Interview with CASAGRANDE
What inspired your entry into music, and if you hadn't pursued music, what do you think you'd be doing now?
My dad, a musician, played the accordion in front of me from the day my mother gave birth. During secondary school, my music teacher transcribed a popular song from that time, "The Final Countdown" by Europe, at our request. One day, he brought an accordion and played it, prompting me to go home and start playing it myself. If I hadn't pursued music, I would probably have become an astrophile.
Outside of music, what are your interests, and how do they influence your creativity?
Depending on the situation, I explore various topics, from religion/spirituality to history. These explorations undoubtedly influence my lyrics.
How long have you been creating music?
Where are you based, and has that location influenced your music?
I live in London, but it's not for artistic reasons, so, no, it hasn't influenced my music.
Can you share your most memorable shows, or if you haven't performed live, what is your vision for a live show?
One memorable gig involved charging a significant amount for entry. The bar owner placed a ticket at the entrance, causing many of our followers to stay outside.
What is your preferred venue, and are there places you aspire to perform that you haven't already?
While Donington Festival is a dream for many, it's the only one for me.
If you could curate any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Featuring Dave Lombardo on drums, Steve Vai on lead guitar, and Charles Bertoud on bass (he played on my latest song).
Any advice for newcomers to music and your younger self?
Don't attempt everything alone; seek help and advice. Avoid home recording.
Of your songs, which holds the most significance for you and why?
"Suicide Waltz" is special as it's my best self-recorded and engineered track, featuring one of YouTube's popular bassists.
Which songs do you enjoy playing the most, and which ones receive the most requests?
"Dying Forever" is a favorite due to its clean tone, and I can play it on the classical guitar.
What is your creative process, and what inspires your songwriting?
Old songs often started with guitar riffs, but now I may begin with drums, then bass, followed by guitar and vocals. News and horror/fantasy themes inspire me.
Do you convey specific messages through your music? If so, please elaborate.
I'm not consciously aware of any particular messages.
Do you have any recent singles, videos, or albums?
Yes, I recently released a single and video titled "Suicide Waltz," available on my YouTube channel, SoundCloud, and Soundclick.
What are your future plans, and is there anything upcoming you'd like to highlight?
I plan to release a four-track EP or possibly a 10-year anniversary LP with newbies and remixes.
How can your fans stay updated? Any social media links to share?
Certainly! You can find me on: