This is the transcription of an interview to Fabio Cerrone by Maurizio Parri (AXE Guitar Magazine)
Q: While listening to VD during a gig it's easy to appreciate the band's unexpectability. Was it hard to "tame" the band during the recording sessions of "Casuality"?
A: We tried to maintain an open attitude towards whatever was happening. Compared to our first album "Sintesi", "Casuality" contains more elaborated compositions and arrangements. We also had some special guests performing on the album.
Q: Did you try to preserve a live feel during the recordings?
A: Yes, in fact we recorded live most of the tracks!
Q: Have you ever played any of those new songs live before recording them?
A: "Post Virtual Phaze", "Casuality" and "Hop Frog" were performed in the past. When Lucrezio De Seta joined the band, many of the new songs were already written but never performed. So we decided to arrange all the material togheter and record it straight away.
Q: How did you wrote "New Dance" with such complex rythmics?
A: I always liked unisons and intricate tempos so it came in mind quite naturally. In the beginning I wasn't so sure we could play such a complex song with a spontaneous feel but, after some practice, all went well. I wrote this song using keyboards, this helped me to break free from the guitar scheme and focus on the harmony side of the composition - the hard part was to learn again how to play "New Dance" back on the guitar!
Q: Is there a peculiar way to compose music leaving some blank spaces for improvisation to fill?
A: Frankly I think it's wrong to think to improvisation only in the space of a solo. The aspect I prefer most of improvisation is when it becomes a sort of magic: when you're struck by an unexpected musical idea, something that changes the "place of things", with musicians going in the same direction, in the same moment; that's why I always preferred to have a true band pursuing a real project. In Virtual Dream, all the musicians are completely free to express themselves; it's interesting to have the sensation that something can happen when it's least expected.
Q: During "Malatesta" there's an unexpected change in the groove...
A: ...Yes, as I just said. The one on the album is the first take we recorded in studio. Near the ending of the track we decided to leave some space for Lucrezio to fill with the drums and after a few breaks he and Pierpaolo started playing this groove which meets the main riff in a sort of "Dance-meets-Fusion... a sort of traffic jam". This happens often, especially when performing live.
Q: What's this mess in the ghost track??
A: (smiles) While preparing the tracks for mastering we tought of adding a ghost track, in the same moment the computer started playing all those alien sounds: all the album's tracks were playing at once and, look! We had a ghost track!
Q: A few words about the instruments you played on the album...
A: I used mostly my Steinberger GM4T and an AOS guitar built some years ago following my specs. I also used a Takamine acoustic guitar on a couple of tracks. I used Mesa/Boogie amps miked with two Shure SM57. On a couple of rhytmic tracks I also used an Ibanez Tube Screamer jacked straight in a Fender Bassman, that's all.