Hi Reapter! What’s the meaning of your band’s title? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?
Our name is the fusion of the words “Reaper” (as for Death) and “Richter”, referred to Charles Francis Richter, founder of the homonymous earthquake standard. We never changed it because we really liked it from the start and felt that was the right name for our sound!
Please list the name, age, school, and respective instrument of each band member.
Claudio Arduini, 37, vocals: he’s taking private lessons with teacher Cecilia Amici of Popular Music School “Donna Olimpia” of Rome;
Massimiliano Pellicciotta, 40, lead guitars: he studied music and guitar in Rome at Ciak Music School and Ladybird Music Project;
Daniele Bulzoni, 39, lead guitars: he’s self-taught with guitar;
Jury Pergolini, 38, bass guitar: he studied music and bass at UM University of Music of Rome;
Emiliano Niro, 37, drums: he’s taking private lessons at Ciak Music School in Rome.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
Our influences come from the classic heavy metal and thrash metal, but we also take inspiration from death and some prog elements. We are lucky because everyone of us has different performing and writing styles, so when we write something together there will be always something different and new.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Well, me (Claudio) and Emiliano know each other since 1990, because we were classmates in secondary school; me and Max since 2000 because we met in a videogames shop and used to play together with Dungeons & Dragons; Jury joined the band in 2007 and Daniele in 2015.
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
It was Max who was searching for members to form a band. He was looking for a drummer so I introduced Emiliano to him, then our ex rhythm guitar Stefano. At that point, I looked at myself and thought: why not join the band as vocalist? We always loved metal music and some of us as Max and Emiliano had previous bands. But when we joined forces, we felt we were special, a real group of friends playing a very good metal music.
Are you a member of any music organizations?
No, never been.
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?
Any study or research on our instruments is aimed to find the right powerful and melodic sound. We don’t have brand loyalties and we choose our instruments with no set preferences: everything
Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
We played all around Italy and abroad too: England, Romania, Croatia, Hungary and Bulgaria. we’ll play in Brescia at Circolo Colony along with Civil War, Nightmare and Arsea; then in Rome at Traffic Live Club with Jinjer, Mindahead and Myr. We’re also planning a tour in Europe this summer to promote “Cymatics”, our new album, so stay tuned for news about it! We think the best venues where we played in are Alcatraz Live Club in Milan and Stazione Birra in Rome; we have also least favorite places but we’ll never tell anyone… you may understand why. It’s not correct.
Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
Recently we played always “Cymatics” because we must promote it live, but we always play some of “M.I.N.D.” too, our first album. In the past we played some covers: Enter Sandman and The Four Horsemen from Metallica, Territory from Sepultura and Transylvania from Iron Maiden, but we’d rather play our songs. We set a list from time to time, based on the gig we have to play: a long set is different than a short 30-minutes-show, so we carefully decide the list.
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?
We write everybody and altogether. Honestly, we don’t think about topics while songrwriting: everythings depends on sensations and mood. Surely we try and search something Reapter-style, like frantic/melodic riffs but we don’t reason in terms of topics.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Well, most of the times one of us proposes a riff or a chorus and then we all follow the line; but we work hard not to compose something too way linear. Sometimes we gather at someone’s home confronting our ideas and so our song come alive. When we realize that a song isn’t working, isn’t sounding Reapter-style, then we leave it and we go through again all the process until we are satisfied. We don’t want to do something simple or something too complex, but we always try to find the right balance between technique and straightforward approach.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
We rehearse once a week on wednesday, but when a show is near we go even twice a week playing and playing again our tracklist.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Our playing and writing has changed indeed. In the beginning we were just amateur self learning musicians and we realized that if we wanted a better sound and more complex songs than before, we needed to study hard on our instruments. Everybody began to take lessons at school and we reached targets never reached before: higher tunes with vocals, more refined harmonizing, more evolved and fast drum patterns. All brought here to Cymatics, our new album. But we perfectly know we must not stop: we must search for other writing options and other sound solutions for the next album. For an artist, improvement never stops.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
I think the biggest challenge is to harmonize five brains in one tune. Every member of a band is an individual with personal behaviour, tastes, thoughts etc. and most of the times he/she clashes with different people who thinks different from him/her. When you find a good balance in a relationship among many people who must compose and play music together, then you won that challenge. We strived hard during the years to find a good harmony and we think we finally found it.
What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
We seek for them indeed but as consequence of our work, not as main target of it. We think that nowadays there are too many so-called artists who want fame without seeking art. If you do your job well, then people will like you and maybe success will come.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Do what you like but do it well, with a professional approach.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
Just listen to some of our songs on You Tube and if you like them, then buy our cds!
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
For now we had only emotional support but it’s always appreciated when it comes from the heart. No one in particular though.
Any last words?