Luca Pasini (guitar, vocals, bass), Simone Succi (guitar, vocals) and
Alessandro Crociati (drums) are Arya.
Where are you based?
We’re from Rimini, a seaside city on the East coast of Italy, famous for its sandy beaches, its clubbing tradition and its Roman landmarks, but not really an ideal place for an underground band.
What genre would you describe yourself as?
Some would say we’re a progressive metal band, but during the years we’ve taken inspiration from many different genres, from indie rock to jazz, to stoner. I think we couldn’t really be considered as true metalheads.
Who is your main inspiration?
I think it has changed very often, as our music kept evolving.
Right now, as I’ve just seen them live again, I would say Invasion Incorporated, a local metal band for us with whom we’ve shared the stage many times, and sometimes members as well. They now have an awesome line-up of dedicated and talented members, they’ve worked constantly on their skills and songwriting, and even if they’re on average younger than us, they’ve always been an example to follow, an inspiration, and really good friends.
What is your songwriting process (which bits come first?)
The way we’ve mainly worked so far on new songs begins with an idea, short or more articulated, that me or Simone bring to the table as a demo recording, usually a single guitar part. Then we try to expand that to make it a full song, and all the band members create their parts around it, on their own or together in the rehearsal room. For the new album, which has been composed entirely just by me and Simone, we worked a lot together in a room, recording ourselves, swapping, overlapping or cutting parts and trying things.
What made you want to start in music?
My mother forced me to take piano lessons from her when I was four or five. I really got into music many years later, and didn’t pick up the guitar until I was an eighteen years old with some experience as a keyboardist in many rock or funk bands. I still play the keyboards today, I even included a long synth solo on the track Survivor Syndrome, from our upcoming album For Ever.
What is on the horizon for you?
We’ll be releasing a new album on October 20. It’s called For Ever, and it’s the darkest and heaviest music we’ve done so far. It deals with the personal aftermath of the band falling apart after the release of our previous album Endesires.
Who would you most like to collaborate with (alive or dead)?
I really admire the American band Bent Knee since the day I became aware of them on a Facebook group called Prog Snob. They seem really passionate and nerdy about music, they all had some serious music education but are still so creative and original!
What is your ultimate goal?
To make the whole world better by making our idea of a deeply emotional yet structurally convoluted music acceptable and appreciated! Which is kind of impossible, I’m afraid. I know we could never be everyone’s cup of tea.
If you could cover any song, what would it be?
I sometimes think about that, but I’ve realized I tend to change my mind every day! Today I’m thinking of Grace by Jeff Buckley. If only I could sing well...
Tea making: milk first or last?
I’m from Italy, and I’ve yet to meet an Italian that would consider drinking tea with milk an acceptable idea! It’s a habit people really like to make fun of here, we just drink tea alone.
Tell us your funniest joke!
A Frenchman, an Englishman and an Italian decide to challenge each other to see if one of them can drop a clock from a tower, run down the stairs and catch it before it touches the ground. The Frenchman drops it, runs and fails to catch it. The Englishman runs faster, manages to touch it with a finger but ultimately lets it fall, the Italian walks calmly down the stairs, goes to a bar, orders a coffee and croissant, eats them, then heads to the base of the tower, waits a little bit and then catches the clock. The other two ask him how he could do it; he answers: “Simple, before dropping it, I set the clock to be half an hour late!”.