Talk to me about the story of the band!
Well, the project started in 2012 and at that time we were more oriented to hard rock than metal. As the years passed and as the group changed its formation, we began to write songs which were closer to metal and then we decided that metal was the right decision for us, rather than hard rock.

What did you do in the last six months?
Those last six months had surely been the most intense with the band since we recorded our first EP, we signed with This Is Core and then we produced our first videoclip with them, which i am really proud of.

What have you got in your wallet now?
After the EP and the videoclip, the next thing we think we should do is a tour in order to promote our EP. We were thinking of countries outside of Italy, since here in Italy metal isn’t a popular genre.

Why have you chosen this name for your band?
One day, when we were rehearsing, our singer said:”How about we call ourselves ‘Red Light For Distortion’?”. We asked why, and his answer was:”Because the button for the distortion sound on our guitarist’s amplifier becomes red when you activate it”. And we almost immediately liked it.


How important is the look/appearance for your band?
We don’t care too much about our look. We don’t dress in a particular way nor wear any kind of make-up. The rules are pretty basic, like, don’t go on the stage dressed ridiculously or, worse, naked.

Tell us about the new EP “Iron[y] Weapons”. Are you fully satisfied with it?
I am totally satisfied about it. When you spend three years rehearsing in a garage without being able to actually hear your songs in a decent way, especially if you play metal, finally hearing those songs that you’ve been playing for years and realizing they are even better than how you expected is an amazing feeling. During the entire process of recording i couldn’t wait to hear the final outcome and it didn’t disappoint me at all.

Which is the highest point of the EP?
I think Dolls is probably the best song we composed because it’s different from the others, it’s darker and at the same time aggressive. Also, in that song, we were pretty creative with the time signatures in a way that doesn’t happen in the other songs.


How would you define your sound?
Most of the time our sound is pretty rough and “thrashy” but sometimes it’s darker and creepier, like in Dolls.

Thrash Metal. Describe for me these words!
Thrash Metal is rough, aggressive, it goes straight to the point where it wants to go. But most of all, it’s one of the best genre if you want to headbang.

Which bands have influenced your style?
I’m a big fan of progressive metal, so i’d say that my style has been influenced by bands like Dream Theater, Meshuggah and Haken. But since our genre isn’t progressive, i also find drumming inspiration in bands like Slipknot and System Of A Down.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness, in my opinion, is doing what you love the most in your life and being paid to do it. I think that’s the most common answer though.

Tell me some of the bands you admire.
My all time favourite band is Queen, they are the reason i started playing drums and i love every single one of their songs. Other bands are Dream Theater, Slipknot, Animals As Leaders, Korn, Meshuggah, System Of A Down and list goes on and on.

What song is in your head right now?
“Set The World On Fire” by Symphony X.

Name 3 words that describe your band.
Motivated. Angry. Ambitious.

Which are the best and the worst qualities of your band?
The best quality is surely the energy we put in our work, most of the time we create songs which will make people headbang, and i think we are good at it. The worst quality is probably the fact that we don’t think too much during the creation of a new song, we just do the things that come to our mind first, but sometimes this isn’t actually a bad quality since our songs are more spontaneous because of this aspect.

And of your local music scene?
Our local scene, speaking about metal, is full of great bands with great potential and we had the pleasure to play with some of them, like Infall, Portrait Of A Murder or Deaf Autumn.

What is the most embarrassing situation you’ve ever been with Red Light For Distortion?
Probably our first live show. It was at our singer’s school and at that time we only had one song, Beliefs, so we played it and also we played a cover of Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace. Since the beginning of the concert, the guitar, we only had one guitarist at that time, was almost inaudible and so the melody was entirely held by the bass. The drum kit was terrible, i didn’t expect too much by a school but it was really awful and sounded like a trash can. Our singer wasn’t at the top that day and didn’t exactly got all the notes right. And as if it wasn’t enough, a friend of ours randomly went up in the stage, took a microphone and began to “sing” the second voice part of Animal I Have Become, missing every single note.

Have you got a good reason to be in Behind Magazine?
The band has some serious potential, in my opinion. We grew a lot since the beginning and in only six months we did more than what we did in three years and i think that’s a good demonstration of the motivation of the band.

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