*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Angels PR*
Simone Casagrande was born in Soncino, an ancient village in Northern Italy on June 20th, 1973. Since childhood, he had been interested in playing musical instruments, but until the age of 13, he didn’t begin to play any. His music teacher in middle school used to play “The Final Countdown” by Europe” on the accordion. He really liked that song.
His father was an accordionist, so he asked him to teach him how to play it. He practiced the accordion for about two years, learning some kind of waltz, too.
In the meantime, some of his peers begun listening to metal bands. A couple of them were living closer and listening at extreme volumes to their favorite songs. He grew interested and went to his neighbors asking to borrow a music-cassette. He chose “The Number Of The Beast” by Iron Maiden and “Ride The Lightning” by Metallica.
He loved that music immediately and left the accordion to play the guitar. First, he bought a classical guitar and learned the basic techniques within a method created for the Commodore 64.
At the age of 17, he bought his first electric guitar, a very used Kaway Aquarius Custom. It was impossible to find musicians in his surroundings to play metal, so he joined some cover bands.
With Nessuno, he played his first gig. Afterwards, he recorded his first demotape, helped by a classmate who created drums and bass through his Commodore AMIGA. In that age, there were just a few ways of promotion.
In late 1993, he formed the band Castigo. They recorded a three-track demotape, but after a quarrel, he quit the band.
Then, he joined deathmetal band Aphelion to play a gig. After a couple of years and some gigs, the band decided to change its musical style and he disagreed, so he tried to play a different kind of music, but he felt it was more challenging and less satisfactory. In the middle of 1999, he began with his home recording solo project. It had been quite a disaster, so in 2003, he retired.
He turned back to the classical guitar and dedicated himself to it completely, selling part of his electric instrumentation. Five years later, he changed his mind again, but he didn’t want to make the same previous mistakes. Registering on the Facebook network, he got in touch with old friends, members of the Aphelion band and talking with them about his desire to record again some tracks. He was surprised to understand they wished to help him… and that’s it.
His first homonymous full-length album was released in October 2020 by France’s Soman Records.