We all know the success of the big bands like Metallica, Nirvana, Iron Maiden or Slipknot, but do we really know what it takes to achieve this?
One month ago, I’ve discovered a very good highschool band from Bucharest, called Impersona. The band formed only 3 months ago has 4 members: Andrei Călin Ionescu, Rareş Borta, Andrei Ionescu and Andreea Ionescu, all between 15 and 19 years old.
I’ve talked with Andrei Călin Ionescu about their plans and hopes, trying to find the recipe of the success.
RM: Why have you made the band?
Andrei: Me, Andrei, and the other Andrei, our bassist wanted to start a band together and we were looking for a drummer. In the meantime, I got asked by some guy to join a band as their rhythm guitarist and I accepted. I joined the whatsapp group of the band and guess what. Apparently Andrei was in that band too. He got in a few days before me. So we accidentally joined the same band. There we met Rares, the drummer and we really liked him. The lead vocalist quit the band soon after because his voice did not fit the songs we wanted to play and because Andrei and Rareş and I didn’t have the same musical taste as the lead guitarist of the band, we asked him to leave because we couldn’t really collaborate. And this is how the band was formed in its current form. We met Andreea a few weeks after and we got along really well so she joined the band as our keyboardist. And Radu, one of our friends joined us when we realized that a second guitar really comes in handy sometimes.
RM: Where does the name come from?
Andrei: That’s interesting, I was reading an article on Wikipedia about amphitheaters and I found this word in Greek, “persona” with the meaning of “mask”. It looked very deep to me for some reason. Later on, Rares showed us his band name suggestion and one of them was “Impersonal”. This reminded me of that article and so the name became “Impersona”. The message behind it is that we try to unmask our personalities with our music and reveal something authentic and natural. We reject fakeness and always encourage people to show their true selves.
RM: Who are your idols?
Andrei: Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys when it comes to me. Rareș likes Chad Smith from RHCP. Andrei, the bassist likes Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, all the members from Tool and Peter Steele from Type O Negative. Andreea, the keyboardist admires Matt Bellamy and David Bowie. Radu likes David Gilmour and both me and Radu love to listen to Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix.
RM: What is your goal?
Andrei: The world is full of amazing music and we want to make more of it. In every artistic composition people have a message for the world, we aim to make our music internationally recognised. When we listen to us playing, all of us are something like “dude, that’s really amazing” and we want to share this feeling with as many people as possible.
RM: Who supported you all the way till now?
Andrei: Our friends and parents love what we do. It hasn’t been a long way until now, we have this band since October, but they support us and we appreciate that.
RM: What advice would you give to the teens who want to start a band?
Andrei: We encourage them to work hard on whatever they wanna do and to be ambitious. Don’t do it for success, do it for fun and success will come when you expect it the least. Also, we believe that the members of a band have to be on the same wavelength for the band to work out. Compatibility is essential when it comes to working with people. Always make something that you like. Don’t be like someone else. Just be yourself and write songs that you would listen to.
RM: Do you have any message for the people who are going to read this article?
Andrei: Go listen to our songs. They are our message. You can find us on our Instagram, @impersona_officialpage.
Can they be the next world rock stars? Who knows? But one thing is sure, we will hear about Impersona long time since now as I’m sure that they’ll be one of the Romania’s stars in few years.