Hello and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.
Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how it all started and what brought you all together?
All started after Marco and Michele first met in the backstage of a gig…then all developed naturally when I, Mattia, joined… we all knew each other a bit already because we come from the same area and we occasionally had the chance to do something together too…then the music just started flowing after the first musical meetings…jamming just playing live y’know…we don’t even remember the steps we made, we remember that we have been having so much fun since then…and we are here now
Had you been involved in other bands before? If so has that had any impact on what you are doing now, in maybe inspiring a change of style or direction?
All of us have been involved in other bands and projects over the years…I in Capucino or recently in Amycanbe, Michele in M+A and Marco in MACK or Orange Combutta or C’mon Tigre….everything we do influences us of course, but it is unconscious…
hummm….what we did so far in Lucifour M is mostly based on our common passion for R&B and Soul Pop Music…Jazzy pop… but this is only the start…and we are very open…and so next things will go in different directions maybe…who knows?! 😉
What inspired the band name?
It is partially based on Lucifer’s Sam song….we want an evil name…and also our names all start with M…so this is it.
Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?
Not any specific idea but the fun! We just do it because we enjoy it…well maybe we also fancy some cinematic stuff…we all love cinema…and yeah we often think to our music with some image connection…and it seems working too! 3 songs of our recent EPs will be a soundtrack to a new great short film by Robert Daniel Martin called “State Of The Game”…it will be out soon.
Do the same things still drive the band when it was fresh-faced or have they evolved over time?
We are evolving sure!…but in a very natural way…we don’t like to plan too much….we want to stay always fresh if possible! J
Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?
We basically write pop songs… maybe the new ones are more psychedelic?…I don’t know honestly…but there is a part of what we do that now has more of it.
Again, more of an organic movement of sound or the band deliberately wanting to try new things?
We love the “new” in what we listen to and in what we do…we are attracted by new sensations…and sounds just follow that ….in a stream of consciousness.
Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?
Stevie Wonder…Prince….The Beatles….Radiohead…Pino Daniele…Franck Ocean…just to name a few…Jazz…Italian Music…there are so many things….sometimes you hear something that is completely unknown and never heard that could make your day …and your music can’t help but be influenced by that…giving you different ideas, changing a bit your approach….no rules and no edges really
Is there a process to the songwriting which generally guides the writing of songs?
All starts with a jam….then when it becomes a mess! J we try to make order and then some of it could become a song.
Where do you, more often than not, draw the inspirations to the lyrical side of your songs?
Life in general…Michele (the singer) loves philosophy so maybe you can hear also that in his lyrics.
Give us some background to your latest release.
Our latest release is called DUE is our second ep, the first one is called UNO, simple isn’t? 🙂 They are 2 parts of the same project, recorded during the same sessions…we just split in two together with Sonarkollektiv Berlin and K7 Records London (our labels)
Give us some insight to the themes and premise behind it and its songs.
12 songs all together, all available in digital stores….and we are preparing also a vinyl release…themes are various…all inspired by little experiences, lived, or read…or dreamed….
Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?
We are so lucky that we can jam in our own studio, we are mainly based in a studio which is often our home….so sometimes things start at home, just an idea or a riff…but more often they start in the studio and end there as well.
Tell us about the live side to Lucifour M, presumably the favorite aspect of the band?
Yeah exactly! We are a live band…on stage we play often as four piece….we feel more comfortable. And the sound is far better…but sometimes for logistic reasons we are just 3…anyway…what you hear on record is what we do on stage…not very different…the biggest different is of course the experience…every live is a different story and the impact on us and on the audience is more powerful, and emotional
It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it?
We just play and play…enthusiasm brings enthusiasm, in us and in people around us, if they are fans or people of the music biz….anyway there must love in what you do, then it could be growing if we are good enough…we are keen of what we are doing, and we don’t want to stop.
There is always a chance, but you can’t think about it too much, if you want to have a chance you have to just what you do best: playing. The rest is secondary.
How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date?
It is just the new way of listening, sharing and promote music….the problem is that there are too many artists, projects, songs etc…the good thing is the freedom….we are able to do what we want without pressure …and there are also opportunities…for example next may we will play The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, we just made and application online and they said yes – it would not be possible 20 years ago without internet
All is very fast and changing very fast…so there is always a lack of knowledge…we always have to learn every day every minute…but we like it.
Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?
Thank you very much for having us.
Follow us on our social pages, a lot of new music is coming up – stay tuned.
Please find new EP DUE out now – link below.
RingMaster Review 16/06/2020