Interview with Blut

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

Blut is a “strange thing”, born as a solo project in 2014, became as studio band in 2015 and then is a real band. We came from different stories, I was the singer and co-founder of gothic doom band called Anthologies(splitted in 2014), before that singer of Die hard(heavy band, spitted in 2003) and other little band has born and died like a butterfly. Marika is the singer and leader of Eternal Silence (symphonic power), Fabio is the bassman of Rideout (hard and heavy band), the singer of Evilizers (heavy metal band) and was the singer and/or bass player for others different bands (actually splitted). Blut is the first project for Valentina, our performer.
By now, we have two new members, the drummer Alessandro who plays in 2 bands, called “Senso zero” (alternative rock) and “The Kors” (cover band). Andrea, the new guitarist, who plays in Surrealistik Lizard (psychedelic rock), he played also guitar with Fabio in one of their splitted band few years ago.

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

Blut is the german word for Blood, why I decided to use this moniker?! Easy, there is a motto smells like “Unser Blut lьgt nicht” or “our blood don’t lie” in english, it’s the same, so I want to tell to “others” me/we have one face and one word.
Blut, as I said here up, was born as a solo project so, I try to exteriorize all my influences, all the extreme firstly, so I mix heavy with industrial, with EBM, Synthpop and gothic, ad a bit of Steampunk then Blut is not yet a solo project so we make something different.

What can you tell us about your latest record?

Our new record, Inside my mind part II, is different than the first, because is more mature and less instinctual, we took more attention around post production ad arrangements; we “close” our first chapter, Inside my mind part I, and we are proud of what we have done. It’s an image about of what we think around some mental illness, the weirdest we have found inside the DSM v.IV some are funny and others are creepy. In any case we would like to sing about something so easy to touch in everybody’s life but in the same times hard to find in music.

What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?

Thanks to Sliptrick Records we have more feedback than our first, and self-produced, album. We hope in the earlier future to sell more and more cd, so it means that more and more fans find something special inside our songs.

Are you going 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?

We try to find a way to make a world tour, but by now we have few dates in Italy and in Switzerland, Who knows in the future… We think a world tour it’s not an opportunity for all bands, sure it’s a dream for all bands (not only in metal) but it’s a hard and a long road to “win” a world tour. What we think for whom have a World tour?! They are lucky or, they have found a way we are still in search.

Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?

As they say in ‘Full metal jacket’ movie: “no money no love nonononono niet!” If you need an instrument, you need money, if you need to have personalized T-shirt(or any others merchandise stuff), you need money. If you have to record any songs, you need a recording studio and pay it, even if you want to create your own home studio, you need money to buy pc, software, hardware and so on. If you want your personal cd, you have to print it so, you need money in any case. Even if you put all your stuff in digital way, you need money to do this. So, no money, no love, and no music.

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

It’s a way for the ones who need fast fans, or maybe if you have enough stuff to “sell for free”. We have a little problem about “free sharing”, because our first album was completely in free sharing on our Bandcamp. Five days after our first release in digital way (and before you can found it on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes and so on) someone has stolen our album and “shared it” with Torrent, not only one source only but, 8 different sources with all our stuff. So we don’t use BandCamp anymore. If you want, you can find our music on all biggest digital store and in sharing only in some specific platform (like Deezeer, Spotify, iTunes, Apple music and so on…) and you can listen to us and maybe buy us.

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

Too many influences, the greatest: TiamaT, Rammstein, Oomph!, Blutengel, Ost Front, Type O Negative, Moonspell, Lucyfire, Lacrimosa, SoporAeternus, Suicide Commando, Mono inc. and many others. We hope to become famous like our idols. Who knows, maybe in the future…

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

Some of us have a formal music education, some others, like me Alessandro, no. I have a lack of music knowledge and I try to fill this lack with my new teachers (one for the singing and one for the composing and arrangements). It’s a little bit hard to do it now, but I need it, because it’s very difficult to explain what I have in mind without the real tools. I think it’s very important to have it.

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

We have no children, so one problem less, it’s a little joke.
All of us try to create own personal puzzle with all the “pieces”: job, bills, music, other bands, friends outside the band, family and so on… We are more or less an acrobatic band. It’s hard but not impossible. In practice, we have a linked calendar so we put all of our meetings so we can organize everything.

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 start from the bottom: for example, if I have a “bad feeling” before the gig or the competition, “something” goes wrong, If I’m calm and relaxed all flows in the best way. I know that Marika, few minutes before the gig, has a little flu which disappears when she comesto the stage,Fabio needs a good rehearsal one or two days before the gig. Valentina is more or less a little bit nervous before the gig, Alessandro (the drummer, not me) is relaxed anytime and anyway, I don’t know how he can be like that but it’s good. Andrea we don’t know, because he is a new entry and we taste him in January 2018. Normally we haven’t mistakes on stage, but few times we have some little problems and we manage them in the good way so nobody can understand it. After the show, we always have a meeting to clarify what’s happened and why has happened.

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