Andrea "Baital" Stefani
Born and grown up in North-Italy among the foothills of the Alps of Veneto, most of people looks upon Andrea Stefani as one of the best italian extreme metal drummers. His capacity of mixing up speed, precision and power of blast beat and double bass, and his fluency in changing from intricate odd time signature rhythmics to doom/ambient passages earne him a lot of appreciation and respect everytime he plays a live gig and in every critical review.
At the age of 11 he began his musical way by studing musical theory and playing violin in the school orchestra.
At the age of 14 he began appreciating hard rock music and his listenings changed quickly from classic heavy metal music to extreme metal. He feels totally enraptured by the sound barrier created by double pedal and blast beat technique, so much that his first contact with a pair of sticks took place a few time after his 15th birthday, and that with a double pedal one only after a week…
From the very beginning he played with some of his schoolmates, forming some metal bands and playing live gigs; it’s in this period that he took over the stage name “Baital”.
In 2002 he began what is still his main project nowadays, AD NAUSEAM (Ex Death Heaven). (https://www.facebook.com/adnauseammatt)
Thanks to the time spent in playing with AD NAUSEAM and to the consequent technical and stylistic upgrade, in 2004 the genre turned from thrash metal to a brutal death metal with technical influences.
Since then, he has zeroed in on the studying of extreme metal genre, working a lot on double bass drums speed, on the precision of the blast beat and on the creative playing.
For some years he had been a session-man for a black metal band named Via Dolorosa, in which he was singer and played both guitar and drums demostrating his musical ability.
In December 2007 took place the coming out of Death Heaven (Now AD NAUSEAM) first album “Viral Apocalypse” for the label Punishment 18 and after that many promotional gigs followed.
In September 2008 took place for the Chinese label Funeral Moonlight Productions the coming out of the first full length of Helvete, his ex-band, in which he was founder and main composer.
At the same time he made a contribution as session drummer in the black metal band Eternal Frost (www.myspace.com/eternalfrostit). In Decemnber of the same year he recorded their first demo “Into the Mist” and after some live gigs, he joined the band as permanent member.
He plays in two cover bands too.
Currently he goes on with live gigs activeness which drove him to travel round Italy and abroad. He teaches as a private and he holds a drumming course for “Altramusica” music school.
He studied at AMM (Modern Music Academy by Franco Rossi) in Padua with M° Camillo Colleluori.
Now he is getting a diploma at the Woodstock Academy in Portogruaro; he studies with the M° Camillo Colleluori who gives him the opportunity to improve and to perfect his capacities, and in the meanwhile, to develop his stylistic background. This enables him to make his drumming style varied and musically more effective.
He has had the honour of sharing the stage with: CYNIC (U.S.A.), ULCERATE (NZ), SVARTCROWN (F), NECROPHOBIC (SWE), MUMAKIL(CH), HANDFUL OF HATE, MALFEITOR, KULT, HORRID, KARNAK, CORAM LETHE, CADAVERIC CREMATORIUM, MORTUARY DRAPE, INSANE ASSHOLES, IMPOSER, and many other underground bands…