"We're living in a world of shit and it gets worse every day: people suck, society collapses, mankind is completely destroying the planet... we're living the last chapters of our times and "Disarmonia Mundi" kinda sums it all."
Questions by: Samo Mrak
Answers by: Claudio Ravinale
1. How did it all start?
CLAUDIO: Like every band starts... to bang more girls ahahah! You see, if you're a musician even when you're old, lame and looking like utter crap you can still convince very young and dumb girls to have sex with you just because you have your ugly and wrinkly face on a magazine, they look at you in awe like you're a fuckin' divinity while you're just an old and retarded fart... doesn't that sound like a good enough reason to be in a band for you? ahahah
2. What does "Disarmonia Mundi" mean? Why did you choose this name?
CLAUDIO: Disharmony of the world... We're living in a world of shit and it gets worse every day: people suck, society collapses, mankind is completely destroying the planet... we're living the last chapters of our times and "Disarmonia Mundi" (one word is in italian, while the other one is latin) kinda sums it all.
3. How did you come in touch with "Speed"?
CLAUDIO: Oh it was a while ago... During the recordings of "Fragments of D-Generation" the band kinda split with half of the members involved in it, so being Speed releasing records of this other band called "Terror 2000" via our same former label we just got in touch and hired him to perform the vocals on the album... Of course it was a huge boost for the band, he's one of the best extreme vocalists out there and having him onboard not only made our songs sound better but also improved the attention towards our project. Then we became friends and kept having his guest vocals on our records (no longer in a massive way tho, just some guest parts here and there throughout the songs) basically because we really love to work with him, he's very talented and a very down to earth guy.
4. If I'm not mistaken, there is only you and Ettore. How come there are no other band members?
CLAUDIO: mmmm, I dunno, honestly! We just got used to it... It sucks coz we cannot perform live, but at the same time we've been this way for so long that I can't really think of a different line-up for us... I mean, from time to time I just flip and start annoyin' Ettore about how badly we have to become a "real" band and go live and blablabla, then after a while I just stop thinking about it and we keep goin' as usual ahahah
5. Are you still colaborating with past members (Mirco, Benny, Simone,...) ?
CLAUDIO: Nope, not at all, don't even know what they're up to actually.
6. Do you have any gigs? If not, are you planning to have some?
CLAUDIO: The only band I'm performing with right now is 5 STAR GRAVE, but it's a completely different thing, mainly modern rot'n'roll stuff, while with both DISARMONIA MUNDI and THE STRANDED we're not havin' gigs at all...
7. As far as I remember, the DM's begining was progressive metal oriented. What contributed to changing genre?
CLAUDIO: Well, people evolve, discover new music, start to experiment new stuff... you know, we constantly change as listeners and it surely influences what we create as well (despite our main influences still being heavily rooted in 80's metal gods like Iron Maiden, Testament, Slayer and so on). And probably growing older we got more pissed-off as well coz every new album is more violent than the previous one ahah! It's a very natural process anyway, Ettore writes all the music and he simply follows his feelings, no masterplan behind it at all.
8. Album-wise, I personally bang my head to Mindtricks. It's really great album. How long has been the proccess of making it?
CLAUDIO: Yeah it's a cool one, very dark, but my fav one still remains "The Isolation Game" so far. Don't get me wrong, I really love "Mindtricks", but we had a lot of problems during the mixing and mastering process and what you hear on the record is not the real album at all... there's so much more stuff hidden inside that you're not just able to hear and knowing it really pisses me off.
9. Do your records have some kind of concept i.e. Lyrics being oriented towards some social critisism etc, or are just plain spontanious?
CLAUDIO: Both. It's all about the mood of the song, "The Isolation Game" was more like my own point of view about nowadays society, while the lyrics for "Mindtricks" were more personal. It's always a spontaneous process anyway, I just listen to the music and start writing down stuff that fits without thinking too much about what I'm doing till I'm done with it.
10. Are you open for collaborations with other, newcomer bands (Italy or abroad)?
CLAUDIO: Sure, there are so many great bands out there worth collaborating with, too bad the music business has completely collapsed and probably most of them will never make it. We're doin' this just for the love of our music and mainly coz we have a lot of fun doin' it, but there's no longer money at all in this business and this can be quite a pain in the ass if you're a newcomer.
11. What do you use in studio (guitars, gear...)? To which brand do you "trust" the most?
CLAUDIO: Ettore is endorsed by Cort, VHT and iSP technologies, while for me it doesn't really matter, I just scream my ass off in the first mic I find.
12. Listening to "Fragments of D-Generation and "The Isolation Game" shows quite big leap in band's develpoment. What's your approach or trick? Because many newcomer bands simply quit after couple of years, although they had potential.
CLAUDIO: Being the first fan of your music basically, not allowing yourself to release a sloppy record just for the sake of putting out a new album. The more records you release the harder it becomes to put constant quality into them, so you really have to be picky and try to concentrate on each and every song, tryin' to shape them in the best way possible. We're working on our new forthcoming album right now and we are really wrecking our minds on every track just to get the best ouf of every idea. Of course it's impossible to release the "perfect" record, but at least we try to put out the best one possible every time we release a new album.
13. A bit funny question, but...What would DM cocktail consists of ? :)
CLAUDIO: Hummm, a "sex on the beach" one with a lot more alcohol in it than usual, we're italians after all! ahahah
14. Regarding you are from Italy, do you mind telling us how many kinds of spaghetti sauce can you prepare? :)
CLAUDIO: Ettore is a great cook and can really prepare a lot of them, while I'm not, so I usually just buy them ahahah
15. What would be your and Ettore's "word-of-the-wise" to our rearders and young, newcomer bands?
CLAUDIO: mmmmm yeah, "are you really sure about it?" haha coz damn, times are really hard for the music biz and if you don't love what you do, are 100% involved in it and ready to sacrifice a lot of time, energy and money to it, well it just won't work. And never compromise, just stick to your vision to the end, right or wrong it's still your own and you have to respect it coz it's a part of yourself. Tnx for the interview, see ya around and take care!
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