Interview with Nic Ciaz (lead vocals & guitar) of Fenisia and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: Who are you and what do you do in the band?
NC: I’m Nic Ciaz, the lead guitarist singer of the band
PD: What type of artist are you?
NC: I try to be a creative musician without praise or infamy, I try to reinterpret my experiences by translating them into music and trying to convey as much as possible to the listener
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
NC: I started playing in a band at 16, at the beginning I was just the singer but after a while I realized that the guitar would become the indispensable tool for my creativity. Gaining practice with my Gibson Les Paul I immediately started writing songs with hard rock and metal influences and then founded Fenisia.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
NC: My musical influences are of various kinds and range from hard rock and Southern Rock to Blues to metal, with names like the Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Slash, Richie Kotzen, and absolutely Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath. But I also listen to genres that are very different from what I then write, I love Daft Punk, chemical brothers and fatboy slim and I put the Beatles first as the main source of inspiration especially in vocal matters.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
NC: One of our dreams is to go on a tour in the USA in Los Angeles on the Sun Strip, perhaps at the Troubadour or at Whiskey a go go. It would be as thrilling as it would be scary to step onto those historic stages. Another goal could be the participation in some great Rock Festival in Europe, one of the many the Download Festival or Hellfest Open Air, let’s see where this new album will take us.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
NC: I write the songs then together with the whole band we arrange them and each one contributes with their own instrument to enrich the sound. In these three albums, Lucifer, Fenisia Cafè and The Spectator, I wanted to talk about the philosophy of the Enlightenment from its birth to its evolution in the daily life of man, how it changed and enriched our lives and how it was able to open our minds. is a concept album that traces the influence of this movement that changed the world forever through daily and historical events.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
NC: Aided by our label we use all the social networks on which we find ourselves including our website and where possible we try to get help from radio both on the web and in FM. In short, a massive use of midia is essential especially when it comes to concerts, it is necessary to let the audience that follows you know how and where you move to be able to have the best possible odiens for each of your performances.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
NC: I think online streaming and downloading is great. This is the modern world, everything is constantly changing. You may like it or not.
In fact, I ever think that this is the best way to discover new bands all over the world.
Nowadays, with the saturation of bands, it will be impossible to reach every band by purchasing the physical album. Services like Bandcamp is completely supported by mine. Nothing better than listen for free to the song then donating something to support the artist and download the songs. Anyway I’m also a great collector of physical albums. I don’t listen them anymore because I prefer the comfort of portable music but I bought the albums because I want to collect them and have them physically in my studio.
So if it´s a legal download it can be a good chance to reach fans but, unfortunately, there are too many website from people who don´t respect the work of bands & labels.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
NC: Hard question! there are many songs that I would have liked to have been mine but if I really have to choose one I think it’s A day in the Life by the Beatles, I can’t tell you exactly why but I think it’s the most brilliant song I’ve ever heard it’s incredible.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
NC: I love all animals, but at home I have my favorites, Cats. I have five and I love them, I couldn’t imagine my life without them. At this point I can make you a confession, the song Burned in my Brain is dedicated to a Cat who was very important in my life and who unfortunately passed away prematurely, Margot
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
NC: Maybe the proudest moment in my career with Fenisia was when we were the opening band for Misfits in one of the most famous concert hall in Italy.
The crowds were enormous and everybody was just overly excited so you could feel their energy. That was awesome and definitely a big show, probably one of the most beautiful that I will always carry in my heart.
I’m proud of bringing our music at every shows because we have the chance to introduce it to new people and maybe new fans. We try to convey our passion in every shows to the people who are listening to us.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
NC: Considering the moment of stationarity we are obliged to due to Covid, we decided, albeit prematurely, to already work on our fourth Album. I thought I didn’t have much inspiration after completing The Spectator, but I managed to write a lot of the material already and then arrange it with the whole band. I think it’s a great way to spend time waiting for the opportunity to come back live!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
NC: Due to the Covid situation, we don’t have live shows scheduled for a few months. We hope this period passes quickly because we miss the stage a lot.
However, a few days ago we attended our first live stream and it was a unique and fun experience for us that we plan to repropose in the coming months.
We’re a fun band to see live and our music is powerful and energetic so it’s worth it!
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