F.V. Midnight were formed in 2003, inspired by the magical sound of Blackmore's Night. "Minstrels" thus, offering melodies inspired by celtic, medieval and renaissance sweet ballads but also lively rhythms drawn from popular culture and folk music. All made more attractive from setting and costumes inspired by fantasy. The show intends to make reliving, through musical notes, scenery and costumes, the charm and enchantment of the "fantasy literature" a kind of narration between epic and fantastic, magical and mysterious, where narrated events are set in a time and a world imaginary in the "middle land" the linking ring between a permanent medieval, an improbable future and an alternative universe populated by magical creatures.
M.L. Tell us about the band's name.Is inspired from Blackmore's Night which is your influence?
F.V. First of all, the band’s name was born from our acoustic performance at midnight our. The name is also a “tribute” to the great album “Fires At Midnight” (by Blackmore’s Night) of course. But the choice to be called "Midnight" is not accidental: "midnight" is a metaphor not only of a past time, but also a "mysterious elsewhere" the magic hour of the night for excellence, where fairies and elves dance in the woods, the wizards prepare their spells and the witches gather under a large walnut tree.
M.L. You play renaissance music , a great and difficult kind of music. Why choose this kind?
F.V. We chose to play this kind of music because we love the sounds of a distant time.
M.L. You have already released an album the "The Midnight" . Tell us some words about this release.
F.V. Well, we can sum up our last album in this way! Twelve tracks, twelve stories: from the Scottisch pirates to William Shakespeare and from nordic legends to pagan rites or from Queen Elizabeth I° to the bards of old taverns.
M.L. Have you written any new songs for a future release?
F.V. This is really a magical period for our band, because we are planning the release of a new album with much new material and probably we will enter in a recording studio between October and December 2015, just at the end of our Italian tour.
M.L. Plans for tours and lives?
F.V. We have already a good “live” response in Italy and saw the popularity of our performance in Germany and Holland , we are planning international gigs for 2015.
M.L. You are from Italy , a great country with big history.Also has big history in many kinds of music rock,metal,disco etc and now in renaissance.Tell us your opinion about the music scene of your country?New and old bands which you like?
F.V. Italy is a nation rich in culture and full of timeless stories and legends, from which we draw very much inspiration. In Italy there were many great bands of the past but no one has ever proposed our musical style. It was a bit gamble to bring our special “fantasy” sound in our land. Fortunately, the public has responded positively. Italian artists from wich we are mostly inspired goes from Branduardi to Ensembles Micrologus for example, but also foreign artists inspire us just like Loreena Mc Kennitt, Amazing Blondel, Owain Phyfe or The Geyers and obviously the Blackmore’s Night.
M.L. Something to add?
F.V. A BIG hug to all Greeks fans!!!
M.L. A message to Music Legacy fans?
F.V. We hope that the wind “Meltemi” bring us in your wonderful lands for some gigs one day!!!
In this point i want to thanks Federico for this great interview and i wish the best to him and his great band!I hope to see them live in Greece very soon!God bless you guys and keep the good work!