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Realized at: 14th, November 2016
 
 
 

"Aesthetics 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. . (...)"

1. Despite being active for many years (Since 2009), the band has a limited number of releases. Why’s that?

Before 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! 

2. I´ve noticed you have some tribal nuances on your aesthetic concept. Are you fans of traditional music?

In 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 aesthetic manner. 

3. Just how important is artistic appeal for you? Does aesthetics play a big role in your music?

Aesthetics 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 ethnic elements. 

4. 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?

We 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.

5. 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?

Thanks, 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. 

6. Much 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?

What 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. 

7. I think when a musician creates music is to, firstly, please himself, but do you think your songs are perfect for the nonconformist ears?

We 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.

8. 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.

9. 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?

We 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.

10. Do you have any explanation as to why there are so many bands in Italy? Is life so boring in Italy?

It's 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.


11. 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?

We 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).

12. Would you like to write the soundtrack for a movie? What kind of movie?

Sure, why not, maybe knowing in advance some scenes to compose very fitting songs to the scene. Maybe an nature-themed horror story.

13. Do you find anything valuable in human society? What about individual humans?

We 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.

14. What would it really take for human beings to change or do you think we are incapable of such?

Personally 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.

15. 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?

First 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.
BANDCAMP:https://dresdacode.bandcamp.com
FACEBOOK:https://www.facebook.com/Dresda-Code-151559334901694/

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