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Interview with Tragodia

Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians?
Tragodia is a band with a long history and life: more than 20 years are passed away from our first demo tape. We have seen the evolution of metal music through the years and through the years we evolved from a melodic gothic style to a more heavy, groovy and epic style, focused on granitic rhythm parts and melodic vocal lines.
We have had and we have side projects in the extreme metal scene also at the moment; about the past, every member come from different experiences, from classic heavy bands, death metal bands, etc… we think that maybe is all this different background the real ‘force’ of Tragodia.

Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?
The band’s name was born naturally many years ago when the band’s members attended the high school. The studies were focused on the classical and greek literature and so the name was born from the most important page of the greek art. The name had that gothic sound that characterize our sound at that time. Through the years our sound is changed but there is an echo of our gothic stile in our songs. About the genre, we don’t think we decided which one to play, but we tried from the beginning to put together ideas, riffs, and what you can hear now, is the result of all this work.

What can you tell us about your latest record?
Before the fall is an “heavy metal” album but rich in influences. It was written, we think, in a coherent frame compared to our previous works, but focused more on the vocal lines.

What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?
Yes, we are very impressed. The first reviews are all positive and fans have really appreciated this new effort. We have every reason to be confident.

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?
We are planning to touring in Europe at the moment. Surly for us could be a dream to play in the USA or in Japan.
Touring around the globe is very expensive, and unfortunately it’s not available for everybody, unless you have a great budget and a great response in terms of money.

Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?
We believe in our passion. But without money it’s impossible above all to take part on tour!
Money is necessary to have the opportunity to travel and play.

What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
We are open minded about the ‘net’… we think that the important thing is that our music reaches most people possible, no matter the way. You can listen our entire previous albums for free in streaming on bandcamp for example, so you can have an idea about Tragodia; doing so, the listener is free to decide if support us after or simply spend some time to listen to some new music for him.

Who are your musical influences? Have you ever think your band could be so famous as your favorites?
Many and many bands. We don’t know exactly…We really like band like Ark (Lande project), James Labrie, but also Meshuggah, Katatonia, Sentenced and many others also in the extreme scene.
We hope to grow up and one day to live of our passion!

Do you have a formal music education? Do you think it’s a Kind of important thing?
All of us had a formal music education, in a way or another. We think that the talent must be supported by serious studies.

How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
Growing older is always more difficult. We always signed a deal with our girlfriends to leave us the Saturday free for rehearsing.

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?
Maybe when we were at the beginning, the fright of new experiences was very real; of course, nowadays the excitement before the show is always present, but is more controlled… the desire to play and stay on a stage now is more powerful than the fright!
Our mistakes are handled usually by a smile.

What’s next? Thank you!
Like said before, we are planning to touring through Europe. We have in the drawer 4 new tracks so we hope to enter the recording studio during the summer and record a new album. Stay tuned.