Interview by Cristóbal Torres
We contacted Thiago Colavite, vocalist of the group, to tell us about how the group was created, what difficulties they had to overcome to release their debut album, and what their future plans are. This is what he told us.
CASTELLICA is a Heavy / Power Metal band from Paraguaçu Paulista, Brazil. It was born in 2011 and, although it remained active in its early years, it was not until the beginning of February that the band released the debut album: MOMENT OF GLORY (2021). The work offers ten pieces that perfectly combine the elements of Heavy and Power, such as harmonized guitars, catchy choruses and great riffs.
How did the band start and why did you decide to call it Castellica?
Thiago Colavite: The band was born in the city of Paraguaçu Paulista, in the state of São Paulo in 2011. My two nephews, Danilo and Lucas Colavite and I belong to a family very involved in music, with directors and musicians in almost all generations, that’s why music has always been present in our development and building a band turned out to be something natural for us. I like to say that we started playing with a band when we were kids and later we started working as a band.
The name CASTELLICA was created by Danilo Colavite and it was a name that was always on his mind because it is very reminiscent of the medieval universe, of castles, and it is also related to a heavy sound, perhaps due to the similarity of the sound of the word to “Metallica”. We have always been very fond of history and this medieval universe, so it was great to unite this love between our sound and the name.
What did the band do between 2011 and 2020, why did you barely release your debut album?
Thiago Colavite: At the beginning of CASTELLICA, our intention was to play covers of bands that were a reference for us, such as Saxon, Iron Maiden, Manowar, Accept, among others, but it did not take long for us to feel the need to put our own ideas into practice and that was a natural process.
In 2012, more or less, my brother Marcello Colavite showed us some lyrics that he had written and we decided to finish the song, creating the vocal melody, and everything else.
It was then that the song “Warriors” appeared, our first piece, and then “Holy Knight” appeared, also in 2012. These songs have been performed in our shows since then.
And so we continue, with many shows, always playing, we did shows with bands that represent a lot in the Brazilian scene, such as Sepultura, Nervosa, Luis Mariutti from Angra and Shaman, however, after some changes in the line-up and many shows, we ended discouraged and the band was almost ending its activities.
It took us a long time to record an album due to the difficulty of finding good studios in our region and because we are far from the big centers. Paraguaçu is almost 500 km from São Paulo, which ends up making the recording much more expensive, so we continue to postpone it, precisely because of the costs.
Until we received a contact from our producer Douglas das Neves to record the album and that moved things again and made us pursue our dreams.
Is the current line-up of the band the same that started ten years ago or how did the current members come together?
Thiago Colavite: It is not the same formation, there were changes during this period. Cláudio Caldeirão (drummer) joined the band since its inception in 2012, so he participated a lot in the whole process.
We had known Claudio for many years, our families are friends and I already had a band with his brother Murillo Caldeirão, so he was already someone we had in mind to fill the vacancy as soon as it opened, for being a friend and for the excellent coexistence, which was very natural and spontaneous.
Marco joined the band in 2016, but he was also a friend of ours, he and I did some metal events here in our city, so in a way it was also a natural and correct choice.
When did you start working the songs for the MOMENT OF GLORY album?
Thiago Colavite: The first song we worked on was “Warriors” in 2012, the lyrics are by my brother Marcello Colavite and it was the one that opened the door to his own songs.
Then we did “Holy Knight” and we stopped for a long time to finish the songs. Of course, ideas, riffs, lyrics, even whole songs always came in, but they didn’t go through.
The process of writing the other songs came even after the contact of our producer, Douglas das Neves in 2018, it was at that moment that we started to make 8 more songs and thus close the first album.
Fortunately, the songwriting process wasn’t difficult as we had a lot of riffs ready, ideas already drawn, and we were reclaiming this material, discarding what we didn’t like, perfecting what was cool and logical, creating a lot of new stuff.
Composing is an incredible learning process so we still have a lot to learn, but we really like the result.
Do you have more songs besides the 10 we heard on this album or is it all the material that you were able to compose and record?
Thiago Colavite: We have a lot of ideas, things that we didn’t take advantage of on MOMENT OF GLORY and that we don’t really know yet if they will become songs in the future. But the creative process did not stop after the album was composed, so what we can say is that we are already working on new materials.
How was the process of recording the album? Did you go to a studio or was it your own production?
Thiago Colavite: The process took us some time because of the distance we were from the Fusion studio, which is in Cotia, near São Paulo, and also because of our schedules, jobs, university, etc.
We started the pre-production process in 2018, we created everything in our city and sent it via WhatsApp to our producer, so that he could change some things, suggest changes and also be within the entire structure of the songs, which in my opinion is the most important thing .
Our first trip to the studio happened in May 2019 and that’s when we started recording the album. The studio we recorded was Fusion, one of the largest and most complete in Brazil, it has recorded great names in national and world metal such as Noturnall, Shaman, Angra, Tarja Turunen, Edu Falaschi and many others and because they are specialized in metal.
It was the best choice we could have made at the time. The whole process ended in May 2020, as soon as we detected the start of the pandemic, which made us postpone the end of the recording a little longer.
How did you get Thiago Bianchi and how did he help making this album?
Thiago Colavite: In fact, our contact was with Douglas das Neves, who produced the album. The entire recording process took place with Douglas, who became a great friend.
We met Thiago Bianchi inside the Fusion Studio, which he owns, so he got to know our work, on one of those trips to record he invited us to do some tours with Noturnall, Mike Portnoy and Edu Falaschi and we ended up being friends.
It was there that he participated in the mixing and mastering of our album, putting the final touches on the production. Thiago is a true school on how to make metal and we learned a lot from him.
Where does the intention to write praise or religious songs come from?
Thiago Colavite: In reality, we do not write religious songs or songs of praise, what we do is portray history, and in this first album we talk about the crusades, a medieval era, which involves religion a lot as a justification of historical contexts, that’s why we deal with that theme a lot.
But we are not a band that composes religious songs, in this album we talk a lot about how kings and rulers used religion as a justification for wars and struggles, always using people’s religiosity as a form of manipulation to sacrifice themselves in the name of God.
How was the experience of recording the video for “Holy Knight”, where was it recorded and why did you choose this song?
Thiago Colavite: “Holy Knight” is a song that we like very much, it has a formula that works very well live, with several repetitions of the chorus and that makes people learn the song very quickly and that was decisive for the choice of the song.
We recorded with a great friend of ours, Michael Hippler, who also recorded the ”Warriors” clip. We chose an abandoned site in the city of Maracaí, very close to the city where we live.
It had rained the day before so the place was flooded, chaos and this further favored the look of the clip. We were too happy with the result.
As for the “Warriors” video, how different was the experience of filming this video compared to the first one and why did you choose that song?
Thiago Colavite: “Warriors” was chosen for sentimental reasons, because it was the first song that the band developed and also because it is very different from “Holy Knight”, it seems more progressive and less like traditional power metal, that was also decisive for the choice.
We filmed at the “Lucila Nascimento” theater in our city Paraguaçu Paulista, the same day we filmed “Holy Knight”. We shot both clips in a matter of hours, it was a challenge.
And the look of this video was an indication from director Michael Hippler who brought us some references and we really enjoyed the format, a darker environment and some stage lights.
This video was much calmer to shoot than the previous one. We really liked the result and it was very different from each other and that was really our intention. The videos were very well received by the audience and this surprised us a lot, we were happy.
Are you preparing a new video to continue promoting the album?
Thiago Colavite: Yes, we have more material to record and I can tell you that we already have a new video ready that we will release soon.
The audiovisual factor is decisive today for the success of a song. Everyone consumes too much YouTube and other visual media, we think this is the way to go. We have several things prepared, especially on our YouTube channel, so please subscribe.
Is the album only in digital format or will there be physical copies of it?
Thiago Colavite: In April we opened the pre-sale of the physical album, I think it is a dream to see the physical material in our hands and we really want that, the materialization of the dream.
Since the beginning of April, our store is available for purchases, not only of the physical disc, but also of T-shirts, mugs and many other things that we are preparing.
Now that you have released your album, what is the purpose of the band; what would you like to achieve with your music?
Thiago Colavite: Our goal is to play live, unfortunately the pandemic delayed this plan too much, so we are working hard on the materials, both the compositions for an upcoming album, as well as the visual material to feed the social networks and the website.
A great desire in the band has always been to be able to live exclusively from our music, we know that today is very difficult, but it is something that we are struggling to achieve.
Without a doubt, seeing that our music is being released all over the world motivates us too much, we are reaping many fruits of this recognition, the album was very well received by Europe, Asia, Oceania, North America and mainly by all the countries of South America that is our home, so it strengthens us even more and leaves us prepared so that when this difficult period is over we can go out and play our show in all parts of Brazil and the world with everyone vaccinated and safe.
Thank you very much for your time and congratulations on this new work, is there anything you would like to add or a final word for readers?
Thiago Colavite: We are very grateful for the space to publicize our work, your contact and your affection for the band. You from the media are decisive for the success of an album, of an artist and we really like talking to you, thank you very much for this space and we are always at your disposal.
Follow CASTELLICA on our social networks and website, listen to our songs that are available on all streaming platforms; that makes a difference for us. Thank you.