Greetings over there. Thank you so much for agreeing with this interview. I’d like to start with some historical background of Chiral, when and how it was formed, what drove you to create the band and why this musical style?
Chiral – Hi, thank you for showing interest in my project.
Chiral was born towards the end of 2013 (even if the first demo ‘Winter Eternal’ has seen the light in early 2014). In the summer of the same year I started to play the guitar again after a long, 2-year break. Slowly, in the same period I began to fall in love with bands such as Dissection or Katatonia. I wanted to compose songs like those. And I tried that. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to start a band or what. But the easier call would have been that “one-man-thing” which is still running nowadays.
Still concerning Chiral’s history, could you tell us why did you decide to create a one-man band? Not thinking about guests, but rather members of the band, was it simply because of difficulties such as finding members that share your passion, maybe location problems? Or was it because you feel like it is a completely personal project and you didn’t want others to “taint” or “tarnish” your visions?
Chiral – As previously addressed I thought it was just easier in the first place.
Although, as days went by, I realised how right is to be a one-man band. I mean, that was MY creation. The only one who could ever ruined it would have been me. Also, of course, it felt more “intimate” this way. And that is very important for my vision of how music should be. If only I couldn’t feel it all mine Chiral would have probably wrecked in a matter of weeks.
If you haven’t got it yet I am a loner. That makes hard for me working in collaborative projects. Probably, the only one I’m carrying along with someone else is my blog. The Somber Lane.
Connected to the previous question, hopefully you haven’t touched this matter already, I kindly ask you to let us know which would the main advantages and disadvantages about being the sole member of a band.
Chiral – You can be the boss of yourself. And this alone could be already the best reason in the whole world!
You have unlimited control of your own music and you try whatever that comes to your mind.
On the other hand you have to do everything by yourself. You want a bass guitar you need to play it. You want voice you sing it. You need drums you should play them…eheheh
I would like to keep on talking a bit more about Chiral’s background, or better, your musical background now. In fact, both could be the same, as you are the man behind Chiral. How did you get in touch with metal music? Was it already with extreme metal or did you get started with less extreme metal bands? What drew your attention to this musical style?
Chiral – I don’t consider myself a real (or a trve) metal fan. My background is completely different. I used to listen to a lot of electric blues, rock, fusion or psychedelic/prog rock when I was a teenager.
I firstly met metal with Dream Theater and their epic A Change of Season. Then came bands like Racer X, Angra and Symphony X. I was into proggy and fast things those days. I finally discovered extreme metal when I accidentally downloaded Opeth’s Master’s Apprentices. The love fell onto me instantly.
Chiral has released two full-length albums in two years. Both are, in my modest view, beautiful works of extreme music. I might say delicate and aggressive at the same time. Well, we can notice how prolific the band is. And this is not easy. How hard was it for you to create the follow-up to Night Sky, Gazing Light Eternity? Overall, how satisfied you are with the release? How has been the response from the admirers of Chiral’s compositions?
Chiral – Well, Gazing Light Eternity could have been ready to be pressed months ago. But I’m glad I delayed it so much. In these months I made some fine-tuning which ended up to be essential.
The “skeleton” of the album was basically created in one recording day. It was almost all improvised. You know, the basic guitar riffs were scored in a matter of hours. That was early Winter of 2015. After that I worked and re-worked pretty much anything out of it. Till I came to a final version before the summer of 2016.
The response has been amazing. Outstanding! Once again -it happened with Night Sky as well- my first press of CDs sold out in few weeks from the release date. It’s amazing and I can’t be thankful enough to my fans for being always so much supportive.
That being said, I’m definitely pleased the way ‘GLE’ turned out. But, to be completely honest, I should admit I think it is a tad weaker than ‘Night Sky’. I shouldn’t say so, but I’d like being objective.
‘GLE’ is better both production and performance-wise, still the songs aren’t as much engaging and emotively deep as they were on my previous album. At least this is what I feel when listening to both albums nowadays.
I enjoy getting to know more about the band’s background, especially when it comes to the lyrics. I have read that you get inspiration from your life. Again, we can see how Chiral is indeed your vision. Please, tell us about the main subjects in life that inspires you to create your lyrics, your music. And how do you transcend them from what happens in your life to the paper.
Chiral – So much time has passed since I’ve wrote a lyric that I’ve almost forgot how to do it! Haha. No seriously, I just draw inspiration from my life, basically. And everything that comes with it is always a good thing to write about, I guess.
It’s interesting to see the evolution or change of Chiral’s music through the years. To what do you credit this? Is it because your musical tastes have changed or you personally? Do you feel that Chiral an amorphous entity? In a way that you could record completely different music under Chiral’s name?
Chiral – That happened (and it’s keep on happening) because my taste in music are ever changing. Also, as you rightfully pointed out, I myself changed too. I have never pigeonholed Chiral like a black metal project. Well, I did, but that’s a matter of conformation. I mean, if I’d say that my band plays “music that is dark with some screams and few acoustic guitars” I guess no one would check it out. So I had to work out a common label, but that has never been my goal.
The point here is that I will always consider Chiral as an extension of my personality. As I’m changing it is changing with me. In the future you will most likely hear some different music. Being it ambient, folk, post-rock or dubstep doesn’t matter. The spirit of the project will always remain the same: project and express my feelings with music (regardless of the music style involved).
Recording and releasing metal music isn’t the “easiest thing in the world”. A lot of times, or better, most times, there’s no support at all. Well, there’s the fans, of course. How hard has been for you to put out your album? How do you work when it comes to Chiral’s promotion?
Chiral – I think that if you want support you have to create it then. If you don’t have any fan you should try and invest as more time as possible in building relations with anyone that might be interested in what you’re doing. The many social platforms available these days come a great help. You must be sincere with those people and build truthfully friendships and they will help spreading your music in reward.
Just to make clear: this is not about making fake friends and fool them just so they can purchase your fucking album. You do that you are scum. You must be genuine and truly interested in building those relationships. After all you’re also making new friends, aren’t you!?
And this of course works when it comes to promotion as well. Same happens with bloggers, reviewers and any other people involved in the “business”.
Of course it does take time, but if you’re not willing to invest it then it’s probably no one will do that for you.
A few years ago, you said that you were not interested in live performance, preferring to keep on composing and recording. Has this changed over the years? Would you be interested in playing concerts with guest musicians?
Chiral – Nope, it has not changed at all. Sometimes I wish I could play few notes on stage but then I realise that’s not what I’d really want for the future of Chiral.
Again, now I’m too focused on making music and making it by myself.
How do you feel about the Italian metal scene lately as well as the underground? I believe that Italy has always presented us with some amazing bands, but, for some time, the country was mostly known for the Power Metal music. Nowadays we see even more extreme metal acts than before, although, yes, there are some pioneers over there as well. In your view, has the situation for extreme metal bands improved in any way in Italy?
Chiral – I’m sorry but I can’t really help here. I’ve never listened to tons of extreme music actually and also my background of this genre comes from anywhere but Italy. Talking about metal, the bands from my country I really like are definitely few. I could name Novembre, Monumentum, Earth and Pillars and I guess that’s it. I like a lot of other Italian acts but they don’t have anything to do with metal.
The question in which I always ask the musicians a bit about themselves. I always point out that I won’t try to invade your privacy. What I ask you to tell us is your favourite activities outside the music world, cinema, authors, trips/ travels, drinks (I believe you enjoy good beers, same here, I have tasted many incredible one from Italy) anything that you’d like to share with us.
Chiral – I do love beer indeed! My favourites are from Ireland and UK, especially I go mad for Stout and Porter beers. Also I do like a lot German, French and Eastern European blonde beers. There are few good ones in Italy as well, still there’s nothing better than a cool O’Hara’s Stout for me!
I also like spending my time watching TV series -I’m really digging “Black Mirrors” these days- and travelling too. I also write for a music blog (The Somber Lane) when I’m not doing any of those other things. And I supposedly use the blog as an excuse to listen to more music.
Alas we have reached the end of this interview. I hope you and the readers have enjoyed it and got to know a bit more about your music and you. One more time, thank you very much. All the best for your plans as well, both personal and professional. I leave you with the last words of the interview.
Chiral – I did have a lot of fun replying to your questions. Hope your readers had fun too reading me babbling around.
I’d like to wrap this up saying again that my new album, ‘Gazing Light Eternity’ is out, and you can grab a copy for very few coins over here: https://chiral27.bandcamp.com/album/gazing-light-eternity
That being said I want to thank you -again- for your time and interested towards Chiral. And also a big shout-out goes to anyone who supported this project of mine over the years. Especially I need to mention Andrea Effulge and Andrea Rizzieri for their valuable help with my latest album.
December 4, 2016