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Interview with Madness At Home
1) What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Pietro : I was looking for something to fill in the blank at first, then it became a good shelter, just another way to escape every now and then.
I think it would have been the same as now, music hasn't changed my life's prospect
Giulio : I've got into music listening to my parents huge vinyls and CDs library during my childhood. It's been almost natural to me turning this passion into a profession. Maybe I would be a veterinary.
Andrea : I always listen to music since I was a young kid because my mother was obsessed with, so it's been naturally for me to grow up with that passion and purpose. I would probably been the work I've studied for and I don't want to talk about it because it's really boring.
2) What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Pietro: I like watching movies, playing videogames or read a book and sometimes I like to write down my thoughts. Sometimes I just want to waste my time. Every input I get influences me in every time.
Giulio : Watch movies, playing videogames, reading books and travel.
My creativity is influenced in so many casual ways.
Andrea : I like the same things people's like. Have a walk, a dinner, read a book, go to dance ect... This world just as it appears, have enough influence, with all his good and very evil things
3) How long has your band been around?
Pietro: We've been around for almost four years now. The band was born in 2019
4) Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
Pietro: We live in Rome and I think that environment greatly affects us in many ways. I've always lived in central districts like Trastevere, Testaccio and Monteverde, places that have shaped my hidden perception. The static and decadent atmosphere floating all around and some odd personalities you could run into the area strongly influence our lyrics
5) How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Pietro: I've chosen the band's name because of a song called Madness at Home that I brought during a rehearsal session. It was a time when I was thinking a lot about home and family's idea and how they influence unconsciously and psychologically our mental health. Meanwhile the title was even a symbol for a shelter. The real meaning changes time by time with our experience.
6) Tell me about your most memorable shows.
Giulio: There were been many good live shows, but I think Trieste Hardcore was absolutely our favourite. We've never played in front of a moshing and going wild crowd. It also was our first gig in an outdoor place, a square in Trieste city center, where we could see some of the most beautiful buildings in the city all around, but decline, distress and dereliction at the same time.
7) What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Pietro: I would say Defrag, maybe because is the place where we make our first album release party and we have always liked that place. I wish to play live on KEXP
Giulio: I've got no favourite venues. If I have to choose, it could be a big open arena with a moshing crowd in front of the stage
Andrea: I don't have a favourite venue. For sure I prefer places where musicians get consider artist and worker
8) If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Pietro: I don't know. Right now: Marta del Grandi and Death Grips, Gilla Bands or Less for a very peculiar show.
Giulio: For sure James Brown, David Bowie or Queen with Freddie Mercury in front of a 80.000 people's crowd.
Andrea: I would like to play with Alice in Chains, because I love their music.
9) What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Pietro: Think about yourself and other people as much honestly as you can. Guess I wouldn't give it to myself, because I wouldn't follow it anyway
Giulio: If you want to play alone or in a band, my advice is: study constantly but staying always yourself and listen to a lot of different music, even when it's not your kind.
Andrea: Spend all your time in study, rehearsals a songwriting but most important: choose the right people.
10) If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Pietro: Same as before
Giulio: Be careful about who you trust and invest money in a rehearsal and recording studio.
Andrea: Don't waste money on guitar gears
11) Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Pietro: Definitely Cathartic Fabric. It embodies pretty well a period of my life that marked me deeply.
Giulio: No one in particular. Every song gives me different and meaningful vibes
Andrea: “Celluloid Hill”. It reminds me in an inexplicable way about the time spent with my bandmates and how good is it making music with this band, our band. That's why I can say this song is my favourite.
12) Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Pietro: Currently I like to play a new nameless song; some of the older
ones are probably Fade and Celluloid Hill, or Bench and Pater, Mater for the long noisy instrumental parts.
Actually I don't know, we're not so popular to have requests, but I think Fade is the most requested song because it's the oldest one and the most played in our live shows.
Giulio: Wet Room. I like to hit hard and this one has a hammering rhythm. Straight, short and right to the point.
I like to play Fade and Sane too, which they are probably the most requested songs because of the Nirvana's vibes they have.
Andrea: Waste is absolutely my favourite to play because of his
chorus line which is very hard to play while you're moving. The mostly requested maybe it's Fade, because it's very straight-to-the-point and the oldest one.
13) What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Pietro: We've got a quite instinctive and common creative process. One of us usually brings an idea and then it is developed by all of us. We've got the urge to get rid about a sublimation of different inputs that we constantly receive and strongly inspire our songwriting.
14) What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Pietro: There's no a particularly message within, just casual piece, fragments of our personalities and lives.
15) Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Pietro: It happens sometimes, but all we need is love.
Giulio: Everyone's has personal problems and opinions and it's really easy to fight after all this years together but frequently we solve them just having a talk.
Andrea: Of course. After years together is pretty easy to fall into some fights. We are people with a lot of different points of view and personal problems. But we are both bandmates and friends. We need a talk, a live show and we're ok.
16) What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Andrea: We're trying to play wherever we can and meanwhile take our time working on new ideas for now. Yeah sure! We will play at Baraccio in Catania on 24th november and at Interzone in Reggio Calabria on 25th november.
Nobody of your readers is probably italian, but in case someone of them is in Italy on holiday, if they' d like to come at our gigs, we would be very glad.