After reviewing their latest album Creatura, Bruno Dorella from OvO was pleased to let us interview him. We asked him a range of sensible and silly questions!
Musicology: What inspired your group name? Is the name oVo inspired by the energy company or Drake‘s clothing line? Or neither?
Bruno: None of those. Drake wasn’t even on the map when we chose the name 16 years ago. The energy breakfast was, though. Basically, Stefania was doing a trip with a gypsy caravan, when an old lady told her the word “nuovo”, which means “new” in italian. She just said that, and Stefania was somehow interested in what sounded like a message or so. She told me, and a minute later a guy on the street told me to “cut 2 off, to see myself in the mirror”. And he left. I thought about it, and cutting off the first two letters from Nuovo you have OvO, which is a palindrome, so a mirror. We thought it was funny and we picked it as our band’s name.
M: Being Italian, is there much of a market for metal over there, or have you found more success in other countries with bigger markets?
B: There is no big music market in Italy in general. But we’re not really in the metal market, we’re too weird. We’re in the freaky market.
M: Which act in the modern day would you most like to go on tour with?
B: You mean beside Swans and Neurosis? Well, we love Wolves in the Throne Room, Sumac, Netherlands, Lightning Bolt, Godflesh, Napalm Death and a bunch of other bands that we’d love to go on tour with. Iron Maiden would be kind of cool too, if we can go on that plane.
M: In an ideal world, would you have anyone to guest on your tracks? If so, who?
B: Beside Tom Waits and Diamanda Galas you mean? I’d love to get some free samples from [sic] Autechre, Aphex Twin and Amon Tobin. “You’re innocent when you dream”, right?
M: If you could tour around the world but could only have supports from Italy, who would you pick and why?
B: We’re actually organizing a world tour with an Italian band called Hate & Merda, they are friendly [sic] and very down to earth, which is the condition to tour with us.
M: What is your favourite online meme?
B: I wish we would have time to waste with that.
M: If you had to pick an artist to listen to forever who would it be?
B: You mean beside Neurosis, Diamanda, Tom and Swans?
M: Where are you most interested to play a show in the world?
B: The more it’s off the usual route, the more we’re interested. We’re up for any idea on Earth, in the Seven Seas, or in the outer Space. So, promoters from Mars, Atlantis or simply Addis Abeba, get in touch!
M: Do you have any hidden talents?
B: Stefania is really good in vegan cooking for massive queer demos. I’m the best drunk tennis player in the scene.
M: When did you realise you wanted to pursue music?
B: It was very natural, really. I knew it since I was a child, there was no other option. Thanks [sic] for asking though.
If you haven’t already, check out OvO‘s album Creatura!