I recently made a music video for Italian post-metal band Postvorta. Their song “We’re Nothing” inspired me to create visuals as intense as their music. I pushed my actors hard to match Postvorta’s ominous soundscape.
Andrea Fioravanti, one of the band’s guitarists, is also composing original soundtrack music for me. So I asked him some questions to learn more about the band, and to get inside the head of someone ready to branch out cinematically.
When did you first become aware of Post-Metal music?
ANDREA FIORAVANTI: It was with the band Neurosis, and straight after with the band Isis.
Post-metal is probably the perfect genre to play because you have no boundaries. This kind of music is very spiritual. Lot of clean parts, heavy parts and growl vocals is the classic recipe, but you can carry the music in every direction you want to. We got a lot of inspiration musically and not. From colors to weather, from nature to the concrete, from dark to darker. We love bands like Isis, Neurosis, Cult of Luna, and Callisto just to name few.
What does Postvorta mean?
Postvorta was an ancient goddess of Roman mythology. She was one of the four Camenae. There was Postvorta, Antevorta (or Porrima), Egeria, and Carmenta.
What's your background in music? What did you do before Postvorta?
I started playing music when I was thirteen. I played my first gig back in 1989.
Before Postvorta, I had some different projects as whole bands or as one man bands. Some projects are still open, but not on the top of my to-do list.
Where are you from?
Ravenna. My city. I love it.
How long has the band been together?
I formed the band back in 2009, so we are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. I was in the middle of a depressed but creative storm and wanted to put it down on music. We made three records, and the fourth will be released early next year. We will enter the studio to record the new album in April.
The new album will be the final chapter of a trilogy based on life and death, or better, based on birth. It has been a tough path. We spent a lot of energy on this concept. It has been even harder because personal things came out. It has been painful to treat some arguments and write about.
How do you record your music?
We used to record all the albums on the same place, with the same producer. For the new album, we will do the master in Sweden with Magnus Lindberg who is also the drummer in the band Cult of Luna. We got more or less 20-minute songs each, and the process is hard and takes time. We simply write riffs on riffs on melodies on melodies all together. Like everybody does. But the length of the songs are impressive and need much more attention on details and arrangements. You know, we don't play punk fucking rock.
What are your concerts like? Where do you perform? What are your fans like?
We used to play with no light on stage, or at least with a minimal light on the back. Our fans are very normal people who like to focus on details and arrangements in music. And they also like to take a deep trip into the darkness.
Are you interested in doing more videos to your music? Have you done any music videos in the past?
Yes, of course. I'd like to write a movie on every album. I am currently writing a storyboard for a few videos for the new album. They are basically each a short movie. But being a concept album, they are all linked to each other. What I need is a director who would love to work with our budget. Ha ha ha. And it’s the hardest part of the process. We had some visual videos made by a talented artist here in Italy.
How long have you been interested in composing soundtrack music? Who are your favorite soundtrack composers?
My favorite composers are John Murphy above all. Then I like Clint Mansell, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Thom Yorke, Michael Giacchino, and Ben Frost. You should know that we made on the album Aegeria a very personal reinterpretation of the classic song "In the house in a heartbeat" from John Murphy's masterpiece 28 Days Later original soundtrack. Well, his manager wrote us telling us that John deeply enjoyed our version and telling us he loved it. You can guess how happy we were.
What is the rest of your band like? Do they support your soundtrack composing?
My band mates are really calm people. Three of us have children. I have two wonderful kids. I am also the oldest. I am 43, and Dario, the youngest in the band, is 25. I could be his father. Ha ha ha. We’ve all got different personalities, but we feel a lot of respect for each other. Maybe we are not a family, but we are very good co-workers. And yes, they were very positive when I told them about composing the soundtrack music because they know how much I wanted to do it. They are happy for me, and I appreciated that.
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