at: 14th, November 2016
can be important to reinforce the
conceptual side of a band: the tribal
iconography used by us would like to be
the graphical transposition of the lyrics
Despite being active for many years (Since 2009), the band
has a limited number of releases. Why’s
2009 we had another moniker (Aeonfire) and we were just
covering hard and heavy classic bands such as Deep Purple,
Saxon, Black Sabbath etc. Only in a second moment we decided
to start our own production, but since then we had so many
line up changes and moments of brief hiatus. So we can
officially talk about Dresda Code in 2013, when the line up
was "fixed" definitely with the entry of Natas Raw
on drums. And from there our activities started once again
and with a new direction!
I´ve noticed you have some tribal nuances on your aesthetic
concept. Are you fans of traditional music?
a certain sense, yes, one of the first ideas we had in mind
was to mix "ethnic" and exotic (to ours) sounds
with metal-type compositions. It's not a very simple idea to
do it well, so for now we are incorporating them in an
how important is artistic appeal for you? Does aesthetics
play a big role in your music?
can be important to reinforce the conceptual side of a band:
the tribal iconography used by us would like to be the
graphical transposition of the lyrics content. There are so
many references to the tribal, traditional world in our
lyrics, especially for what concerns the legacy between
mankind and nature. Also in this period we are producing our
first videoclip (for Blindness) and it's full of tribal and
Dresda Code’s lyrics read like actual worship of nature
and ecology. Is this on purpose? What do you attempt to
capture, express or communicate through your music?
can sum the greatest part of our lyrics in a simple idea: we
are like guests on this planet, and guests should behave
well. If we misbehave our planet has many ways to let us
know that, and they often involve calamities and brutal
changes. It's not like a religious way to love this world,
but most a matter of not stepping over the line.
I really adore the cover art of the EP and the detailed
graphics in general. How important is the visual side of
this release for you?
we had a great choice in Bob Toderico, that did also the art
of many other bands and artists. We wanted a pro working in
the "metal" sphere, and he is also a fellow
citizen, so we had an almost instantly feedback.
of your music seems to exhibit a contrast between hard rock
style interlocking riffing of an intensely progressive
nature, and atmospheric parts of a more relaxed and layered
approach. What do these compositional techniques represent
or what are they intended to do, and how does the contrast
work in your songwriting?
we try to do is to melt up different elements and sonorities
in our music. Our personal influences are very various. So
it’s just about the fact that everyone of us has his own
tastes in music: from one side we all have our own
preferences, from the other we have some meeting points in
our individual listenings. So what comes out is the mixture
of all the things we like, from traditional hard and heavy,
to prog-oriented melodies, until groove metal and
atmospheric moments, as you noticed.
I think when a musician creates music is to, firstly, please
himself, but do you think your songs are perfect for the
hope so! As we said before, we obviously start from our own
tastes (that are so various) and then, during the
composition process we try to find the most suitable
formula. In some cases the songs have a traditional
structure, in some other cases the form is less conventional
and the song gets longer. It all depends from our mood and
our intentions in that moment. During the elaboration
process we try to correct and cut off what we think is
repetitive and superflous, trying to make the final product
as more efficient as it can.
I know you are quite proactive on the Internet promoting the
band (that's how I found Dresda Code). Besides Internet, is
the band using other promotion resources?
We also try to keep in touch with
several bands of our territory and to organize events
togheter, first of all supporting each other. As you said
before there are so many great bands all around Italy and
Naples, and that’s the same situation in the
Naples/Southern area, and creating legacies(not only for
what concerns music) it’s very important for us. So we
also try to create partnerships in this way.
How important is live performance for DRESDA CODE? Do you
play often? If so how does your show looks like? Do you
focus also on aesthetic side of gig?
try to not play TOO often: we don't want to be everywhere
and everytime risking to annoying our audiences! But in the
future we are planning to play in different cities and
regions hopefully more often. Our shows for now are very
metal oriented but we are also working on the aesthetic
side: if we didn't do it before it was because we prefer to
do things carefully to avoid farces. For example: in our
release party we had face paint, banners, and a samba group
doing a mid-show.
Do you have any explanation as to why there are so many
bands in Italy? Is life so boring in Italy?
funny for us knowing that there are "many bands"
in Italy because in Italy, for an european average, there
are not so many bands
Maybe there are more bands per capita
in Italy than France or Spain, but in other countries the
average raises almost vertically (ex: Scandinavia, Greece,
Netherlands, Germany, UK etc.). Also, in the south of Italy
(which we came from) there are less bands and places to play
compared to other regions.
Within the heavy metal and rock worlds there has been a
massive resurgence of vinyl, and even cassettes to an
extent. How do you feel about the re-emergence of
these formats? Do you have a preferred medium for
listening to music?
don't have a common view about that, and we tend to listen
to music on a computer, home stereo, car stereo or the
internet. Maybe in the future we can do an vinyl version of
our LPs and EPs, but doing this starting from a CD version
is not the same to starting the production in analog
specifically for the vinyl, that is very very costly (unless
you are a very technical band).
Would you like to write the soundtrack for a movie? What
kind of movie?
why not, maybe knowing in advance some scenes to compose
very fitting songs to the scene. Maybe an nature-themed
Do you find anything valuable in human society? What about
think that, because "friends are the family we
choose", one of the most important values is the sense
of "brotherhood", the sense to belong to something
made up of people. One of the key to the future is to unite
respecting also all individualities and different cultures,
paying active attention to nature and ecology.
What would it really take for human beings to change or do
you think we are incapable of such?
we think that things could get better but only if we have a
strong critical sense, activism and common sense, and we
should all try to make people understand and resolve issues
between people or even between mankind and the planet.
Mankind is not black or white, is a complex object with many
dark and shining faces.
Well, my pal, that´s all for now, thanks a lot for your
co-operation. I hope you enjoy this interview.. Some words
you like to add?
of we’d like to thank you for the interview! We only would
like to give you our contacts: you can find us on Facebook,
as on bandcamp, where you can listen to the EP for free, and
you can also buy it.
Thanks once again for reading and for
the support given!!
Save the nature, Save your ass!!