My Brainstorm thread of humanity

Dipped in the blood, the dust, and the dirt…

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the foundation of Ancient Bards, we are going to play in several cities in the Netherlands and it got me to think of the last time we went there.

On November, 12th 2015 Ancient Bards was playing in London, at the Underworld. I had some nice footage of us freaking out about going down the Eurotunnel and then trying to stick to the right side of the road, but I accidentally canceled everything!
Anyway, the show went great, we had fun on stage and I have to say that the number of people who showed up at the venue was larger than we expected, we met a lot of old and new friends and that felt nice. It was a good night, rainy, but good.

After spending the night in Camden it was time to get on the road again, we had a train to catch! We had a day off before the gig in Apeldoorn, so we took our time to take a look around on our way to Arnhem where we were going to sleep that night. The underwater convoy took us to Calais, from there we went to Oostende to see the Atlantic Wall, then made a quick detour to visit the beautiful Bruges and got to Arnhem for dinner.

I loved that day. I remember feeling so happy, I enjoyed every minute with my friends of Ancient Bards and Dadda (which is fortunate, considering we’re always so close together in the small space we have to share in the van) and, in spite of all the time spent driving, I liked being in 4 different countries in one day, hearing people talk in English, then French, then Walloon, then Dutch. I felt like a true World Citizen (ok, maybe just European, but still).

It’s when we arrived in Arnhem and could connect to a WIFI network that we discovered what horrible things were happening in Paris. Needless to say, we were all petrified and deeply sad.

The next day we drove to Apeldoorn with a heavy heart.
Enjoying music, watching our favorite band, having a drink with friends, grabbing a bite in the fresh air… they’re things we all do, nice little things that make life worth living, little drops of happiness.
In a moment, the sacredness of life and freedom were violated again,and it happened to the concert goers, the beverage drinkers and the food eaters of Paris this time.

The majority of people were killed during a concert. How many times did we go to a concert? How many times did I sing at a concert? A lot. And I was going to play at one more that very night, at Brainstorm Festival. All the bands there were pretty shaken. Te organization called a minute of silence and then everyone paid their respects to the victims with a long heartfelt applause.

When our time to get onstage came, we were ready. I had to warm up thoroughly because my voice didn’t feel quite in shape, but I was fine. Fine, until I started singing and realized that some of the lyrics, which I always associated with something fictional, were getting all too real. I tried to keep it together even when, during The Last Resort, the image of the kings dipped in the blood really started to get to me.

There was nothing I could do but to dedicate the next song, In My Arms, to the victims and everyone affected by the tragedy. I didn’t do it to be dramatic and it’s not even like dedicating something to someone who can’t hear you is going to change anything. But that was another song of loss, death, and pain and I needed the audience’s support.

I received it.

Credit: LoudImages (Marc van Kollenburg)

Maybe I was just in over my head, but I swear I never felt that emotional during a gig. I think the audience felt it, because everyone was with me, kinda like we were all holding hands. In fact, there are no videos of that song on youtube, I like to think that it’s because that was a moment not to be lived through the filter of a screen (perhaps there are tons of vids that simply weren’t posted, who knows!).

The bards left me and Daniele alone on the stage at the end. Then we exited too and my hands were shaking. I was shivering all over. It was a very powerful experience, whether it was all in my head or shared between me and the audience. I am thankful for the things I felt that night, I cherish them because I think it’s important to value these connections between humans.

Thank you, everyone at Brainstorm Festival, I hope to see you again! As a matter of fact, I’d like to invite you all to see us again, hopefully on a lighter mood this time, whenever you can when we come nearby.

Till nex time,



These are a few of my favorite things – July

Hello everyone! So this is it, july is almost over and I’m pretty excited. It’s been a very, very busy month and the extremely high temperatures didn’t make it any lighter, but I can’t say I’m not embarassingly happy right now. Why you ask? Let me tell ya…


I know I haven’t been there yet, but I think I can’t go wrong if I nominate in advance going to Wacken Open Air at the top of the favorites of the month, can I? I’m so excited I can’t wait to leave and live this incredible experience with my beloved bards! We will play on the Headbangers Stage on July 31st at 11.55 am. Will you be there? I hope to see many of you!



My studies have been a huge and uncomfortable part of my life for the last 10, yes, 10 years. Pursuing my passion while studying to become an building engineer and architect hasn’t exactly always been a piece of cake, but now I can proudly say that I have finally finished all my exams! I am so relived, I smell freedom, all I have to do now is to finish my thesis and then I’ll be able to graduate, once and for all. Yay!



I’ve been meaning to get a new camera for a while, and I finally found an interesting one. The Samsung NX Mini is what I was looking for, a small camera with a large flip up touch sceen, a wide angled lens and wifi connection. I got it in the mint color and it looks really nice, I’m sure i twill be a great companion during my travels, I might even be vlogging now! I haven’t tested it properly yet so I can’t give you insights on the image and video quality but I’ve read nice revews. We’ll soon see how we like it!



My hair tends to get dry so I like to use an oil to give it some hydration. I normally use macadamia nut oil, but it is very thick and can look heavy so I wanted to try something different. This is a radiace treatment with oil of maracuja, brazil nut and cupuaçu extracts. I like this product a lot, it’s very lightweight and it smells heavenly! You only need coulpe of pumps on towel-dried hair and then you can go ahead with the styling. Perfect shiny hair that smells amazing, done!



This one’s actually my mom’s, I borrow it from time to time. I can’t deal with hair, I use good shampoos, masks and oils, but other than blow drying it or using a straightener I can’t do much with it. I’ve always loved some nice curls and last time I went to the hairdresser I got obsessed with waves. Babyliss’ Secret Curl is the perfect tool for dummies like me, it’s even easier than using a curling iron, you just give it a chunk of hair and it does all the work!



I was so happy to partecipate in the recording of the backing vocals for Trick or Treat’s “Rabbits Hill pt. 2”, I had fun with Alle Damna and Simone. The tracks are the bomb, I can’t wait to hear the record!


I’m sure lots of you have already seen this because it went viral, but I have to post it anyway, I’ve watched it a thousand times and I almost cried every single time. How I Became The Bomb wrote a song about this meeting between two lovers, artist Marina Abramovic and her former lover Ulay, and then created a clip with the images of the actual meeting. I love it, it’s deep, personal, powerful and violently intimate, in my opinion the song perfectly captures and frames the moment. I love their eyes.


ANDE Tour in pictures

Hello there! So, we’re black from the A New Dawn Ending Tour, we’re very tired but we had so much fun! I thought I would share with you some photos, though they’re not too many because, you know, we were so busy living the moment to the fullest that we rarely remembered to take pictures! The ones you’ll see below are a bunch of them and they were taken by me, Claudio, Federico, Matteo Ermeti ( and Giacomo Astorri ( Thank you guys!


@claudiopietronik , Brandeburger Tor #Berlin #AncientBards

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Happiness in Berlin

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You can't do epic shit with basic people ❤️ #ANDEtour #AncientBards #band

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Also, this happened:

I hope you enjoyed, take care!


A New Dawn Ending Tour 2014

We are overwhelmed by the great enthusiasm you all are showing for our tour, it’s so flattering we can’t wait to live this experience and have a good time together! We are also amazed by the number of those of you who ask us to come to the Uk, the USA, South America, Australia, Indonesia, etc… Please know that we’d LOVE to come, everywhere you are, our aim is to reach as many of you as possible and we promise you that, if you stick with us and help us spread our music, one day we will ring your doorbell!

You and us are making a pretty awesome army after all 😉

Read ROCKSHOTS‘ news release here.

Thank you for your priceless support, hope to see you soon.



Bardic Czech shenanigans

Our gig at Made Of Metal was the very first one we ever did outside Italy and it was fantastic, the crowd was awesome and the organizers were great. I think I can talk on behalf of my fellow bards when I say that our favorite part was when we got to meet our fans and shake their hands, the line for our signing session table was way longer than we were expecting! A huge thank you to everyone who came, we hope to see you again really soon.
I’ll leave you with a few pictures of our trip, some of them were taken by us, some by others, hope you enjoy.


Special thanks to Marshall Mutch for his awesomeness!

Take care!


Ancient Bards at Made of Metal 2014

On August 17th Ancient Bards will play at the Made of Metal Festival in Hodonin, Czech Republic. Marshall, founder of the Official World Ancient Bards Fanclub, asked me a few questions about the festival, so I’ll report here our little interview:

M: How are the preparations going for the Made Of Made Festival.
S: They’re going great! Since Fabio has left the band we have a guest now, Simone Bertozzi, who will follow us on tour. We’ve been rehearsing together and the chemistry is tangible, we’re very happy!

M: How Do You Feel About Playing At The Festival.
S: We’re excited, it looks like it’s going to be an awesome festival! The line up is awesome, but the main ingredient for making a great festival is the audience and I hear it will be wild! We literally can’t wait to rock with you all.

M: Have You Decided On Which Songs You Will Play
S: Sort of, we have a few sets prepared, we’ll see what we’ll be in the mood to play that day 😉

M: Will There Be A Live Video Recorded.
S: No, not an official one

M: What Can The Fans Expect From The Ancient Bards
S: Well I hope they can expect an exciting show because we will for sure put all our hearts and energy in it!

M: Finally Any Message You Want To Say To The People Going
S: We are looking forward to playing at Made of Metal and we hope to be able to meet you, so come and say hi if you see us! “ancient selfies” are in store for everybody!


See ya folks!