Alt-metal band Klogr will be releasing their latest album Keystone on October 6 through Zeta Factory and today we have a Profile of vocalist/guitarist Gabriele “Rusty” Rustichelli. Alt-metal has its chinks to be sure and mostly due to the 90’s output of bands that shared that tag but rest assured that while Klogr may, within their melodies, remind the listener of that same 90’s era they for sure are far removed from any of that same chinking effect. The band focuses on social and environmental themes with their lyrics in an attempt to raise awareness on both. Their music lies within the heavy rock spectrum and they put forth a load of emotion in every track. Keep reading to see what “Rusty” had to say to our Profile questions and be sure to check out Keystone next month.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
I started playing guitar when I was 14. I always wished to play at a big festival and it happened for the first time 5 years ago at the Sweeden Rock Fest, one of the biggest and oldest rock festivals here in Europe. A lot of major acts were on that bill with us that year and we felt honored to share the stage with those incredible bands.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
Years ago we were in Poland for a small tour. After many shows, on tour, we arrived at a small, dirty and dangerous venue. Everybody was drunk. We started discussing whether it was a safe idea or not playing there. After a couple of gunshots we said “Goodbye guys, we have to go!”. We drove all night to the next show. Fortunately we got back to Poland twice again after that episode and on both occasions the shows were amazing!
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
Metal (with all its subgenres) is a big family and the audience is very loyal. There are many die-hard fans. At the same time it’s a scene where fans and journalists tend to label music, put genre boundaries: if you cross that ideal dividing line experimenting something different and new, it’s a big gamble. For sure there’s a lot of confusion and there are many (too many) bands right now. There is no filter and this is good, but it’s not easy to stand out from the crowd.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We pay a big deal of attention to the state of the planet. The advancement of science and technology is broadening our possibilities. At the same time too many countries do not seem to care about Earth. We are submerged by plastic and pollution. This is the only planet we have and we have to take care of it. In all our albums we dedicate some songs to Sea Shepherd, these guys are making a great job to preserve the Oceans and Earth.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
My brother brought me to a Metallica show in 1991, I was 14. I had a blast! And in that precise moment I decided that I would become a musician and make music be my life. My brother passed away years ago and I promised that I would never give up. My family was not very interested in music so it’s not been easy. My perseverance convinced them that I would not let go for anything in the world.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Positive criticism always helps, it can’t always be alright. Perhaps young critics should keep in mind what the musician is willing to say through his music. To be a good music critic one must have a certain knowledge of music and the contemporary context and scene and he must certainly be blinders-free, open minded.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
I have reached my goals! I can play my music around the world and I can record my own music. I’m very happy about that. We’re not thinking about world domination, for sure. As I told you we try to spread the word about the pollution problem. We are trying to raise awareness in our audience about that. If we put it this way, it is a sort of cult for us, indeed. A lot the people know the problem, but many more totally ignore how things are getting dangerous for us all, humans and animals too.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
I love different kinds of music. As a matter of fact I listen to all sorts of good stuff from jazz to metal. Although I don’t really dig dance music, anything that can manage raising an emotion, is good music to me. Speaking of rock/metal/alternative I’m a big admirer of Chevelle, A Perfect Circle, Tool, NIN, Deftones and Chris Cornell to name a few.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Rusty for his time!