STEELAWAKE interview

Hi STEELAWAKE! What’s the meaning of your band’s title? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?

Hi! Our name means that we want to feel like we’re still able to see what matters and be present in the moment, be awake and in control of our lives. We’ve never changed the name since we came up with it.

Please list the name, age, school, and respective instrument of each band member.

Teo, 30, lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Daline, 29, lead guitar and backup vocals. Guanda, 29, bass and backup vocals. Peet, 29, drums.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

We have many favourites bands, we are mostly influenced by Paparoach, Skillet, Seether, Three Days Grace, Paramore and many more. We play alternative rock music. The lead singer in particular is a fan of this genre so he kinda influenced our sound in that direction, as he’s also the one who wrote most of the songs.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

We’ve known each other for a couple of years now. We were all looking for musicians to start a new band after our previous projects and as we started playing together we felt like there was a good connection, so we kept going.

When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

Our band formed in early 2017. We’ve been working on our music ever since and we’ve done quite a lot so far, which has kept us very motivated and inspired.

Are you a member of any music organizations?

Currently we aren’t.

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?

We all have our favourite brands and models. The lead guitarist has been in love with Gibson guitars ever since she started playing, and she owns a Gibson Les Paul Studio. The rhythm guitarist loves Schecter guitars. We tend to play with the instruments we like the most, unless we need to switch to other models for some reason. While recording our album, for example, we had to use a lot of different guitars in order to get the perfect sounds for specific riffs or solos.

Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

We’ve been playing at pubs and festivals. We especially love venues that have a strong rock vibe, like Rock n Roll club in Milan for example. We also love music festivals, as the crowd there is usually very cheerful and excited. In Autumn we’re gonna get back on stage as frequently as we did up until July, starting off with a big release party in October to celebrate our very first album!

Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?

We play all of our original songs usually in a specific order that works for us and hopefully for the audience. We currently don’t have any cover in our setlist.

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?

Teo is our main songwriter. He’s written most of the songs that are included in our first album. Lately Teo and Daline have started writing songs together, with interesting results. Most of our lyrics are about our personal lives. Teo has written many songs about his past relationships for example. This kind of songwriting is definitively a way to vent and heal in a kind of therapeutic way. We like to explore new things, so it’s likely that the topics will change over time.

Could you briefly describe the music-making process?

Usually Teo and Daline would come up with the first ideas and riffs and record a pre-prod. After the first drafts are ready, the pre-prods are shared with the others so that Guanda and Peet can give their own important contributions. We then practice a lot and work on arranging the songs according to our taste and band sound. When the songs are done, we send them over to our producer and get his feedbacks on them. At this point the songs are finally finished and ready to be recorded in studio.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

We have rehersals at least twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We would usually go through all of our setlist and then eventually focus on new songs to arrange or practice more when there’s an upcoming live show.

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

We’ve definitively found our own sound since we first started playing together. Our music tastes have all come together and we’ve come up with the right balance of rock, alternative, scream and metal.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Our biggest challenge so far has been doing a hundred things at the same time with super tight deadlines. Within a year we’ve managed to play a lot of gigs, record our first single and our first music video, record another music video for our single’s acoustic live version, arrange a few photoshoots, sign with a booking agency and a record label and finally record a 13-tracks album, which will be released in October 2018. That was pretty challening, but we did it!

What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?

We would love for our music to get as many exposure as possible and we’d love to increase our fan base. Should “fame and fortune” come, we’ll be of course more than glad and proud of our work.

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

“Just do it”, it’s the coolest thing you’ll ever do and remember for the rest of your life 🙂 Also, don’t let people bring you down with their “common sense”. In Italy, everyone likes to repeat that rock music is dead and you won’t go anywhere with this genre, but we strongly believe that hard work, dedication, confidence and a little faith always pay in the end.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

They can access to our music through our social media. We’re very active on both Instagram and Facebook (@steelawakeband / @steelawake). Our first single is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google play and Amazon Music. Our first album will be available on these platforms as well.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

Our families have always supported us and helped us so much on both levels. We are very grateful to them.

Any last words?

Always support original bands and rock music!