Basta are instrumental progressive rock band coming from Castelfranco di Sopra in Tuscany, Italy. They answered Progstravaganza Questionnaire.
How did you come to do what you do?
We just put together the instruments we liked to play! The result is an original mix between standard-rock elements (drum’n'bass, electric guitar), classical elements (bass clarinet), and some unexpected frequencies (made by a melodion!)
What is your first musical memory?
Our first live (that’s what you’re asking about, right?) was a kind of rock jam-session. Prog riffs plus simple chords with solos. Three years ago. That’s how everything began.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Prog has always been in our DNA, like metal and classical music. So, we take inspiration from Dream Theater, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Gentle Giant, and, in Italy, PFM and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso.
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
It’s hard to answer, because we are a totally instrumental band! Anyway, the song we chose is “Mondi Paralleli”, “Parallel Worlds”. It’s like a role-playing game between the different elements of the music: rhythm, harmony, melody. A game in which there is sometimes dialogue, sometimes fight, sometimes exchanges of parts, sometimes interpenetration, sometimes sudden detachment, always dynamic tension. Like life.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
Absolutely not. Or, to be more precise: our patterns are our lives and Chianti wine!
What is your method of songwriting?
In the last time we started writing all together from a zero-point, whereas before we started from an idea of one of the members.
How do you see your music evolving?
Now we have a bass player, from september 2013. So, our music is evolving towards a more defined and rich rhythmic section. On the other hand, the clarinet can develop its full melodic power, interweaving with the melodion. The guitar remains the backbone, linking all the rest and giving stability to the whole.
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
Be original! There are too many copies of copies. And, on the other hand, listen to all kinds of music: originality is not to create things out of nothing, but to create oneself out of the real world, the world of the others.
What are you looking forward to?
We are working on the next album, and we search for a label. But, above all, we’d like to find live dates, especially rock-prog festivals… in all the world!!
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