concerns rock I must include Angus Young from Ac/Dc and the energy of Van Halen, not to mention Malmsteen that might be the reason of my approach to guitar when I was 16 years old.
Thank you very much Daniele Liverani for this opportunity, for the interview and for the pleasant conversation. Would you like to leave a final message to our PerfectProg fans?
Daniele: I’ve checked your website before and you guys are doing a great job. We would like to leave all perfectprog.com readers sincere greetings from the entire Twinspirit Band; Thank you all for believing and keep supporting Prog so it might survive in the future.
YOU CAN BUY TWINSPIRIT MUSIC AT http://www.twinspirits.net
Released by Lion Music
- Pay For Their Art
- Blind Soul
- Slave To This World
- Over And Over Again
- Don't Kill Your Dream
- The Endless Sleep / The Endless Sleep
- The Endless Sleep / What Am I Supposed To Do
- The Endless Sleep / Legacy
- The Endless Sleep / I'm Leaving This World
- The Endless Sleep / Tell Me The Truth
The Forbidden City (2009)
Released by Lion Music
- The Forbidden City
- Taste The Infinity
- Number One
- One Of Us
- Hide This Feeling
- My Future
- I Am Free
The Music that will Heal the World (2007)
Released by Lion Music
- Back To Reality
- What You Want
- Take My Hand
- Power To Kill
- It's Just Life
- The Music That Will Heal The World
Check out Twinspirits's Legacy Album Review
Twinspirits – Legacy (2011) – Review by Logan Lee
Thursday, 03 March 2011
TIME ZERO Interview by PerfectProg
1. How TIME ZERO proyect started, who's idea was?
Mane: Well, everything started 3 or 4 years ago when i was writing some instrumental ideas i had, i remember i wrote like 6 songs during a period of 2 years, some day i played them to David because i wanted to be sure that everything was sounding properly, as you know he is a producer and he always have a different and very musical wide open point of view, so after he listened to the songs he told me.. you know what? we should record those songs in the studio, so we started to talk about that since then, and i end up writing 4 more songs completing the 10 tracks we recorded for the album.
2. Talk about the musicians involvement..
Mane: Immediately after we talked about to record those songs, the next step was to figure out who was gonna be the bass player for the project, by that time David and Andy were talking and e-mailing each other so David asked Andy to join the team and fortunately he agreed right away, so there was a trio right there.
3. How was the integration of the guest musicians, who invite them and how they record their parts?
Mane: From the beginning we wanted to have really nice guests for the project, the difficult part was to choose the right guest for each song, so what we did was to listen to each track and see who was the possible guest for them, so we made the decision and we started the process.
we already knew some of the guest musicians we wanted but of course not all of them so i started to send e-mails and phone calls to the guys, some of them asked me to send the track to listened to it and see if they liked it and stuff like that, but fortunately all the answers were Yes!!!.....
The though part was to put everything together because of their schedules, Ty Tabor was in london recording a dvd, TJ Helmerich was mixing Zappa plays Zappa, Matt Guillory was working in his solo project, etc..... so it took quite a while to put all the stuff together but after a couple of months everything was recorded, everybody recorded their parts at their studios, you know now days almost every professional musician have their own studio or access to a nice one.
4. Are you guys going to continue with the project, with another album?
Mane: I think it's too soon to answer that question, we've just released the album about 10 days ago, we are on the promotion process right now and working hard to push it up as much as possible, but of course this is what we do, what we enjoy the most, and if life give us the opportunity to make it again you can be sure we'll do it again.
5. Tell us about the production of the album..
Mane: Well, the production of this album was lead in a little differet way, it was more spontaneous, not too planed, a lot of improvisation in all ways, it
was really unique and challenging because we never rehearsed the songs before, and in top of that David was changing a lot of drum and guitar parts in the last minute and a lot of things like that, there also wasn't pre-production process, what we did in that moment is what you hear on the record, not too edited or tricked, he always wanted to keep it as much natural and organic as possible, so it made it a really nice experience for all of us.
6. Great label Musea Records from France, why this label?
Mane: After we recorded the songs we talked to some record lables and we started dealing with them, but after a few months of digging on the instrumental market we decided to go for Musea Records, they are specialized in Prog/Rock/Fusion and experimental projects so we think they are the right ones to manage this album.
7. Any tour dates in the future?
Mane: Not sure yet, we're still working on it.
8. How do you guys deal with side projects and main band's?
Mane: Actually, it is as it sounds, the most of the time we work on our main band "DIMENSION", and Andy in "GATE THREE" and there is a process that you already know, that is writing/recording/touring and then a brake, so when you become a workaholic you use that brake to do something else, that in this particular case was TIME ZERO.
9. Links or pages we can reach you guys?
10. Last words..
Mane: Thanks to all the people of PerfectProg for this interview and all their support, and thanks to all the people that have been supporting our musical careers through all this years, Thank you guys all and stay in tune....... Mane Cabrales.
- David Quicho: Guitars (Perturbador, Dimension (Mex))
- Mane Cabrales: Drums (Perturbador, Dimension (Mex), LunarVein)
- Andrea Mastrigli: Bass
- Brett Garsed: Guitar
- Ty Tabor: Guitar (King's X, Platypus, The Jelly Jam, Jerry Gaskill, Munetaka Higuchi (guest), Jughead)
- T.J. Helmerich: Guitar
- Matt Guillory: Keyboards (Dali's Dilemma, Zero Hour (USA), James Murphy, Explorers Club, Mullmuzzler, James LaBrie)
- Alex Argento: Keyboards
- Time Zero
- Outcasts of Civilization
- Release date:
- Musea Records
- United States of America
- Technical Progressive Metal
- Children Of No Name
- Field Of Tears
- Invisible Promises
- Urgent Solution
- Human Intrusion
- Conflict Of Interest
TIME ZERO is a cosmopolitan current band, located in the United States of America and centered around guitarist David QUICHO, drummer Mane CABRALES and bassist Andrea MASTRIGLI. The three musicians aim at performing an instrumental Progressive rock, strongly influenced by heavy-metal, but also by a current jazz-rock trend. The result is "Outcasts Of Civilization" (Musea, 2010), an explosive and colorful album, somewhere between LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT and ATTENTION DEFICIT. Let's notice some prestigious guests, starting with keyboardists Matt GUILLORY (DALI'S DILEMMA, James LaBRIE...) and Alex ARGENTO (Vivien LALU, Joop WOLTERS...), mixed at the front. The casting is completed by guitar players Brett GARSED (Derek SHERININAN, NELSON...), Ty TABOR (KING'S X) and T.J. HELMERICH (ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, NELSON...). Just awesome !