Genre: Modern metal
William Costello - Voices
Kostas Ladopoulos - Guitars, Bouzouki, Additional
Vieri Pestelli - Bass
Filippo Capursi - Drums
Orion's Belt / EMI Records
Evaluation - 2009
1. First of all I’d like you to fill us in
on what’s happening in the 81DB camp at the moment.
Hi Christine! These days we are finishing
the pre-production of our 2nd album and in the beginning of October we
are entering the studio in California (USA) to record the tracks! I’m sure
it will be a blast working with Sylvia Massy as a producer and we just
can’t wait to do it!
2. Please point out the most important moments
and experiences you’ve had with the band thus far, be them good or bad.
Actually right now is one of the most important
moments of the 81DB’s young career. The making of our second album and
working with such a producer! Other past moments could be when our 1st
album was published and when we played in front of 6000 people just before
DEEP PURPLE went on stage. Pretty neat experience!
3. Can you present “Evaluation” to our readers
in a few words? What should someone expect to listen to here? Which are
the album’s highlights and which its weak moments or elements, according
The “Evaluation” album was released in 2009
in Italy, and then in autumn in Greece too. I should note that on an international
level, it is available if you order it online from our site, or by digital
download from iTunes etc. It’s an album to listen to again and again, so
that you can understand more its meaning, musically and its atmosphere
too. The album has to do, generally, with the psychological situation and
the psychotic conditions of someone who tries to find a personality for
covering the anonymous and expressionless mask of his face. It includes
“Voices”, which is our single and we have made also a video clip , and
other two heavy tracks like “Dr Barytone” and “Nice Trip”, chaotic and
mad like “Insexts and “Generatin xxx”, darker like “Mirror”, “aNoia”, ”So
Wounded”, and the homonymous, and more hypnotic like “Argonaut’s
Dance” and “Revelations”. All these take a meaning with some interludes
among the tracks. I’d let everybody’s fantasy create his personalized image
though. Happy listening!
4. Why do you think you stand out from most rock/metal
bands out there? What do you believe you can offer to the scene?
Well you see, I believe there are many good
bands out there that should stand out and that never make it first of all!
But that’s another story… We play our music the way we want to, combine
the elements the way we feel and this mixture of metal, progressive and
folk can talk by itself to the ones that want to grasp it.
5. What kind of procedure do you follow when you
compose songs? Do you have to be in a certain state of mind in order to
perform the songs as you want?
The music is usually created by me and then
we enter our studio to arrange the whole song with the other guys. After
that it depends, sometimes everything begins from a story already created
or the lyrics are written piece by piece together with William, our singer.
There’s no actual rule. Riffs and melodies come to my mind all the time.
Even when I sleep I may wake up and record what I was singing in my sleep.
6. Which song or songs do you think are the most
ideal to represent the whole album’s essence?
I believe “Nice Trip” for the mix of modern
metal and folk, “Dr. Barytone” or “Insexts“ for the craziness and “Argonaut’s
Dance” for its atmosphere. But then again, we’ve heard so many different
opinions about favourite songs on this CD that there are no actual standard
opinions! That’s the beauty of it too, a musical kaleidoscope free for
anyone to translate and see it the way they want.
7. Which are your sources of inspiration when
it comes to the lyrics? Which are the main topics you deal with?
Usually personal thoughts and feelings expanded
to a wider scale but sometimes social circumstances too. We wrote
for an “empty state of mind” on this album.
8. Who created the cover artwork? How is it connected
to the album title and lyrics? And what about those weird photos with the
masks? Why did you do that?
The cover was done by me since I work as a
computer graphics too. The masks have to do a lot with the concept of the
album, empty, expressionless faces that are in search for their identity.
We did it because it was cool when we first tried it back in 2007 and we
still appear in all of our concerts like this in the beginning.
9. Have you got any plans for live shows? How
are you promoting your work? Any chance you’re coming to Greece?
Currently our first priority is the creation
of our second album. It’s going to be heavier and a bit darker and more
progressive with always folk elements. I’m really excited to finish the
record! After that we will be looking for a suitable label and organize
concerts to promote it. I’m pretty sure we will be coming to Greece again,
probably next spring.
10. How come you haven’t inked a deal with a label
I think you are mistaken here. Our first album
came out in Italy from a small indie label (Orion’s belt/SELF) and in Greece
by EMI. As I said before we will be looking for something else when our
second album comes out.
11. Kostas, you are the Greek member of the band.
I assume you’ve lived in Greece so you know how the situation is both here
and abroad. What differences have you observed? How difficult is it for
a Greek band to establish itself both here and abroad?
The Mediterranean groups don’t have anything
to envy from the north-Europeans and the Americans. What we actually lack
of is the infrastructure to support them. Regarding Greece, let me remind
you of the curse called “skyladiko”, the absolute devastation of the music
culture. But I think things are getting better now and I’m quite sure better
days are yet to come for the metal/rock scene.
12. The music industry blames the Internet for
the financial crisis they are in. Where do you stand on this matter? Which
are your views and thoughts?
That’s a long talk. The music industry used
to live for many years now without paying the artists a single penny. Now
that their asses are getting kicked they feel the need to blame something…
anyway it’s true that downloading affects a lot the industry and to that
it also affects the bands. My opinion is that people should understand
that if they download from a “Warner” band the damage is minimal to the
band and bigger to the label. I don’t care about this, instead I support
it... Major labels are thieves. But when it comes to smaller labels that
make out their living with 5 cents it’s a totally different story. So I’m
partially for the downloading (for many reasons), as long as the small
artists are being supported later on, even by going to their concerts or
buying their physical albums. But probably I’m talking about utopia here.
Unfortunately we don’t leave in a free world. And if someone doesn’t support
bands that have a financial backup behind them, we will end up having only
rich kids playing around and expressing everybody with their music. Is
that what we want? I think not.
13. What kind of feelings and thoughts do you
think your music creates to your listeners?
I believe each one receives our messages and
music in their own way. There are people that like our most crazy stuff,
others the most easy listening etc. And I’ve heard so many different impressions
that I can tell for sure that it’s an album that can open your imagination
and let it “evaluate” it. That’s where the title of the album comes from.
14. Are you satisfied by the feedback thus far?
What was the most flattering and what the most unfair comment you’ve read
about your music?
Yes, very much. People seem to like the album
and to tell you the truth countries like Greece really seem to support
us! It’s awesome, thanks guys! I can’t remember any specific comments right
now but I recall being compared with bands that I think they are beyond
any respect! As for bad, sometimes very traditional metallers say that
we are not a metal band, as bad as a comment this can be… It never really
bothers me at all.
15. Is there a phrase that you think describes
81DB in the best possible way?
Well, I’d say it is music that each time you
listen to it you discover new ways to embrace it.
16. By the way you have an interesting moniker.
How did you come up with it? Did you choose it as an indicator for the
power and volume of your music perhaps?
Thanks! Yes that’s the origin, in a certain
way of speaking.
17. Thank you! Is there anything else you’d like
Thank you all for your support and our chance
to speak to your webzine! If you want something new and challenging, I
believe that you’d like our album “Evaluation”! And as I usually say, if
the evaluation of the album doesn’t satisfy you, we will return your money
in 30 days, haha! Cheers and stay updated from our pages for the new album.