EMQ’s with SØNDAG
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Piacenza, Italy based Rock band Søndag. Huge thanks to guitarist Marcello Lega 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?
Hello! I’m Marcello from Søndag, and I play guitar in the band.
The band was born from the ashes of an old extreme metal band called Edema in which I, Riccardo Lovotti (drums) and Marco Benedetti (Guitar) were already present.
After a break we wanted to try something more rock than the Edema project, and we first ventured into a duo (me and Riccardo) with only an 8-string guitar and drums, instrumental.
In the following months we incorporated another guitar (Marco) and a bass player/singer (Riccardo Demarosi).
The Søndag Project was thus consolidated, and we began years of touring and records with various labels internationally.
How did you come up with your band name?
I must admit that I am very infatuated with Scandinavian languages, and therefore I took a cue from the Danish vocabulary for the band name: Søndag (Sunday).
The reference to the day of the week wants to create a parallel between the day of the week when the plug is disconnected from everyday life, and our music which (we hope) in its own way disconnects from the routine of the music we are used to listening to.
What country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?
We are from Piacenza (Italy).
Unfortunately, the underground rock scene in Italy, especially in our tiny town, is very small as live clubs are closing one after the other.
Not to mention that the current situation of Covid-19 has made it practically impossible to do concerts so let’s say that it is not a good time for the local scene.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest single was “Trendsetter”, but we have a new single coming at the end of August (31st) which will be called “Titans”! (Out now, see below – Rick)
‘Trendsetter’ (Official Video)
Titans (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Definitely bands of the calibre of Alice In Chains, Deftones, Bring Me The horizon, Meshuggah…etc!
What first got you into music?
A little out of curiosity, a little for fun, I found myself strumming the first notes on the guitar. From there a love was born: a passion that I have been carrying with me for 20 years now!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Our dream would be to have the voice of Oliver Sykes on one of our songs, but maybe we dream too big?
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Having never gone outside Europe playing, we have no real idea of what festivals are like out there, except for what you see on YouTube, but we all know that seeing something on YT or seeing it with your own eyes is a different thing.
So, I would say: Wacken Open Air in Germany!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Hahaha, this is a tough question!
During a tour we were given, as payment for one CD album, a piece of torn underpants from a completely drunk character who came to one of our concerts in Germany, is that a valid answer? 😊
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Well, surely, we love them infinitely and that we have all the respect in the world for them.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Chris Cornell (R.I.P.)!
His voice has always inspired us, it would be great to keep hearing about his new artistic creations.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing in itself is worth the price of being a musician: while you play everything else vanishes. This is worth everything.
What do I hate? The fact that often all the effort and time you take to create music is lost in the wind because it is very difficult to reach new listeners.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Streaming (practically) for free.
I must admit, I also listen to streaming music on Spotify. who doesn’t?
The problem is that this system has practically wiped out any kind of earnings for those who put their heart and soul into creating new music on a large scale.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Destroy Erase Improve” – Meshuggah
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Having grown up with cassettes and CD’s, instinctively I would say those, obviously not for the audio quality, but because they were tangible!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Singen – Germany – “Blaues Haus”. Incredible concert with a lot of enthusiastic and crazy people. I remember it very well!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
No idea mate!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Difficult question, but easy answer: the entire Meshuggah band.
What’s next for the band?
As mentioned before, it is difficult to count on the future during a pandemic.
We will certainly continue to release new music, but we miss a lot playing live…
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We have used Facebook more than anything in recent years, but we feel it is at the end of its days. Since a couple years we mainly use Instagram.
Here are a couple of links to connect with us:
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Unfortunately, we don’t have the pleasure of having them in our country. I would say “little cakes”?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks a lot for the chat!!
Our message is: If you feel you need something different, give us a chance and give a spin to our music!
See you soon and thanks again,
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