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Joel Gilardini of The Land of the Snow

Progstravaganza Questionnaire: The Land of the Snow

The Land of the Snow is a project and a state of mind of Joel Gilardini (treated guitars and drums programming).

The aim this peculiar one-man-band is to explore the possibilities offered by combining and merging different musical languages (ranging from experimental music to metal, with a jazzy flavor), in order to create something different and unpredictable, with a possibly high emotional involvement between the music and the listeners.

The Land of the Snow appeared on Progstravaganza XVII: Progression and here is the questionnaire answered by Joel Gilardini.

How did you come to do what you do?

When I started The Land Of The Snow I was intrigued by the idea that if a Dj or an electronic musician go on stage alone and play their show, why can’t I do the same with a guitar? That idea made me start this instrumental project, using only guitars and drum programmings.

What is your first musical memory?

I think the first musical memories were playing 2 old vinyls from my father’s collection when I was a child: “Wish You Where Here” By Pink Floyd and “Magical Myster Tour” by The Beatles. He had a lot of Rolling Stones vinyls, but I never managed to start something with Rolling Stones. And these 2 albums I mentioned were just mindblowing to me at that time, and still they are.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

The main inspiration I follow for The Land of the Snow are snowy panoramas, tibetan/hymalain cultures and inner feeling, but also sounds. I love to listen to sounds and to manipulate them.

What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?

The Land of the Snow is not only about music. To me it’s also a kind of medium to look inside and developpe your innerself. I strongly invite everybody to swallow into the song and find their own meaning/message. This song to me is a kind of struggling with yourself and your biases, in a way you’ll then find again your way, that ‘s the feelings I got from it.

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

I don’t feel I follow any kind of patterns, when I compose a song I try more to follow a file-rouge, a specific feeling or emotion, which develops its climax during the song.

The Land of the Snow's Joel Gilardini

The Land of the Snow’s Joel Gilardini

What is your method of songwriting?

I start from one idea/riff, from which I improvise a “guitar only” sketch of the song. This give me some ideas how the song can be, but the real composition process starts when I record that first idea, putting drums on it and composing other guitars to go along with it and then building up part after part until I come up with a whole song.

How do you see your music evolving?

I feel the music with the time is getting slower, with a more doom metal feeling, but always open to work with non standard structures and uncommon sounds.

What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?

Just follow your heart and your intuitions, forget about genres, every kind music is beautiful as soon as it starts to speak to the heart and opens up the mind!

What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to share my music with more people and to get in touch with more musician out in the world!



Joel Gilardini of The Land of the Snow

The Land of the Snow

The Land of the Snow is a one-man-band and a state of mind of Swiss experimental guitarist Joel Gilardini. The roots of this project are to find at the end of 2009 in a challenging question: “If DJs and electronic-musicians stand alone on stage, why can’t the same be done with a guitar?”

At the beginning of 2010 the first live-activities started and the project was then known under the moniker “The Gila Monster”. After these first concerts (the last of which saw tGM supporting US-prog-metal band Dysrhythmia at Grindwerk, Zurich/CH), J.Gilardini took a break and after a period of inner-seeking and self-discovery, his feeling about the project changed drastically.

Therefore 2011 saw the final birth of The Land Of The Snow!

The music became deeper, more complex, unpredictable and with a higher emotional involvement than ever before. TLotS is intended not only as a musical project, but it’s also as medium to explore and develop oneself inner nature.

In 2012 TLotS started a collaboration with Italian visual artist Petulia Mattioli (who worked with artists such Bill Laswell, Nils Petter Molvear, Eraldo Bernocchi, Thomas Fehlmann, and many more), which resulted in 2 peculiar music videos. During that year, TLotS also started producing its first EP with the technical support of Andi Pupato at the mixing-desk (ex-Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin percussionist). The Belonging To Nowhere EP was finally released in Juny 2013 (on swiss label Altrisuoni) and features for the first time ever some real drums, played by fellow drummer Daniel Schuchter,
and artworks by Karyn Crisis (former singer of Crisis and now Ephel Duath).

The path is still open and The Land Of The Snow is ready for new challenges!