EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW TO MIDNIGHT SYNDACATE

03/mag/2008 00.20.00 Maurizio Ganzaroli Contatta l'autore

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW TO MIDNIGHT SYNDACATE
(SFM) HI! YOUR STYLE IS INFLUNCED BY THE 19TH CENTURY?
PICTURES AND CLOTHERS SEEM TO BE BY THATS YEARS !

G: We do draw quite a bit of inspiration from the 19th century. The story behind "The 13th Hour" was set around the turn of the century, with some very classic ghostly themes and period-inspired characters and events. The studio where we record is a fully-renovated historic home as well, and it provided much of the inspiration along with most of the sound effects for "The 13th Hour." On a personal level, I've been fascinated by the Victorian Era for quite some time, and can really appreciate the architectural and cultural developments that took place in the later 1800s. Musically, I recently launched a solo project called Parlormuse that takes authentic Victorian-period popular songs and adapts them for today's audiences through modernized folk-rock arrangements.

E: I think one of the reasons Gavin and I have always been on the same page musically is because we both draw so much of our inspiration from that time period. “The 13th Hour” and “Gates of Delirium” are particular favorites of ours and that’s no surprise as in both those discs we were really focusing on that time period for our setting.

(SFM) THE ATMOSPHERE REMEMBER ME FILM LIKE , “THE AUNTED
HOUSE”, O SOME FILM BY VINCENT PRICE! SOME FILMS YOU LOVE, OR INSPIRE TO YOU?

G: We draw a lot of inspiration from horror movies, as well as books and darker artwork. I love classic ghost stories like Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House" and the stories of Algernon Blackwood. Some of the images in those stories are truly classic. Movie-wise, the original "The Haunting", "The Ring", and "The Others" are a few personal favorites.

E: I love horror films. It’s my hobby as well as a major source of inspiration for everything I do creatively. As far as favorites, from the early years, “This Old House,” “Dracula,” “White Zombie,” “Horror Hotel,” “Carnival of Souls,” “Black Sabbath,” “Black Sunday,” almost everything Hammer ever did all come to mind…

(SFM) HAVE A NEW PROJECT?

G: We've got a couple of things in the works right now. Ed finished filming a full-length zombie and vampire-based motion picture this summer called "The Dead Matter", and it's now in post-production and scheduled for release later this year or early 2009. We'll be doing the soundtrack for that, which will be out toward the end of August. Ed also just completed the score for another movie - Robert Kurtzman's "The Rage" - which is currently available. Beyond that, there could be another surprise or two waiting around the corner - we'll have to see how things play out this year...

(SFM) HAVE ANOTHER SITE OR PAGE ?

G: www.midnightsyndicate.com is our main website, and we're also on MySpace (www.myspace.com/midnightsyndicate). The Dead Matter also has a site (www.thedeadmatter.com) and a MySpace page (www.myspace.com/thedeadmatter). Finally, the Parlormuse site is at www.parlormuse.com and www.myspace.com/parlormuse.

(SFM) YOUR COLABORATIONS?

G: One of the most memorable collaborations we've done so far was with renowned fantasy artist Keith Parkinson, who sadly enough passed away several years ago. Keith designed both the "Vampyre" cover as well as "The 13th Hour", and beyond being extremely talented, was simply a great person and always a pleasure to work with. We've had the good fortune to have worked with many extremely talented people and hope that we can continue to do so in the future.

E: We’ve recently teamed up with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame and his band, Van Helsing’s Curse. It’s a great project that blends heavy metal and an orchestra (much like Transiberian Orchestra and Nightwish only with a Halloween theme to it. We’re also working with Twilight Creations on a soundtrack to their game, Zombies!!!

(SFM) YOUR DREAM, OR NIGHTMARE?

G: As a child I always dreamed of owning a castle in England or Ireland, but I think I'd settle for a nice Victorian mansion at this point! Hard to say about a nightmare. I think I'm more frightened by real-world events than anything supernatural. I do some amateur ghost-hunting on the side and have gotten somewhat used to the idea that there is a lot more to the world than our five senses typically reveal to us. I think it's a natural reaction to be afraid of what is unfamiliar or unknown, but if you think about it, everything is unfamiliar at first. Once you integrate these things into your life in a regular manner, the unfamiliar eventually becomes very familiar and comfortable.

(SFM) THANKYOU VERY MUCH!

G: Thanks! It's been a pleasure.
E: thank you!



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