Hi, well, the band name came from the willing to give voice to the obscure dimension that’s part of our music. We’ve never changed the name, it was Veil of Conspiracy since the very beginning.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
It is very difficult to us to label our music, because it is influenced by progressive metal, death metal, doom metal, with even some black metal shades. We mostly take inspiration from bands like Katatonia, Opeth, Soen, Nevermore, Swallow the Sun and more bands with that dark and melancholic mood.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Luca : I met Chris 3 years ago but I knew him as a guitarist and I really didn’t expect he had been such a great singer. I knew Davide before Veil of Conspiracy too because I share the stage with his band once. I know Emanuela from more than 10 years, we played in different local bands, and I met Andrea through the suggestion of a person we know.
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
The band was born in 2016, willing to create the mix of musical influences that we achieved with “Me, Us and Them”.
Are you a member of any music organizations?
What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?
Luca is endorsed by Schecter Guitars for years, and Swiss Picks. Emanuela plays Schecter guitars too, Andrea uses a Jano Custom bass. We chose to play these instruments because we think they suit our sound and quality tastes very well.
Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We presented our debut album in Rome last April 24. We’ll play in Milan an Carpi on June 5-6. We’re planning some other dates outside Italy, too.
Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
No we do not play covers and yes, we have a set playlist.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Generally, Luca and Emanuela write the songs, and then we all work together on them. All the songs from “Me, Us and Them” are focused on mental illness in its manifestations and its multiple, darkest faces, such as schizophrenia, depression, obsession, up to and including murder and suicide, both always dictated by a profound mental distress. We find that these themes are, unfortunately, increasingly recurrent in everyday life.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
A song always comes out very spontaneously, from a riff or an arpeggio, or from any melody we believe it can be developed at its best, taking care of every single detail. So the main challenge is to create something that we think people can like.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
We work hard to offer the best performance we can to the public.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Our music is continuously evolving, as we don’t like to focus on only one way to create music.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
The main challenge is to create something that we think people can like.
What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
The only thing we are looking for is to continue expressing ourselves through music, and that this will be appreciated by the public.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Practice very hard, everyday, have fun playing music and find the right band members. Try not to lose your inspiration.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
We’re on Facebook (www.facebook.com/veilofconspiracy), plus you can listen to “Me, Us and Them” on Spotify and buy it digitally on iTunes and Apple Music. Or physically on every musical store.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
Ourselves and all the people who trust in our music and support us.
Any last words?
Thanks a lot to all the fans for the support, we hope to see you all at the shows. Thanks to Metalmilitia for this interview. See you!