EMQ’s With Imaginaerium

EMQ’s With Imaginaerium

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK Progressive Rock Opera Project, Imaginaerium. Huge thanks to lead vocalist, Laura Piazzai, 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 Laura Piazzai and I am the lead singer of the project “The Rise of Medici” that was created by our Eric Bouillette who sadly passed away on the 21st of August 2022. He set up this beautiful work with me and with the known British composer Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon, Caamora, Imaginaerium). 

We three started from our common passion for history and while Eric wrote the first demos inspired by my voice we needed a good lyrics writer and the only name that came up in my mind was the name of Clive Nolan. 

Eric contacted him and from there everything started. The two composers started to write music together and Clive added his precious orchestration and lyrics. All this, put together with Eric’s power guitars, violin and mandolin gave this incredible sound to the music.

I put my voice on the first demos and from there we decided to add like a storyline with characters to this big adventure and we added Andy Sears (ex Twelth Night, Caamora), Elena Vladyuk as classic voice and storyteller and Clive Nolan in the role of the baddie Rinaldo.

Andy and I give our voices to Cosimo and Contessina De Medici.

While the voices were a perfect ensamble we needed to give the extra power with the drums. The best drummer to do this is Scott Higham (ex-Pendragon) and this was the drama we needed to give the whole thing this metal prog sound together. With the power of the three rock voices of Laura, Andy and Clive.

The bass was recorded by Bernard Hery the talented French bassist of the prog band Nine Skies. 

We added the harp of Isabella Cambini, a young talented Italian lady that gave this elegant Italian extra touch to the bonus album.

How did you come up with your band name?

Imaginaerium is an idea of our promo boss Anne Claire Rallo and the meaning came from the idea that a listener could imagine being inside of our scenes while listening to the concept album “The Rise of Medici”. We wanted to imagine the listener as a side actor following the powerful adventures in the song lyrics.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I come from Italy and well I have to say that in Italy we do not actually have so much support in rock but it is a country that gave a lot to prog rock metal in the 60s / 70s. In my opinion Italian radius should open up more to new artists and go in search of new high level music instead of what is normally broadcast on our most famous Italian radios. What is not nice is that if the artist isn’t related to someone famous the music does not enter the airing of the radio but thank God there are smaller radios that give a lot of support and love to the artist and to this genre.

What is your latest release?

“The Rise of Medici”, and previously I released an album with Clive Nolan “From the Outside in”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I don’t actually know if I can say that I have been “influenced” by someone in particular. I would rather say that I have always tried to stay unique and tried to give people something that they thought could be new and that’s why I always go into new projects with a completely different point of view. I like to be original always and to put myself into new challenges stepping out of my comfort zones.

What first got you into music?

Well I was a 4 years old child when I started to have this passion for singing and this remained a constant point of my life. The dream became reality and I started my first important steps into a completely different genre recording some records as a house music performer, and then soul and finally I stepped into Prog rock.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Arena, with no doubts at all in a big duet 🙂 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would say the Cruise of the Edge because it is original and I think also a huge opportunity to be seen by a big important audience.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

A massive thank you for the support they give us and ask them to follow our side projects.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

My dearest friend Eric Bouillette.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love that I can put all my endless passion on singing and being on stage, which feels like the most incredible thing in the world and I also love the moments of the recordings and creating something new.

What I hate? I hate that especially in prog music we have people that are not really progressive in mind and only talk about the old artists absolutely not thinking about the importance of the word “PROG” that means “GO ON” and this being stuck in the past makes it so difficult for new beautiful projects to emerge.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

For sure that they should support artists more and put more heart into the product that makes them earn money.

They should put artists in the right hands and make promotion a central point and work with the radios and fight for their music to be played.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Arena’s “The Uniquiet Sky”. It is simply fantastic, flawless.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl and CDs for sure.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

The one that has not been played yet :-). The best gig will be the first Rise of Medici gig.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I am also a phonetic language coach and I also work with energies and meditation so that’s what I would be doing if I wasn’t a singer 🙂 .

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would only actually invite friends, no-one in particular.

What’s next for the band?

We are thinking about touring 2024 and this is the next challenge, to put together this magnificent show to be seen around Europe first of all. 

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Website – https://imaginaerium.org
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/imaginaeriumband
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/imaginaerium.band/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/imaginaerium1
Youtube –
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQH6ik_DbAKpXxhQ7e1_umA/videos

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Wonderful biscuits.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks to you for this interview and I would like to say that this is really a different kind of concept album with all the right ingredients: passion, soul, and love in the music and in the performances. The story has: love and hate, treachery and friendship and also enemies and intrigues so I hope that you will love it and talk about it. To make this great band and project go on and enter the history of music as one of the best concept albums ever written by Clive Nolan with Eric Bouillette (RIP).

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