INTERVIEW: DRAMALOVE

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi all VENTS! readers and thank you so much for having us guys! Feeling great. Just released a brand new song that we had in store for quite a long while!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pandemonium”?

“Pandemonium” is the first song we wrote when lockdown 2020 came into force, it’s the first one of a series of what I like calling “different rooms of the same building” since the pandemic triggered emotion that we put into songs sort of connected one to another. The lyrics are tackling a few conspiracy theories and there’s an element of romanticism referring to not being able to hug the people we love the most.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes, the outbreak of the pandemic itself. I remember being at home, snowed under by the negative news from the media and full of fears for my family back home in Italy. Truly worrying times, that music helped me pulling through.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Sure, the official music video is set to be released this Wednesday the 16th of June on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/dramalove). I literally had a dream of what you’ll see in the video and despite the first sketches that I drew were far more ambitious, we are very happy with the final result, it really suits the music and the message.

The single comes off your new album Dark Futures – what’s the story behind the title?

Even though we still don’t have a precise release date, we want our fans to have something to look forward to in the long run. I think the title represents and summarize well the sort of mood with which the songs we’re about to release in the next few months are intertwined one with each other, it is crystal clear that we’re witnessing a massive change in history and that we are not in control of bigger forces, the future is beyond what we can expect, no matter how much we carefully plan. Global heating, insurrections, viruses – not exactly a world in which you want to have kids.

How was the recording and writing process?

The process went flowing quite naturally, sometimes I had the music in my head first and other times it was the lyrics dictating the sound we had to look for. I wrote the main bulk of demos at home on my laptop, then as soon as restrictions lifted a bit, we managed to rehearse the tracks and record the drums (which is the only instrument that hasn’t been recorded at home). Charlie Creese at Magpie Studios in Ashford did the mixing.

What role does Italy play in your music?

Good question, I think Italy gave us an immense melodic background, however we have been listening mostly to international rock bands while growing up. Italy has got a tradition of beautiful songwriting but can’t really say the same for guitar riffs or big rock anthems.

What aspect of the future did you get to explore on this record?

The fear of not being in control of your own path, which is to some degree part of life anyway but that during the lockdown has been highlighted (i.e. being forced to find new ways to perform what we thought were day-to-day routines), I have also been fascinated by some conspiracy theories such as big corporations trying to control the population, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I agree to such subjects but I have always thought that sci-fi fiction can predict what’s next for humanity. In other words, I just had my vaccine and no I don’t think there’s a microchip in it, but at the same time we should always question what the media feed us and do our own research, keeping up to date in order to stay aware of what at least our immediate next generation is set to go through.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

My 10 years long relationship started falling to pieces during lockdown so I guess that romance and love played a huge role in the songwriting of the tracks we are going to release and that will be included in the album. Loneliness is a very harsh but wise teacher.

What else is happening next in DRAMALOVE’s world?

We are going to release as many songs as we can within the end of 2021, will most probably put up a pre-order option for the new album. In September we should be touring Ukraine supporting 3 shows of the Clan Of Xymox (hopefully it won’t get postponed again) and as of October we should be back gigging in London, Brighton, Nottingham and across the Country. However we foresee live activities resuming at a better pace in 2022.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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