Italy’s Psychedelic Witchcraft recently released their latest album Sound of the Wind through Listenable Records. Led by Italian singer Virginia Monti as a the main songwriter, the band has been honing their instruments in the style of the ancient gods of doom and blues such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Free among others, musically mixing blues/classic hard rock with an in depth occult lyrical imagery.

We asked Virginia about the 3 records that have influenced her the most as a musician and song writer.

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

This record is the first rock record I ever listened to. My dad gave it to me when I was only 8, I remember listening to this straight from the beginning to the end so many times. I was literally blown away. There are songs like ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘The Lemon Song’ and ‘Ramble On’. They’ve been stuck in my mind for years.

They started my passion for riffing, intense vocals and passion for rock and roll. Not mentioning the fact I think Led Zeppelin were a true occult rock band.

Aretha Franklin – Spirit In The Dark

To me, Aretha and this album (released 1970) represent the heart of blues and soul. Aretha taught me a lot about singing. I learned how to express my feelings through my voice. I found that the vibes in this whole record are (and especially in the song ‘Spirit In The Dark’) truly mesmerizing, absolutely outstanding.

Aretha has always been a great inspiration for me, something I could never achieve in terms of singing. It’s one of those records that you feel in your blood, one of those records you want to sing with her from A to Z.

Free – Fire and Water

This record is everything I love. From voice to songs’ melodies. Tracks like ‘Fire and Water’, ‘Heavy Load’, ‘Don’t Say You Love Me’ and ‘All Right Now’ are a true inspiration to me and to my band.

I really like how Free could express emotions in such a simple and effective way, that’s what honesty means to me and what makes an artist a great one. I think They were the greatest band of their area, there’s not a single day which I listen to this record without reminding how much I love rock and roll.

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