The highly anticipated Nil By Mouth Sessions will include the presence of a foreign postrock band for the first time in Malta. A chance encounter between Davide Lo Iacono and Rosario Cimino led to the birth of Eimog in 2006. Think raw sound, strong instrumental passages, music for the soul: barely four months after the “trial project” started, Davide and Rosario were joined by Carmelo Barcellona, Davide Indelicato and Vicenzo Greco and before they knew it, Eimog was gigging across italy.
How do you describe your music?
As a journey, a dialogue, a word that was never said… it is difficult to take a step back from the actual composition in order to create a description. We would rather allow the listener the liberty to experience our music, relating it to their own subjective experience or maybe to a particular moment. In music there is no judgement; music is simply a medium that tends to provoke emotional reactions.
How has your music evolved through the years?
We are certainly a lot more mature than when we started. We are also more aware of our limitations. Every single member of the band has undergone a mental growth. Even our individual personal experiences away from the band have helped shape the evolution of our music. From a purely musical point of view, maybe I should say that today we have really become intimate with our instruments. And we know exactly where we’re going. The actual process of creating the music remains the most important moment for Eimog. It’s the writing, the summary of our daily lives and of that which defines us.
Last year you experienced your first international tour – what was the experience like? What was the biggest satisfaction?
In reality we had to cut the tour a lot shorter than originally planned, mostly for work reasons. But we soon hope to go on another one, maybe with the new CD. We want to reach more of our audience. The biggest satisfaction while touring probably came when we realised that through the beautiful medium that is music, we were giving pleasure to a diversity of people. People who live far away from us, who have a very different cultural background to us… the gap between us was bridged through music, even though we never formally met each other. Thanks to this tour we achieved an exchange of emotions with people who were practically strangers to us.
What sacrifices have you made for your music?
Many. And we continue to make new ones every day. Being a musician isn’t simply working a ten-hour day, or simply finding some time to meet up with your band mates. It’s about fulfilling a need. Maybe it’s a great love. Or maybe it’s the need to take a step back from the rest of the world that pushes each one of us to find the strength to continue making this dream come true. On a more practical note, the music industry has suffered somewhat of a downfall, not just in Italy but everywhere else. It is not that easy to organise a tour, to find the money to produce an album or to buy new instruments. But here we are doing it…and we will continue doing it for the rest of our lives. All the sacrifices that we made through the years, most of them I can’t even remember. But I can tell you that none of us have had a girlfriend for years!
How do you define postrock?
I am not sure what exactly constitutes postrock. Maybe ten years ago we felt the need to label the music, to let the whole planet know about this new discovery. Maybe through this label we wanted to give a name to all those bands that start out knowing that their tracks will never be played on radio! Yep, I’m convinced, postrock means precisely this: I don’t want my tracks to end up on radio.
It is said that this genre represents musical freedom. Why?
In reality this feeling of freedom is discernible in the soul of any person who feels the necessity of expressing his own ego through a succession of notes. This is the higher function of the art… to express the inexpressible. Whether you call it postrock, rock, indie or death metal it doesn’t matter much.
Is there any musician or band that influences you?
We find our influence everywhere. The weather, smells, happiness… we like to allow the emotions that life brings with it to influence us. Of course, we are not such hypocrites as to feel that we are unique, or the only ones to be privy to this kind of artistic inspiration. I have always disagreed when journalists persist in trying to find out which musicians influence emerging bands. You keep trying to compare to the “great bands” when in reality you should only be listening to the music, trying to understand the nature of the emotions being generated.
The music industry destroyed real music: true or false?
I have a very bad impression of the industry, in so far as it focuses on the financial aspect. The music industry feels that internet has destroyed it. It hates the fact that people can access music without needing to pay anything. I like to imagine some Japanese guy in the metropolis, with his iPod and with Eimog accompanying him on his way to the office, to meet his girlfriend…if we had waited to the music industry to help us transform this into reality, well. We’d still be waiting.
In a way, internet has helped give music back its freedom. As for our own discography, all I can say is that Sudway Records is one of the real labels. It’s real because it produced our album without appropriating the rights, leaving us free as musicians. The head of Sudway is now one of our dearest friends, he’s a dreamer like us. Maybe we need more people like him heading the big music multinationals. And maybe this would make everything different.
What kind of music do you enjoy?
We listen to everything and anything you can imagine. We love Gorilla Biscuits as much as we love Joy Division or Shubert. There really aren’t any lines and genres we don’t cross.
Who are the typical Eimog fans?
We really wouldn’t know how to answer that. But we can tell you that it’s our fans who give us the strength to continue. They buy our CD, they come to our concert, they talk about us… the band is not made up of just the members who play the music. It’s a composite of all the people who are part of it and who exist around it. We play, they listen and we complete each other.
Which musician would you like to collaborate with?
Definitely Ludwig van Beethoven. Shame he died a couple of years ago…
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Eimog will be part of the Nil By Mouth Sessions line-up. Nil By Mouth, which is being organised by Hairyamp in collaboration with The Gooboy, will be held on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December at V-Gen in Paceville. Lineup on Friday: Stalko, Lumière, Eimog. Lineup on Saturday: Danjeli, Dolls For Idols, The Areola Treat, Capitol K, Discopolis. Tickets are available from Coach & Horse, V-Gen and Blush & Panic (Valletta). Early Bird Prices: €12 per night, €15 both nights.
This post was published on The TV Guide (The Times of Malta).