Inner Call is a four piece Alternative Pop band from the Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region of Italy. They recently released the very DOPE visual for their song "Gravity", which we have available for you to stream/download below. We connected with the guys to discuss this new video, learn more about how they came together to form the group, as well as their assessment of the music scene in Italy, and much more.
Tell us about your name 'Inner Call'. What does the name mean to you?
Usually it seems that chosing and giving a name to a band or a project which leaves a mark, may be the biggest problem, sometimes above the music. How hilarious, isn’t it?
By the way INNER CALL has came natural when we decided to indentify ourselves put together in what we wanted to do. The wolf symbolizes power, when you are feeling lost and do not know where to go, he guides you, he will be your protector as you make your journey on a new unexplored path. So we listened to our “inner call” and start to follow our path (dream).
How did you guys come together and decide to form a band?
Two years ago three of us were looking for a drummer, it would have been the sixth one from our previous line-ups. We auditioned Tiziano and after two months of rehearsals he became instantly the permanent member, hopefully the definitive drummer.
Officially we started seriously all together at the beginning of 2015. It was clearly from the start that we wanted the same things, it was never been an hobby for us, it’s a common passion and an urgent need to express themselves with what we love most in the world. Being in a band is like having multiple relationships simultaneously so it’s not simple to reach an agreement all the time, but it’s in these moments of discussion that our songs take shape and the magic happens.
Who are some of the artists who have influenced you guys the most?
Too many to mention. It’s easier to say that we listen every kind of music. From extreme metal to classic music. A lot of electronic music and jazz as well as pop and rock. Individually we grown up with completely different genres and you can listen these elements mashed up in our songs.
What are your goals musically this year?
We have played a bunch of local shows here in Italy since the songs and the video (GRAVITY) was released this fall and we have received very positive feedbacks. So we would really like to go out and played live more in 2017, that’s definitely the major goal. The other goal is to keep our music visible and we already have many songs that are on the launching pad, we’re thrilled to share them to our fans and audience very soon.
So the debut album is on it’s way.
Describe the Pop and Rock music scene in Italy for us? Would you say there is enough of a scene to sustain success without having to go out to other European countries and to the US?
There is not much of a music scene going on here. It’s always been difficult to talk about it, that’s because, especially now, the television variety shows are the widest venue for popular music.
So both major and independent labels are based and focused on them and that’s the problem because it should be the opposite. There are many great bands that propose a large variety on genres and choose to play and invest in their music, trying to emerge in the big music scene, but as we all know it’s never so easier, that’s a common topic nowadays.
However we believe that good music always find its way and the passion is increasingly recognized sooner or later. We’ve chosen english language for our music, so yes, we definitely want to go out to other European countries and possibly to the rest of the world. We all know how strong and powerful music can be, so we are conscious that everything it’s possible when you reach people’s emotions and hopefully till someone will continue to listen to us.
The visuals for your new single "Gravity" are amazing. Congrats on putting together such a dope video. Who directed it and how long did it take from start to finish to complete it?
First of all thank you, we’re happy that you enjoyed it. The director of the video was Simone Vrech, a video maker and producer from our our region Friuli Venezia Giulia; his video production company is called MOVE11.
The shootings began last spring in the city of Trieste both for the outdoor and indoor scenes and at the director’s home in the city of Udine. He used advanced green screen techniques and 3D modelling too, so we’ve been able to work with many more variants to carry on the plot and realize the entire story as we wanted to tell. The leading actors were two local models that have identified themselves immediately in the story of a boy and a girl which, when they meet at some point, the surrounding gravity fails. When all the visuals came up together we were all amazed and satisfied. The video was ready on September of this years, so it took 4/5 months.
How important would you say it is to able to perform your music in both Italian and English?
In times like these, it’s very important for a band, that isn’t anglo-saxon, be able to perform in English. Like we previously said this ability allows us to reach more people all around the world and put you in an understandable situation. It’s not that we don’t like our language of course, but musically English comes more easier for us and so the process of writing the lyrics.
What do you guys enjoy most about performing live in front of an audience?
We’ve learned that people may forget what you said, people may forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Performing live for us is a serious thing and means trying to do our best to evoke strong emotions that our audience tend to remember better.
So the connection it’s the most important thing that allows us to play better and create a relation with who we can call “strangers”. We’re always curious on how these “strangers” can respond to our music. This is what we enjoy the most and what drives us.