Void Of Sleep – Interview
Interview with Gale (Guitars and Chorus) of Void Of Sleep and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Gale: We are a band that plays a music that you can call Progressive Doom Metal
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Gale: We formed in Ravenna, Italy, in 2010.
We recorded our first 3-piece demo in 2011, the first album in 2012 which then came out in 2013 under Aural Music.
With the release of the first album, we received enthusiastic reviews from all over the world and started playing a lot in Italy and even a few dates in Europe.
In 2014, a split came out with Nero di Marte, made to finance a fundraiser to buy back our instruments as we were robbed of everything after a date together in Rome.
In 2015, again via aural Music, New World Order was released, a concept album on freemasonry and strong powers, a darker album than the previous one, which expanded the sound of the band.
In 2017 our bassist and producer Paso left the band, so we were inactive for some time.
In 2019 the new lineup was redefined with the entry of Andrea on bass (Also in Nerdo di Marte) and Momo on synths and keyboards (Also in Pie Are Squared and Postvorta), in November we entered the studio to record Metaphora and now we are ready to release it and play it live.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Gale: Musically the main influence is Black Sabbath, at least for me, I think the riffs of Iommi and the mood of the sound of Sabbath has been fundamental, for us as for other thousands of bands, I know this is an obvious but you can’t even omit. Then other bands that influenced us I think are Tool, Mastodon and Opeth.
Coming out of the musical sphere we are influenced by the world around us, both for better and for worse. We are positively influenced by our values, by people we love and esteem, by artists as by ordinary people, but in contrast we are negatively influenced by all the evil in the world, by society, by capitalism and by consumerism, by loss of values, from wars, from the disparity between people, between absolute wealth and absolute poverty. These are very broad speeches, which are difficult to do in contexts like these.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Gale: I think it is useless to daydream, we are all adults, with a job. Music, however, is a huge passion that we cannot do without, so we try to do things well, in the most professional way possible, trying to make quality music, record it in the best way and promote it in the best way, taking care every detail, from songwriting, to arrangements, to sounds, to artwork, to merchandise.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Gale: The instrumental part generally starts from one or more guitar riffs, both by Burdo and mine, or even by Andrea, then when we play the arrangements in the rehearsal room we do them together, each one writes his own parts and tries to make everything work.
The lyrics and the vocal melodies are all by Burdo, the topics covered are many but mainly we talk about feelings, society, fear and hatred, alienation, the individual condition in today’s world.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Gale: Aural Music, our label from the beginning always promote us with the help of PR Music Agencies, then we try to spread our music with socials and playing live, but in recent times it has become increasingly difficult to be able to play live with a little continuity, at least in Italy, in the underground, many clubs have closed, the public is small.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Gale: I think it’s a difficult question: internet has opened up infinite possibilities, but it has also ruined many things, both financially and emotionally. Let me explain better, having full availability of whatever is on the market is on the one hand amazing, because it allows everyone to have the opportunity to be reached from every corner of the world, the problem is that in addition to the economic damage at the expense of labels and bands , some poetry has been lost in the search for new music and in allowing the right time to listen. When I was a boy, I bought CDs with savings, purchases were always weighted and every new album was listened to exhaustion, this allows you to fully assimilate a disc. Now it happens that an album comes out, you listen to it and you don’t even get to the end, you listen to another and do the same, this endlessly. it’s a wrong thing, I also do it sometimes, I’m sure I’ve listened to a wonderful album in the last few years without going to the bottom, an album that maybe I had listened to in the conditions of when I was a kid maybe now it could be in my top 10 of life, there are albums that I consider such that at the first 2/3 plays they didn’t impress me so much.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
My vision is that unfortunately for the reasons mentioned above it is very difficult, for the bands to establish themselves and for the labels to survive.
Is it clear that there is still a mainstream market, that there are artists who fill the stadiums and who make a lot of money, but in any case the market has greatly reduced, even the mainstream one.
Imagine the underground market, music is little more than a hobby, being able to get back the money invested in instruments, rehearsal rooms, recording albums and moving to concerts from copies sold and concert cachets is very difficult, I am convinced that for the vast majority of bands are practically impossible, so consequently try to understand what it means for those bands that their album, printed in 1000 copies, sells 300 and maybe 3000 people have downloaded it illegally, the band can’t cover the costs and the label either, maybe the band gives up, maybe the label doesn’t renew their contract.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Gale: I think Starless from King Crimson is the best song of all time, it has a superb melody and a the second part reaches an incredible level of tension that I had never felt before, in a climax of sounds to reach an absolute peak of beauty in music.
If I can say another I would say Into the Void, the main riff is one of the most beautiful ever and that sound has influenced the whole scene doom, stoner, sludge.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Gale: In life, arrogance, lack of respect and empathy. In music, the lack of meritocracy, the fact that without investments of money and without knowledge, you don’t go anywhere, despite an extremely valid product. I’m not talking about us, there are dozens of incredibly underrated bands that deserve or would have deserved much more important stages.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Gale: There are no big highlights, I remember particularly successful concerts with large audience participation, I remember that after one of our best shoulder concerts at the Orks many people came to the banquet to buy our merch saying that they didn’t know who we were, that they had come to see Mastelotto and Edwin but in the end they bought our album because we liked them more, it was a great satisfaction, as it was being included in various magazines / webzines in the best releases of the year both in 2013 with the first album, both in 2015 with the second one, maybe this time too!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
Gale: the next concert was supposed to be the release party of Metaphora, on March 27th at Bronson, a well-known club in our city where we played many times and where hundreds of great bands also played, but unfortunately with the problem of the risk of contagion to Coronavirus the Italian government banned all types of public events until April 3. So the show has been canceled and postponed to a later date, we hope that the situation will improve quickly and we will be able to play in April and May there are no certainties about it.
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