Interview with Odio Su Tela

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After reviewing their homonymous EP and the interesting mesh up of Liftiba’s Fata Morgana and Prodigy’s eBreathe, we finally interviewed the most promising Italian band Odio su Tela.

This interview was kindly released on December 30th, 2007.

 

Miusika :

Hello guys! Thanks for releasing this interview and welcome on Miusika

 

Odio Su Tela :

Hey Mario, thank you and to Miusika for this awesome opportunity

 

Miusika :

First of all, congratulation for your great EP, and the fatamorganabreathe’s mesh up.

 

Odio Su Tela :

Thanks for the compliments. We are obviously always very happy when meeting with people that appreciate our projects and I need to say we are having quite a comeback from it.

 

Miusika :

Well, based on what I heard you guys deserve it.

 

Odio Su Tela :

Thanks

 

Miusika :

The band was formed at the end of 2005, what brought you together?

 

Odio Su Tela :

We all knew each other for long time, and we played together in the past in other bands. At the end of 2005 we decided it was time to make a substantial decision about our target, we wanted to be more determined and ambitious.

 

Odio Su Tela :

We started to write new songs right the way. We included cover songs only to fill up the live set list. We wanted to write tunes that allowed us to mix any kind of ideas, without having any limits in terms of composition that is why we define ourselves as crossover band.

 

Miusika :

How do you come up with the music? Is it easy or are there some difficulties since there are seven thinking minds in the band (a really big band in the rock scene)?

 

Odio Su Tela :

(Laughing) No, there are no conflicts among us. We tend to respect each other as musicians, and we listen to everybody’s ideas, which fortunately are often going in the same direction, we are a really unite band indeed! Because there’re so many of us in the band and each of us has different musical backgrounds we can create a wide range of soundscape.

 

Miusika :

One can tell you guys are tight, and can definitely hear the sound’s shading; I liked that immediately.

Another thing I like a lot and I unconditionally support, is the choice of singing in Italian.

Unfortunately, it seems almost all the other bands are singing in English. Why did you choose to go against mainstream?

 

Odio Su Tela :

See, from our point of view the use of Italian lyrics is very organic.

We are an Italian band and we want our lyrics to be intelligible.

We are really proud of this. We do not really approve all these bands (it’s not everybody obviously) that often don’t write good lyrics in English but rather come up with bland and stereotypical ones based on Anglo-cliché.

 

Miusika :

Yep, I agree. I also think many bands hope to hit big just like Lacuna Coil but they forget that Lacuna came out during a specific time where their sound, even though it wasn’t perfect yet at the time, influenced a lot of northern European bands. Their success was achieved from more than just the usage of English.

 

Odio Su Tela :

I think you are right. The Lacuna Coil busted their asses for years; that is all it takes (and a little bit of luck) to get somewhere.

 

Miusika :

Basically you need to have your own personality or you can’t go forward.

 

Odio_su_Tela_Live2.jpgOdio Su Tela :

You know…personality is very important, but you need to be in the right place at the right moment too. For example in the metalcore scene (which we only partially like) there are only few bands that have created a new sound; all the others are only clones that have been pushed on the market.

 

Miusika :

It’s the problem with today’s music, if something is not working out the record label just fix that, there’s no willingness of taking risk, even the musicians sometimes do not have enough courage. An obvious example is the choice of not singing in Italian, the fear of bland lyrics. The idea of excluding the overseas market scares many.

 

Odio Su Tela :

All you said is terribly true! However, I think it’s a normal behavior for a market in danger as the music one.

 

Miusika :

Under this point of view you guys are going against mainstream, so I wonder how the live audience react compare to who download your album may be just out of curiosity?

 

Odio Su Tela :

The responses are always great, both live and on the recording.. When we play out, I assure you, it’s priceless to see the audience sing along. Even Myspace is giving us good responses; we have a lot of contacts and a lot of awesome comments. And as

cherry on the pie we have excellent reviews.

 

Miusika :

Did the record labels notice that something is pushing on?

 

Odio Su Tela :

We are obviously looking for a record contract in order to move up. Especially to promote our music! At the moment we have a management contract with Alkemist Fanatix, which is looking into get us singed up. As I said, the responses are excellent, let’s hope the labels think the same as you and the all the other that complimented us.

 

Miusika :

I wish you the best guys. One suggestion I would give you is to keep your eyes wide open because there’re a lot of cunning people out there, and I saw too many talented bands been brought down from fake labels. But if I don’t mistake, you guys have also worked with major labels….

 

Odio Su Tela :

Yeah, some of us were involve with Warner because were playing with Ambramarie, and made also a video, and also during Christmas 2004 made a remix for a Sony commercial.

 

Miusika :

Mig you have also a side project going on, right?

 

Odio_su_Tela_Live3.jpgOdio Su Tela :

Yep! Are songs I wrote at home in the past year; some of them are adaptations from my former band, the Kail.

For my first side project I chose to record all the tunes in my own studio, and beside the drums, I recorded everything by myself.

 

Miusika :

Same Rock genre or did you take a different path?

 

Odio Su Tela :

The same genre even though softer than what Odio do.

 

Miusika :

Help us to understand better, what we can compare it to? I know we all try to be equal only to ourselves but could you give us a close comparison example?

 

Odio Su Tela :

You know, it is difficult to say what it resemble cause this album is really broad. I can say the sound goes from Korn like pieces with Muse influences to System of a Down and Linkin Park style

 

Miusika :

Let’s say still crossover but more chill.

 

Odio Su Tela :

Exactly!

 

Miusika :

Tell me the true: do you like Linkin’s last album?

 

Odio Su Tela :

The best one is the first album. In the new one…not much guitar, not enough dj, not much rapping…with the kind of dj they have it is really a pity they have used him only as a video director.

 

Miusika :

May be they couldn’t stand anymore playing Shinoda’s songs, but if the price to pay is to be a bad U2 copy…

Even live they don’t look that good lately, especially the singer

 

Odio Su Tela :

(Laughing) it’s possible! Perhaps their target is to expand the range of fans. Too bad the only opportunity to see them it would have been at the Heineken’s festival…but we all know what happened, so I can’t tell you how their live shows are.

 

Miusika :

Let’s get back to you guys. Who writes the lyrics and what inspires you?

 

Odio_su_Tela_Live.jpgOdio Su Tela :

MIG: Raffaele and I are taking charge of the lyrics.

The inspiration comes from various places, personal experiences, from what is around us, even from imaginary situations, like in Affondo where we describe what a person could feel while drowning.

The important thing is that we always want to give a meaning to what we tell avoiding pettiness.

 

Miusika :

It’s not an easy thing to do but one need to try at least otherwise will never happen. One needs to be fearless and you guys did it.

 

Odio Su Tela :

I thank you for that

 

Miusika :

de nada es verdad (Not at all is the truth)

 

Miusika :

How the new songs are coming along?

 

Odio Su Tela :

We have already finished three brand new pieces, we play them live already and we have more that are still work in progress. We are trying to come up with 7 songs so to record the next EP, unless we get a record contract that will allowed us to make something more

juicy.

We are driven toward heavier sounds compare to the first album. We detached from the classic crossover/new-metal, we are trying to be much more original

 

Miusika :

Heavier sounds good to me since I’m a Swans estimator, in particular of Filth. Are you guys going toward sludge metal?

 

Odio Su Tela :

No, nothing like that. We kept it close to the first EP, trying to leave room for “ill situations”, also using scream singing.

 

Miusika :

Eheheheheheheh. Interesting, but what kind of scram singing? Death metal screaming personally puzzles me.

Too many vocalist thinks they’re singing but they’re braying instead.

 

Odio Su Tela :

No, it’s more like Pantera, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, and All That Remains, more Metal Core (but Pantera of course)

 

Miusika :

To finish up: what about live gigs? And Mig are you going to post you personal project online?

 

Odio Su Tela :

Unfortunately it’s not easy to find the right venues for live gigs. Locally, cover, tribute, and chiller bands are more on demand, while the local metal scene tends to snub us as soon the word “crossover” comes out.

 

Odio Su Tela :

MIG: four songs are already available on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/migsongs and I will add more in the near future.

 

Miusika :

I’m curious to know if Killing Joke influenced you

 

Odio Su Tela :

No, we barely know the name. Our influences come from band like Slipknot, Pantera, S.O.A.D., Korn, Subsonic, and Prodigy

 

Miusika :

Thank you guys for the interview, congratulation for what you have done so far. I’m really anxious to hear the new tunes.

 

Odio_su_Tela2.jpgOdio Su Tela :

Thank you Miusika! We can wait to finish the new album; we believe fans and insiders will like it a lot.

 

Miusika :

Guys we really appreciated it. Happy 2008 and give your cd to the metal venues’ managers, they will change their mind and book you after listening to your music.

 

Odio Su Tela :

I really hope so! I wish a happy new year to you and to all the Miusika readers.

 

 

 

You can download ODIO SU TELA’s songs at http://www.odiosutela.com/.

 

 

Mario (february 2008) Translation by Barbara aka La Brava

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