"LUX MUNDI" DECEMBER 2009,
Label: THISISCOREMUSIC (Genova, Italy)
Would you mind introducing us to the band?
Giuseppe Russo [vox & guitar]
Alex Tolomeo [vox, lead guitar, synth]
Louis Longo [bass]
Emanuele Russo [drums]
How long has the current band line up been together?
We have been together since 2007.
How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t yet heard you?
A bright fresh fizzy garage-pop-rock’n’roll band ;-)
What music did you listen to while growing up?
First of all BEATLES, then The Who, Ramones, The Clash
What have you been up to recently?
At the end of 2009 we signed with THIS IS CORE MUSIC (ITA)-Label, Distribution, Management, Press Agency. Our first official album came out DIC 2009, entitled LUX MUNDI, promoted and produced by THIS IS CORE MUSIC and distributed by ANDROMEDA (ITA). “Lux Mundi” (translated means “light of the world”) is our debut album that has so far received great acclaim from the critic reviews. It expresses our desire to enlighten and awaken our collective consciousness through music and the simplest thing that can exist: love.
We promoted the album with a series of gigs all over Europe. Only U and Blank and Alone are the two singles extract from Lux Mundi you can see their video on Youtube
What can your fans look forward to in the next 12 months?
Our fans are located almost everywhere so we expect a great success of our Italian single in Italy and even more clamor for our international style in the rest of the world.
How did you meet each other?
Giuseppe (voice) and Emanuele (drums) are brother the rest were all classmates
How did you come up with your name for the band?
We were looking for something simple and immediate and that some ways could represent our history with music thus we chose SKELTERS as the Beatles’ song Helter Skelter.
Did you always want to be in a band?
Each of us has studied music first on their own and for personal passion and sharing the same dream then naturally we joined the intent.
How long have you been involved with writing & performing music?
As regards the composition, Joseph and Alex are the ones who have the natural talent for composition and this thing has gone hand in hand since their first encounter with the music. As for the live shows of course everyone has had his first experience before the Skelters, but it was in 2007 that together we started to arrange the pieces created by Giuseppe and Alex, and for some time now and even by Louis and Emanuele.
Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
Each of us has followed music lessons: guitar, bass, drums and piano at an academic level.
What is your current equipment?
Epiphone guitar, Rickenbacker soloist guitar and bass, Tama Drums.
Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Of course! we try to faithfully reproduce the sound that represents us, always!
Do you have a set routine when writing and recording or does it depend on each track and the inspiration?
Certainly depends on the track, but we try to record only after reaching an arrangement that is most pleasing and perfect during the rehearsals and a first listening recording test.
Would you sign with a major record company?
Ehm…let us think…. Yes!we are confident that the hard work and passion will lead us to achieve success deserved… at least that should be ;-)
Do you have any new recordings planned?
After many songs in English we have just finished recording our first single in Italian, an Italian old cover “Il Mondo” by Jimmy Fontana, hoping to captivate also the Italian audience often not accustomed to the good Italian English-style music…”Nemo profeta in patria” someone said! But we recorded it also in English “World” with others English songs…so don’t worry!
How much involvement do you have with the arranging and production of the songs when recording?
While recording our involvement is at maximum. Many times a song is in somehow completed and arranged during registration.
Is the production side of things something you’d like to get involved more in the future, maybe working with other artists?
Yes, why not?
Do you find the process of recording enjoyable and does it get easier the more you do?
It is the most beautiful moment after the live show! Our efforts become tangible and we can implement our creativity. More over you learn so many things and obviously many fears disappear and you feel more free to create!
Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
It depends from song to song.There are more complicated songs that obviously are more effective in recording and others that we record the same way and with the same energy when we play it live.
Do you any favourite tracks from your album?
Only u gives us a great feeling when we play live and London Time is our debut song to which we are most fond.
Who are the main songwriters for the band?
Giuseppe and Alex as Lennon and Mc Cartney : both brilliant, passionate souls with their suffering and dark side
Do you have a method for writing songs?
It is the inspiration to guide us and the melody comes first on which the words themselves seem to arise then almost unconsciously. They are then brought into the rehearsal room and arranged by the band: so they become SKELTERS’songs
Do you write songs only about personal experiences?
Our songs are about, first of all of our personal experiences, but often speak of the condition of every man: dreams, fulfillment, love, women, spiritual evolution.
Do you find song writing easy or difficult?
It is easy because now is part of our essence, of our way to express what we are, dream and feel.
Which countries have you gigged in?
In Italy almost everywhere.
Abroad for the moment only in England.
Which countries would be at the top of your list to tour?
England and Germany.
How do you promote your music and get your music out to new fans?
Certainly over the Internet, there are many web radio and online platforms that help new music to emerge.
Which music promotion websites do you use and do you have a favourite?
We often collaborate with the Deuce Promotions (UK), does a great job for independent bands, and of course Somojo!
Do you think such sites and the internet are good tools for independent and unsigned artists?
Now is the only path to promotion. Just think of the large amount of fans that can be achieved through social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
With all the various websites out there for independent and unsigned artists, is there still something that is missing from them that you think would benefit the lesser-known artists?
Despite the great freedom in contacts via the web, I think, however, there is still much distrust of the new band. Through the web sites you can easily connect with hundreds of labels and promoters, but how many of them will answer you?
The reality is still based on personal knowledge made in the field, playing live and playing well! This is the only way to success!
How do you relax?
Drinking a few beers together or some of us often meditates with yoga ... we can combine very well Earth with Heaven;-)
Have you ever entered any ‘battle of the bands’ competitions?
Yes, here in Italy. often we get the finalists.
What’s your best/worst experience at a gig?
Experiences during the live shows are all very nice and helpful: very exciting with so many people under the stage singing your songs aloud, and they are invaluable when you learn to do your best also when below the stage there are a couple of people.
Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you calm down?
Excited more than nervous! often we are strengthening with meditation together
What are your day jobs if you have them?
We can say that our days jobs are based on music and everything else is considered a little hobby!
Would you like to be full time working musicians or are you happy with things as they are?
Soon the time comes when we can live just with our music and have no more problems ... very soon we will be full time musicians!
Has your music been used on any film soundtracks?
Not as film soundtrack, but London Time was used for advertising on Italian satellite TV programs.
Is composing for film or tv something you’d like to get involved in if the opportunity came along?
Sure if our music will be even more widespread and of course if will be compatible with our ethical and social values.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
We would like to thank Somojo Magazine and Kevin White in particular.
We hope to come back to England very soon to play for you.