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Interview Stamina

Stamina is a Melodic/Progressive metal band from Italy, which have released the third album last year entitled ‘’Perseverance’’. Luca Sellitto, the guitar player of the band had time to answer me some questions.

By Carla Morton

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Hi Luca, how are you?
Hi, Carla! I’m fine, thanks!

Tell me when did Stamina was formed?
I formed the band back in 2001 and never stopped it since then. The first to join was
the keyboardist, Andrea Barone. After almost 15 years of activity, Andrea and I are the
only original members left. We had a lot of ups and downs along the way, a lot of
line-up changes, label’s changes and so on…but we’re still here, stronger than ever!

Last year you have released the third album ”Perseverance”. Tell me about it.
I think that “Perseverance” is the most mature and solid album we’ve released
up until now. My songwriting is more conscious and all the band delivers a top-notch
performance, including all the special guest singers we had the pleasure to work with.
In fact, the album features some of the best voices around in the “melodic rock/metal” realm: Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum band etc.) and Nils Molin (Dynazty),among others.For the fact that we didn’t have a single frontman on the album, some people have considered it some sort of a “project” album and not a real “band” album. I don’t see it that way, it’s a 100% “Stamina band” album. We just had the problem that we couldn’t find a permanent singer in that period, so I came up with the idea of having different voices on the album, chosing the “right voice”according to the mood and characteristics of each song. It was such a great experience for me, both as a songwriter and producer, to have all this great voices at my disposal to paint the whole picture. In particular, I’m very proud of our collaboration with Swedish singer Göran Edman, who’s my all time favourite!

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