EMQ’s with TILL DIE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Emilia-Romagna, Italy based Thrash-Groove Metal band Till Die. Huge thanks to drummer, Filippo Raggi, 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 Filippo Raggi, I’m sitting behind the drum kit. We started to play as a band in 1998 with the name of “Day of Darkness” and turning it into “Till Die” about two years later, after the first line-up was fixed.
How did you come up with your band name?
Most of all it came up as the will to communicate the strength, determination and attitude that we put in our music proposal as in the everyday challenges that life presents us. So, never give up and always fight for what you believe in until you die.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from Emilia-Romagna, a Region in the north of Italy. About the Italian rock and metal scene, I think that there is a lot of shit, like everywhere else, as well as many very good bands that, however, struggle to emerge. Italy doesn’t come up often when talking about heavy metal, to be honest I have to say that we are quite often looked upon unfavourably compared to our neighbours in Europe. Those willing to take the time to explore this much-maligned scene however will discover that there’s a lot to discover.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our first full-length album called “Ruthless”.
‘Lord Of The Worms’ (Audio)
‘The Grey Man’ (Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
There are many bands from which we have taken something, both current and from the past, but I want to tell you only one, the most important, they are called “Pantera”.
What first got you into music?
I think that everything happened when my brother Antonio, two years older than me, started going to High School in the early nineties. He first brought music at home, at first listening to bands like Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Europe and so on. It was during that period that I started to get my passion towards the music world.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
It would be great rockin’ and hanging out with Zakk Wylde!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Having to choose I would say “Wacken Open Air”, because it is one of the biggest metal festivals in the world, drawing metalheads from everywhere. All the bands touring in Europe during that period will definitely play there.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I’m sorry to disappoint you but I have never received any gifts from fans, if not a few drinks 😉
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
No bullshit! Trust something, be true and ruthless too…but with horns up!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Lemmy Kilmister, I don’t think he can be called “rockstar”, but for sure he has been the greatest rocker ever and I miss him so much.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
First of all, I thank you for calling me a musician! 😊
What I always enjoyed a lot is playing our own music in front of people who are partying and having fun just because they really like what you’re doing, it’s a great feeling.
Even if it’s never been our problem because we always played music mostly for ourselves, I think that the most annoying things are the pressures that comes from labels or promotion agencies when you reach certain levels of notoriety and the stress that comes when trying to conciliate musical commitments with everyday life. It’s the reason why many bands start having problems after they have achieved success.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Everyone should start again to rate bands based on the quality of their music proposal rather than the abilities to sell themselves on social networks.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Vulgar Display Of Power” – Pantera
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I grew up in the nineties and still today I am very fond of CD’s.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
It was in 2013, when we played at “Sidro Club” here in Italy, opening for a really powerful Italian band called “Zolle”.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I can’t consider myself a musician at all. Let’s say that I could have become a real musician if I hadn’t decided to enrol in University of Architecture, becoming an architect today.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Thinking about music, a dinner to remember could be the one in the company of Phil Anselmo, Zakk Wylde and Dave Lombardo, then Joe Bastianich as the Chef to prepare the food and suggest us what wines to drink while eating. The fifth person could be a good Barman (passionate about rock and metal music) for the after dinner!
What’s next for the band?
Waiting to come back on stage as soon as possible we’re now working on new material and planning to record our first video clip for a song taken from our latest album “Ruthless”, so I recommend to stay tuned!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
To stay updated on our activities you can come to visit us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Here below are the links:
All our music is available on the main streaming platform:
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I don’t know them…I’m sorry! I will check out on the web!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for your interest and to all those who will take a few minutes to read this interview I’d like to say make sure to check out our album “Ruthless” and feel free to let us know what you think about it! CHEERS FROM ITALY!
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