Interview with FROM THE DUST RETURNED

Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians?

Hi! We are a progressive metal/rock band born in Rome in the end of 2015 and each member comes from different musical experiences and backgrounds.

Alex (vocals and guitars) is a tenor, Marco (harsh vocals) sings in a hardcore/grind band called ‘Sumera’, Miki (bass) is a black metal bassist, Danilo (keyboards) is a ’70 prog lover and he plays with a hard rock band called ‘Graal’ and Andrea (drum) is a death metal drummer who joined two bands, ‘Southern Drinkstruction’ and ‘Corpsefucking Art’.

Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?

Our name comes from a Ray Bradbury’s fantasy novel called ‘From the dust returned’ (2001) and it indicates both an Alex’ new walk from a very bad moment and a new musical beginning for each one of us.

Alex wanted to create a band playing with his best friends, to share with them his ideas. So he shows some prog songs to Marco and Andrea who joined soon this project.

We choose this genre first of all because Alex had some prog songs and then because this genre gives to us the chance to put our different background and approach together at the same time.

We’re trying to create our personal genre, a narrative prog.

What can you tell us about your latest record?

Our EP ‘Homecoming’ is a theme-concept album. It speaks about some mental disorders like depression, schizophrenia, clinophobia, filophobia. We’ve always been fascinated by the mind and its infinite shades. Its emotions, fears, amazing capacities, but above all its dark side, every element that we don’t know about our brain.

So we tried to recreate musically and lyrically the moods and the feelings of these disorders, trying to imagine the real condition of the people affected by them.

‘Homecoming’ sounds are different, we move from acoustic to some extreme moments, from some typical ’70 prog sounds to dark atmospheres, focusing our music on the duality between the instruments and between the different vocalism.

What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?

We don’t care how many people will listen our album. We hope to be understood. We’d like the people feel all the emotions, all the feelings and the intents we put in our songs.

First album is for us the opportunity to be known and to start to tell something that we continue in the next albums.

Are you gonna to make some world tour in the future? Do you think this is available for everybody option to tour around the globe? What do you think band have to do to get such opportunity?

In this moment we’re not going on tour, we prefer to work to our second album. We will bring live our new album.

To have this opportunity we have to work to create something really juicy and to work to go on stage with some famous band.

There are some incredible prog festivals in the world and we dream to be part of them.

Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?

It’s hard to believe in a scene without money, but we think that so many important realities exist now and we have to believe in them.

What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?

Music sharing is a medal with two faces. It’s important to sell music, not to be reach, but to make possible music itself. We have to spend money to record an album, to buy instruments, to travel, for the merchandising and we need to sell music to have the fuel to do this.

But sharing it’s important because so many people could know you faster than the records sales can do. You can arrive soon in every part of the world.

Maybe we have to find a measure to share our music, for example just two or three songs and give to people the possibility to buy the entire album.

Who are your musical influences? Have you ever think your band could be so famous as your favorites?

We are influenced for sure by the father of progressive music ELP, King Crimson, Genesis and by some modern bands like Opeth, Pain of Salvation. But not only. Each one of us put in our songs his personal background, there are influences from folk to hard rock, from prog to death metal, from psychedelic to blues.

To be famous like our favorites? It would be amazing, but we have not to think about it, they made something incredible, we have to work hard to realize what our minds and our hearts say.

Do you have a formal music education? Do you think it’s a Kind of important thing?

Every musicians must study hard. The music is feelings, passion, emotions, ideas, but you must have the ability to shape his music, otherwise we could lose the opportunity to say what we feel with the right words.

How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?

It’s quite difficult. We can make music trying to find some cut-outs of time. So we do different rehearsals to give to each one the possibility to work to the new songs. Alex and Miki are the most unlucky… they have always to be present…

Fortunately we have very understanding wives and families.

How do you handle mistakes during a performance? Or you can assure there are no any mistakes during your gigs? Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

We are not machine… mistakes are humans. To have shows without mistakes, it’s possible to buy cd…

It’s normal to be nervous before a performance, adrenalin, thoughts, expectations are all elements that creates a healty nervous.

We need to know how to transform emotions into energy transmitted on stage, even negative ones.

What’s next? Thank you!

We recorded a limited edition single and now we’re working hard to our second album that will be a concept album different from ‘Homecoming’. It will be more progressive and contaminated than the first.

Ready to go on stage with it!

Thank you!

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