Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
AN: I try not to be a static musician, I’m always looking for new ideas. I think music is freedom and I play with it a little. In fact, Alex Nunziati’s new album is different from the previous one. The first was horror metal and now decidedly thrash.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
AN: Like everyone, I started as a boy and always thanks to other peers, who made me listen to the first rock and metal albums. Then I switched to listening to extreme metal in the late 80s and together with a friend of mine we created Sepolcrum, one of the first death metal bands in Rome.
From there it all started. Several Demos, many projects, then the good success with Theatres des Vampires and several tours, but it’s a long story to tell.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
AN: I’m like a sponge and try to absorb everything around me in terms of music. It is inevitable that my original influences are well rooted within me, Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, Metal Church, Savatage, Metallica, Megadeth, Sodom, Kreator and so on. Having many projects, I approach each one in a different way, also in this case I let myself be guided by the inspiration of the moment, generally everything always gravitates towards horror or even current events.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
AN: Having already partly had many satisfactions, the current one is only being able to express myself with my projects, in the hope that they can also be appreciated by other people.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
AN: There are several, certainly having had the stubbornness to carry on the Theaters des Vampires project, having played in many countries, done a live with Iron Maiden. Especially after the separation from Thetres des Vampires, being able to get back up and create my own career.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
AN: I rely on my label Moribund for this, obviously I try to promote my music through my social channels. It gets harder every day, there are many releases, many new bands, but also the big and most famous productions that crush the rest.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
AN: At the moment there are no live activities planned for this project
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
AN: Being old school, I am not fond of these platforms or methods of sharing music. Except for youtube which I think is useful, both for videos, but also for listening to albums before buying them. In any case I remain faithful to the physical support.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AN: It’s a difficult question, there are so many. Maybe “Evil” by Mercyful Fate, but also being able to write a phenomenal album as “Gutter Ballet” by Savatage.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
AN: I have noticed that over time the labels try to risk less and less and therefore many bands ask for money to be produced.
Many bands attracted by a recording contract accept, and then become one of the many bands on the roster, which only serve to make a catalogue. Many bands really put their soul into what they do and should be rewarded. I wish there was a compromise, I produce you, but then I get my money back on the sales and then I pay you royalties. It happened to me too with T.d.V., but we had excellent budgets to record the albums, and this made us rest assured about the results.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
AN: I have resumed activity with my main band Lord Vampyr. We are trying to create a setlist to bring live. Meanwhile we are composing the new album that will always be released for Moribund Records. These days I’m composing some songs for my new black/death project, but I still don’t reveal anything.
About Malamorte, I’ve started writing some lyrics, but I think I’ll only record the new album in 2024.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
AN: For my albums on the moribund website or other online stores. Or even directly writing in my personal facebook or those of my projects.
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