ANGRA: Edu Falaschi in the band’s interview for Whiplash

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Whiplash, considered to be one of the biggest metal webzines in Brazil, has recently launched the new interview with Angra’s members Edu Falaschi, Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt by MS Metal Press. In this interview, the musicians of the band speak about the most topical subjects of the current moment in the band’s career. The interview is originally in Portuguese, but now you have the opportunity to read the part of it in English, the part of the singer Edu Falaschi. Enjoy!

Presently, you are already playing the second part of your tour with Sepultura, what is the result and what did you learn from this union for now?
Edu Falaschi: Everything is going on very well. The team-work of both bands is perfect. On the other hand, the friendship and partnership have always been the key elements during this tour and we had everything going on perfectly all the time! I believe that from marketing point of view this tour is working very well for the Brazilian metal stage.
This union of Angra and Sepultura is a great deal for our scene, and the most interesting thing is the fact that every show you change the set list. Personally, I like very much Edu Falaschi’s interpretation of the songs of André Matos’ period, like “Lisbon” or “Silence And Distance”, in some cases they were real highlights.
Edu Falaschi: It’s real cool when we vary the set and we can see different reaction at every show, clearly, besides the opportunity to always have something new to sing. The songs you cite fit the best way with my performance, they are not so shrill and have a real favorable harmony. Obviously, even songs written by me like “Nova Era” or “Spread Your Fire” are made in high tones but within normal range. There are some older songs beyond the tessitura of a male voice, and what I really don’t like is to sing them, ‘cos this is not my cup of tea.
Besides the fact that Ricardo Confessori participated in the old line-up of the band, a big part of the fans had some fear, generally because of the different style of Ricardo in comparison to Aquiles Priester’s one. A few shows passed, so how has it working with him?
Edu Falaschi: Fans have accepted him quite good. He is going through the adaptation period yet. He has no problems with the old songs and in the ones of Aquiles’ period he is creating new ways to play. In many cases we keep original arrangements, in the others he improvises on top of the existing level and this is very cool.
Now Angra works with a new team, including Base2 Produções and MS Metal Press. How do you value their work together with you, musicians?

Edu Falaschi: I have always told that the real force is in a union! Together with these people we can make many things work. All the persons involved in the work of any band are very important. Roadies, technics, engineers, management, booking, press manager, driver etc. Of course, without them the things wouldn’t work. There’s no point in recording an album like Temple Of Shadows without having these angels together with us to make things work.

Angra has always used EP and singles to promote upcoming albums. I remember, it was about to release some new EP in the period of Aurora Consurgens, but that stuff had never been released, also because you interrupted your activity in the middle the tour supporting that album.

Edu Falaschi: That period of time was quite difficult! We had different cool ideas during all the band’s career, some of them worked but the others remained only on paper. It was not because of our wish, but more due to bureaucratic reasons than ‘cos of any other motives.

It seems to me, that you three (Edu, Kiko and Rafael) as the best and the most prolific composers on the national scene already have enough stuff for the next album of Angra. How the new thing is expected to sound, what direction has been chosen?
Edu Falaschi: I believe that everyone has various songs up their sleeves. As for me, I have some stuff in Angra’s style already composed, from ballads to fast songs etc. But we haven’t discussed the direction of the next CD, I just know that at the least it will be fantastic!
It seems to me that some problems concerning the old management still exist, will it concern the next album of Angra? What is about the lawsuit regarding the brand today?
Edu Falaschi: Really, those who really know it are the advocates, and my part is to make music and sing. I’m really concentrated on this leaving these problems for those who are concerned. I wish nothing would hurt the course of the band’s career, but we can’t guarantee anything as yet. In the end, the person who makes decisions is the judge. The future pertains to the God.
As everybody knows, the fans of Angra and Sepultura behave quite differently. How do you manage it and how were you accepted by the fans from different camp? Some positive or negative facts concerning this subject?
Edu Falaschi: To be honest, I thought that we could have many problems due to the fact that the styles of our bands differ so much. But I can remember very few cases of total ignorance and a lack of intelligence during all this tour, among more than 10.000 people who already visited our shows. It made me very happy to see that the most of the aversion disappeared in the face of the fact that the union of Angra and Sepultura is very important for the metal scene in Brazil. I’m glad to feel that the sensitivity and the intellect of our fans are evolved enough and we can forget few ones who are not in this way.

Let’s talk about the tour with Sepultura again! It was very cool to see how the guitarist Andreas Kisser confirmed this union to be very positive, despite of the difference of the genres of both bands. Did Angra expect such a success in the beginning of the tour?

Edu Falaschi: We’ve really become very happy with the whole project. Andreas and all the guys in Sepultura are very cool persons, so no wonder to see these positive declarations from them. I’m sure that the mutual feelings are more than true.

Rafael launched a great album with Bittencourt Project, Edu got almost all the possible awards with “Fragile Equality” of Almah, Kiko Loureiro released 2 excellent albums in different styles (“Fullblast” and “Neural Code”), Ricardo is more devoted to Shaman than ever and Felipe actively produces new talents. All this makes the fans feel worry, moreover, some of them are really afraid that Angra is not your priority anymore. Who can answer this question?

Edu Falaschi: I’m like Kiko has already told. Since we are musicians and live exclusively by music, we had a necessity to continue our own careers while Angra was forcedly stopped. Due to this reason we all were occupied by our own works and engagements, and now we are going to arrange our whole schedule respecting our fans and promoters. Be it Almah, Bittencourt Project, Shaman, Neural Code, etc.

As everybody knows, all the guys in Sepultura are outstanding figures. And Paulo also is one of the most amusing persons of the national metal scene. How are the relationships between both bands going on, I mean on the road, when you are not on stage?

Edu Falaschi: Paulo really kicks ass :lol: Yes, it’s a lot of fun to get along with them. And this is for sure, besides that we share some of our experiences and one gets to know more about the history of another. For me it’s an infinite honor and a great experience to play with them. Even after having played in Angra for more than 10 years, it’s always good to learn more and more.

The album “Aurora Consurgens” received various kinds of criticism after its release. I believe it happened more due to the fact that it was issued after the real masterpiece “Temple Of Shadows”, than due to lack of good material there. How do you consider this stuff now, after a few years have passed? What kind of atmosphere was in the studio at that time?

Edu Falaschi: I think the disc itself is quite good. It’s not the one I prefer, but I consider it to be very good. It wasn’t the best atmosphere at that period of time. Who knows, if it had been better, we could have recorded some different CD. I don’t mean better CD, I say different. Everything is very relative.

At the end of all the shows you come together with Sepultura on stage to play this historical jam including some classical parts of Korzus, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. What does this meeting mean for you and how did the selection of the songs happen?

Edu Falaschi: This part of the show is very spontaneous and natural, and this is the moment to commemorate. As to the choice of the songs, it happened without my presence, but this is perfect! Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are always a kind of challenge.

There were a lot of speculations concerning Aquiles Priester’s leaving the band. To dot your i’s and cross your t’s, for what reasons was he fired? Do some bad feelings between all the parts involved still exist or on the contrary do you keep some personal contact?

Edu Falaschi: I prefer not to give any comments regarding this matter.

Aquiles Priester has declared a few times that there was no space for his compositions in Angra. Was it one of the reasons of his departure?
Edu Falaschi: Look, if it were the truth, such songs like “Nova Era”, “Spread Your Fire”, “Angels And Demons”, “Bleeding Heart”, “Course Of Nature”, “Heroes Of Sand”, “Whishing Well” etc wouldn’t exist. All these compositions are mine, some of them were created with co-authors, the others not. Clearly, there were many other problems in Angra, but regarding this point no one can complain about anything.

Another project with you involved could be interesting for us: recording of some audio/visual material with an orchestra on stage. Have you already thought about something like this? Is there a chance that it can happen in the future?

Edu Falaschi: Who knows, maybe one day it would be great to see some songs like “Nova Era”, “Carry On”, “The Shadow Hunter” and “Heroes Of Sand” with the band and an orchestra.

A big part of the fans has rare and unofficial materials (bootlegs) describing Angra’s career. Is there any opportunity to open the Pandora’s box and finally to release some CD full of rarities?

Edu Falaschi: Great idea, but we’d rather check if there’s something, which really deserves to be published. There’s a cool idea to create some “Angra Convention”, where diverse fans together with the band could exchange materials, show rare and un-released things among other surprises.

Rafael Bittencourt has always been one of the most active composers on the albums of the band. Though, on “Aurora Consurgens” Felipe, Edu and Kiko have more credits than before. Can we wait for something like this in relation of compositions for the next album of the band?

Edu Falaschi: Honestly, I think usually there were one or three songs of mine and enough of them divided between Kiko and Rafael. There were two songs signed by my name in “Aurora Consurgens”, like it was with almost all the albums. The best thing that came with “Aurora Consurgens” was one song by Felipe.
The new album by Andre Matos “Mentalize” with re-recorded Angra’s song “Don’t Despair” has been recently issued. His record label released a statement where the fans were asked not to download the album. Has Angra already thought about the format of the next CD? Is there any opportunity to have it published on the website for free?

Edu Falaschi: This is a secret. But to be honest, I consider it to be an absurdity to give the songs for free! The band spends a lot of money to do well-done production, being full of care and zeal, and then people come and download it for free. It’s like I would go to supermarket and take to home tons of products without payment. People want to enjoy listening to the music, relaxing, becoming excited, delighted, and to love certain artist, there’s nothing more natural than to pay for it. In the end, an artist is a professional in the music and has to pay many expenses to push his masterpiece to the market. Imagine, if they want to see the shows for free as well?

I think a brasileiro should respect the work of musicians more.

Edu Falaschi: People should realize how much a musician invests in a CD, in a show production, among other things. There are many professionals involved in the process to make an album real. Today it seems that to be a fan and buy a CD means to do some charity for a band. It seems to me that people think that the artists have obligations to give their music for free, only to see it released. What we have exactly nowadays, is a big inversion of values.

Thank you for your time doing this interview. All the team of the site wishes all of you the promising future regarding the new phase of your career. If something is still forgotten, it’s a moment for the final credits.

Edu Falaschi: Thanks a lot to all our dear fans who support me for more than 20 years of my career.

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