Interview by Si Smith
The prefix “hyper” comes from the Greek, meaning above, over; excessive; more than normal; an abnormally great or powerful sensation.Such are the melodies and sonics of Hypersonic, a group from Italy expressing their desire to create music above and beyond the norm that we see and hear in the music scene today. Are they successful? I spoke to lead sonic frontwoman Alessia Rapisarda to find out.
First, thanks so much for speaking to us at Femme Metal, and a warm welcome from us all.
Thank you so much for your interest,it’s really nice talking with you.
I understand that the band was formed in 2006 with the duo Salvatore Grasso and Emanuele Gangemi. How has the band managed to grow since then?
Yes! Hypersonic was formed in 2006 thanks to the tenacity of the guitarist Emanuele Gangemi and the drummer Salvo Grasso then Maria Rita Randazzo on vocals, Francesco Testaì on keyboard and Giuseppe Carciotto on bass. But for various reasons some were replaced by Francesco Caruso on bass and Vera Romeo on voice in 2007, when the first demo was produced. In 2008 I entered into the band and after a couple of months, even the keyboard Dario Caruso was welcomed into the Hypersonic world.
When you joined the band they had already produced a demo with former singer Vera Romeo. How did your vocals compare to Vera‘s? How did you feel taking her place in the band?
When I was contacted by Emanuele and Salvo I was offered a kind of music that I had never sung, because I come from a classical study of music. Listening to the demos and covers from them inspired me to accept this challenge. Vera Romeo and I have two different ways of singing, it was an honor to replace her because the band had already had several experiences. I gave more, to try to integrate myself in the best possible way.
Your first EP released in 2008 was entitled “Inspiration Is Transpiration”. What was this first experience of recording with the band like for you? Any strong memories?
In 2008, after a few months since I entered the EP was made, my first experience in a recording studio, titled “Inspiration Is Transpiration”. It was all a bit difficult but I remember the patience of Salvo and Emanuele who managed to make me feel in the context a bit less heavy.
In the months that followed there were yet another line-up change as Fransesco Testai left the band “for personal reasons” to be replaced with your bassist’s brother Dario. It was at this time that you began successfully performing live shows – how did the dynamic of the band change over this time? Was there always a strong “connection” between you as performers or was it something you had to work on?
In the last months with Francesco Testaì, we had some trouble because he had personal problems and could not manage the band. Dario Caruso already knew our songs because he followed his brother Francesco, so his input was not at all disruptive to the group,the work that we had to do with his input was minimal. We are now able to resume our live concerts and participation in various festivals.
At this time were you thinking “yes, now we’re successful” or were you not as hopeful at this time? Was this period of change and development an easy time or did it come with its own difficulties?
In this context, one can never say that you have arrived, you have every moment while addressing the many difficulties, which are normal when creating a group. We are very very certain, we try in every way possible to do more together, and we have always solved all the problems that come out every day.
You began work on the debut album in 2009. Did you have any ideas at this point about what kind of an album you wanted to create?
In 2009 we managed to get back into the recording studio, my only thought was to go all out just because the creation of an album is not easy, many ideas were born simultaneously with the recording of the disc, we say that the desire to do things professionally was strong. And thank God we were able to create a work of which we are really proud and happy. We are having an incredible response from fans, webzine and paper magazines that are really appreciating “Fallen Melodies”. We knew we had made a great album with great songs, but all that surprised us.
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