-Interview- Avanti (12/7/17)

Avanti talks about their "Convictions" EP, the Ohio music scene and much more.


From: Cincinnati, OH
Sounds like: Female Fronted Melodic Metalcore

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Avanti” and is there any meaning behind it?

We started when our drummer Cody moved up from Texas and met with guitar player Cameron. We started writing songs instantly and existed through a few months and a few member changes before we collectively settled on the name Avanti. It comes from the Italian phrase, "Sempre Avanti", meaning always forward. The band's core values are centered around that message and it's a motto we all live and work by.

2. What do you want people to take away from your "Convictions" EP?

"Convictions" is a collection of songs we wrote together and felt were the right way to express who we are as a band. It's a launchpad and a starting point. We want people to listen to it and enjoy it, because it's only the beginning.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

We always seem to get, "Somewhere between Killswitch Engage and Breaking Benjamin." Melodic metal with elements of post-hardcore and hard rock.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Barring the bands mentioned in the last question, I'm pretty sure we could all agree on Atreyu, Ice Nine Kills, and probably Of Mice & Men.

5. What are your three desert island albums that you'd never get tired of listening to?

As a band? Once again, I'm sure we could probably agree on "Lead Sails" by Atreyu, "The White Album" by Avenged Sevenfold, and maybe some Bullet For My Valentine.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Post Hardcore?

I (Cody) personally think the bands are as good and as numerous as ever, and that people should be more open to new ideas and new bands. A lot of people reject the words "metalcore" and "post hardcore" because they pigeonhole them into very specific sounds. There's always going to be great new music coming out. It's just gotta find it's way to the right ears.

7. What’s the current music scene like there in Ohio both locally and state wide?

Cincinnati is coming off a huge upswing lately! Things have slowed down for the Christmas season, but this year has been fantastic for attendance at local shows. Our EP release packed the house back in March, on a night where there were several other shows. There are new bands popping up everywhere and the vets are as good as ever.

8. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

At the stage we are at, we'd just be glad that people are listening to us. However, it would be super nice if artists across the board could get paid fairly for their art. And illegal downloading really hurts that.

9. What’s next for Avanti?

We're recording! Songs that are bigger, better, harder, softer, and everything inbetween. We have a mountain of new material. No further spoilers on our plans for the next release though. ;)

10. Any shoutouts?

Big shouts to all of our friends and anyone who comes to our shows or likes local shows in general.