Gramma Vedetta Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews. com)

PD. What type of artist are you?

GV. Simply: We are people that put into sounds and words their life experiences. We try not to repeat ourselves, and try to be difficult to compare with. We always smile in our band’s pics.

 

 

PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.

GV. After several years playing in bands in Italy, Dan relocated to UK and met his sister’s new boyfriend Marco…who happened to be  a rock Bass player 🙂

They looked for a drummer and Valadis, just moved from Greece, replied to our Gumtree advert.. It was late 2016.

We became friends and bandmates at the same time and we started working together to develop a style.

During the first year of Gramma Vedetta we did a lot: we wrote and recorded half a dozen of songs, Marco and Dan became brothers in law, and Valadis started planetary science and astronomy at university.

 

 

PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

GV. Our songs like planets rotate around a binary system where the first center is the hard / psychedelic rock of the 70 while the other center is the heavy metal and grunge of the 90s. Sometime we got inspiration from other kind of music like Electronic or Blues.

The main non musical influence that influences our music is our love for Science(Astronomy, Physics) and Sci-Fi

 

 

PD. What are your dreams and goals?

GV. Writing and recording songs, playing our songs in front of other people. Make people having good time with our music. Create.

Dreams? Playing in a big venue opening a big name. Having more money to realize all the crazy ideas we have in mind.

 

 

PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?

GV. Dan writes all the lyrics and they are all based on personal experiences. He likes to talk about a topic setting the story in a different context to hide the real meaning. This give us the lyrics a different perspective.

The music can born in a different ways: sometimes a song starts from a jam over a riff, sometime words and vocals are there and then we develop the structure together. It’s definitely a team work.

 

 

PD. How do you promote your band and shows?

GV. Being new in London we don’t have a lot of friends and acquaintance in the music scene (yet).

Thanks to social networks we’ve being able to interact with more people and this is how we promote the band and our shows. Plus we go to other band’s gig and try to make new friends, and spam our band. ahah

 

 

PD. What do you think about downloading music online?

GV. We think it is a good thing if it’s done legally. Having an infinite catalogue of inspiration at hand it’s positive. And also being an artist it’s easier to spread our works through digital delivery. Cheaper for the listener, cheaper for the musician.

 

 

PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

GV. We come from country where music industry is dead. For us music industry means ‘who has more money to buy advert wins’.

What we follow the most is the ‘music craftsmanship’: that land of small labels, visual artists, small/medium band and venues that works all together to create quality. We want to be active citizens of that land.

 

 

PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?

GV. 2112 or Bohemian Rhapsody. Both songs were written doing the opposite of what the market wanted at time. LOL

 

PD, What are some of your pet peeves?

GV. Pseudosciences. The lack of bidet in the bathrooms here in UK. The nonsense returning of audio cassettes.

 

 

PD. What is your proudest moment in music?

GV. Every time someone download our songs and leave us a message. This is the highest moments for us.

 

 

PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

GV. The next show will be the 15th of June at The Water Rats in London. It will be a super event, cause we’ll be celebrating Dan’s Birthday and the release of ‘Unknown Address’, our next single.

Plus, all the bands in the bill are impressive, guaranteed you’re going to jump all night long.

 

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