Interview with Cristiano Migliore of Lacuna Coil
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Lacuna Coil eagerly awaits the release of their fifth studio album "Shallow Life." They are currently on tour along with Chimaira, Killswitch Enagage, and Disturbed for the Music as a Weapon 4 Tour. I caught up with lead guitarist Cristiano "Pizza" Migliore in New Orleans, Louisiana to talk about the new album and some other things.
Buick Mckane: Well, let me welcome you to New Orleans. Have you been around the city before?
Cristiano: Thank you very much. We’ve been here a few years ago in 2003. That was the only time we ever came to New Orleans before today. We just went for a walk on Bourbon St. We played at the House of Blues, so we just walked around a little bit, we really didn’t have time to go or see anything else. But it was fun, it was very nice.
Buick Mckane: Your latest album “Shallow Life” is very soon coming out. Are you really excited about it?
Cristiano: Every time we record a new album, we work on new songs, it’s always exciting waiting for it to come out. And especially this time because to work on these songs we took almost an entire year off from touring and playing live. So this was the first time we had a long time to work on the songs. We all participated, like [we] gave ideas and we worked as a team. So we’re excited about this new one especially because of how this whole thing happened.
Buick Mckane: Cristina Scabbia said in an interview that she wished she had even more time to work on it.
Cristiano: We never have enough time actually, because there’s always something you really want to change a little bit. But you really need to realize when it’s time to consider a song finished. You can spend too much time doing it, trying to make it better. This time we really we did everything the way we wanted it. There’s really not much we want to make different.
Buick Mckane: You went for more of an intense, darker sound for this album than on your previous albums. And you have a more prominent male singer too.
Cristiano: The two vocals have always been very important to us. Andrea and Cristina are basically working a lot more on this new album. There are more songs that are just by Andrea. Also they worked a lot more on the lyrics and in the sound was something we had a lot of time to work on, like looking for different sounds for different songs, different moods for different songs and so on. That something we like to have as good as possible.
Buick Mckane: I know that Lacuna Coil does a lot of acoustic performances. Would you ever do an acoustic album?
Cristiano: This is something that people keep asking us about. I don’t know. I personally think it’s something that is nice because it’s not something we do constantly. We just take a couple of songs and rearrange them to play them acoustic, but if we released a whole album of it, that might make it less special. This way, at least, people have a chance to listen to something that’s very different and that makes them happy sometimes, so I think that unless we’re really inspired we’ll keep it as something special to do once in a while.
Buick Mckane: I’ve been to Italy before; Venice and Verona. You’re from Milan. Did the fashion capital of the world inspire you to write “Shallow Life”?
Cristiano: Actually, it did a little bit. The concept and the title of the album don’t come from the lifestyle lived in Milan or anything like that. The concept behind it is concerning everything that could be considered shallow, like the 15 minutes of fame that everyone is looking for. Of course Milan, being the fashion capital of the world, is very much like that so we can see it everyday. That was part of it and we wanted to cover a wider range of things. Sometimes it’s good to be shallow, like when you’re sitting on the couch watching t.v. instead of doing serious stuff all the time. But sometimes this becomes too much. People only care about their image, drive expensive cars. I think there should be a balance of things.
Buick Mckane: People say that the economic downturn is due to the overconsumption of goods and people living beyond their means because their buying the latest things to stay trendy instead just spending time together with loved ones.
Cristiano: Yeah, I really think that people should do a lot more, like stop thinking about their own yard and look around and see that more can be done.
Buick Mckane: Do you think that living amongst the dramatic architecture and history of Italy influenced your sound at all?
Cristiano: [The landscape of Italy] is something we’re very used to. We were born and grew up in a city that thousands of years old. So for us it’s really normal, we’ve seen it all our lives. For sure, it did, because everything influences our music. It could be something that happened the other day while we were walking down the street or it could be something that happened years ago, everything really does. A movie that we watch or a book that we read. So yeah, I guess it did.
Buick Mckane: Do you enjoy prefer playing small venues or large festivals because you’ve played such huge festivals that take days and days and the House of Blues is pretty small?
Cristiano: It’s two different things. Sometimes it’s nice to play small venues because of the intimacy of the show and the diehard fans are going to show up and it’s going to be a great show no matter what. On the other hand, when you play these things that are a lot bigger, it’s a completely different feeling. There’s a lot more people to deal with. Many of them don’t even know who you are. Which is the whole point. So far, I must say, whenever we play sporting arena type events, it’s always gone really well. People are really giving us a chance. Most of our fans show up anyway, so that helps when they yell to warm up the whole crowd. I think it’s two completely different things, but both are really good for certain things.
Buick Mckane: You played the Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour 2007. Was that fun or emasculating?
Cristiano: That was more of an ironic thing. It not because we think Cristina is the hottest chick in metal or anything, but there was a chance to put together a tour with bands that had a female singer or female in the band, so we thought it was a cool thing. It was our first headliner tour. We also had bands supporting us like Within Temptation and The Gathering that didn’t get to go to the states very often. It was cool to have such a package. People at first we’re laughing [at the idea of a tour for women], but it was something that actually worked out all the people who showed really enjoyed all the bands. There was this band from L.A., Stolen Babies, that really had a great show and that people really liked. Or In This Moment, for example. In the end, I think it was a really good idea. You have to look at it from an ironic thing, not really serious.
Buick Mckane: Is there anything else you would like to say today?
Cristiano: I’m really happy we’re back to New Orleans because it’s been a really long time and I look forward to the show tonight.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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