Interview: Numa [7534]

Hello. We enjoyed listening to your song “Life Out of The Box”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
Hello, thank you for having this chat with us and for listening to our music. The song came up while jamming with a specific tuning at the guitar (FFCCCF), the same for Seasons by Cornell, which of course was part of the musical inspiration. From the original intro with the acoustic guitar, that now we play just in the live version, we structured the theme in order to built a duality between the calm and soft atmospheres and the more powerful riff sections. In the process to arrange it, with the other instruments, was important to mark the struggle expressed throughout the lyrics to support this feeling in the verses, so we create a punctuated trend with some intervention of those aggressive blows until the main riff; as if along the way, we’re about to break this constraint. Lyrically, I was/am in a phase of affirmation and discovery, willing to accept my identity and own my voice, trying not to fear and be stock with judgements. With that in mind, we worked it out together with my girlfriend at the time, also a lyricist. The title came up a little later, as a synthesis I guess, but it’s pretty much self-explanatory.

We understand that there is also a music video for the song. What inspired the video and what ideas went into making it? Is there a message that the video carries too?
Yes indeed, it’s our first music video. The script changed many times due to our budget. We definitely went for a simpler idea but we had, nonetheless, so much fun filming it. The majors influences were “A Clockwork Orange” and “Travelers” for some elements in the storytelling. We thought mostly at “Westworld” and “Lost” for the setting, environments and the photography. We wanted, as much as possible, a cinematic aspect that would lead the story into a dark, oppressive world; to then capitulate with an interesting turning point that will open doors to the following adventures. In the plot we’re part of a “time-space crew”, that after find themselves imprisoned by a foreign/alien underhand-power that aims to control their psyche with conditioning torture, they succeed in sabotaging and escape into a dimension that embodies liberation and revelation. The clip explores basically the feeling of suffocation in our society of control. “Life Out of The Box”, I think, wants to celebrates the freedom to be ourselves, despite our downs and insecurities in a world that doesn’t like equality. It’s a praise to the courage that it takes to embrace our identities with compassion and respect for others. But we are simply exhibiting a thought that we believe is still very important today to defend, we have no ambition to be moralists.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
It’s always difficult to describe our influences, because we like to enjoy various musical horizons and we try to explore them by mixing the aesthetics. From what emerges, it’s mostly 90’s rock sounds (as normal, we grew up with it), rather than blues rock riffs and touches of psychedelic. We like to play around some Jazz-rock or prog-metal ideas, because the structures are still very open harmonically. We also like to interweave elements of ethnic music, as if it were a means to recharging one’s batteries, trying to connect to something greater.

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
We have just started last year playing some gigs around, in France. We participated to some tremplins and competitions, then unfortunately the whole pandemic crisis got in our way. So we decided to make an album. We had some good reviews from more or less local magazines. Our music was played in some radio and we did a few concerts in live-streaming. We are starting to have also some following and listeners, and we got others reviews for the single’s music video. So right now, we are in the process to built our supporting team and work hard for the next step which we hope will bring us further, nicer opportunities, like… a “European tour” for example!

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
It’s a challenging question. Unfortunately, many of our loved artist are no longer together or with us, but we probably would say: opening for Pearl Jam, Alter Bridge, RHCP, RATM or a more recent band like Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown. Personally, I could answer that my “Dream Live Booking” might be: Led Zeppelin World Tour with Soundgarden and Alice in Chains (I know, big impossible dream).

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
We’ve been listening to several artists lately. We could name a few: Tamino, Dirty Honey, Badflower, Leprous, Toska, Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood, Mark Lettieri, Plini, Childish Gambino, Billie Eilish…
Well, you should look us up and listen to Numa [7534] of course…(wink wink) [Riccardo].

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