Hi! Tell me about Kantica. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Andy: Kantica, in our opinion, is the ultimate match between the old-and- new meaning of our music, that takes influences from the latest type of metal and the old folk music. And it sounds cool which is always a pro 🙂
“Reborn in Aeshtetics” album was released couple weeks ago by Revalve records. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Enrico: So, I’m a sound engineer too and when you finish a mix you don’t’ tell ‘’I close the mix’’ but you say ‘’I leave the mix’’. Every musician, when his album is out, have the desire to change something but we are very proud of our work cause our sound engineer, Fabio Palombi (blackwave recordings) has interpreted at best the sound we wanted to get. So no, we are satisfied with this album.
Tell me more about “Reborn in Aeshtetics”? Album ideas etc…
Andy: Reborn in Aesthetics perfectly define the message of the music. Aestheticism and it’s meaning, the art behind the beauty, and this is a mantra that stayed with us since we understood we were in a stable situation. Knowing the fact that we were leading in the same direction we decided to record the songs we had so far, to “stop” and archive the music so far. You know, every album is different, so basically we knew that the songs we included were on the same wave of ideas and lyrics. That’s it, this album is us, and we are proud of the message we bring, we do hope the listener is going to catch it fully as we embraced it.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Enrico: We take our inspiration from ourselves and from our music experience. For me, the music is part of my soul and when I’m writing it comes out of my mind like it had always existed. My reference bands and composers are Nightwish, Epica, Mahler, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, but we are all influenced by different bands and this is the force that build our personality.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Kantica’s sound?
Andy: If you ask me I would suggest to take a bit of many different ideas, from celtic folklore, classical music, japanese old school melodies, nasty power metal riff, and super hammering drums, throw ‘em in a boiler and cook them. I know it’s strange, but we brought every influence individually on our own, without expecting nothing. The result is something hard to define, but also something we are really happy of.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Enrico: Ahahah! Personally I could never stop composing, the ideas are too many and, while we continue the work of promotion and live, the composition of new songs continues incessantly!
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Andy: the funny fact is that based on who you are asking this question to, the result is different. We share just some of the musical tastes we have, we surely have a common link, but we individually have many differences. Enrico is a die-hard classical music fan, Vevo and Chiara are super fan of Epica and Nightwish, Fulvio and Titti are super Dream theater and prog fan. About me I can surely admit I love japanese symphonic metal, like Versailles, Jupiter, Matenrou Opera, and basically every japanese shredder there is. I love guitar virtuosos and nowadays it seems that Japan has a lot to offer.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Enrico: really we didn’t think to use someone for our next album apart some instrumentalists to enrich our sound like already done for Reborn in Aeshtetics but if the opportunity will happen, we certainly will not say no!
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Andy: Play live. Play live a lot. Play live is the 2nd phase of our music experience. in the 1st place you can hear us, the 2nd place is the stage where you can hear us and see us. Reborn In Aesthetics is all about beauty, harmony and art behind them, I think the best way to bring our music to a large audience is to literally show them Reborn in Aesthetics, in its final form.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Enrico: I’m a sound engineer and when I don’t work for the project I increase my knowledge about my job but, for example, Matteo is really stubborn in becoming a mass of muscles ahahahah!
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Andy: Depends on the single one. I can tell that , for me, not having the total support of my parents and future wife would be impossible to continue playing music.
How’s the metal scene in your part of country right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Enrico: Unfortunately it’s not a good time for our kind of music in our country but we and the others good bands present in our country will try to change this situation!
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Andy: Thank you guys, we DO hope to meet you all on the road!
Enrico: Thanks for your time! We hope that your readers appreciate we and what we are going to offer! See you soon for the next album!