Quick Questions With Arya

Quick Questions With Arya

Quick Questions is back! Today, I’m featuring Arya.

Quick Questions With Arya

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

After many years of piano and keyboards lessons, and having picked up a bass a couple of years before, I started seriously learning the guitar because I felt attracted to it in some way. The guitarist of my first band leaving it a couple of weeks before a concert was the perfect excuse for me to spend that time practising to become a guitarist myself. My first inspirations were Anna Calvi (her first record), The Edge, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) and Steven Wilson, who was still in Porcupine Tree. I couldn’t stand anyone who could even remotely be considered a “shredder” and all the hard rock or blues idols that most guitarists around me used to worship. Even if I said I disliked any virtuosity and only wanted to create weird sounds with my pedals, I couldn’t help trying to learn scales and arpeggios: now, after a few years, I find myself playing in a progressive metal band and practising jazz improvisation, I probably could have never predicted it back then.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

I probably couldn’t perform an Arya gig in a decent way without my eight-slot programmable looper: it would be impossible to switch between totally different effects combinations quickly enough if I had to switch them all on or off one at a time. Because of my background as a keyboardist, switching between totally different sounds instantly has always been part of my mentality and of my composing style: for most Arya songs I have to practise with my feet as well in order to nail all the sound changes correctly, as sometimes there’s one every few seconds!

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

I really enjoyed Immoto by Nero Di Marte, Palimpsest by Protest The Hero, and Ver Sacrum by WOWS, three different but heavy and memorable albums.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Probably Julian Lage, he’s such a divine jazz player!

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

If you’re learning by yourself as I did, be sure to watch yourself in a mirror when you’re playing, and pay attention to the position of your hands and arms as well as how they move, comparing yourself to your favourite players. Playing with your body in the wrong position can be painful and can really slow down your learning curve! I still sometimes find out that, by slightly moving the position of the pick between my fingers, or changing the angle of my right hand, I end up instantly playing way better than before.

Quick Questions With Arya

Our new album has been released on October 20. You can find it on our Youtube channel, on most streaming services, and at https://werearya.bandcamp.com. If you’re a Spotify user, you can save the album here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/aryaitaly/for-ever.

Arya links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/werearya

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/werearya

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/aryaitaly

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4WfuNd1szecUkB9alBgTdK

Bandcamp: https://werearya.bandcamp.com