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- Giorgia Gueglio & Pier Gonella - Aug. 2010 - Claudia Ehrhardt -
Giorgia Gueglio & Pier Gonella - August, 12th 2010 (by email)
Italian band Mastercastle just released their second album which is called Last Desire. Time to introduce the band and so I'm glad guitarist Pier Gonella and singer Giorgia Gueglio agreed to answer some questions.
Btw, why did you choose Last Desire as the album title? And what does it mean to you?
Pier Gonella: I find the title interesting, there is something intriguing and curious in it.
Giorgia Gueglio: We can consider the album as 'concept' album, because all song are about a different mean of the word 'desire'. Apparently the 'desire' seems a simple concept, but it's very complex. It is the engine of all our thoughts and all our actions. When I wrote the lyrics for Last Desire, I decided to tell about the desire as passion that lights up between two individuals. Than I wrote Event Horizon telling about the general relativity, where the event horizon is a boundary in space beyond witch events cannot affect an outside observer. I found on this concept a good representation of the man who 'desire' to now everything about him. And so on, in each song I tell about a different desire. Everyone has his own Last Desire and I leave the interpretation to everybody, people listening to the track can think about their last desire.
Which songs represent Last Desire best?
Pier Gonella: Maybe the title track Last Desire. It combines some heavy-track guitar riffs with vocal melodies and this is our trademark. There are other songs I like very much where we touch some hard rock stuff like Away or Cat-House.
Some criticized that Giorgia Gueglio tries too much to sound like Tarja or Sharon del Adel, what do you think about that? What do you think about comparisons with Nightwish, Within Temptation and Evanescence?
Giorgia Gueglio: I like all these great bands, but I don't listen to them so much. The voice of Tarja is excellent, but completely different from mine. Simply many people has her as their best singer (and of course she is a great singer!) and so they compare any female voice with her voice. I've started singing listening to English and American hard rock, as Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin. Those band has my favourite vocalist, also now. Listening so much to male voices makes me naturally try to have the same aggression with the melodic touch of the female voice. I like also Sharon, but I think my voice is a little bit more aggressive (this not means better, but simply a little difference) for the rest any female voice has something common. I think we have to compare within the band.
Pier Gonella: I agree with Giorgia. Of course to be compared to those band is a good thing. For my style is the same. People always says my style often try to sound like Malmsteen. But they just heard a solo and they compare it to Malmsteen. I love it, of course, but sometimes I get inspiration by other guitarist as Tony Macalpine or Frank Gambale and people don't know them, and so they connect to the great Yngwie.
And what are your influences? What inspires you these days? Metal and non-metal!
Pier Gonella: As I said before I've been listening to many rock instrumental music and guitarist. Then I'm fonded to some 80s-90s bands as Scorpions, Deep Purple, Faith No More. I also listen to some classical music, but not the usual (great!!) Bach, Paganini, Vivaldi etc, but especially some classic guitar composer as Francisco Tarega and Augustine Barrios MangorŔ. Recently I listen also to Rond˛ Veneziano and other classic-modern ensemble like this.
Giorgia Gueglio: Aside from David Coverdale or Ian Gillan I like some Malmsteen albums, with singers as John Lynn Turner, Mike Vescera and Jeff Scott Soto. I like also System Of A Down, Rammstein and Lita Ford.
For many it was a surprise you choose to cover Rond˛ Veneziano's La Serenissima. So, what's the idea behind it?
Pier Gonella: I'm happy that people considered this as a surprise, and I'm also happy that in any interviews one question is about this song, it's rare to talk so much about an instrumental song. I love Rond˛ Veneziano's music, because their way of mixing classical string and orchestra sections with electric bass and rock drum is really amazing. So listening to La Serenissima I had the idea to remake it with a couple of guitars instead of the string section. It's a way to get inspiration from classical music but in a little bit original way.
Can we expect Mastercastle to work with an orchestra in future? Well, if you get the possibility...
Pier Gonella: If in the future there will be possibility a live with an orchestra is amazing of course. But in the studio I'm not so fan of orchestral or symphonic section. I like to listen to them, but I always imagine them played by guitars in a hard rock way.
What about concerts? Could you play any shows in your home country? Abroad? Are there plans to promote Last Desire live?
Pier Gonella: Yes, we made a couple of gigs around Italy. But we started immediately composing new stuff because now 2 albums give us many more chances for playing live. We planned some Italian shows starting from November and we hope to play also outside Italy.
Pier, Lion Music just release some instrumental albums, have you ever considered an instrumental album? Or do you prefer to add an instrumental or two to a Mastercastle album?
Pier Gonella: I like instrumental music and maybe in the future I'll publish an album. But there is no hurry and I don't want to sacrifice energy out of Mastercastle. This is actually my best promising band and the 2 instrumental song in an album is the best compromise for making the album good also for guitarist and musicians, and in the same time making my instrumental song good also for non-musicians without boring them. We will see in the future...
What keeps you busy when you don't work on Mastercastle songs?
Pier Gonella: I actually play guitar also in Italian thrash band Necrodeath. I've been playing many years with Labÿrinth and I recorded albums of many bands as guest musician. For the rest I also teach guitar in a school, so it's rare to see me without a guitar. :)
And what does Mastercastle do in their spare time? And band activities?
Pier Gonella: When I don't play I like to see some quite places and villages especially in the mountains, and have good dinner together with Mastercastle guys.
Giorgia Gueglio: I also teach singing and all band member has also other side project or bands. The drummer Bix plays also in Labÿrinth and Vision Divine, Steve has Athlantis band and I have with Steve and Pier also some cover band to spend some free time.
What's next on your schedule?
Giorgia Gueglio: We are currently working on a new video clip. The previous Princess Of Love is reaching 70,000 views on YouTube and this was a great success for us. The video clip is for the song Last Desire. We will make it in front of a famous abandoned church in the north of Italy and there will be also 2 actors, the rest is a surprise! :)
Sounds like the chances are good to see Mastercastle live sooner or later. Meanwhile check out the video clip - when it's up - and if the photo is done at the same place, then it's a great location for a video shoot!
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