London based hard rockers Superfecta delivers a sound which has it`s roots in grunge and classic rock but with a vibrant and fresh modern alternative twist. They returned in 2017 with a new single "Mannequin".
The track received rave reviews and often featured in the top 100 rock tracks of 2017! The lineup is Danun Todd (guitars), Rob Negrini (vocals), Matt Vella (drums) and Carl "Costa" Highman.
Gary Clarke of Screamer Magazine describes Superfecta this was: "Take a deep breath and let your ears make a journey into the many shades and textures which fill the palette of Superfecta."
The band releases another new single and video "The Abyss" in Feb 2018 in the build up to an album release late May 2018 and subsequent tour. In between gigging and studio time, Superfecta took time to share with The Underground:
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Well let`s not beat about the bush here. We`re rock but people hear many facets of rock in our music. It`s definitely grunge inspired with classic elements of rock n roll. Then there`s some darker stuff which may remind you a bit of Tool and then we`ll lay down a riff that may remind you of The Cult, so it`s hard to say exactly what type of rock we are. We prefer the listener to make that assessment!
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
I hate to think of the hours spent trying to find that perfect band name, and getting a name for this band was no different. Then a good friend said he`d just watched the movie Casino, or maybe he read the book, and the gambling term "Superfecta" stuck in his head, so he suggested that for a name. It`s a term associated with American horse racing, a three way bet. But we loved it and it felt right. So thanks to Gavin for the suggestion!
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Between the four of us there are hundreds, like with any band, from rock to pop to metal. So Zeppelin, Stones, Bowie, Queen, Motorhead, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Ratt, Kiss, Tool, NIN, we could go on!
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We`ve just finished the video shoot for our new single for 2018 "The Abyss", which we`re releasing mid Feb. The next single will be "Ghosts" in April which will feature on a short horror film and there will be a third single in May to launch the new album. We haven`t got a name for it yet but we`ll decide in the next couple of months. But the first six months of 2018 is all about promotion and marketing. We don`t want this album to disappear under the radar because it will be good, very good. So it`s key that we get out there, playing, supporting bands further up the ladder than us in order to really make a statement later in the year and into 2019!
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Proper recognition and reward. I think we deserve that! Superfecta hasn`t just happened overnight, it`s been a five year process to date that has been damn hard work! There is a strategic plan of action in place and every team member has to get involved, that includes the musicians, our PR team, manager and business manager. Is our dream to headline Madison Square Garden? Of course it is! Can we get there? Let`s see!
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Well many of the new tracks are yet to be played live but of the old material Fading Light and Pendulum always go down well. Of the new material, Mannequin is the obvious crowd favorite. It`s just pumps along and people just have to stomp their feet and bang their heads. But I know people are going to love Whiplash, The Abyss and Dirt which will feature on the new album!
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
Not throwing in the towel. To perform in a rock band or bands you have to love it and love it with capital letters because it can be demoralizing. I hate to the think of the money we`ve spent over the years on touring, buying equipment and so forth. Sadly it`s harder now than it`s ever been, as many of the traditional big labels that used to back rock have gone or have much less money than they used to. So labels tend not to invest and nurture bands like they once did, so that`s a challenge. But opportunities are still out there, you just have to be smart and really want it. It`s like anything, nothing much comes for free. You have to work at it. So long as you try. We know many brilliant musicians who simply can`t be bothered or would prefer to play in their bedrooms. It takes a very determined and special mindset to get out there and give it a go!
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
For this album the process has taken quite a rigid route. I will come up with the music ideas, basic song structure and progressions, then record at home in his studio. That is then passed to Matt to lay down drums in his studio, then it goes to Carl on bass along with tab and score. Finally we'll send to Rob to get lyrics and melody ideas down. Then we meet up in the studio and work through the song and melodies until happy. So it`s quite structured for this album.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
I think it`s influenced everybody in the music industry. In many ways it`s great. You create some music or a video, post it, invite people to like it and hey presto you have new fans on board. So we use it as much as we can. We have fans from all over the world thanks to social media. We`re interviewing with you guys due to social media, so it has many, many benefits. The downside is that I think a lot of potential fans and music lovers suffer from social media fatigue. People are bombarded so much with stuff they`re supposed to follow or like and that can switch a lot of people off, which can be counter productive. At the end of the day we still believe if the music is good enough, then it`ll find it`s way to the people that matter.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Right now very varied. David Bowie`s Hunky Dory, Rolling Stones Blue & Lonesome, the new Tool single, a bit of Ennio Morricone and Hans Zimmer. I like to keep it varied!
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Played a lot of football, In fact before getting into music, football was my thing. But it didn`t work out so music led the way!
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Do it for the love! Don`t do it only for the money. Being in a band, any type of band is hard. The top tiny percentage only really make the big bucks. If you`re expecting a suitcase of cash to suddenly turn up on your doorstep then you`ll be disappointed, Sure there are always exceptions to the rule but generally you`ll be working like a dog, so be prepared. But enjoy it. There is no better feeling than playing to people or rehearsing a fantastic song with band mates!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Perception and distribution of money. Way too much emphasis on looking hot and sexy and making a fast buck. Musicians need rewarding properly, from the ground level to the top. Labels and executives simply won`t take a chance like they used too because maybe the music doesn`t quite fit with what the executives want or think the public want. There are smaller labels and groups fighting back but we really need to get rid of these terrible reality shows and music moguls like Cowell. They portray a false image of the industry!
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Always try to and be original to a degree and true to yourself but bands shouldn`t become obsessed about being original. It`s 2018, it`s pretty much all been done before, Unless you want to start playing music using car exhaust pipes and coffee machines, then it`s still pretty much going to be guitars, drums, bass, vocals and keyboards etc. I hear so much music that is a complete copy of stuff from the 70`s and 80`s and especially US rap and pop seems to churn out the same melodies over and over again. Just be yourself. Be inspired by your heroes but try and put your own creativity into whatever you`re doing.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Simply we hope that people out there will get involved with Superfecta. Follow us on FB, subscribe, download our music, play our videos spread the word, come and see us at shows. We need you. We have a lot of great stuff coming in 2018 and beyond, so we`d love you to get involved!
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