Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview

Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview

This week, we will be interviewing with a talented young musician; Roberto Fasciani. An extraordinaire bass player, also the member of many metal bands and projects such as STEEL SEAL (with Fabio Lione on voice on the latest album); DOGMATE, on tour with MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO, with LEON HENDRIX, with Italian master composer FABIO FRIZZI, with Saxon’s GRAHAM OLIVER and many others.

Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview

– Hi Roberto! We are grateful for allowing us the opportunity to have this interview session with you. We would like to know how you became involved with music and the point in which you had an unshakable resolve to pursue a career in music.

Well.. Likewise, I am so glad to have this interview with you. My love for music began when I uncovered a drum set of a friend (at that time I didn’t know he owe it!). When I found it, I was immediately enthralled and began drumming. I was captivated by the sounds I could create and went back repeatedly to drum. At some point, I decided I would like to own a personal drum and begged my dad to buy a drum for me. Well, the challenge was drumming in our kind of residence would mean troubling neighbors. Thankfully, my brother came up with a brilliant idea, recommending a bass instead. And I made the transition!
My passion for music stayed with me and I began playing with some bands; by the time I was about to graduate from high school, I had researched a reputable music institution in Italy. It was my next destination, and I really enjoyed my experience there. It was a magical experience and everything seemed enchanting. The ambience was accommodating and I was particularly intrigued by how much music was everywhere. People discussed music, played music, it was palpable! Soon, I wanted to explore what the world of musicians was like and opted for music lessons.

Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview
Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview

– I would like for us to dig into how you became a songwriter. What was your influence and source of creativity?

Well there were many motivations. On some occasions, I was just motivated by playing bass with my band, and we played original music. So I was kind of forced to create something, and it wasn’t so bad to me… and also played guitar for composition. I paid close attention to fine music and make adjustments to music to improve its overall quality or make it sound different. On other occasions, my creativity is ignited when I am studying music; I could stumble on a particular patterns or just a tone that I find intriguing and twitch it to perfection. It was during processes such as these that I begin writing. Once I have written something, I would leave it for a while and replay it for assessment. If I still find it exciting, I would keep writing the song. Trust me, I have discarded many songs because I could not connect with them after replaying it. Lol

Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview
Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview

– Tell us about celebrity collaborations and missions you have handled

I learned so much from all of them. Certainly, my career has been very action-packed as I was privileged to work with amazing performers like Michael Angelo Batio, Saxon’s Graham Oliver, Dean Bowman and, last but not least, Fabio Frizzi a spectacular composer that I currently work with.

In addition, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the most talented artists even though they are not widely celebrated or acclaimed. My experience with everyone I have worked with could be best described as unforgettable.
I had the pleasure of collaborating with Ilenia Volpe on different albums which were handled by some of the finest song makers/producers in Italy. Multitalented Giorgio Canali was a part of the creation of first album with Ilenia Volpe. Giorgio is many things; he had mastery of sounds and was a part of some of the most celebrated rock bands in Italy.
Volpe’s follow up album had the imprint of Gianluca Vaccaro, a prominent force in Italian music industry. With an impressive level of experience gathered from active involvement with numerous artistes, Vaccaro has developed a distinctively appealing approach to making music. Unfortunately, Gianluca died weeks ago, and it’s been hard. He was one of the most important producers/sound engineers in Italy and a great person, I really learned a lot from him. His albums have a sound you never forget, as well as he was a brilliant, kind and a positive guy. My bass has never been so good to hear in a record! We really lost so much in music and compassion…

Please share with us your choice in brand set and the reason for your preference

Okay; my preference is quite encompassing, but my favourite is a Fender Jazz Bass. I made the purchase sometime in 1995 and I have been in love with it ever since. I also play a Music Man Sting Ray 5 strings, a wonderful instrument, and I would never leave out my Spector Euro LX 4. My list of brands gives me a robust choice of options to suit the kind of sound I am looking to create. While your skill largely determines the sound, the set also plays a role in shaping the sound. While it may seem almost imperceptible, you would detect the difference between the sets with time and experience. With these basses I can have a wide choice of sounds. I also have a Trace Elliot cabinet and a Hartke System head, plus some pedals (delay, flanger, distorsions, whammy etc.)

Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview
Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview
Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview
Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview

Your anticipated DOGMATE album is finally out and we are itching to find out a lot. Could you give us a hint on what to expect?

Yes, the album is out and we are very excited to share with our fans. Writing music is a life changing experience, it makes you search your soul, find new meaning and share it with the world. You would also notice that your style of writing music evolves and grows in alignment with experiences and changes in your life. The album is a reflection of how much growth and experiences we have had, and I am optimistic that the world would enjoy every track.

Would you give us a peek into LOS BASTARDOS?

It’s quite an intense experience. We have been in the gathering stages for a long time and we often scrutinize the songs before we commence recording. I am very excited about the upcoming album because it has come a long way, spanning almost a decade (I wrote some songs years ago!). The album is shaping up great and I am certain it would be a blast.

Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview
Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview

Are there going to be tours in the future?

Certainly! We would play in Italy and explore parts of Europe also. Tours require a lot of preparation for a fantastic and successful experience. I also have my eye set on United States and I would be partnering with Fabio Frizzi on that tour. I’m optimistic that it would pan out and it will be a blast! We’ll also had a show in Tenerife before we leave for US, and probably another show in…well, stay tuned ’cause it will be a surprise!

Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview

Could you share your fondest reminisces from previous tours with us?

Wow! Going back home to Seattle would be my fondest recollection. It brought back a torrent of memories from my formative years and my earliest music influences and heroes. I visited Kurt Cobain’s and Layne Staley’s home and it was an electrifying feeling. The feeling stayed with me all through my flight back to Chicago. The emotions were a strong blend of gloom, excitement and joy; quite inexplicable. How much greatness they winded up always makes me feel that way.
Seattle was a bundle of excitement and created many hilarious experiences. I had time chatting with Federico, that is the band’s drummer. A fan walked in at the time and identified me from a previous concert in Austin. He wanted a picture with me and asked if Federico would take the shot. Federico was sensitive to the fact that the guy wanted the shot with me and hoped that the fan would take one with him too. After the shot with me, the fan turned and left. That was so hilarious, to see the look of Federico’s face. Lol

Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview
Roberto Fasciani Exclusive Interview

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