EMQ’s with INANIMALIA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil based Death Metal band, Inanimalia. Huge thanks to vocalist, Alessandra Lodoli 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 Alessandra Lodoli and I am the vocalist of Inanimalia. The band was originally formed by Rafael Cazuza (Ex-guitarist), Thales Carosia (Bassist), and me, having at first the proposal of a more direct sound and influenced by Death Metal. We released our first EP, “A Message”, and soon we called drummer Vagner Venâncio to participate in the project. Over time, we incorporated influences from Doom Metal, Groove Metal, and Progressive Metal, with longer and more melodic songs. With Rafael’s departure, we chose to call two new guitarists Victor Prado and Marcelo Gratão, to complement the guitar arrangements and fill the songs more. We are currently launching a new work, “Intrínseco”, which will feature 5 tracks.
How did you come up with your band name?
Rafael Cazuza came up with the band’s name. When it was created, he sent to Thales, and to me, a list of possible names, so we selected the name Inanimalia, which means “without a soul”.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m Brazilian born in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo. The metal scene in the region is weakened, and we have few places to present even though it is a large city. I would say that it is practically always the same faces who have been going to the events; unfortunately, I feel that the public has not been renewed.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release was the song “Eye of Isis” and it’s on our new album “Intrínseco”.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I can’t mention just one influence, but several like Angela Gossow, the singer who made me want to learn guttural, Alissa White-Gluz, John Tardy, as well as lyrical singers like Tarja Turunen, Ana Netrebko and Elina Garanca.
What first got you into music?
Since I was very young, I liked to sing, inspired by the singers Tarja Turunen, Simone Simons, Floor Jasen and Sharon den Adel. I was very influenced by my brother and my cousin who listened to rock and metal. When I discovered Arch Enemy, at age 15, I fell in love with Angela Gossow’s vocals and so, I decided to learn experimentally. When I was 16, I decided to enter the music conservatory but with a focus on piano. When I was 19, I decided to participate in choirs from my city and it was from there that I started taking singing lessons, focused on the lyrical singing technique, in addition to developing a great passion for Opera. I decided to continue my music studies by joining the USP music course, and it was then that I met Thales Carosia (current bass player from Inanimalia).
In 2016, Thales invited me to join a band of authorial songs along with guitarist Rafael Cazuza, a project without a drummer until then. I embraced the project with body, soul and voice, using the extreme vocals together with the lyrical.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would love to sing with Alissa White-Gluz, I’m a huge fan of her work.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I would choose Wacken for sure, since a lot of metal bands dream to play at that fest besides having incredible ones on all line-ups.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Some pick-up lines hahahaha.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Enjoy our songs because they’re my most precious assets.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Freddie Mercury, his voice is unique.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Well, first of all, singing / playing is always quite fun. Having a band, rehearsing, playing and creating becomes a kind of addiction. I think that creative work has both the bad side and the good side of being a musician: on one hand, it’s really cool when you can put something personal in a composition, when the creative work yields something new. On the other hand, frustration is part of the creative process, since in a way you can compose 10 songs and enjoy 4 of them, for example. Trying to create something original at the same charges you and leads to more authentic results.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Well, talking about the Brazilian underground scene, I think there’s a lack of professionalism, a better level of appreciation for the bands’ musical work, especially the creative work. For example, it can be very costly to make a presentation and if there’s no return, it’s not viable in the long run. On the other hand, many bands manage to circumvent this difficulty with alternative ways of making a return. But in general, it ends up being quite common creative musicians prefer to work with covers in their repertoire, because it brings return. Unfortunately, this weakens the “renewal” of Rock / Metal bands.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
There are so many good albums that becomes hard to choose one, but I’ll choose “Doomsday Machine” from Arch Enemy.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I like the sound of vinyl, but downloads are more practical.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We participated in many awesome events, for example one called “Rock Solidário”. It was a very well organized event, with several very good bands and nice audience. The band was very well synched, and it ended up being a very remarkable show for us.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I graduated in Architecture College, but as soon as I finished the course, I entered the Music College. I believe that I would follow this profession if I hadn’t come across music.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I would invite my family. Having to choose between my friends is something I’d rather not be doing.
What’s next for the band?
For now, we are promoting our material. As soon as the pandemic issue is over, we will resume the rehearsal routine, mingle with the new guitarists. We hope soon to be able play at shows again too. In addition, we have songs and lyrics in progress to work on future recordings. We are also planning new ideas for marketing and selling merch.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Would they be cakes? I’ve never tried one…hahahaha
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Support the artists! Follow us on social media and share the songs you like. This is already a great help to promote our work.
I thank Ever Metal for the opportunity to be here and for the support.
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