Non Talkers take on the A-Z challenge

Our A-Z challenge is a fun way to get to know the many bands and artists out there. Here it’s the turn of Non Talkers to tell us all about themselves!

A song that made you want to make music?

Marco: There were several songs, but one of the ones that stayed with me the most before I started composing music myself was U2‘s “one.”
Evita: One of the songs that ignited my passion for singing was “Killing Me Softly” by the Fugees.

Best rider you’ve had?

The best rider we’ve ever had was pretty down-to-earth, nothing too wild. We’re not into extravagant demands. A good meal on the table and a nice bottle of wine are more than enough to keep us happy!

Craziest moment you’ve had in the band?

Evita: We’re not a rowdy bunch, but we love creating a warm and jovial environment filled with laughter. Over time, we’ve experienced plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. One that stands out is when Marco, bursting with energy, delivered a vibrant finale to conclude the performance. He couldn’t help but interact with the crowd, and in my attempt to help him, I decided to give him more space and took his chair away. Little did he know, he persisted in his quest to find his seat in its rightful place. Just as he was about to conclude his song and take a seat, he discovered that the seat had mysteriously vanished. Instead, he found himself sprawled out on the floor. Yet, like a true trooper, he continued to strum his guitar, and I couldn’t help but burst into laughter.

Deepest lyric one of your songs features?

One of our deepest lyrics is from the song “Pendulum of Time.” The lines go, “I’ve done the best I can do with my designated time, the rest was not for me to decide, how to live my life.” It reflects on the profound realization that, despite our efforts, there are aspects of life beyond our control. It’s a contemplative piece that explores the complexities of existence and the acceptance of the unpredictable nature of time.

Easiest song you wrote?

We’re not sure if it was the easiest, but “We’ll Be Fine” was likely the quickest song we’ve ever written. It surfaced amidst the trying times of the pandemic, a period that compelled us to seek solace and hope through the power of music. Once, a priest from our town approached us with a request to compose a song that captured the essence of the challenging times that everyone was experiencing. The song unraveled with the intimate charm of a personal journal, encapsulating the very essence of our individual journeys. Evita’s voice was a captivating blend of warmth, raspiness, and velvety tones, which brought both joy and introspection.

Favourite song in your set?

Evita: Marco and I each have our favorite songs, but I must say that one of the songs we both love performing the most is Fire Burning In My Veins.

Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?

If we could collaborate with any artist for a feature on our record, it would undoubtedly be Jack Savoretti. His artistry resonates deeply with both of us, reflecting a shared appreciation for his unique musical style. His soulful voice and compelling songwriting would add an extraordinary dimension to our sound. Jack Savoretti is an artist we genuinely admire, and having him contribute to our record would be a dream collaboration.

Hardest thing about being in a band?

Keeping the rhythm: Being in a band demands a great deal of collaboration and effective communication. Collaboration with your bandmates is crucial in order to craft a harmonious sound and captivating stage presence. Navigating this can pose a challenge, particularly when dealing with diverse personalities and musical genres.

Interesting fact about one of your members?

Marco: Evita had never performed for an audience until she came across me. Her voice was absolutely incredible, and I couldn’t believe I had the privilege of hearing it. We were already dating at the time, and it was like stumbling upon a hidden gem. One day, I was completely captivated by her voice as she casually hummed a song around the house. She had a raw and unique talent that set her apart

Jokes you have in the band?

Absolutely! We’ve mastered the art of musical fortune-telling in our band. We call it “predicting the nail count.” It’s our charming way of guessing who might sprinkle in a few musical mishaps during the performance—maybe hitting a rogue note, tripping over rhythm, or doing an impromptu remix of the lyrics. And, of course, the one with the most “nails” gets a quirky crown of distinction in our musical kingdom! It’s our secret sauce to keep things light and entertaining backstage.

Key to writing a song?

Marco: Be sure to stay alert when inspiration strikes. I frequently jot down melodies and lyrics that pop into my head in the most unexpected moments. I rely heavily on my cell phone for that. I’ll get to it at a later time and work on it.

Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?

Around 3,200 kilometers (about 1,988 miles).

Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?

There is no way to pick just one. As musicians’ enthusiasts, wehave the privilege of being connected to a vibrant community of talented musicians. Within this network, we are constantly discovering awe-inspiring artists, both familiar and new, who never fail to captivate us. The amount of talent in the world is truly remarkable.

New band you’d recommend?

The Banners.

Opening for this band would be ideal?

If we had the chance to open for any band, it would be the Lumineers. Their folk rock sound aligns seamlessly with our own folkish roots, creating a harmonious blend that we believe would resonate well with both sets of fans. We’re drawn not only to their musical energy but also to the soulful and heartfelt nature of their lyrics. The Lumineers‘ ability to navigate tradition while exploring new territories is something we deeply admire, making them an ideal choice for a joint musical experience.

Place you’d most like to tour?

We’re not picky; if one more person asks for an encore, we’ll consider it a world tour!

Just kidding around. We have a long list of destinations we’re eager to visit, but unfortunately, we haven’t had many opportunities to travel for our performances. Without a doubt, the UK, Ireland, and United States are the places where a plethora of our musical influences originate from. However, for the time being, we are really eager to perform in Spain and Belgium. We are captivated by the lively spirit of the Spanish people and believe they would make an incredible audience. Additionally, Belgium holds a special place in Evita’s heart as her home country.

Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?

Fall seven times and stand up eight.

Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?

The title “Roots” represents the profound connections and influences in our lives, like the strong roots of a tree. It’s a tribute to the people and experiences that have shaped us, grounding us in our musical journey.

See us live at?

For the time being, we only have a few summer dates booked, but to prepare and keep us fresh, we will most likely do some live streams, so stay tuned.

The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?

Absolutely, we find ourselves often drawn to the classics when we listen, but that doesn’t mean we’re not on the lookout for hidden gems among the new artists. It’s true; the mainstream doesn’t always capture the full richness of today’s music scene. There’s a whole world of incredible songs and artists flying under the radar, and part of the joy for us is discovering those hidden treasures. It might just be a matter of personal taste, but the thrill of finding something new and extraordinary is what keeps the music journey exciting.

Unusual merchandise?

Our merchandise might not be the most unusual, but we like to think it’s pretty awesome. Our T-shirts, for example, are more than just clothing—they’re an extension of the messages in our music. We see them as wearable art, another way to communicate and share the essence of our songs visually.

Variations you’d like to do on any of your songs?

Every so often, it happens, especially in our live performances. We enjoy giving a little twist to certain songs, adding variations that keep the music dynamic and fresh. When recording in the studio, we might make decisions that work best for the recording, but with the intention of playing them a bit differently in a live setting. Additionally, we love doing acoustic sets, stripping down the songs to their core and offering a different perspective on our music.

What do your fans mean to you?

We started making music because we were inspired by amazing music and artists who changed our lives, and we believe that the best way to repay them is to do the same for others who may need to hear our messages.

The fact that what we do can be meaningful to someone and even make a difference in someone’s life justifies what we do. We wouldn’t be struggling to record music or organize concerts if we hadn’t received that feedback from someone else.

Our audience is our lifeblood; without them, nothing makes sense..

X-rays or any treatments needed for band related injuries?

Physically, we’re in decent shape, but mentally, I can’t make any promises anymore. It seems like we’re losing our minds as we grow older (laugh), but I’m not sure if there’s a remedy for that.

You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?

Normally, when we run late, it’s a chain reaction. It starts with the soundcheck running behind schedule, leaving us with little time for dinner. Of course, one of the band members insists on dessert before going on stage, and that’s when it happens. Blame the sweet tooth!

Zoo animal that next describes the personality of your band?

If our band were a zoo animal, we’d probably be the meerkats. Always on the lookout, working together as a tight-knit group, and occasionally breaking into a harmonious musical chatter!

Elizabeth Birt

February 2, 2024

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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