EMQ’s with SHAPE OF WATER
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manchester, UK based Art Rock band Shape Of Water. Huge thanks to Rox Capriotti for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Rox Capriotti and I am the lead singer, bass player and keyboard player of the band. Shape of Water formed in 2018 by Luca De Falco and myself after moving to Manchester from Italy, in search for new music experiences.
How did you come up with your band name?
When we were looking for a name we realized that not having a specific genre would’ve been something to relate to our name as well, so at that time, Luca thought that like water, we have no shape and the meaning of that is on the name itself, so we chose Shape of Water to identify our music.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are currently living in Manchester, UK and here the music scene is surprisingly good and constantly improving. Of course, the rock and metal scene is not as big as pop and electro but still, it’s something we can rely on. On the other hand, in Italy, where we actually come from, the rock and metal scene is not flourishing however, there are a lot of great bands and artists and I think they deserve more attention.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is called ‘Scar’ and it’s our third and last single before the release of our album “Great Illusions”. We have already put out another two singles before that and they are called ‘The World is Calling Me’ and ‘Not All The Things’.
Who have been your greatest influences?
We have been often compared to Muse and that is probably because they are actually one of our greatest inspirations and influences along with Queen, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Radiohead but also Metallica, Slipknot and Rammstein. If we had to pick three, we would say Queen, Pink Floyd and Muse!
What first got you into music?
We started a long time ago in our hometown in Italy called San Benedetto del Tronto which is a small town were almost everyone knows each other. We formed our first band called The Lotus back in 2004 and over the next few years the band changed various members on drums and bass guitar but when we decided to relocate to Manchester in 2015 we definitely split up and we formed Shape Of Water.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If I could collaborate with a band it would be Muse for sure however, there are actually a lot of bands and artists out there we would love to play with or collaborate.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I have always dreamt to play at Download Festival. I think that would be my dream come true and I think I speak for the both of us. That or Coachella in the US, which is not actually a rock festival, but it would be awesome to play there anyway!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Well, we actually never received any gift from our fans: normally it’s us giving gifts to them, lol, so from now on we expect you guys to send us some gifts. The weirder the better!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for all your support and all the love you’re giving us! We couldn’t be more proud of a fanbase like you.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
That would be Freddie Mercury and I think it doesn’t need an explanation.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I would start with the only thing I hate of being a musician: there is never one way to do things and reach your goals, so you have to try and try and try again until you actually get there.
I guess this is life, not only being a musician but if I could find a way to do things quicker, it would be amazing!
What I enjoy about it is everything else: wake up at night with that riff in your head that already gives you chills, listening to the master of your album for the first time, the smell of your new instruments, touring…these are all things I would never exchange with anything!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Changing the music industry is actually something not to do. If we had the possibility to change it, we would just be the most popular band on the planet! What we actually want to do, and we think everyone must understand, is that you have to learn to stay afloat. You’re not going to change the industry, but you can learn from it and turn things into something positive for you.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
One of my all-time favourite albums if not my actual favourite album, is “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl. It’s always been the best.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
The best gig ever played so far is actually the first gig we did as Shape of Water. It was amazing, the venue was packed, and the support bands were incredible. Everything was great!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’d probably be dead.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I’d say Trump, just for having fun mocking him (and he would probably not understand it); David Gilmour as he seems so peaceful especially now and I think it’d be interesting to hear all the stories behind Pink Floyd, Queen Elizabeth II because you know, I want to know her secret, Gordon Ramsay, he would cook a hell of a dinner so I wouldn’t have to think about that, lol; Skin from Skunk Anansie, just because she’s great!
What’s next for the band?
First of all, we are finally going to release our album “Great Illusions” on the 12th of June and we are very excited about that.
We are also planning to do some live streaming from home to connect more with our fans and even some actual home gigs.
When all this madness will be over, we will finally be ready to go on stage again and hopefully you will see us in your city or town very soon!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We usually use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. However, it seems we gain more attention via Facebook, so this is absolutely the main social for us.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They are absolutely biscuits.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Absolutely: watch our videos on YouTube and if you like them, pre-order the album here. https://ffm.to/shpf
Please stay home and stay safe and prepare for our live comeback very soon!
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