[Interview] Exclusive interview with Andrej Kralj (A Day In Venice)

Dear readers, in this article we have the pleasure to offer you an interview with an Italian artist who offers Prog/Post-Rock and Doom sounds. We welcome Andrej Kralj and his project A Day In Venice.

Hi, how are you?

Andrej: “Hello, thank you for having me. I’m doing well, thank you. Excited to be here for this interview.

Your project, A Day In Venice, has a particular name. Why did you make this choice?

Andrej:On one hand the name “A Day In Venice” was inspired by my personal experiences and emotions while visiting the Biennale in Venice. It was about my dedication to art. On the other hand the choice for this name was about the captivating and enchanting atmosphere; the melancholic beauty of the place. It felt like time stood still, and I wanted to convey that feeling through my music. So, the name serves as a reminder of
the inspiration behind the project.

Your style incorporates elements of Prog/Post-Rock, Doom, and more. Where does your passion for these sounds come from?

Andrej:My passion for these sounds stems from a lifelong love affair with various genres of music. I have always been drawn to the emotional depth and complexity that Prog/Post-Rock and Doom offer. They provide a vast canvas for me to express my feelings and thoughts, and I find them incredibly cathartic and inspiring.

Your new album “IV” was released on June 06, 2023. How would you describe this work?

Andrej:IV is a project that holds a special place. With this album, I aimed to explore new sonic territories while remaining true to the core elements of A Day In Venice’s signature sound. It’s a journey through various emotions and themes, blending haunting melodies, heavy riffs, and atmospheric arrangements. I hope listeners can immerse themselves in the music and connect on different levels.

Some guest appearances on the album. What did they bring to the sound?

Andrej:Yes, I had the pleasure of collaborating with some talented musicians on “IV.” Their contributions added depth and diversity to the album. Their support was manily as performers: I had already all the songs recorded, I was just seeking a more organic and vivid sound for certain arrangements includic the vocals. The only guest who contributed with an original part was Marjan Milič with his guitar riff on Drops of Winter.

The atmospheres have a gothic feel. What are the lyrics about?

Andrej:The lyrics in “IV” revolve around themes of introspection, loss, and existential musings. They draw inspiration from personal experiences, dreams, and a touch of mysticism. The gothic feel is intentional, as it helps create an atmosphere that complements the music’s emotional depth.

Since yours is a one-man band, will there be a chance to hear your music live?

Andrej:Performing live is something I’ve been considering for a while now. It’s definitely a challenge as A Day In Venice is a one-man project, but I’m actively exploring ways to bring the music to the stage. If the opportunity arises, I would love to share my music with a live audience.

The project started in 2013, and you have released several albums. How has the sound evolved over the years?

Andrej:Over the years, the sound of A Day In Venice has undergone a natural evolution. As an artist, I constantly seek growth and experimentation. The earlier albums had a more pronounced Doom influence, while the recent releases have embraced a broader sonic palette. I believe each album represents a chapter of my artistic journey, reflecting my emotional state and different approaches to production at the time of its creation.

What advice would you give to young artists approaching music with sounds like yours?

Andrej:My advice to young artists exploring similar musical genres is to stay true to your artistic vision. Don’t be afraid to experiment and push boundaries. Music is a deeply personal expression, and it’s essential to be authentic to yourself. If you have the chance, surround yourself with supportive and like-minded individuals who can help nurture your creativity. Most importantly, never stop learning and growing as an artist.

Music is constantly evolving. How do you see today’s rock music scene in Italy?

Andrej:The rock music scene in Italy is vibrant and diverse. The Italian rock scene has witnessed a progress in recent years, with many talented artists breaking new ground and gaining international recognition not only as mainstream acts. I have had a conversation with an American music enthusiast recently, who surprised me with his fondness of the Italian rock act Verdena.

I read that you have other artistic activities outside music. Can you tell us more about that?

Andrej:Indeed, apart from my passion for music, I have a strong affinity for visual arts. I dabble in painting and photography. These creative pursuits allow me to explore different forms of expression and inspire my music. The visual arts provide a different outlet for me to channel my emotions and ideas, complementing the music-making process. I also published a poetry collection many years ago, which was awarded at an international poetry competition.

I thank Andrej for the interview, wishing him all the best for the continuation of his artistic career.

Andrej: I want to extend my gratitude for this interview and for your support. It’s been a pleasure sharing insights into A Day In Venice. I look forward to creating more music and exploring new artistic endeavors soon in the future.

Thank you for the opportunity, and I wish all the readers the very best in their own creative
pursuit and their life.
All the best!

Read our review of the album “IV” here: [Review] A Day In Venice – IV

Purchase the album on Bandcamp: https://adayinvenice.bandcamp.com/album/iv

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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