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“Never Say NEVER.” – a tribute to my Brazilian roots – Raphael Saini

Don’t forget to subscribe if you like my videos: http://bit.ly/raphaelyoutube So this video has a small story behind it: As a drumteacher at Bateras Beat I have studied and I teach some Brazilian rhythms but I never had any video online performing them. I teach my students to get out of the confort zone to get better… and this time I wanted to show them I can get out of my confort zone too! ūüôā Some of them are shy to perform at our events, and I was kinda “shy” to show I can play this music too… So I teach others to do this kind of things and I want to follow what I preach. It was really fun and inspiring to work on this track and definitely it’s way more than just ” a drum video” it’s my 1st public step out of my “music Box” showing another side of my drumming that very few people had the chance to listen. Enjoy! Video, Audio recording and mixing: Raphael Saini

New Video – BillyBio – Freedom not Free – drum performance

Hey Guys, no rest for the wicked! This is me performing “Freedom not Free” , from the album “Feed the fire”.¬† New videos coming soon (yes, also the ones from “La fine cresce da dentro”)
Please note: Drums on BillyBio’s record played by Simo Perini

Masterclass at IBVF (Sao Paulo)…it was GREAT!!!!


I will remember yesterday’s Masterclass for ever.
Performing in one of the top drumschools in Brazil, in front of some of the best Brasilian drummers (Alexandre Aposan,¬†Fernando Schaefer¬†,¬†Vera Figueiredo,¬†Christiano Rocha,¬†Ramon Montagner) …some of them are were my youth drum-heroes!!!! Having the chance to perform the songs that i love and that represent my way of being and also having the chance tell my story, my life, my challanges and my struggles to this amazing audience… this is too good to be true.

Thank you Vera Figueiredo and everyone at IBVF Brasil for making this happen.
I love this country more than mords,
you made me who I am.

“La fine cresce da dentro” by Cripple Bastards is available on SPOTIFY

I forgot to post this! “La fine cresce da dentro” is available on spotify (of course), make sure to give it a listen… I still can’t believe we did this without metronome and playing hitting like a MOFO.

We tried to capture all the rage, all the fury of the band playing almost live: we avoided quantizing drums, we wanted to give the fans the “real” deal and we fucking did it.

These sessions weren’t easy at all,¬†I wanted to kill my bandmates more than once because they wanted me to play faster and faster… pushing me beyond my limits: I was in pain from the second day of recordings.

My shoulders, my hands, my feet ache….and the band were demanding more and more.

Happy that¬† I didn’t give up …but I was pretty close to say “fuck you all” at least 200 times during the recording sessions.

No Pain No gain, this record belongs to the history of grind core and I am so happy to be part of it.


Cripple Bastards‚Äô 7th album ‚ÄúLa fine cresce da dentro‚ÄĚ is out TODAY

Cripple Bastards‚Äô 7th album ‚ÄúLa fine cresce da dentro‚ÄĚ is out TODAY on¬†Relapse Records¬†!! This record sums up all what we have built in 3 decades of hate-filled grindcore.. 18 songs blasting at relentless speed, rage screamed straight in the face through the typical CB song-writing that combines influences from different styles. Get it now on LP or CD following this link¬†http://www.relapse.com/cripple-bastards-la-fine-cresce-da-dentro/¬†Limited bundles with exclusive t-shirt and poster are available via¬†www.scareystore.com/cripplebastards






TOUR IS OVER. thank you all for making this event legendary. You rule!!
10/10 Hamburg Germany @MS Stubnitz
10/12: Papenburg, Germany @ Kesselschmiede
10/13: Dusseldorf, Germany @ Zakk
10/14: Leeuwarden, Netherlands @ Nueshoorn 
10/16: Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos-saal
10/17 Pilsen, Czech Republic @ Buena Vista Club (headline)
10/18 Ostrava, Czech Republic @ Barrak Music Club (headline)
10/20 Vienna, Austria @ SIMM city
10/21: Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse
10/23: Budapest, Hungary @ A38
10/24: Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
10/25 Pordenone, Italy @ Rock Town (headline)
10/26: Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Siska
10/27: Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy @ Rock Planet
10/28: Munich, Germany @ Technikum
10/29t: Freiburg, Germany @ Walfisch
10/30: Sint-Niklaas, Belgium @ De Casino
10/31: Leiege, Belgium @ Reflektor
11/1: Lunen, Germany on Nov. 1st at Das Greif
11/2 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Sound of Revolution fest

Tales from the hard side: “The tour that changed everything: Chaoswave supporting Evergrey”

For a full “Raph Blog’s experience”, you can check this song while reading this post.


chaosI receive many questions about what made me¬†do what I do today, how I went from playing shows in Cagliari to tour the world (Japan, Usa, Mexico, Brasil, Europe) … and there are many things that over the years influenced to make the decisions that led me to this. I would like to use this Blog to comunicate more with you, and tell you some stories that hopefully will empower you and encourage you to keep¬† fighting. Trust me, I know a lot about life-fights ūüėČ


In 2009 my band Chaoswave started his 1st big european tour supporting the Swedish act Evergrey, after so many years of struggle and small shows I couldn’t believe we were going to do¬† a tour in front of a real audience and¬† with a real tourbus!¬† It was the time of my life: Quitted my day Job (this needs another blog post for the full story) and I was going down for life with this.







We had played some cool festivals before but we never did a tour like that: I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to do it.¬† Even if we had¬† played small shows till then I always gave 100% everynight…and I was ready to give much more on this tour.¬† I had no fears back then, I just wanted to destroy the drums everynight.







henrikWhen I think about a hard working dude in the music scene of Cagliari I always think about Henrik, our Danish guitar player… he taught me so much about really fighting for what we believed in. A Danish Guy in Cagliari(city in the Island of Sardinia where Metal and touring where impossible back then) would destroy all the stupid “theories” people had about playing in a band, touring and actually make something¬†more than “be famous in the hometown”. He made me understand that I could achieve anything If I really wanted to and If I would be smart enough to spend time with the wrong people.

He would do stuff while others where talking about “the unpossibilities of doing this or that”, he was a mentor for me. I still remember people used to say: “It’s impossible to make a show in this club, the owner hates metal” …Guess what? Henrik didn’t believe that and was able to book us a show there. It was impressive to see that many people didn’t even try, they give up way before the battle starts. This is a small example….but I was impressed back then: We have the power to change our world.

So getting back to the Evergrey tour: I have been dreaming about doing a tour since I started playing the  drums and back then It was my biggest dream.

I still remember¬†how I felt the 1st time I jumped on a tourbus, I told myself: “This is not the last time I am doing it, this is not my last tour…this is what I want to do for many years to come”.

That tour was a huge learning experience and also a way to see how different was the “tour music business” compared to what we had experienced before. We were playing in front of hundreds of¬† people, travelling the world and having the chance to make new friends from other countries… it was everything I dreamed regarding being a musician.

tomOne time: Tom the singer from Evergrey after watching my soundcheck asked me: “Why do you hate your drums so much?”

“Dude… I love hitting them, and behind every hit there’s a story, behing every hit of this tour there are tons of tears, sweat and blood… I am playing every show like it’s the last one of my life”

For everyone of us (Chaoswave) it was a great experience but for me it was more… it was the time to ask myself what I really wanted to be in my life.¬† After the tour we really had discussions on how to keep the band (more big tours, more investments or getting back to the old way), we were not really in the same page anymore…and for me getting back to play¬† only small shows was a nightmare, a very frustrating thing.

After so much hard work I didn’t want to be back in the local scene (nothing bad about doing it, don’t get me wrong) because I wanted to keep going in the same direction… Playing local shows wasn’t my choice, so I would not even consider doing it again. I was so excited to see what could happen if I would keep doing this and¬†not going back for any reason.

When Chaoswave splitted, it was heartbreaking… but for me there was only one thing to do: get back to what was “the amazing touring world”,¬† no one could have stopped me from doing it: it was my obsession.

In 2010: Mario who was the soundguy in the Evergrey tour contacted me to play with him in¬†the band Visions of Atlantis for another European tour… and since then I never had problems finding a gig anymore, on that tour I met one of my best friends: Maxi Nil.

Networking, being respectful, working hard and learning from all my mistakes and failures… These are the basic keys, but we’ll get into this more in the future.

You can check some funny picture from that tour here:


Okay Kids,

Class is dismissed (cit. Gloria Cavalera)

have a nice day


Sistema monitoring nel tour con i BillyBio

Ho ricevuto diverse domande riguardo il tipo di monitoring che sto utilizzando in questo tour.

Avendo sbagliato tanto in passato fidandomi delle casse spia di locali/festival, sono felice di aver trovato una soluzione che  fino ad ora è stata  sempre una salvezza!

Il sistema in questione è stato concepito tenendo conto di alcune cose:

  1. Non mi fido delle casse spia di nessun locale/venue
  2. non siamo headliners e non abbiamo troppo tempo a disposizione per preparare i monitors
  3. non avendo un drumtech e suonando praticamente senza pause non ho la possibilit√† di informare il fonico da palco di eventuali cambi “on the go”
  4. La necessità di dover sentire BENE per poter correggere il tiro/aiutare/fermare le click track in caso di problemi vari ed eventuali
  5. lo spazio super-ridotto partendo in tour da Cagliari, suonando prima con i Cripple e poi ripartendo nuovamente in Germania, meno bagagli: meno spese ūüėÄ

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La base √® un mixer 5 canali (1 mono con EQ, pi√Ļ altri 2 stereo).

IL primo canale è la mia cassa microfonata e splittata (un segnale va a me, uno al nostro fonico) con un cavo apposito. Ho un mio microfono che è piaciuto anche al nostro fonico quindi sta usando il suo ed il mio.

I Canali 2 e 3 sono le mandate della band: essendo  stereo chiedo al fonico da palco un mix con un minimo di panning (Robbie leggermente a sinistra, Voce Billy al centro, Chitarra Billy leggermente a destra, basso di Daniele totalmente a destra).

NB: ho portato con me degli adattatori da cannon a Jack, visto che normalmente le mandate arrivano come cannon.

NON chiedo nessun segnale della batteria negli in ear se ho poco tempo, il motivo? Avendo poco tempo ho preferito lasciare pi√Ļ tempo per gli in Ear di Billy e il check della band in generale.

La cassa √® comunque indipendente, e se serve sentire di pi√Ļ la parte top della batteria (tom, rullo, piatti) posso sempre togliere leggermente i miei in ear.L’ Eq della cassa √® il seguente: alti al massimo, bassi a zero in questo modo mi faccio mandare i bassi su un drumfill ed evito di avere troppo “boooooom” nelle cuffie. Ogni sera i canali usati sono gli stessi, in questo modo se devo fare modifiche al volo non rischio di toccare il canale sbagliato.


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Il canale 4/5 è il click che arriva direttamente dalla backing track machine (cymatic audio player), si tratta di un segnale mono, ma sto pensando di avere un segnale stereo nei prox giorni per avere ulteriori riferimenti (cori, basi con maggiore definizione etc etc)

Gli in ear erano gli Shure se215 scoppiati alla seconda data… quindi sto utilizzando gli in ear della KZ che fanno un lavoro fantastico soprattutto considerando che quelli da 100 euro (shure) sono durati 3 giorni e quelli economici (20 euro) sono perfetti da 2 settimane.

Prima dell’ arrivo della backing track machine ho utilizzato un ipod con tutti i click ri-programmati da me (altra cosa importante: come batteristi fate voi i click o siate presenti mentre vengono fatti…non delegate a NESSUNO un compito cos√¨ importante)

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Il click √® nel canale sinistro, le basi sul canale destro: utilizzo una DI BOX per sdoppiare il segnale, uno va al fonico ed uno torna al mio mix, in questo modo sono indipendente e non devo urlare al fonico in caso ci siano problemi. Lui mi manda chitarre e voce, cerco di fargli mixare queste cose al meglio… il resto √® mio compito e posso farlo semplicemente senza chiedere aiuto a nessuno.


Alla prox, stasera si suona ancora in Austria… GRIIIIIIIND!!!!


I111ncontrare i miei amici d’infanzia Davide, Daniele e Michele a Vienna √® stato fantastico. Avervi qui a questo concerto dopo aver ascoltato con voi per tanti anni i Biohazard ai tempi di piazza repubblica ha reso tutto ancora pi√Ļ emozionante. Il dopo concerto con Billy a raccontargli delle nostre avventure, ancora pi√Ļ incredibile ahahahhaa, mitici!!! Essere in tour ed incontrare amici √® meraviglioso. Grazie ancora per essere venuti a trovarmi, per le birre, per la Marea di cazzate, per i discorsi esistenziali e per per la bellissima serata,#sardcodago¬†will never die!!!

Show Number 5: Aschaffenburg (Germany)

Great audience, great vibes, loved it!!!! Also I had some time to finally practice (thanks to¬†Meinl Cymbals Germany¬†for the hand and the kick pad, Grazie!)… and I hope to have some time tomorrow to practice more…. yes when I am on tour I play something like 1 hour a day, that is way less than what I practice when I am home, so I want to keep my playing “up” as much as I can.

Next Stop: Czech Republic, can’t wait!!!!

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