Interview: Chaoswave

Hi guys, Thank you for taking the time. My name is Matthias and I am writer for a small online magazine in Germany and was asked to make an interview with you. Let´s go:

Congratulations to ‘Dead Eye Dreaming’, which will launch here on 6th March. In my opinion it has a very unique style, some modern metal mosh riffing, technically absolutely skilled, combined with clean duett vocals. Who of you had the idea of this?

Thank you, I’m happy you appreciate our music! Everything happened almost by chance… After moving to Italy and playing for a while with a local black metal band Guf started thinking about making a new band. Right from the beginning he had a pretty clear idea about how the music should sound: brutal, aggressive, with some progressive nuances. I think he had envisioned quite a different singer for this, but Fabio’s voice convinced him right away. I was actually supposed only to help out with choirs, but we noticed that Fabio’s voice and mine sounded pretty nice together, so Chaoswave ended up having two singers.

Although your new CD is just to being released, there are only two concerts planned. Is there a reason for it?

The reason is very simple: Until now we haven’t had a booking agency or a management, we just started looking for the various possibilities, so all these aspects of the band’s life have been handled by ourselves (namely by Guf, he’s the best of us in this field). We’re working on getting as many summer dates as possible, and maybe getting on a support tour for a bigger band, we’ll see what happens!

I checked Youtube for CHAOSWAVE, but “all” I found was some live material as well as some braggadocio videos [ 😉 ] from your bass player and especially your drummer. Will there be a videoclip for one of your songs in the near future (I would prefer “How to define a race”)?

Actually yes, there will be a videoclip and very soon! We shot a video for the song „10 Years of Denial“ (sorry about that, ehehe!) in December last year, with the Dutch director Richard Spierings. The video is premiering in the next weeks on Rock TV, probably the biggest Italian rock and metal TV station, and after that it will be ready to take the Internet by the storm!

Taking a look at the future, what are your next plans? By now it seems that every decision you made was the right one. So what can we expect for the rest of 2009 and afterwards 2010?

Global domination would be nice, but I guess times are not mature yet, ahahaha! More seriously, we’ll try to play as many live dates as we can, to spread the name of the band further … After kicking as much ass possible we’ll get back to the studio, probably around next year, to make another great record.

Let´s get to the “crossfire” part of the interview (10 questions that are always the same in each interview):

At home:
In which way do you write your songs? Does anyone of you have kind of an initial idea, or do you just play on and on until something sounds interesting to you, or another way?

It works different ways, but most often the instrumental parts come from an idea or a riff of Guf, which is then deconstructed and rearranged by all the others until everybody likes it. From the vocal point of view, we don’t work too much on developing vocal lines in the rehearsal room, even though sometimes it happens that you get a great idea there. Fabio and I tend to work much more at home, both together and separately. All the ideas the two of us put together are then taken the rehearsal room to be „approved“ by the rest of the band.

Except playing music, what do you do in your free time?

The job and the music don’t leave much spare time, but when I can I like to curl up with a nice book and some cool background music. Partying and boozing are also great spare time activities, and I guess I speak for all the band here!

Is CHAOSWAVE job, vocation or hobby?

It is definitely a mixture of the three. It is a job, because we always try to be as professional as possible, both live and in the recording studio. It is also a vocation, even if for some of us „the call“ came quite late… and finally it’s also something we all love to do, that we could not live without, that makes our lives more worth living.

On the road:
Vegan, straight edge, or rather sex drugs and rock´n´roll? What does a perfect catering look like?

As long as the food is edible none of us is ever going to complain! If anything we have an „Avegan“ in the band… Fabio prefers not to eat vegetables, and has a particularly difficult relationship with onions. He really freaks out if he sees them in his meal! I don’t think it has to do with the taste, because I have seen him eating more strongly flavoured things, it’s probably just a matter of „texture“.

If you could choose, who would be your favourite support band on a headlining tour / who would be your favourite headliner you would support?

Everyone in the band would answer this question differently, but since this is me, I’d say Machine Head or even Metallica!

What was your greatest event live or on tour by now?

This last fall we played Metal Female Voices Festival, and we were really overwhelmed by the people there. A while after we arrived our roadie came into our backstage to tell us that there were some people outside that had come to the festival for us, had heard we had arrived and were waiting for us for autographs and pictures. Our roadie is a very nice guy, but he also has a weird sense of humour and he likes to makes jokes, so none of us believed him. We got outside nonetheless, and spent the next hour signing the most different shit and taking pictures, we felt like real rockstars!

Imagine you are stranded on a secluded island and your I-Pod has a defect. It only will play one song (which is none of your own ones). Which one?

Blackened, by Metallica.

If you could start again at the beginning of your band, would you do anything different than you did?

It’s easy to look back and find things that you would like to have done differently, but I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. We’ve had our good share of hard times, and I think we wouldn’t be the same band if we had been spared some of it.

How much does the music you are doing mean to you? Are there limits in what you would invest (time / emotions / finances)?

We have already invested a lot on what we do: time, money, family, career possibilities, and we all share the same philosophy about it: the music always comes in the first place, and we’re ready to do whatever it takes to make it.

The very last question:
If there was a question you always wanted to be asked, but never were asked yet, what would it be and what would be your answer?

Question: I have a spare million Euros to spend on shoes, could you help me out?
Answer: Fuck yeeeeees!

Thank you for your patience, all best wishes for the future.

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