DAN LOGOLUSO: Telling Stories

Dan Logoluso

Dan Logoluso is an Italian rock guitarist known for being the founder and master mind Timesword, the prog-metal band with which in 2010 he published the first album “Chains of Sin” under the German label 7hard, an album in which appears as a guest on two songs bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, James Labrie).

The album received very positive reviews from the press that led them to play in international festivals such as Elements of Rock, Immortal Sphere, guest to the television program “Rock TV”, on the cover of magazines such as Inhard, etc. 

Logoluso is currently working on a solo album which will be released later this year.

Define the mission as a musician. 

First of all i would like to say Hello to all Prog Sphere staff! The musician’s mission is to speak about feelings through music. Especially when you write or compose original songs, there is a moment when something speaks to your soul, the need to immortalize sensations and moments of life in music becomes crucial. When you reach this moment there is no later or tomorrow, but now. So this is exactly what happened to me with “Back from a Journey”!

Tell me about the creative process of your upcoming album “Back From A Journey.” What can we expect from the release?

I personally feel that the process was natural and too fast, it only took me 14 months to write the full album (10 songs). It all began in october 2014 when i re-listened a draft of a song (now called “Birth”)which i wrote during the release of “Chains of Sin”, the first full length of my Prog metal band “Timesword”. A spark in me, realeased a creative process that became early an intense fire. I felt that, that was the moment to push the gas and to immortal all ideas in an album that speaks about me and my music vision.

Now there are 10 songs with 10 different souls, every song could be a single and each one deserves to be listened and tasted, several of rock styles emerge in “Back from a Journey”. You can surely expect a fresh, dynamic, virtuoso and melodic album!

How far are you from completing the work on the album?

All songs are written but the recording sessions will start on 16 January, I plan to finish all production in the middle or end of February.

Is there a certain message you want to give with “Back From a Journey”?

Back from a Journey speaks about a period of my life when i experimented new music styles like jazz, acoustic and music far from my usual Melodic Prog/Rock. The album is the result of all these years of teaching, studying and working , a concentration of a Wise Dan Logoluso ehheheh.

Dan Logoluso

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Each song was born from a single riff, a melodic idea, the singing of theme that was in my head, playing the bass or programming the drums, i used different inputs to help the composition of each of them.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

This album does not have a fixed genre or style, there is not a real connection between each song. For me the important thing was to write something I liked and to impart what I wanted to tell. As i said in the beginning, each song has a story and a soul which results in different moods and atmospheres, despite of this, the songs result dynamically balanced between them.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

My approach has been the same since I started with Timesword. I believe that when you record an album you really need to think on how the songs will sound live and not package a mastodontic and complex product that becomes impossible to reproduce in front of an audience (of course I am talking of minor artists). With this spirit, I will approach my recordings. I will try to use sound and rythms that maitain my songs to their essential core.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Surely guitarists like Andy Timmons, Steve Vai, Kiko Loureiro, John Petrucci,Micheal Romeo but also none rock/metal artists like Al di Meola, Bireli Lagrene.

Dan Logoluso

What is your view on technology in music?

Technology has helped musicians to grow in the process of production and has given them the possibility to record demos or albums using a home studio, helping them saving money and effort. In fact, today sound engineers can use a great number of plug ins, which saves them time and increases the quality of music. However, i do think that a lot of people have lost the real objective, which is to make Music.

Currently, there are many bands with a great sound, a great technique and a great image but often it seems that the music itself lacks of a soul. Their songs are often forgotten dont have an impact on you. Where are those chorus like “It’s the Final Countdoooown” or “Sweet child o’ miiiine”? at the end i think that technology is ok if used correctly, if it helps the Music and not denies it.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

My music it’s clear and melodic like I am. Usually i try to send a positive message to my family and friends with my life and experiences. I hope to do so also with my songs, through the beauty of my music.

What are your plans for the future?

As soon as i finish producing the album i will schedule a videoclip to launch the single. I would like to schedule some show to promote “Back from a Journey”, a sort of guitar clinic or a show with whole the band.

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