‘Canto’ descends from the latin verb ‘cantare’ and has the meaning ‘I sing’. Furthermore, in many languages it stands for ’singing’. ‘Van’ just completes the name and has no special meaning.
After the split of Stef’s former band he wanted to do something vocal oriented. He tried some things in his studio and finally decided to record some songs with his friends.
We first work out a lead melody and chords on piano to fix the song structure. After that we arrange 5 voices and start rehearsing.
Nope. We know each other for many years and have played many gigs together with our former / other metalbands.
Because we are an a-capella-band. It’s not because we don’t like guitars/bass guitars/keyboards (most bandmembers also played instruments in other bands). It is because we think it’s amazing what you can do only with your voice. And it’s fun, by the way.
Well, we tried some guys imitating a double-bassdrum only with their voices, but they all collapsed after 2 minutes of “Lifetime”.
Sorry, you’re wrong. We had lots of fun singing through guitar amplifier fullstacks and imitating wahwah-pedals by our voices only. If you think these are real guitars, we are happy, because this shows that we’ve done a good job!
We can. We already did and it was great for the audience and for us. In 99% of the songs you only hear 5 voices and a drummer. In some parts (e.g. solos) we did some overdubs, but not more than a usual band would have done. By the way we count on YOU singing with us, when we perform on stage.
Please check this site regularly. We post our new gigs under „Dates“ as soon as we fix them.
Our lyrics are about inner strength. We are not a religious band, but it’s not a problem for us if any religious people find something interisting in our lyrics.
We’re not making fun of them, it’s a tribute. The bands we cover are our heroes. And to tell the truth: You can’t destroy a real good song, even we can’t. ;-)
It’s from the soundtrack of the child-movie “Ronja, the robber’s daughter” of the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The Composer is Björn Isfält, who died in 1997. This song has a really great heart and is very intense. We love it and can only advise you to check out the complete soundtrack of Björn Isfält. He did a fabulous job!
Thank you. We’re glad somebody finally told us. By the way, what was the name of your band? When do you play Wacken? ;-)