Interviewed by Bridget Taylor
Good day! Thanks for speaking with us, we can’t wait to get to know more about you!
Thank you so much for this interview, Bridget!
When looking into the meaning of Kalidia, it’s been said it’s a combination of Kali, a Hindu goddess, and Lidia, an ancient land. How deep is the band collectively into myths and history?
In both albums there are a lot of songs about those themes, like Orpheus and Amethyst are about Greek myths, Myth of Masada and Harbinger of Serenity are a mix of history and mythology, while Lotus is about the Egyptian mythology and symbolism. We’ve always been intrigued by those themes and we often got inspired by reading a myth book or travelling in Greece.
You got signed just last year to Inner Wound records. What differences have there been versus being unsigned?
A lot of difference. First of all, we don’t have to take care of all the distribution that was a little bit stressful to understand in the very beginning. Also, a label has more connections and business channels compared to a band. Inner Wound really helped us a lot with great distribution and promotion and with some advices that were useful to reach a wider audience. However, we do not regret the choice we did for the first album: at that time, it was the best choice for us to go independent. This helped us to get all the income and invest more on the second album.
A fan page (on Facebook) was recently started! How do you feel about the fan page?
We are really honored to see someone so dedicated as Eddie (the owner and moderator of the page), this means at least we have touched him deeply with our music. He’s really doing a huge work!
You’ve recently finished a couple shows and have more in the future in Europe and the UK. What can we do to bring you to the Americas and other places (street team?) For us who haven’t seen you live, what should we expect?
We’ve been asked so many times to play this or that country. Unfortunately, it’s not our choice, we play where we got offers. So, the only thing I can say is… ask your local promoters to book us and we’ll come! We really hope we can play in America because we have a great amount of listeners over there (considering our Spotify results!). We offer an energetic and fun show with lot of hadbanging and jumping moments!
Next year will be the 10th anniversary for Kalidia. Any special plans for this benchmark?
Actually, we’ve noticed this really recently. We haven’t discussed about this yet, but we’ll surely arrange something, maybe a special show? Who knows 😊
In Lies’ Device and The Frozen Throne, we have heard collaborations with others. Who has been your favourite to work with? Who would you guest with on their album, if you had the chance?
I would say David Bassin of Victorius but only because we were in the same studio working out the vocal lines together, while the other guests usually recorded their own parts in different studio. Well, I’d love to be featured in an Iron Maiden album….is that asking too much? 😛
What can we look forward to with the band, plans with music and tours? Will there be any cross action with Walk In Darkness (Nicoletta’s other band)? Does anyone else play in another band?
We still have some show in April and May, after that we will take a couple of months off to work on the new album (we’ve already written some stuff, time to work on it!) and then back to more shows in Fall (to be announced). No problems with Walk in Darkness because this is only a studio project (at least for now, ahah!). Among the other band members, only Dario is involved with another band called Ion of Chios, but they are doing just 1-2 shows per year, so no big stress.
Sum up the band for someone who has never heard of you in three words (and why you chose those words):
Melodic – this is our trademark, strong melodies all over our albums.
Bombastic – mainly the new album has those strong orchestrations that made the sound huge!
Power metal – you can still feel the classic power metal vibes.
On a lighter side, Italy is known for fashion and Nicoletta loves to accessorize. Is there a place you swear by for accessories? What’s your favourite item to wear?
I do love rings! I have 5 which I think are my trademark because I always wear them during every show or video/photoshoot! At the beginning, they were just rings made of steel, then I ordered them custom-made in silver and gold (so that they won’t change colour, ahah!).
If one was to come to Italy, for a festival or just a short vacation, what would be some places you’d recommend?
My region, Tuscany. Known for great food, wine and incredible landscapes. Also, in our hometown (Lucca), we have the biggest comicon in Europe (Lucca Comics and Games) and many famous metal bands usually play there (Lacuna Coil, Mago de Oz, Trick or Treat, Wind Rose and many more)
Where has been your favourite place been to visit, either for music or just enjoyment?
Greek islands, not only for the beautiful sea. It’s a place really full of mythology and history.
Thank you for taking time out to talk to us. We look forward to speaking again, and also to the time of seeing you across the seas! (Wishful thinking at this point, but it’ll happen!)
Thank you, it was a real pleasure! Keep on following your favorite musicians… rock on and hopefully see you on the road!
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