Coffea Strange are a group of very talented people indeed. With a very select yet individual time, when they were brought to my attention I was incredibly impressed. They had a certain swagger in their originality, proud to showcase what they have and proud to state themselves as unique. Their drum sequences in particular I thought were incredibly well written with progressions similar to very technical music yet seemed to work seemingly brilliant in this genre. With sound effects and hard hitting riffs playing aloud through my headphones, I really got behind this group and really loved what they were doing to differentiate themselves from the market; though niche, their passion was prominent and it meant that had a really solid, professional sound. With all this, we are immensely happy to present to you our interview segment with Coffea Strange! The Q&A went as below:
Q. What would you say your particular music style/repertoire is; how would you describe your music?
A. We have been labeled as a “roasting of different mixtures” for the simple fact that we have lived different musical experiences. Our style can be considered a simple and spontaneous fusion of different ideas, dictated by the unbridled passion for music and the desire to have fun together. Our “mixture” includes heart, friendship, simplicity, a good dose of humility, and the desire to make noise !!!
Q. Who are your biggest influences when making music and do you feel you take any aspects from their style and add it to your own?
A. Daniele Sorrentino (voice/guitar): As a lover of Brit-Rock, my biggest musical inspiration is based on the music and lyrics of Lennon and the music scene of Manchester. I draw inspiration from their rhythms, punk attitude, the psychedelic atmospheres and song structures that reflect the classic style of pop music.
Ivan De Luca (lead guitar): Guitarists that inspired me the most are Slash and Frusciante.
In writing and improvising solos I am inspired by the style of Slash, which is in my opinion the best guitarist of all time!
In the rhythm parts instead I am inspired by Frusciante, especially regarding the technique of shuffle.
Emmanuele Sestito (drums): I am a versatile person so I try to take the best from all the music that I listen to. The drummer who inspires me most is John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. I love his style and I always try to learn something new by listening to him. Lately I am listening to blues and jazz, and I’m very curious about the figure of Ellade Bandini, an Italian drummer who played with Fabrizio De Andrè and Paolo Conte.
Mirko Caruso (bass): My soul loves metal but it’ s contaminated by the electronic music of the 90’s that has its bases in the dark wave of those times. The artists that inspired me are numerous. On the metal front I can cite Tool, Lamb of God, Meshugah. For Electronic scene I quote The Chemical Brothers and Crystal Castles.
Q. What album/albums would you put up there as your favourite of all time?
A. Each of us has decided to answer the question with only one album because our style takes a lot of these artists and these albums. We can say that these albums contain our personality and our style.
Daniele: Oasis – Definitely Maybe
Ivan: Guns ‘n Roses – Appetite for Destruction
Mirko: The Cure – Wish
Emmanuele: Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
Q. Have you got any big plans for the near future in the recording process or touring?
A. No plan specifically. We take everything and try to get something good. Right now, we go on with the concerts in Italy and we are planning a summer tour in the UK in June.
As regards the recording of a new album, now we carry our new “Sorry For Yesterday”, released in October, but ours is a constant “work in progress”.
Every day we process ideas for a new album.
The greatest hope is that our music can be appreciated outside the context and the “boundaries” in which we live.
Q. Where did you guys all originally meet?
A. We are all born and raised in Crotone, a small town in southern Italy.
We already knew before starting to play together but now we can say that we are first of all close friends and then members of the same band.
Q. Where did you get the name Coffea Strange from?
A. We carry this name (Coffea Strange) from Discount coffee.
We mix everything the heart and head advise us, but the only truth is that we come from completely different musical influences: from brit to hard rock, from blues to metal. This crude mixture is the basis of our sound.
Q. What was your favourite gig of all time, both to perform at and to watch?
A. Daniele: The Who’s concert at Woodstock was the longest of the whole festival. The set began at four in the morning because perhaps for reasons of money Pete Townshend and company did not want to go on stage, but when they went up were incendiary like few other times in their career. “See me, feel me” was a fantastic show for all fans.
Ivan: Surely Woodstock. A global event organized to bring together lovers of rock music and the youth movement of ’68. Great days of music and peace. In that place real music legends playing together. A unique concert. An encyclopedia of rock.
Mirko: Gods Of Metal, historical Italian metal festival. I think the concert of 1998 in Milan is the best. Headliner were Black Sabbath and played Pantera, Stratovarius, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian, Death SS, Iced Earth, Coal Chamber and Labyrinth.
Emmanuele: Woodstock 1969: Jimi Hendrix performs the American anthem with his Stratocaster in a distorted and technically absurd. His version became one of the most powerful anti-war songs. Hendrix became the true prophet of rock philosophy that seemed to arise from that event.
Q. For us English viewers, how would you describe the current music scene in Italy?
A. Making music in Italy is difficult, very difficult, because now it’s as if there is “miseducation” towards music. Making music and propose its own requires a lot of effort and dedication, and we try to give my best.
It can be said that in Italy is almost impossible making music as a real job, even if it would be the dream of many Italians.
In Italy the usual famous artists have space and young bands are almost always ignored.
Fortunately the underground scene exists and is coming out gradually.
However, there are some good initiatives, but probably not taken in consideration as it should..and it is a shame, because it also gives the possibility to emerging bands to perform.
Sooner or later something will happen. This is our hope.
Q. What was the last song you listened to and would you recommend it?
A. Daniele:Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun
Ivan: The Mars Volta – The Widow
Mirko: The Cure – Apart
Emmanuele: Pink Floyd – On the Turning away
It was a huge pleasure in interviewing this lot and they all were incredibly professional in their contacting of us. We really recommend that you add their music to your playlists and you definitely won’t regret! As always we implore you to send some love to their social media and give them some of that String Buzz warmth, they deserve it!
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Coffea Strange Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/4pZA6DWicu0eJzW7Hzlecr
Coffea Strange YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3r3u0b-PAecAscMlwXewu8q34L2YBvlC
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