Luke Fortini - Interview

Hi and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release. 
- Hello everyone, my new instrumental work is titled The Beginning of Creation and is a concept about geological eras. It is a truly particular album and outside the norm, both in terms of composition and production, I wanted it to be exactly like this, an artistic work that I care a lot about. 

- How would you describe your sound? 
- My sound itself isn't particularly complicated. It could be an 80s or 90s sound, it may seem strange but I don't like a too modern sound at all, it smells artificial to me. I am linked to sounds of the 80s period, above all Iron Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen and Ozzy Osbourne's first records. As for my style, I would say a mixture of neoclassical metal, progressive metal and ambient fragments, due to the use of keyboards and orchestrations. 

- What do you write about? 
- Being an instrumental project, I feel free to write the parts however I prefer, i.e. elaborate riffs, solos and various melodies. Exploring harmonic minor, major, hexatonic sounds and in some cases also sounds of jazz fusion derivation. 

- What do you listen to when you are home? 
- When I'm at home I listen to various things, from metal to classical music, I really like watching various bands from the past on the internet, even from the 70s. 

- Your favourite live performance so far? 
- It's difficult to answer this question, in my own small way over the years I have done various concerts, with various bands, in Italy but also in various European countries. Playing live is always a great experience. 

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage. 
- A few years ago I was playing with a commercial cover band, I remember we got a gig for a beer festival, in a mountain town, not very close to where we live. What happens is that we load up all our equipment and leave, once we arrive on site, we unload everything to set up on stage, but I realized that something was missing, we had brought everything, except my guitar! Luckily the organizer got me an electric guitar from a friend of his, so we could proceed. But it was a quite absurd and funny moment at the same time. 

- Your favourite albums? 
- My favorite albums? There are many, but I'll mention a few: Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads - Tribute (live), Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy, Uriah Heep - Abominog, Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion 1, Death - Human, Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien, Van Halen - Van Halen. 

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer? 
- I don't know, I'd say Malmsteen or Satriani, but I wouldn't drink a beer but a Coke. 

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth? 
- Uhm... so many women (!!!!) 

- What are your plans for the near future? 
- I take life a bit as it comes, I don't like to plan too much. The important thing is to feel good and continue doing what you love. Thanks for this nice conversation and greetings to all of you at Given to Rock and to the readers, bye!

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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