Interview - Squank

- Hi and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Red Shoes.
A: Hi! Thanks for the invite! This album was born during the Lookdown period of 2020, with the desire to make blues-oriented songs, but without necessarily being connected to a certain genre.

- How would you describe your sound? 
A: the sound of the album wants to embrace typical sounds of the past belonging to the rock era, but also to a modern production in line with the music market.

- What do you write about? 
A: I write about present, past and desired life experiences.

- What do you listen to when you are home?
A: That's a long list. Everything that belongs to the rock blues scene, prog, metal, southern rock and also classical music. Pretty much everything I like.

- Your favourite live performance so far? 
A: I've seen so many that I can't choose. One of my favorites was Pat Metheny's in Milan, I think it was 1997.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage. 
A: Seravezza Blues Festival (Lucca, Italia). During the concert, our singer decides to let the audience sing, but when the technicians turn on the lights on the audience, the power goes out, it happened two or three times! We changed the song!

- Your favourite albums? 
A: They are really many!
Electric Ladyland di (Jimi Hendrix)
The booty and the beast (Popa Chubby)
Couldn't stand the weather (S. R. Vaughan)
Images and words (Dream Theater)
La voce del padrone  (Franco Battiato)
Shut up and play yer guitar (F. Zappa)

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer? 
A: one who offers to drink! Steve Vai or Frank Zappa.

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
A: Some fans in the summer! And some panzerotti!

- What are your plans for the near future?
A: my plans for the future are to record another album maybe in a different genre, like prog rock.
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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