Good day GC PROJECT! How are you guys doing these days?
Hi everyone guys. In these days we are preparing some lives and I’m working on new songs.
First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
GC Project is my solo project, founded in 2014. The idea was make music that includes many genres, principally progressive, but also rock, fusion, metal, blues. In my previous experiences I played many kind of music and my background goes from jazz to blues, from pop to rock to metal; so, my intention Is not to create music with a single language, but write songs with different kinds of attitude and styles. The members of the band live are Diego Quarantotto on bass, Lorenzo Lenzi on guitar, Roberto Arduini on keyboards and Francesco Grandi on vocals. The formation in studio is a little bigger XD On Face the Odds there was 21 musicians, on Two of a Kind there are 16.
Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception? How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?
It’s not a choice the music I write, it’s all spontaneous. I started to play drums on songs by Queen, Roxette and Metallica. After I discovered ELP, Led Zeppelin, Dream Theater, Pantera, but also Chick Corea, Toto, Miles Davis, Alan Parson and many other artists and bands; my background is very large. So, my curiosity brought me to study these different styles of music, and each one of these is part of my songwriting.
When I create music, I start from a vocal line or a guitar or keys riff and I build the structure of the song, after I write lyrics and themes.
The drumlines come at the end of this process: I write patterns and everything else when everything is defined. The pre-productions are gaunt, this because I prefer work on arrangements in collaboration with the other guys, in order to give the right attitude, interplay and style to each song.
The challenge is to coordinate every strep with each musician; sometimes happens that I have to listen to, for example, a file of guitars of a song and the patterns of keys of another one, meanwhile you’re working on the bass lines for a third song, so I have to stay concentrated as much I can.
The real challenge of Two of a Kind has been Forget me again. This song didn’t exist when the pre-production was complete. On a day, our manager said to me “Read this”…it was a short story, totally wrote in Italian, and I l. Aoved it. After I ask the permission to the writer to use it for a song, and she was so enthusiast. So, I traslated the entire story in English, choosing the most appropriate phrases for chorus, bridge, verses; meanwhile I had to search for the melodies. It’s been the first song I have written starting by words without metrics and without music; it took two months before I could hear the final result.
“Two Of A Kind” was released on October. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?
Working in studio is always beautiful. I would record albums everyday 🙂
I am always very concentrated for two reasons: the first is play well of course; the second one is that I don’t like triggers, editings, artificial sounds, stuff like these. So I want that what you hear is what I played, and so the other musicians and singers. I don’t want autotune, drum samples, quantizations or other stuff; that’s not playing, that’s other! However, it’s always funny, never sad. If you wanna make a good work, you must be relaxed and having a good time.
You guys are still underground/underrated, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?
Sincerely, I don’t know. I just know that if you like a song or an album, is because something vibes in the inner. If this happens, I feel fine and I’m very happy.
Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
I started to play classic guitar at 7 years old, so I started to study classic music. At 12 yo drums came into my life and it has not gone away 🙂 For me it’s been very important starting to study classic music and having that kind of musical education. I think music is also discipline, not playing just to make it. This kind of approach brought me to study very hard through the years. I played and play for many bands, from classic rock to heavy metal, from blues to pop; if well done, I love every kind of music (except black metal).
Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from rock soil?
My favorite band? It’s easier to say which ones I don’t like XD Of course Led Zeppelin, Pantera, Alan Parson, Metallica, Queen, Pink Floyd, ELP, Planet X, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, but also Toto, Dave Weckl band, George Duke, Stevie Wonder, Gino Vannelli… the list is very long!
How is the rock/metal scene going in your area?
There are many great bands that make great music, here in Italy like in other countries. The problem is that music doesn’t come out, and it’s very sad.
Tell us, if you have played abroad.
As GC Project not yet, unfortunately. With Rain I played in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Spain and France. Great people everywhere, amazing!
Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?
After videoclip of Black rose (you can find it on YouTube at Sliptrick Records channel or simply searching for GC Project Black rose), I released the play-through video of 5 Seasons of Sonora (you can find on YouTube at Giacomo Calabria channel and on the FB page of GC Project) and a second one for The great red spot of Jupiter is to be released. We wanna realize a second videoclip for another song of the album, I don’t know yet which one.
Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
Thank you very much guys, so glad!
Thank to everyone of you! Hope to see you all on the road!
Visit GC Project page on Facebook and Giacomo Calabria channel on YouTube