Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Simone Galeotti - Vocals
Riccardo Ibatici - Guitar
Lorenzo Di Girolamo - Guitar
Enrico Tosti - Bass
Andrea Barbieri - Drums
For starters, what bands were you guys a part of prior to What We Lost? How long has the band been around?
Riccardo and Andrea played together in a local band before, Enrico and Lorenzo played and still play in other bands too (Clark Was Here and Six Impossible Things, respectively).
We first met each other and started playing together in 2013, even though we played our first live show in early 2015. In summer 2017 Lorenzo filled in.
What’s the origin of that name and have you changed the band’s name before?
The name 'What We Lost' is not referred to a specific event or situation, but when we first found it, after being without once for months, we thought it was the right one. Everyone of us found a personal meaning behind this name, that's the reason why we never changed it.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs and do you think these topics will change over time?
Usually Riccardo writes the instrumental lines of our songs, then together we change and adapt every part and finally Simone writes and adds the lyrics. Before the recording session, we use to check the tracks with our producer, Federico of Wavemotion Recordings.
Actually, every song has the same main theme: the end of a love. So we can say all the lyrics are linked to each other. The only exception is 'Hollow', that differs and talks about a continue fight against anxiety and depression. Simone always writes about situations occurred in his life, so we definitely think that the topics could change in future tracks.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
We take inspiration from melodic hardcore bands from UK/US such as Casey, Counterparts, Capsize and Movements.
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a band?
We discovered and started listening to this genre after watching several italian metalcore/melodic hardcore bands playing live: we appreciated both the energy and the feels that characterized the shows and we decided to start this project.
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, etc …
During the hours before the show we do not have particular preparations, we just chill out drinking beers. However, we have got a singular habit just before playing: when we are on stage, before starting the intro, we use to fist bump to motivate each other.
What has been the biggest highlight of the band’s career so far?
One of the biggest highlight of our career was sharing the stage with Alazka, Casey and Acres in occasion of the release of our first ep, 'Shades'. We played with them in our hometown in 2016, a lot of people came to the show, that was one of our best night so far.
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
We'd love to tour with Canvas or Holding Absence.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
We would like to thank you for the interview and the opportunity you gave us and to add that we are going to release new stuff really soon. Cheers.