Hi! Please introduce EHFAR to the readers.
Hi to all the sick and destroy readers Titta’s here, very glad to meet you.
Ehfar is born into my mind, as a personal project, after spent years writing melodies and lyrics for DGM, Astra, Mistheria, Arthur Falcone, Architecs of Chaoz (very recent this one), Takayoshi Ohmura (Baby Metal, Marty Friedman) and others.
My intention is to have a specific direction (doing what I want, musically) and to have the full control on my stuff without spend hours and hours waiting for people that are not focused on music as their primary job as I do 24/7.
It was my choice do music for living and I can understand that its difficult to find other people, expecially here in italy, that are focused only on music.
I was lucky enough to find my band mates, guitarist Emiliano Tessitore from Stage of Reality, bassist Matteo Dondi from Theia and drummer Andrea Gianangeli from Dragonghammer that have my same goal and overall they trust in me so its very easy.
Tell us more about your coming first album.
You will hear all my influences under the flag of metal and alternative.
I wrote the lyrics, music and make all the arrangements into my home studio here in Rome during a time that we can resume in 3 weeks. Everything came so easily with my Pro tools, a guitar, bass and Ez drummer (I hate programming drums cause i’m a drummer too so grrrr) and sent the files to my old band members far 600 km away from me to record bass, acoustic guitars and real drums.
For logistic reason we ended the collaboration and the guys gave me the permission to use the files even if everything was written by me, I prefer to have their performance on the album as a thanx for the work done.
Artists as Devin Townsend, Muse, Queen, Symphony X gave me a lot of inspiration
When did you start writing music – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I think it’s started in 1993 with my first bands.
I’ve always wrote my melodic lines, cause only the singer know his capacities very well… some singers are just “voices”. In my case I write everything, except when I am an hired gun, as a singer, as the work done for the monster guitar player from Japan, Takayoshi Ohmura (well known for his work with the BABY METAL and as a second guitar player for Marty Friedman).
I was very happy about this work cause I’m the only singer that sung two songs in his album, and I am italian…what the fuck 🙂 Russell Allen is on the album, some japanese very good singers are on the album…but man, what a pride for me to be the only one to sing two songs with my own lyrics 🙂 you can find the song here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JBZ6jo6aW4.
It’s a shame cause takayoshi don t want european distros but I can understand, he is very famous in japan so, better for him.
What are your main impulses to write metal music?
I can t say that there is a rule to write “metal” but for sure is the attitude, your state of mind can help u with the lyrics, with the riffs…so it’s a state of mind or a way to live.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your musical work?
The choruses are really good in my opinion.
I think that the opener song, on the album “shout my name”, have a chorus that can be compared, without any doubt, to a 30 seconds to mars or muse successfull chorus.
As “someone save me” can be compared to any of the Devin Townsend’s song. In “A Man behind a mask” there is, as a special guest, Oliver Hartmann from Avantasia…and I can assure that is a monster song and he’s got a beautiful voice.
How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
Rome is the city where I actually live and what can I say? There is a beautiful scene with a lot of really valid bands but nobody take care of it.
A lot of stupid envies that don’t help the cause, booking agency that ask u money to play as opening act in front of 30 people (i will never do that, or just cause I have an interest in that or have enough money to invest). It’s really a shame!
When it comes to be musician, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a musician?
My ambition… mmmmm it’s just to do my work properly and never forget to have fun and never forget to be always a “down to earth” dude. With one of my band, Goblin, we travel the world and meet a lot of people and I really love to do it cause it’s fantastic to meet people.
What do you usually start with when working on a new song or lyrics?
Turn on the computer ahahhahaahah It just my state of mind that decide that is time to write something, luckly I can do it when I want into my house.
Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, gathering altogether in general?
For this album I’ve just let my mind go, I’ve spent a 1 and half in a very bad mood cause of my relationship, after 8 years me and my gf splitted up. Has been an hell for real but now I feel better and we are trying again to understand what we should do for us.
So the lyrics are focused on this episode.
As more and more people are producing and releasing music, there has been an exponential growth in promotion agencies. What’s your perspective on the promo system? In how far do you feel it is possibly undermining musical freedom?
Promo agencies are really important for a band, of course we are not metallica that have a solid agency that can decide and they can say something on the final product.
In my case Revalve Records accepted my music without any reserve and this is so cool my friend, and they have a good promo agency that work in the right way.
Metal scene have changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should – be new forms and formats for music? And, should we save old-school spirit or just go forward together with musical ‘evolution’ (‘degradation’)?
It’s natural to move forward but I can say honestly that the music in the three decades 70s,80s and 90s never will be compared to the modern music, but anyway for me it s always better to move forward as a natural circumstances of our life.
Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are killing music. What’s your view on this topic?
I proudly can say that I’ve never downloading anything. It’s immoral in my opinion (yes, sometime the prices are too much but the only person that lose this battle is the musician)
I love to have a booklet in my hands, reading the thanx list, the lyrics and stuff like that.
Please recommend two bands to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
From my area Stage of Reality are a really good band and of course Ehfar 🙂
What are your plans for near future?
Meet more people and play in places never been before (and I’ve been almost everywhere at now) and try to be a better human being.
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Thanks for the space in Sick and Destroy and I hope to meet you one day \m/
Thank you, see you next time!