interview with Elyria

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Have any of you played in other bands?

‘Oli: Yes over the years I played in several bands. F.e Stormwitch, Dorian Opera

Patricia: Yes, all of us have various experiences in different music genres even. My male collegues more than I of course. But I also had my share of trial and error and one or the other job.

How is it that you started playing music?Well, in my case it runs in the family. My father was an opera tenor and my mother is a professional conducter but worked in many different fields of the theatre. I had my first singing lesson with 15 - and was hooked ever since, but I have caught myself pretending to be a great singer and making songs for my stuffed animals when I was 6 years old as well - so it is kind of hard to tell when it started.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? My name is Oli Weislogel and I play guitar. I’m Patricia Cooney and I sing

Have you had other previous members?

Oli: No

Patricia: No we are all the originals here :)

Did you make music even when you were young?

O: Yes, I started making music at  the age of 6, first piano then guitar

P: Haha could you define "young"? I for my part tried various instruments

- Tried the piano many times in my childhood - wasnt really my thing. 

Played the violin with 6/7 which I wasnt really good at and later on the Trumpet which I was kind of good at but embarressed to admit to, but then I found out that Ronnie James Dio (may he rest in peace - great man) also played the trumpet before he started singing so then I was cool with it again ;).

Where are you from? Germany and Switzerland basically.

What year did the band form? P and O: 2012 in singen

What's your style of genre?

O: Oh, progressive femal fronted metal if there is such a thing lol

P: Our Style could be best described as progressive/Symphonic metal I think.

What inspires you?

O: Good music, DreamTheater, symphony X, Nightwish,

P: As for me both very cheesy and very complex music - both classic and metal and as for the lyrics - nature, philosophy, dreams - life - but also the concept of mortality.

How often and where do you reherse?

O: We only rehears before shows

P: We never rehearsed very much - of course we did more in the beginning but we know the material very well by now.

How have you developed since you started with the music?P: Well we got to know each other more and we all have more of an intuition of what works, I think our album is a great diary of our journey as a band. I as a singer had nudergone some metamorphosis in freeing some sounds I didnt think I was capable of. You can actually hear the difference between older and new songs if you know something about singing techniques.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? P: Do you mean other bands or other work in general? These days as a musician you do other jobs and bands as well - I for my part do only a bit of classical music on the side occasionally and work as a Tattoo artist - as well as being an illustrator once in a while.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that?

O: Yes we need a booking agency badly, we want to play but there are only a few clubs in switzerland, so we need someone who got the connections outside Switzerland.

P: When it comes to booking it has certainly become harder - sometimes I wish I had been young in the 90s - we would have had loads of gigs from the start. Everything is for free now - if you want to check out a band you just go on youtube or social media or download snippets or whatever - in the digital age the natural joy and curiousity for concerts has faded quite a bit which is sad.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? O: We’ve signed at DarkWings and I think its pretty good for us now. But Labels have to earn money and so they only look for the big sellers. And still we are not a big seller.

What made you decide to make this music?P: I dont think you can call it a decision. It grows like an independent life form. Even Oli - who, even though he is very creative, is the most unromantic artist imaginable - says he is "pregnant" when he has an idea for a song. Oli and I started off as a duo and were thinking about only making a studio project, but luckily it became more.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics?P: I write the lyrics and a little bit of the composing if you can call it that - I dont know whether you can call frantically humming at oli and expecting him to understand what I want "composing" - Lets say all the singing melodies - apart from distance - are mine and the rest are olis creations initially and he did the great job on the instrumental arrangements. The contents of he lirics are about abstract perceptions of life and emotions sometimes more of a structured and sometimes more of an intuitive nature. For example in "colours of silence" there is no "I" and "you" only the request to the listener to go beyond his or her learned perception "Hear the silence in its colours - do you feel the worlds symphony..." Or there are thoughts about mortality and our dual attitude towards it like in "the vigil" "(...) did you expect an happy end to your pleasing? It didnt please her to live - Farewell child, and make your way - you dont have to stay"

Do you start with the music or the lyrics?

O: Sometimes I start with a riff or a fragment of a song and Patricia has a good idea for the melody, or she sings first and I write a song under her voice. F.E Only Words is a song she had the melody and I wrote the song.

P: Like oli said the latest started with a riff, but the first songs were based on some of my poetry and some melodies I had for it then it changed towards more starting off with more structured ideas from oli who does the instrumental work - but Sascha and mankie also do a lot for the pulse, the rhythm and the harmony.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Yes I need my studio around me, there I can play the guitar stuff and programming some Drums and keyboards. Patricia can experiment with her vocals. So it’s a perfect environment for making good music.

Have you done any covers live?

O: Yes sometimes we play some

P: We do Thoughtless from Korn once in a while. I wouldnt consider myself a good shouter but it pleases me that most of the time I shock the audience in a positive way.

What language do you sing in? P: English. I really dislike singing in German - I just personally feel it is more of a language to be spoken not sung.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs?P: I am proud to say that we have seen all ages, shapes and sizes.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? O: We often vary

P: Well it very much depends how much time we have - if we want to impress an audience in a short time like half an hour - we choose the best and fastest and most uplifting songs of course

Do you have a regular place you play live often? O: Yes St.Gallen Grabenhalle

What was your first gig like?P: Our first gig was awsome, actually didnt really expect it - quite a bit of crowd too - And these guys were great - We played together with beauty of gemina in St. Gallen. Even though I was recovering from a bad angine these people where cheering and clapping - we had a lovely resonance on that evening.

Have you had to cancel a gig? O: With Elyria not, once in my carrer I had to, cause I had an accident with my bike

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? O: We plan a lot, we want play all around Europe

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?P: It is a little ignorant to all the effort that goes into it, but on the other hand - how should they know any better? It is just a little sad because if we are honest in our everyday lives we have also profitted from the digital age - it just wasnt the best thing to happen to music.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? P: Drastically - and not in the cool way. As I said before there is no sense for the value of the music as such. But the industry has to adapt to the customer and that I think is a question of the "Zeitgeist" it is just a new aera and all we can do is stay true and professional towards what we do and hope for the best

What do you think of my work?How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? P: We think your work is great - it is showing the people that music isnt just something digital and - again: It would help us a lot if it were the 90s but now - well it is just worth it for having a really nice conversation and on top of that - we might reach even more people so of course we are grateful for the opportunity.

Do you have any role models or idols?P: Floor Jansen - she has a great technique - gorgeous voice - stunning charisma - and amanda somerville for the same reasons basically. Best female voices in my opinion.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?P:I dont think there is much of a difference when it comes to talent - there are many talented young bands but there is one difference: You have to look hard to find them because they are not famous.

What have been your biggest obstacles?What advice would you give other bands or artists?P: Sadly the biggest obstacles where money and connections - very unromantic but unfortunately true. For younger bands Id say: Never give up practice even though it seems like people dont have an appetite for quality - the important ones do.

How do you get psyched for a gig?P: The boys dont need to they are used to it. It differs from day to day for me there are good and bad days - on a good day I concentrate - on a bad one i try to get my spirits high by joking around with the boys and I feel better

Do you have any new material? O: Yes but we will finish the new songs first and then play them live.

What are your web sites? www.elyria.eu

How can people reach you?

O: Contact site of our website or facebook

P: Yep, just type in “Elyria_band”

What are your plans for the future?

O: Making good music

P: Make a new smashing record with all the experiences we were lucky to have from the first one.

 

interview with Ragnarok

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Have any of you played in other bands? Bolverk: We´ve all played in a lot of bands through the years. I myself played my first gig and made my first demo in 1985, so that means more the 30 years in the business and its just getting better every year that passes.

How is it that you started playing music? Bolverk: Well, I discovered metal through my cousin, I guess. venom, motörhead, Bulldozer, Tank and Hallows Eve and Kiss was also everywhere when I was a young teenager. I was very attracted to the music and for me it was also everywhere when I was a young teenager. I was very attracted ti the music and for me it was never a question about becoming a musician and metal head. I couldn´t just listen to the music, I had to play myself, wear the studded belt and patches and grow my hear long the hair is gone since many years though.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Bolverk: at the moment we are a three-piece. Malignant is the drummer, Jontho is the singer and I am the guitar player. we use viti (Images At Twilight, Hinsidig) as a session bass player at the moment. Malignant is actually pretty young 25 i think, but Jontho and me are older, especially me. we usually say that we are closing in on thirty we just don´t say from witch direction.

Have you had other previous members? Bolverk: Ragnarok has had a lot of previous members. the most prominent being hoest (Taake). Who did the vocals on the "Blackdoor Miracle" album.

Did you make music even when you were young? Bolverk: Yes, I started making music when i was 12 or 13, but it took many years until i was any good at it.

Where are you from? Bolverk: Sarpsborg Norway.

What year did the band form? Bolverk: 1994.

What's your style of genre? Bloverk: Black metal.

What inspires you? Bolverk: I´m inspired by a lot of stuff the sorry state of the world. The curiosities of the human mind. Occultism, religion, hate, madness obviously a lot for other music and probably also lot of other stuff that i don´t come to think of now.

How often and where do you reherse? Bolverk: It depends. If we have a show, tour or recording coming up, we rehearse a lot, but if nothings really happening we don´t Rehears quite as much. Usually a lot of stuff is happening, Which means we rehearse quite a lot.

How have you developed since you started with the music? Bolverk: Obvioussly you develop a lot as a musician and song - writer in over thirty years, and i also think that growing as a musician and song-writer is one of the reasons we all continue doing this year after year. If you don´t develop, you loose interest, i think.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Bolverk: Yes, i read a lot and ride my Harley Davidson and spend time with my girlfriend and my kids.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Bolverk: we have had booking agents, but we usually get less shows when we are signed to a booking agency, so at the moment we are not. We do however assess all offers when they tum up and maybe we will sign with a booking agent in the future.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Bolverk: Nope. We are staying with Agonia. We are very happy with them.

What are your songs about? Bolverk: Our songs can be about a lot of stuff. For instance, our most recent album is called "psychopathology" it was released in march 2016. The academic definition of "Psychopathology" is: "the study of psychological and behavioural dysfunction occurring in mental disorder or in social disorganzation", but we have taken the term a bit further (as usual) And are pointing the finger at how one candissect someone´s mind. Two of the lines from the title track are: "I´m inside your mind. I dissect you soul". It´s inspired by several things, but one of the strongest influences is definitely when Hannibal in the TV-series buries some people, keeps them alive intravenously and grows mushrooms on them. He is a psychiatrist, but way cries some people, keeps them alive intravenously and grows mushrooms on them. He is a psychiatrist, but way crazier than his patients. Another line from the song is: "The cure is worse than the disease." And sometimes it´s like that, you know. Sacrifices are made in the name of science. Anyway, a lot of the lyrics deal with some kind of madness in one way or another. In short; "Dominance and Submission" is about sado-masochism. "where Dreams Go To Die" is about madness, about the twilight zone between dream and reality and the fear of not knowing if yours dreaming or awake. "lies" and "I hate" are pretty self-explanatory. "The eighth of the seven plagues" is about religion being the worst plague of them all. "blood" is about personal sacrifice. "Heretic" is also about religion, emphasizing that some of the most central religious figures might be the biggest heretics of all. "Into The Abyss" is about the path that most of us have chosen. "My Creator" is the lyric that Jontho contributed and it´s very personal to him. "Infernal Majesty" is simply a tribute to our master.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Bolverk: The writing process for in Ragnarok is as follows: I bring a song to the Rehearsal room. Then we all arrange, add and remove and make suggestions until we have a result we all like. As for the lyrics, Jontho and me was sitting around my dining room table fitting the words to the music. we were singing and screaming, trying out different suff until it all came together. It would have been very embarrassing if anyone heard us in this process. Very embarrassing indeed, but it has to happen, you know. There is a lot of work involved in finishing a song. everything is rehearsed in detail before we go into the studio and we only change small details at the end of the process. It can be stuff like tempo, guitar overdubs, ideas for the vocals that turn up and so on.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Bolverk: mostly i start with the music. Sometimes the lyrics come to me first and i write music to fit that, but usually the music comes first. The lyrics are born kind of like poems and then i fit them into the songs as i go along. I´m feeling very modern these days as I've recently started to record simple demos myself, which means that few riffs go to waste. I can make a riff lying on the sofa in my living-room, record it on my phone, send it to a cloud and pick it up again on the computer in my music-room pure magic.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Bolverk: Usually just at home. sometimes a riff turns up in my head when i´m not at home and if it´s any good i have to rush home to record it. One time i forced myself to keep a riff in my head for two hours when i was outside playing in the snow with the kids and that turned out to be the opening to "blood of saints" from the album "malediction".

Have you done any covers live? Bolverk: in the past with other bands, but with ragnarok, no.

What language do you sing in? Bolverk: English.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Bolverk: That can differ from very few on a Monday on tour in Europe to thousands on the big festivals.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? Bolverk:all ages. from kids going with their parents to people even way older than me.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Bolverk: for me, it´s easier to find inspiration from the older bands. The bands. The bands were way fewer and you had more time to check them out. I also think that the stuff you like when you´re Younger sticks stringer to the mind than what you hear when you´re older. Today, there is a multitude of bands, genres, styles, images. you name it and it´s just too much to take in for one simple soul. At least that's my opinion.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Bolverk: There´s always obstacles member changes, collaboration partners. The business side of things you name it. we try to see all the obstacles as challenges and we´ve seen many of them and have still prevailed.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Bolverk: stick with it be inspired by others but don´t copy anything. do you own thing.

How do you get psyched for a gig? Bolverk: about and hour before a gig I go into "Ragnarok-mode." then I start focusing on the show, concentrating, warming up, preparing the guitars, putting on make up.

Do you have any new material? Bolverk: Yes, five or six songs are pretty much ready. I´m planning to have some songs to choose from for the next album and I feel that the songwriting is going well. as we just released and album, the next one is still some years in the future, so we are going to be well prepared for that one.

What are your web sites? Bolverk: www.ragnarokhorde.com, but i don´t think its very updated. the best way to keep track of us is on Facebook. there you can be updated on what´s happening with the band and feel fre to contact us personally if you like.

What are your plans for the future? Bolverk: play shows making albums keeping the ragnarok-spirit alive.

Do you have something to add? Bolverk: Thank you for supporting the scene and thank you for supporting Ragnarok. we all need to stay together to keep the spirit alive.

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