What are your names?
We’re Luigi, Ezio, Costantino and Emanuele, nice to meet you!
What is the bands name?
Tha band’s name is “Earthset”
How did you come up with the band’s name?
The name comes from a lyric of a song we wrote some time ago, which says “the place where grows this kind of tune/ and you can see the earth-set from the moon”. In our minds, we wanted to use an image that could express a total inversion of perspective…then we found online some photos of the earth seen by the moon, in which our planet seems to be setting, covered by the shadow of the moon. It seemed a very powerful image to us, that could represent the attitude we have adopted in making music together. So, we decided to use that name “earthset”.
What is your genre of music?
We are not so good at defining our genre, we like to think we are a “rock” band, and this could cover the whole spectrum of what we do. Of course, it is a modern rock, merged with many influences.
Give us a little bio about you as a band.
We have been playing together since 2012, and we started writing our own songs very soon. We released our first album “In a State of Altered Unconsciousness” in 2015, then we released an EP, “POPISM” in 2017. All of them were produced by us and some friends. In 2018 we attended a masterclass on live soundtracks applied to silent movies from the early ages of cinema. We had the chance to work with the first Italian sci-fi movie, “L’Uomo Meccanico” (1921). This experience was great on many levels, so we decided to set up a tour for the show we created at the masterclass. This crazy idea turned into a long tour in 2019 and in an album “L’Uomo Meccanico”, released in jan. 2020. We should have been touring also in 2020, but things didn’t go as we expected; the COVID crisis forced us to cancel many concerts and, eventually, the whole tour. We were able to play some shows during the pandemic, and we also produced an online event for the cinematic concert: a live performance at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, available on youtube. In the meantime, we finished our work on “bound”.
What made you go into music?
Music is something we all feel as a part of ourselves. There’s nothing that made us go into it, it’s just there and it would be there even if we were not in a band.
Who are your influences?
This list could be endless and, after all, pretty confusing, since we are eager listeners. Let’s say: everything good and interesting.
Are you signed?
Yes, for this work we’re publishing with Dischi Bervisti and Costello’s, two indie Italian labels. Dischi Bervisti, which is run by our friend Nicola Manzan, is more involved in the artistic and distributing part, while Costello’s takes care of the editorial rights.
You released you brand new single ‘Pills’, tell us more about the single.
“pills” is a song we all love and enjoy playing together, that is why we decided it should have been the first single from the album. It is written on a sort of loop, with short enigmatic lyrics. Just listen to it, you’ll understand what we mean.
What is the meaning behind the single?
There is not only one possible meaning of “pills”, and we are not able to explain this song…after all, does a song need an explanation? It is there, listen to it as it is and build your own idea of the message behind the song. Then write us on our social pages, we would be glad to hear what you feel listening to it…Seriously, we want people to have their own vision of the song.
What was the writing and recording process like?
The song was written in 5 minutes, or at least its skeleton. Ezio wrote it one evening on his own, then he brought the song to our rehearsal studio, where we worked all together on the arrangement. As for the recordings, “pills”, as the whole album, was recorded live, with the four of us playing and singing in the same room. It is, basically, a live performance of the song.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
The single was written by the four of us, but we had the support of some friends, who helped us producing the song and the whole album: Carlo Marrone, Claudio Adamo and Simone Padovan (love you guys).
We also see a music video for ‘Pills’, tell us more about the creative process and who you worked with on it.
The music video for “pills” is part of a bigger audio-visual work we’ve put together for “bound”. The album is made up of 11 tracks. Each one has its own video, each video connected to the previous and the next both visually and narratively, creating a unitary 42-minute-long audio-visual narrative. For this project we worked with Elide Blind and Simone Tacconelli, two of the best video-artists in Bologna. It has been a huge pleasure to collaborate with them, we think they did a great job to build a visual landscape to our music.
Will we see any live shows coming up with the album release coming soon and if so where will you be heading?
We really hope so, we’re still working on it. COVID-19 might be a problem once again, but we should be able to play around Italy and, maybe, abroad.
What else can we expect in the last of 2021 and early 2022?
We are focused on “bound” and on the singles taken from the album we’ll release in the next months. You can expect much news on this project we’ll be unveiling gradually.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
If we’ll still be alive, probably making music.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Fortune is blind, but bad luck has hawk eyes.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Cables, a cool beer, going to the toilet, a cool beer, strings, a cool beer…did we already mention cool beer?