Interviews: Universe In My Yard

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Deathcore band Universe In My Yard, from Italy. Check out this band because they are amazing and do not forget to follow them in their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?  

MT: Hi there, I’m Mattia Toschi, the lead guitarist of UIMY. It pretty much came out like that. We liked the way it sounded, it's evocative; and of course later we had fun trying to set up particular meanings to justify that choice. Actually a lot of interpretations came out, some of them easy to understand for who live in the countryside.  

2.Why did you want to play this genre?  

NA: Hi guys I’m Nicolò Alfei, bassist and vocalist for Universe In My Yard. Well because it’s very funny and stimulating to play. I like challenges and I had this project in my mind for several years so I had the opportunity to blend and perfect a couple of genres inside the deathcore matrix, for instance djent and death metal influences. Of course this EP Cold Souls is also plenty of odd times and we are all addicted about them.  

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?  

MT: No, this project and music in general was the reason why we met, but then we became friends very soon.  

NA: Honestly nope. I knew Mattia first because he was a friend of a friend of mine. Later I met Edoardo because of an ad online on a famous Italian musicians website and Lenny was a friend of him. So we all became great friends.  

4. Each band member favorite band?  

MT: I've a trouble with "favourites", can't really say.  

NA: Honestly I don’t have a favorite band, but I love bands like Protest The Hero, BTBAM, Carnifex, Veil Of Maya, Meshuggah and some black and death stuff. When I was a kid I got influenced by “old school” bands like Metallica, Dream Theater, Lamb Of God and Megadeth.  

LP: I definitely got influenced by lots of "old school" progressive bands such as Dream Theater, Genesis, Porcupine Tree, Opeth and such. I never got into the more heavier stuff, but that's the good thing about having a band: everyone gives his own contribute to the song!  

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?  

MT: It's something like the "echo" that the things of the outside world, both material and cultural, causes when they meet our inner self.  

NA: What happens to this world and jamming music.  

LP: The fact that sharing music is what everything is all about.  

6. Where was your last gig?  

NA: my personal last gig was in a street party here in Bologna a couple of years ago. But I didn’t play metal music. Only rock or blues were allowed but it’s been pretty funny.  

7. Where would you like to act?  

NA: I would be honored to play at least in two big venues here in Bologna: Estragon and ZR. Those stages are amazing and there I’ve seen lots of amazing concerts. Except of them of course it would be amazing to play in a stadium or an indoor stadium, but I’m pretty sure that it won’t happen.  

8. Whom would you like to feature with?  

NA: There are lots of band that I’d like to share the stage with. First of all Protest The Hero.  

9. Whom not?  

NA: I don’t know, maybe with band like We Came As Romans and that kinda genres.  

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?  

NA: The 10 minutes just before the show are horrible ahaha. But when you are on stage fear disappears. It happens because you wanna make good impression to the crowd. My tip is to be prepared for the gig and everything will be ok for sure.  

LP: Yes, I actually had a period of time while I was living in LA where I was stage frightened. It was really awkward and unjustified because if you were ask me I would tell you that I was completely fine. My suggestion is to really get ready on the songs you have to play on stage. You get fear because you're not ready (enough). Also a couple of beers might help!  

11. What bands have inspired you the most?  

NA: Maybe Humanity’s Last Breath, Vildhjarta and Whitechapel, but the deathcore genre in general.  

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?  

NA: At the moment nothing to mention. A couple of friends just want a signed copy of our Cold Souls.  

13. What do you think of your fans?  

NA: We are a very small band and we are back together since the end of 2015, therefore we don’t have a big fan base. We are trying to build it. Anyway the friends and fans we have are simply amazing.  

14. What do you think of our site?  

NA: We have checked out your website and it’s really cool. It’s amazing that you share lots of underground bands because. It’s a great opportunity to grow.  

15. Something to add?  

NA: Thank you very much for this interview. It’s been a pleasure. Check out our debut EP Cold Souls you’ll get in love with our music. Soon there will be other great news. A dubstep remix of Cold Souls and our first full length. Click I Like on our facebook page for the news! Ciao guys!

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