EMQ’s with TESLA SHAMANS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Novara, Italy based Hard ‘n’ Heavy Rock band, Tesla Shamans. Huge thanks to them 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?
TOM: Tesla Shamans is a Hard ‘n’ Heavy Rock band formed in early 2018. We play 80’s/90’s Hard Rock contaminated by Blues influences and heavy riffs beaten with Synths. After two years of composition, live gigs and a series of unfortunate events we have finally released our debut album some days ago!
How did you come up with your band name?
STEVE CROW: First of all, we wanted the word shamans in the name because it represents the spiritual natural side of the band, the way we look at the World, the breaking of the modern society’s illusions. Later we added Tesla. Tesla is probably the real modern shaman for his study. So, we have the ancient and the new united, the natural side is carried forward.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
BELLIX: We are from North-West Italy (Piemonte region) where the Metal/Rock scene is still present, because luckily there are many clubs and people (musicians, staff, organizers…) that invest money, time and energy to organize concerts and festivals like a family everywhere and whenever possible!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Electric Storm”, our debut album that was released on May 17th, 2021.
‘Shamans’ (Official Video)
‘Your Shit’ (Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
STEVE CROW: Definitely 60’s/70’s rock, but also power-progressive metal. I think that 60’s/70’s rock has got the perfect freedom of expression. It has been the first real possibility of having no boundaries in composition. Less business, more music experiments. Power metal instead satisfies my craving for energy. It gives me strength. I love its harmonies and its choruses; they fill my heart.
TOM: It could be an extremely long list 😉 At the top of it, definitely, are Santa Cruz for the amazing guitar riffs: I discovered them in late 2016 from a couple of friends and I was immediately fascinated. Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators for the incredible energy that they put in their albums, and they’re damned awesome on stage! I’m one of the few fans who appreciate Slash the most in his recent albums rather than with Guns, and I love Myles Kennedy as one of the best humans in the world. And Soundgarden for all. They have always been my favourite band from the guitar riffs to the amazing rhythm section, the greatest ideas, the lyrics, and the voice of Chris Cornell that will forever remain in my heart. R.I.P.
BELLIX: I listen to different musical genres, but I like Djent and Metal-Math Core very much, in particular bands like Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Tesseract, Bring Me The Horizon, Gojira, Protest the Hero, Meshuggah and many more. I take inspiration from the drumming of different artists, but above all from those who excite me playing live, how they involve people, I think conveying something to someone who’s watching you from under the stage is the key to everything.
What first got you into music?
STEVE CROW: I wanted to totally express myself, music it’s the best way to communicate feelings, thoughts, hopes, pains…Music can create invisible wires and a suspension from the fear of death.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
TOM: I’d like to collaborate with Joonas Parkkonen for the production of our next album and with the amazing Samy Elbanna from Lost Society as one of the best musician/singer I’ve ever listened to.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
BELLIX: HellFest in France for two reasons: first because it would be an honour to share the stage with the big bands playing there. The second is because years ago I received a request from HellFest’s organizers regarding playing there with my ex band. We lost the opportunity due to misunderstandings in the band, so I would like to have this opportunity again!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
TOM: Unfortunately, still nothing but hey…let’s take our time 😉.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
STEVE CROW: We’ll create the strongest tribe of all time. We’ll create new myths.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
TOM: It’s a really hard choice but maybe I’d choose Dio for his huge love of Rock’n’Roll music and how he scored an entire generation with his passion.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
STEVE CROW: Music is the best way of communication; this is the best part. I love the stage; I love the energy. I hate the difficulty of making it a job.
BELLIX: I like adrenaline on stage, every fill behind my drums when I compose and every new friendship and collaboration with other bands! I hate the metronome beats in my ears, but Icouldn’t quit using it!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
STEVE CROW: The difficulty of getting noticed without having money.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
STEVE CROW: Symphony X – “The Divine Wings Of Tragedy”. In this album we can find an atmosphere that I really love; it makes me think about the birth and the evolution of mankind. The man with his sins, his hopes and his destiny. There is a majestic theatricality and the voice of Russell Allen is one of the best in the world for me.
TOM: Soundgarden – “Superunknown”. I think it was the very first album that I entirely listened to, and when I got to the end, I had no words. “Superunknown” is definitely THE Masterpiece for anyone who loves Grunge and I believe that it was the first album that inspired me to become something more than a good “musician”. “Words you say you never seem to live up to the ones inside your head”.
BELLIX: Undoubtedly worthy of note “That’s The Spirit” by Bring Me The Horizon. I think they are one of the most innovative bands of the genre, that album contains a perfect combination of well-structured rhythms, melodies, electronic always present, but never superfluous and so much expressiveness and emotionality. At least for me!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
TOM: Downloads for convenience, CD’s for the best quality playing, Vinyls as a collector.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
STEVE CROW: As opener for Dead Daisies. A great stage, a huge energy, good drinks.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
TOM: A producer/sound engineer. Unfortunately, I approached the world of music production too late to start a course of study about, but if I had the possibility to go back 10 years, I would probably spend all of my time working with other artists, maybe in a great studio like Finnvox. It would be an amazing adventure, trying to always give the best in the new challenges!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
BELLIX: Will Smith for the charisma and the great respect I have for him as a person. Michael Jackson because I want to learn the moonwalk from him, drunk hahaha. Shakira and Alissa White Gluz because even the eye wants his part, Dave Grohl because he is a 360-degree artist who has marked an era and after so many years I still have not stopped listening to his songs!
What’s next for the band?
BELLIX: The next step is to expand our fanbase, promote “Electric Storm” the best way possible and play, play and play shows while working on the next album.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Spotify or Deezer for people to listen to our songs.
And last but not least Bandcamp as the official merch store!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
TOM: As a Pastry Chef I can confidently say that Jaffa cakes are…neither! 😊
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
STEVE CROW: Trust in us and follow the Shamans’ way.
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