The way we’ve mainly worked so far on new songs begins with an idea, short or more articulated, that me or Simone bring to the table as a demo recording, usually a single guitar part. Then we try to expand that to make it a full song, and all the band members create their parts around it, on their own or together in the rehearsal room. For the new album, which has been composed entirely just by me and Simone, we worked a lot together in a room, recording ourselves, swapping, overlapping or cutting parts and trying things. For the first time we had an almost complete demo version of all our parts before recording them “officially”: before it was common for some of us to create their parts on the spot while we were recording the album.
We’ve also tried to compose songs from scratch in the rehearsal room together, but it’s always been difficult because we couldn’t see each other too often, as one or more of us always had to commute from another city, and you ended up losing a lot of time remembering what we had done two weeks before and arguing about minor details.
As far as my contribution to songwriting goes, whenever I hear some music of any genre that surprises and hits me in some way, I try to grasp the essence of it in order to try to incorporate it into something mine: it may be a sound, a mood or a harmonic and rhythmic idea. Then, as me and the other members work on the song structure and each one provides new parts, the initial reference to each idea of the song gets lost, and probably the overall end result just ends up sounding like Arya.
When I had to write lyrics, I’ve always come up with very personal ones, I like when I’m able to put my darkest or most unsettling feelings and ideas into words without any self-censorship. However, literature and movies have always been important inspirations, I’ve always read a lot of poetry and dramas.