La Strange Interview
1). What are the names of your members?
Angela Castellani (vocals), Leonardo Rizzo (drums), Mauro Meneghello (guitar), Roberto Galli (bass)
2). When did you all get together?
The guys joined me for “La Strange” project last September, but I met Leonardo back in 2004, when we started a metal cover-band. I knew, but not personally, Mauro and Roberto because they are well known musicians, but I really met them two years ago.
3). How did you all meet?
Well I knew Leonardo for a long time and when I started to look out for the band, he suggested me Roberto, who I contacted and he immedialy joined the project. I met Mauro at EMA (European Music Academy), the school where we bot teach, and I asked him as well to join us.
4). How would you describe your music?
I would say that is melodic rock with dark and gothic atmospheres and with also a little pop influences.
5). Who are your major influences?h
Well I've grown up listening to Motown and Michael Jackson, that is where my pop side comes from. As inspiring vocalists I should say that I've been influenced by Eric Martin (Mr. Big) for his colourful, gentle but aggressive tone, Janis Joplin for his heart and expressiveness in singing, Ronnie James Dio for his roaring and warm tone, Ella Fitzgerald for her wonderful and soft phrasing... I listen to every kind of good music from metal to jazz cause I think every style can teach and make us musically more and more strong! As inspiring bands I should put down a huge list that goes from the classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, classic trash/death metal band like Metallica, Pantera, Sepultura, to actual “new born” bands, like Korn and Slipknot or Foo Fighters, Nickelback...Actually I'm falling in love with Alter Bridge!
6). Complete the sentence: One day as a band we hope to…
Tour around the world and record at least 10 albums!
7). Why should people listen to your music?
Because it's something new, sounds fresh and I don't pretend to be like anyone else.
8). What are your plans for the upcoming year?
We are planning a european tour, and I'm working on new tracks also.
9). What albums/EP’s have you released so far and where can people get hold of them?
“Queen of disguise” is my first solo album and you can have it at the moment by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Through the years I've recorded many stuff as session singer for other projects from jazz to metal.
10). Finally – say something profound that will make everyone think:
I think that making people think is a quite diffcult job, cause we are so busy and always in a hurry that we don't really realize what's goin on in our lives...So I would just say try to be happy!