Dreamshade melden sich zurück und präsentierten uns mit ihrer Single “Lightbringers” einen Vorgeschmack auf das kommende Album “A Pale Blue Dot”, welches am 05.03.2021 erscheint! Seit ihrer Gründung im Jahr 2006 in Lugano, Schweiz, sind Dreamshade nie als eine gewöhnliche Metal-Band bekannt gewesen. Dank der musikalischen Mischung aus harten Gitarren-Riffs, eingängigen Chorus-Melodien und aussagekräftigen Texten, erregten die Fünf Musiker schon früh die Aufmerksamkeit der modernen Rock-, Metal- und Hardcore-Szene. Ich durfte mich mit Kevin Calì (Vocals) unterhalten. Viel Spaß beim lesen.
Kevin Calì – Dreamshade
Metal and Me
Hello Kevin from „Dreamshade“. My name is Tobi. I run a Facebook page and a webblog. On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with a wheelchair. On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals. Of course, I also rate the bands‘ performance. Today I have a few questions for you about your new Album „A Pale Blue Dot“.
But first of all, I want to ask you how are you doing right now?
Hello Tobi! Thanks for having us. I would say that things are booming. We are more motivated and productive than ever in many ways. We are preparing as best we can for the release of the new album but at the same time we are looking forward and we already have ideas and new material to work on.
Are excited when you think about March 5th, 2021?
We are super excited! We feel that this new album will be a favorite of many fans as it embodies the sound that has characterized us over the years but with new nuances. We can’t wait to share this new chapter with the world!
How long did you write the new album and how long did it take until it was finished, ready for sale.
The whole process of recording and writing songs took more or less 5/6 months. This is our fourth record and the whole making felt much more natural than it ever was. The writing process went smoothly, we had such clear ideas that the songs took shape quickly and immediately convinced us completely. I felt there was the right harmony and perfect chemistry between us during the recording.
With the arrival of the first Lockdow, things went a bit slow but we still managed to finalize everything and we managed to finish mixing and mastering. Unfortunately then we had difficulties and delays to release the album due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We never found the right moment but finally we made up our minds and set a deadline. Despite the difficult moment we had to have an idea for the release to prepare ourselves better and plan everything sensibly and not by chance.
What is the main difference between „A Pale Blue Dot“ and the previous album?
In the album “A Pale Blue Dot” people will find something new and unusual. I believe the mix of melody, heaviness and uplifting lyrics will grab the attention of different music scenes as it encompasses everything that has influenced us in the past and continues to inspire us in the present. I find that sometimes, despite the complexity of the way we write songs, the music and lyrics enter directly into you, giving you a full thrill and energy.
The Cover-Artwork is awesome. From who was the Idea and what is the Message behind?
The artist is called Dixon Jong for Intuitive Design and he comes from Mali. We immediately fell in love with his art. As soon as we saw Dixon’s work we realized that he was the right man for us. The title is inspired by Carl Sagan’s famous book “Pale Blue Dot”. We were looking for something that contained the meaning of both the importance and futility of life as we know it. A distant look at humanity and our planet as a whole. Everything that is important to us on earth is insignificant in the universe.
What inspired you to Songs like „Elephant“ or the Titelsong „Step Back“?
An Hikikomori’s point of view. New phenomenon of hermit boys who voluntarily hide themselves in the bedroom isolating themselves and without having contact with the outside world and outside society. Some of these remain at home even for 20-30 years in a row. A modern social unease that was born in Japan in the 1980s but which today is increasingly widespread throughout the world. Very sad, but it represents a very present social unease in today’s world: “The fear of judgment “
The song is aimed at people who take your presence for granted. The song is not meant to be an attack on these kinds of people but more a personal reflection. Wondering where you want to spend your energy, values, qualities and love.
“Lightbringers”, “Stone Cold Digital” and “Save This” are my personal favorites on the record right now. Will you tell me and the readers a little bit about the songs?
We’re all living a unique historical period in 2020/2021 in which we move away from each other, keep our distances and lose touch Everyone feels that need to return to the light and get out of this moment that makes us feel imprisoned. That’s why we decided to release “Lightbringers” as the first song. It’s a special one for us. Written and recorded during lockdown. The result is a positive, deep & energetic song with tight & fast riffs but also some atmospheric and reflective moments in full Dreamshade style. An emotional charge that hits you straight to the heart from the very first listen. The lyrics urge today’s generations to take care of one another and the beauty that surrounds us. It’s also an invitation for young people to reflect on the future.
The theme of “Stone Cold Digital” just as you say talks about the downside of the media and our aim was to highlight the problems that this new modern life can have. I believe that social media is a very useful tool when used intelligently. There are more and more abuses and wrong ways to use this technology and unfortunately it is a phenomenon increasingly seen today. I believe it is up to each of us to become aware of this new medium that has been made available to us and use it in the most sensible way possible.
“Save This” is inspired by the history of the band, the relationships between us and with the community of fans. We wanted to make the memories that have been part of our history all these years feel alive. There have certainly been ups and downs, but in the end we have always had the drive and the desire to look beyond and give ourselves and others proof of our solidity and strength. That’s why we wanted to create something special that would give our listeners, friends and family the chance to be part of a song with us.
How many personal experiences are there in the songs on the upcoming album?
We have always only written lyrics and songs that come from our personal experiences and reflections. That is just our need to communicate what we feel with other people. I would never change our freedom of expression. It’s just too important for us as artists to be able to create and express whatever we feel at whatever time we want and we will never take this for granted. The fact that many people relate so much to our songs is just because of that feeling of freedom we feel when we write.
How was working with John Henry for the song Nothing But The Truth?
He’s an exquisite person and an artist for whom we have a lot of respect and with whom we immediately felt comfortable working. We’ve been listening Darkest Hour since we were kids and having him as a guest filled us with joy. It was the collaboration that we have always wanted to do and that we finally managed to have. Fella and I already wrote all the vocal parts and once we figured out who had to do what we played the song to John and after a few weeks we were able to record the parts. We felt it was the right song to share with him and his kind of voice and energy and I can say that we are very happy with the final result.
How was it to you to stay in contact with your fans via social media over the past few months and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?
Keeping in touch with people was less difficult than expected thanks to all the social media and apps we have at our disposal. Surely all these new platforms can help us and it’s in our interest to learn how to take advantage of this new Era and use everything at our disposal to keep in touch with our fans. I think it’s also a good thing to be able to create this contact with our listeners to promote all the news concerning the band. We are certainly lucky enough to have more visibility and create a sort of dialogue between us and the fans.
How did you as deal with the restrictions in the meantime? How much does it restricted you in your working life?
Working in the field of the post office and therefore of home deliveries I was lucky and I was able to carry out the usual routine normally. Personally, thanks to this period I was able to put my head and my life in order. Not that it didn’t go well before but when you are always in a hurry you don’t notice many things happening around you and you take many more for granted. Life runs next to you and you don’t even notice it. Let’s say that I managed to take some time for myself, my family and my life in general. This lockdown has somehow recharged my batteries and it has given me a new enthusiasm to start over.
Are there any plans for a tour if the pandemic allows? Has a festival organizer already knocked on the door?
At the moment I can say that not being able to organize ourselves for shows and tours we took advantage of the situation to look forward and think about the future. We concentrated on preparing as best we could for the release of our latest album and at the same time we are already there put to work on new music and new ideas we had. We must not be discouraged but in fact react and prepare ourselves as best we can for when this whole crazy situation will end.
A few words to the fans who definitely can’t wait to hear you live. Are there any plans about a streaming Event?
If the situation were to continue, we thought that the solution of a live streaming could be a good option. Let’s see how it evolves. We certainly don’t like to sit idle and we will do our best to always be close to our fans.
How have you spent your time under Covid 19 so far?
As I said before I took advantage of the situation to take care of myself and my family. I took advantage of the lockdown to play sports, take care of my health and enjoy life at home more. I like to be positive and not get discouraged. We can only learn from situations like these and get up stronger than before.
If you could privately go to a concert in this, sorry for the expression, shitty corona year, which one would it be?
I’ve never seen a Bruce Springsteen concert. Everyone has told me that he’s a fantastic showman and he has a truly unique charisma. I would be happy to be able to experience it on my skin.
Is Heavy Metal and the Subgenres also a means for you to switch off everything in this hectic world, to Pause and just listen?
I would say that for those who experience music as a profound experience it’s a way to find shelter and escape from difficult situations.
I believe it’s therapeutic, it makes you feel good and helps the soul to find peace when it’s tormented.
I find it a very powerful tool and for many a reason to continue and live life to the fullest. A refuge to always return to when something goes wrong “in the world out there”.
A few words to your Fans out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?
We all feel the need to get back to normal. Don’t get caught up in the negativity of what’s happening to us. I urge you to take care of yourself, your loved ones, others and the beauty that surrounds us. This is the energy and motivation we need and that will give us the strength to return to the “light” more aware than before of what is at stake if we were to lose it.
Hope to see you soon on the road!! 😉
Thanks for the interview, Kevin. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and good luck with for the Release of your Album!
Wer gerne meine Review zum Album lesen möchte, findet den Artikel HIER. Ich hoffe, ihr hattet Spaß beim lesen. Ich habe mich sehr über die ausführlichen Antworten von Kevin gefreut! 🙂
Kevin Calì | Vocals
Fernando ‘Fella’ Di Cicco | Guitars, Vocals
Gian-Andrea ‘Gian’ Costa | Bass, Keyboards, Programming
Luca Magri | Guitars, Programming
Francesco ‘Fry’ Ferrini | Drums
Photos by Kyrhian Balmelli