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Interview: Gaslight Anthem and Bayside

posted November 20, 2014, 8:56 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Interviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Gaslight Anthem live

On the 10th of November, we met Gaslight Anthem and Bayside when they were about to play their Italian concert during their European tour. We luckily had the chance to talk with Alex Rosamilia from Gaslight Anthem and with Anthony Raneri from Bayside. The concert was one of the most amazing concerts of the last few months with lots of people crowd surfing, lots of people really enjoying the music and the moment, lots of people without their recording devices, just singing and dancing to the music. I witnessed how much Gaslight Anthem are loved here in Italy and happily saw the reaction reaction the audience had had during Bayside’s show: everyone wished they could have been playing more! It was a pleasure getting to know them better.

Gaslight Anthem’s Alex Rosamilia

How would you describe your music to someone who never heard your songs?

Earnest, thoughtful and rock’n’roll!

Which are your artistic influences not only in music, but in general?

I mean, there’s a lot… it depends on the day, kinda, you know? I listen to a lot of music: I was actually spending the last few hours just kinda deejaying myself on my computer! So, I guess, for today, I’d say things like Joy Division, Smiths, The Cure, that have a big influence on me… Roxy Music, that type of stuff. That’s just today, who knows what tomorrow will bring!

Gaslight Anthem live Milan

What do you think about Italy and your Italian fans?

I love Italy! I’ve Italian ancestors: I kinda feel partly Italian! My sister has the Italian citizenship: she’s married with a guy from Torino… it is in my blood! I love it here, you know: it reminds me of being a kid, growing up with my grandma!

What do you think about the actual situation in music business, right now?

I don’t think this is as negative, as everyone makes it out to be, you know. It’s a transitional period: they’re learning how to deal with that’s happening, streaming music and downloading it and not having physical copies! They’re slowly figuring out how to get around it: you know, like using things like Spotify to count for album charting, like it was part of selling the physical copies; using Youtube as a method to get there: like before there was Mtv, now there’s Youtube. I mean, they’ll figure it out: they’ve got a period to try different solutions and we’ll figure it out, I’m sure.

What would you be your advice to someone who’s trying to get known with his music?

Play. Play and tour, get in the van and don’t go home.

What is the most thrilling experience in your career until now?

If I should point to one moment, I don’t think I can. This whole tour has been pretty intense, for example, from the beginning. I don’t think I could say there’s been one moment, that was like “that is definitely the best”!I’d probably say that happens at least twice per tour… you know, maybe one day I think “This is the coolest thing that ever happened” and then, like three days later, something else happens…it’s good!

After this tour, what are your plans for the future?

More touring! We do Australia in the winter and then the States in the spring and then we come back over here in the summer.

What could you tell us about the story behind “Get Hurt” when you were recording it? Maybe something funny happened…

We’re not that kind of band, especially when it comes to recording, we get very focused on recording! We don’t go out: we wake up, drive to the studio, work and then go back home and so on.

What is your creative process for your songs? Is there a sort of routine?

I mean, it changes, especially in this record: we started things way differently than the past. We usually started songs with, like guitar, now there’s a couple of tracks that start with the piano, and starting with the vocal melody! We’re trying to do stuff that normally we didn’t do: the creative process kinda changed during the last period. Yeah, it could be seen like an half hazard, but it was all positive, in the end and not a bad thing!

Bayside’s Anthony Raneri

Bayside live

How would you describe your music to someone who never heard your songs?

We call ourselves like a punk band, you know, we think we’re a punk band, but we are also very catchy, I think! We try to let our melodies be very important for our music, and the lyrics too.

What is the story behind “Cult” and what is your creative process for your songs?

“Cult” is our sixth record and our creative process usually starts when we’re on tour: I come up with a melody, an idea in my head, I record it into my phone humming it or something and then when I come home and I sit down to write songs, I go through all those ideas and I find the ones that are the best, and I turn them into a song. At home, just me and one guitar, then I send it around to the band and they all start working on it, we get together and do it!

What do you think about Italy and your Italian fans?

I love Italy! I absolutely love it! My entire family is from Italy: my grandparents and everybody from my mother’s side were born here. My family moved to Argentina, my mother was born in Argentina, but everybody’s Italian. It’s a beautiful country: people are the best, the food is the best, obviously!

Which are your artistic influences not only in music, but in general?

Musicly, obviously, there’s a lot: Nirvana is one of my favorite bands, The Smiths is one of my favorite bands! I love to sing: is my favorite part of playing music, I absolutely love it and I take singing and I take my voice very seriously. A lot of people whom I look to, as vocalists, are the crooner kind of thing, like Dean Martin, stuff like that! I admire those kind of artists and I’d like to bring a lot of that into my voice.

What do you think about the actual situation in music business, right now and what would it be your advice to someone who’s trying to get known with his music?

The actual situation in music is pretty difficult: there’s a lot of things changing and it’s becoming harder and harder to figure out how to make money. Luckily we were able to establish our band before things really changed drastically, you know: we have a career, we have a fanbase and we’re able to make a living based on all the work we’ve been putting in until now. For bands starting now it’s much, much harder to figure out how are you gonna survive, how are you gonna make a living, how are you gonna get popular. But the best advice I could give is that music speaks louder thank anything else. I meet bands all the time, I know bands who spend one hour a day writing a song and the other 23 hours trying to get people to listen to it. If you reverse that, you know, if you spend all of your time trying to write the best song you can write, you don’t have to find anybody: they’ll find you! There are bands that it takes ten years to them to get a fanbase, trying and trying and trying to get people listen to their music and there are bands that over a night get famous and just because the songs spoke to the people.

What’s been the most thrilling experience in your career until now?

This is a very hard question! Our last headline tour in the US was pretty serial for us: it was the first time… we’ve done bigger headline tours over there, but it has been definitely the biggest we’ve ever done and every show was selling out. For us, to walk into a venue everyday of a tour and not worrying at all about how many people were coming ’cause it has already sold out, you know it’s gonna be great, for the whole tour… that’s a pretty cool feeling!

After this tour, what are your plans for the future?

We’ll be home for the holidays and then, next year, we’re gonna do an headline tour in the US and then we hope to come over to Europe and do our first European headline tour next year!

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