Edu Falaschi (Angra, Almah) produces the debut album of Artemis: the band reveals a few details of this collaboration in the interview for the fan-club of the singer
Along with his activities as a frontman of Angra which is back on track with its 7th studio album Aqua recently released by SPV, Edu Falaschi continues his career as a producer. Having established his name producing the own bands Symbols (Symbols – 1998, Call to the End – 2000) and Almah (Almah -2006, Fragile Equality – 2008), now he works with other promising names of Brazilian metal scene such as Artemis, Still Alive and Angels Holocaust. Edu joined Artemis from Brasília in the second half of 2009 at the pre-production stage, and now the whole work at the album is almost finished, – as it has been recently reported by the Artemis musicians in the interview for “Edu Falaschi European Fan Club”. In the interview the drummer Pedro Senna and the guitarist Nathan Grego tell about various details of the new album, the history of Artemis and its influences, the new singer Alírio Netto, upcoming single and, of course, about the collaboration with the producer Edu Falaschi.
A few parts of the interview: Pedro Senna: I met Edu a few years ago, because I was always a big fan of Angra and I have always been present at shows and backstage, we were not friends yet, but we already had some contact. When Almah released “Fragile Equality” I was sure that he was the right guy to produce our album. Our press office was the same (MS Metal Press) and I asked Edu Macedo to contact him and then we started talking about the project. It was a hard time to Artemis, we had line-up and sound changes.
Edu Falaschi European Fan Club: Could you explain how do you work together, the band and Edu Falaschi?
Pedro Senna: When we started working on the album, we still didn’t have any song prepared for the fact that the band has started again, so we came up with little ideas of riffs and melodies, and he was directing us to these ideas to turn their song with all parts. They all got through enough changes over the time, so we decided to do more than one year of pre-production, so that the songs were cut and mature enough to enter the studio and record them.
Edu Falaschi European Fan Club: Have you got some stress due to the celebrity and experience of your producer?
Pedro Senna: Work with Edu always been easy, the only problem was change some dates due to numerous commitments that he had, but it was easy to solve too.
Edu Falaschi European Fan Club: I’d like to know what do you learn with Edu Falaschi as a producer … I’m sure it’s very rewarding to work with an experimented and awesome musician and producer as him! Pedro Senna: This was another factor that led us to want to work with him, we learned a lot of things, like how to think in a composition, or how to work with a band in a professional level. We’ve gained much experience with this album and I’m sure the next will be even better because of this and other experiences that we acquire over time.
Nathan Grego: Work with Edu is a great learning experience for me, I could spend time discussing and learning about composition, part of songs, what works and what does not work and styles. As composer of the band I had much contact with Edu and I believe that the ideas he added in the compositions have become crucial for the identity of each one. The complete interview with Artemis by Sylvie Catez (Edu Falaschi European Fan Club/ Edu Falaschi France) you can find here http://edufalaschifrenchblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/artemis-tells-about-his-work-with-edu.html Edu Falaschi started his career as a producer in 1998 with his band Symbols. He also produced both Almah albums, “Almah” (2006/2007) and “Fragile Equality” (2008, together with his band mate Felipe Andreoli). Falaschi together with the other band members of Angra produced the recent CD of the band “Aqua” (2010). Currently Eduardo is finishing the debut albums of two Brazilian bands Artemis and Still Alive and a new EP of Angels Holocaust as a producer. More about Edu Falaschi Producer:
In the meantime, ANGRA (www.myspace.com/angraofficial) confirmed the concert in Taiwan in support to their seventh album “Aqua”. The show will take place on October, 19th and it will be the fourth time the band performs at the island where they have a lot of fans that have been following the group along the entire career.
ANGRA (www.myspace.com/angraofficial) has released an online game on
Guitar Flash format as new way to promote their latest album “Aqua”.
The game cointaining the first single “Arising Thunder” is similar to
the classic “Guitar Hero” which allows the player to perform a guitar
sound through a joystick or a computer keyboard.
Click in the link (http://www.guitarflash.com.br/angra/) to play
“Arising Thunder” through “Guitar Flash”.
In the meantime, ANGRA continues to organize the new world tour in
support to their seventh studio album “Aqua”.
Please contact Base2 Management by phone (+55.11.3673-2758) or e-mail
(email@example.com) to book a concert in your city.
Before the release of the 7th studio masterpiece AQUA, and the start of the new World Tour supporting the album, Edu Falaschi with ANGRA finished the Back To Life Tour 2009-2010 with a great performance on stage of Anime Friends Festival in São Paulo (Brazil).
This show became the biggest highlight of the final part of the tour. One of the most important rock/metal media in Brazil, “Whiplash!” Webzine highly appreciated the latest performance of Angra and Edu Falaschi on the festival.
Anime Friends Festival took place in Mart Center, São Paulo (Brazil) on the last week and it was dedicated to the famous Japanese art of Anime. It included shows of several Brazilian rock and metal bands and various events for anime fans. Angra played on Friday, 16th of July. The band presented the set-list of Back To Life Tour 2010 and, specially for this event, Pegasus Fantasy – a song from the soundtrack of anime series Knights of the Zodiac (Cavaleiros do Zodiaco) or Saint Seyia which is very popular in Brazil.
As Whiplash! Webzine reports, despite the diversity of people who attended the show (besides metal fans, for sure there were a lot of anime and manga’s fans) the band really rocked.
Edu Falaschi was very inspired and his performance that memorable night was incredible, as he sang both the old and the more recent classics of Angra. In particular, the reporter mentions such classical song as Silence and Distance performed with great feeling and vibration that excited and united the public. And the great interpretation of Lisbon made by Edu Falaschi, as well as his recent version of Nothing To Say where he got its highest notes were accepted with great enthusiasm of the audience. And, of course, the hits from the “nova era” of Angra like Rebirth, The Voice Commanding You, The Course Of Nature, Spread Your Fire and others.
“Thus, if you have had any doubt regarding Angra, you can forget it! – tells Whiplah! – The band made a brilliant show on the stage of Anime Friends with a lot of respect to the fans, fascinating everyone with its professional performance, real team-work and great frontmanship of Edu Falaschi. It was a perfect aperitif before the things that should happen soon, and those who have been to there, will never forget”.
On the threshold of the worldwide release of the long awaited 7th studio album of ANGRA “Aqua” Edu Falaschi presents the English version of his official homepage http://www.edufalaschi.com.br.
Check the link on the front page of http://www.edufalaschi.com.br or follow directly http://www.edufalaschi.com.br/eng/ to get to actual news, biography, interviews database, photo stream, links, tour dates, curiosities – all the most important details of the background and the present career of Angra and Almah singer, composer, producer and arranger Edu Falaschi in English.
Besides the Portuguese and English versions of the official site you can find the links to the official sources of Edu in French, Japanese and Russian on the front page of http://www.edufalaschi.com.br.
At the moment Edu Falaschi with Angra is preparing for the upcoming release of the 7th studio masterpiece of the band and the next World Tour supporting “Aqua” album. The first dates in Brazil and Japan are already scheduled: http://www.edufalaschi.com.br/eng/?page_id=149
ANGRA has officially announced the date for releasing the new single from their seventh studio album, “Aqua”. The song is “Arising Thunder” which will be uploaded on the official MySpace in the night from Friday July, 9th to Saturday 10th.
According to the guitarist Rafael Bittencourt, “’Arising Thunder’ is a strong, fast and captivating song. We didn’t want to choose the most commercial track. Our fans will certainly be impressed with its fury and speed that end up in one of the strongest refrains of our entire career. It describes clearly the water element cycles showing the tenuous line from the tempest to the calm”.
The vocalist Edu Falaschi, who created the initial concept of the track, says: “This song was originally composed to be a ballad but along the process I realized that it would be better to change for a Power Metal style. Fortunately I was right and this new direction is the most correct to represent the heart of the Shakespeare story! It is violent, dramatic and vigorous in the first lines of “The Tempest”! “Arising Thunder” sounds perfect to an epic start connected to the lyric by a vibrant way showing all the Prospero fury and vengeance wishes. I am sure that our fans will enjoy it and sing with us in our next tour”.
The “Arising Thunder” artwork concept, as well as the “Aqua” one, were developed by the renowned Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes supervised by the guitarists Rafael Bittencourt e Kiko Loureiro.
After “Aqua” is officially released, ANGRA will start a new world tour. Contact Base2 Management by phone (+55.11.3673-2758) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book a concert in your city.
After a long period of mystery, ANGRA has announced the official title of its seventh full length: “Aqua”. It will be the first material released in the last four years and after the return of the drummer Ricardo Confessori to the band.
“Aqua” is a Latin word and means “water” in English. It represents the unique style that presented ANGRA to the world. Its incredible ability in mixing various music genres, transcending from Classical to Metal, Folklore to Modern, Pop to Experimental, has an unquestionable relevance nowadays and it is described in each detail of the new work.
The experience of great musicians like Eduardo Falaschi (singer), Rafael Bittencourt and Kiko Loureiro (guitar players), Felipe Andreoli (bassist) and Ricardo Confessori (drummer) is one of the characteristics easily heard after an initial audition of “Aqua”. Artists who reached a higher level in an important moment of their careers and united the perfect way of playing, good sounds, conscious experimentalism joined to attractive themes.
The concept and the musical atmospheres of this new record, as well as the main classics of ANGRA discography are based on a rich and involving history. The whole composition of the album was directly inspired by “The Tempest” – the last play written by William Shakespeare and shown here through an epic vision compared to its dark side. “We really dedicated ourselves to the last work of Shakespeare to create “Aqua”. Besides all the qualities of the text, we founded out that the element “water” is one of the main characters of the history. It transforms itself during the cycles and changes the things around. It represents the rage of high tides and tempests, and then the forgiveness and wisdom in calm. Everything happens after a violent storm that occurs in the sea, in an island hill. While the wild waters come from up and down, a ship and the entire crew are fighting for surviving. As from this point, we developed one very interesting narrative that will get the attention of the listeners”, said the guitarist Rafael Bittencourt.
“Aqua” was produced by a new team that confirms the actual renovation purpose of the band. The album was entirely arranged by the musicians, co-produced and mixed by Brendan Duffey and Adriano Daga, from Norcal Studios, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering Studios, in California (EUA).
The art concept was created by the renowned Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes supervised by Rafael Bittencourt and Kiko Loureiro. “We have been worked with Isabel de Amorim since the “Fireworks” album so we wanted to change the artistic style in this new CD and the work made by Gustavo Sazes was exactly what we were looking for. Actually he is already our website designer and it was a natural choice”, said Kiko Loureiro.
“Aqua” will be released in Japan on July 31st by JVC/Victor and will be distributed in Europe by SPV/Steamhammer afterwards. In Brazil it will be self-financed and released on August 17th. “We need to have a support for the international market and the SPV and JVC have always been done an excellent work related to the promotion of our last records. But in Brazil we will make it different this time. It will be self-financed so that we can control everything referred to the CD”, said the vocalist Edu Falaschi.
After “Aqua” is officially released, ANGRA will start a new world tour.