Interviews: SIGNS OF HUMAN RACE


In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Avant Garde/Progressive Metal band SIGNS OF HUMAN RACE from Italy. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

The name of the band represents the topics we want to talk about in our songs. The human psychology and emotions are the basis of every man’s actions. Each action affects the world we live in and, for us, these are the “Signs Of Human Race”.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?  

The music we play is the result of a musical exploration that each of us has undertook in these years; partially it is a conscious decision but, on the other hand, it comes from the influence we all got by listening to different artists and different genres in our way of conceiving and perceiving music. We all think that music is art where you don’t have to focus on a single genre but explore as much as possible, progress and have no limits in order to express yourself at best. This is the main reason why we are always embarrassed when someone asks us what genre we play. It is music, it is not simple to explain an inner process that has been going on for years in a few words.

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

Some of us already knew each other before the band’s formation, others got in touch later thanks to secondary musical projects and, seen the evident affinity, they joined the main group during the line-up changes period which took place during last year.

4. Each band member favourite band?  

We ask ourselves the same! It is very difficult for us to answer this question; each one of us listens to a lot of different artists and different genres that cannot be compared. None of us has a favourite band but we have multiple musical contact points, especially in the progressive rock and metal area, from King Crimson to Meshuggah.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?  

We partially draw inspiration from psychology in its most scientific meaning, but the experiences we live and the reflections that those experiences can arouse play a very important role in giving our music an imprint. Initial inputs often come from our perception of the outside world, but there is also much introspective reworking. We do not want to limit ourselves to telling events, it is very important to emphasize the effects that these have on the most emotional and intimate sphere of people. We try to write music in which the listener is able to recognize himself, since the topics we are talking about can concern anyone. Although the songs deal with sensitive subjects, we always try to enclose messages of hope. We hope you will notice those messages when you read the lyrics!

6. Where was your last gig?  

Unfortunately, it has been a while since we have performed live; we were very busy with the recording of our first album and afterwards the guitarist who accompanied us in live shows and helped in drafting some songs had to leave the project due to personal issues. Our last concert was in July at The One, a small venue near Milan. We hope to be back on stage soon, performing with our new line-up!

7. Where would you like to act?  

In the future we would like to perform in some big festivals, but it would be nice to take part in more niche events, related to progressive genres. It may seem strange, but performing in a theater could be very interesting.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

There are various artists with whom it would be interesting to collaborate; for instance, it would be nice to try a vocal duo with a female singer whose vocal range allows her also to scream and growl; someone like Tatiana Shmaylyuk from Jinjer.

9. Whom not?  

There are some artists with whom, despite their acclaim, we do not share the basic ideas in their conception of music and therefore we think that if they would ever want to collaborate with us, we probably would not accept.

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

It happened to be a little bit frightened before the show, especially if we talk about our first shows. We think it is normal, particularly if someone plays stuff like ours and feels insecure of people's judgement. The only advice we can give to beginners is not to try to fight the adrenaline but to use it to fully enjoy the performance.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Big names of Progressive music of course, like Opeth and Leprous but there are also a lot of underground Avant-Garde bands from whom we got inspired, for example Subterranean Masquerade.

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

Currently our setlist is not very long so once, at the end of our performance, while we were already leaving the stage, the audience stayed motionless and, after a moment of embarrassment in which we did not know if they understood that the concert was over, someone asked us to jam! At the end we satisfied their desire even though we were out of time.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We do not have a lot of fans (yet!) but we appreciate the fact that they are real music lovers and this encourages us to carry on our musical ideas.

14. What do you think of our site?

We appreciate that there are pages like yours that promote the underground scene and we hope that the number of readers will always increase.

15. Something to add?

Thank you for the space granted and thanks to the readers who got here! We hope to see you in front of the stage soon!

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