What is your name and role within the band?
My name is Louis and I sing and play guitar.
How did Donnarumma form?
A while ago now I started writing songs that needed some drive and angst to them. So, I reached out to a couple of Uni friends to jam with and the rest is history.
Your new track ‘Rollercoaster’ is out and really making waves, how did this track come about and what influenced the sound and songwriting?
We’ve been told that rollercoaster is reminiscent of the anthemic 2000’s tunes, which was something I was revisiting last year, getting that nostalgic hit. Reflecting back down, there are some bits from that time that seeped into our sound. Also as a band we’ve been getting heavier and it’s feeling a lot more natural among as.
Where and when did you record?
We recorded Rollercoaster at Ghostnote studio in the heart of Adelaide CBD. We went in the studio around July last year and had our friend Colby Robertson to engineer the track.
Please tell us about how the music video for Rollercoaster came about?
I was struggling for a concept for the film clip so I reached out to Liam from Video International to collaborate and work on an concept. The Video international team created an awesome dreamy and visually pleasing concept that I fell in love with.
Where and when did you film and who did you work with?
We shot the clip at their studio in Thebarton in September. That day Liam and Aaron from Video International worked on the project with the band and I.
The. Result. Was. Killah.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m bloody loving bandfs like Snail Mail, Car seat headrest, Parquet courts, Dream Wife and Television. Also educating myself on the Roit Grrrl movement in the 90’s, bands like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney.
You’re touring Aus from Jan 11 – Feb 23, whilst touring what do you find most challenging and rewarding?
The most rewarding part is going to a different state that you’ve played maybe once or twice and to see one person singing your song. It fills you with a lot of passion and gratification.
The challenging part is the forever driving to each city. Even though I’m with good company with my good friends and bandmates, wouldn’t the luxury of flying be amazing?!
Where do you see the future of live music going in Australia and the rest of the world?
I think the normalization of technology in society is pushing live music to be more entertaining, fun and creating a full engaging experience. The population are more stimulated than ever before, so bands need to work harder on their song writing and live performances to stand out among the rest.
The general public see’s mainly the high’s of being in a band, what difficulties do you face being in a band during these times?
The biggest difficulty artists face is their own mental well-being. Original bands have the struggle of pouring out their souls to their music, energy to the business with constantly rejections, trail and errors and a sea of self-doubt.
What do you have planned for 2019?
We’re working through a couple of singles we’re keen to release for 2019, efforts to tour more and most importantly, having the best bloody time playing music with good friends.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Favourite place would be the Crown and Anchor hotel.
Pasta. Hands down.