interview with Lords of the Trident

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Have you played in any band before? While many of our members have had side-projects during our hiatus years, this has been the first band for many of us.

How will they do that you began to enter the field of music? When I emerged from a volcano containing metal and steel at the beginning of time, I knew that my one driving goal would be the creation of the most METAL band of all time. Because of this instinctual passion, I created the band.

What's your name? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Fang VonWrathenstein - Lead Vocals

Pontifex Mortis - Lead Bass

Asian Metal - Lead Guitar

Dr. Dante Vitus - Lead Drums

Baron Taurean Helleshaar - Lead Guitar

Have you had previous members? Yes! Many of our former members were captured or killed by a shadowy multinational conglomorate called SPIDR, so we’ve gone through two guitarists, three drummers, and a bassist!

Did you do music already when you were small? Yes, when I was a young barbarian, my parents taught me the war cries of my people. That’s where my vocal power comes from.

Where are you from? We currently live in Madison, Wisconsin, USA

What year was started the band? We started at the dawn of time, but took a 750 year hiatus in 1342 due to the black plague. We restarted the band in 2008.

What do you play music style? Heavy Metal. Some have described what we do as power metal, but there are a lot of argumentation over sub-genres of metal, so I’ll let you decide!

What inspires you? The sound of battle, the clash of swords, and the screams of war horses as they charge into the frey

How often do you repair? (I’m not sure what this question means)

Each repaired you? (I’m not sure what this question means)

Do you use earplugs when you appear? Yes - we must keep our hearing crystal clear!

How hve you evolved since you started with music? I feel like after each member change, we’ve gotten closer and closer to the type of driving metal we want to make. Everyone brings their own distinct flavor.

Do you have any other interests or jobs outside of the band and the music? Yes, unfortunately we must masquerade as normal humans during the day to make extra gold pieces. We also have a number of hobbies including martial arts, cats, recording, and video games.

Are you looking for the booking company, what are your thoughts and requirements around it then? Most of the booking we do ourselves, so we haven’t found a need for a company yet.

Are you looking for record labels, what are your thoughts and requirements around it then? We’re currently signed with Killer Metal Records out of Germany. We like to stick with smaller record labels, as their terms aren’t as intrusive as the bigger guys. You could even argue that nowadays, a record company is not entirely essential to success.

Questions about your music and lyrics:

How will that you do music? We create the most facemelting metal out there.

What are your songs about the whole? Battles, heroes, and all sorts of other metal things. Many of our songs are introspective, and some are even about futuristic dystopian societies!

Who writes the lyrics? I (Fang) write most of the lyrics, with help from Asian Metal and sometimes the other members.

Who does the music? Usually Asian Metal or the Baron will come up with a general riff, and we put together a demo and build on it from there.

When you do a song, you start with the music or the lyrics? The music. I like to imagine what the music is saying, and write lyrics towards that.

In which environment do you usually do your songs? We write our songs 13 miles beneath the earth’s crust, in our practice space and recording studio.

Do you play only original songs live and also covers? We’ve done covers from time to time! Iron Maiden, Dio, Priest, and a bunch of others!

What language are you singing about? English

Questions regarding your gigs and performances like:

How many have come at least to your concerts? We’ve played to crowds ranging from 50 to 5,000!

How many have come most of your concerts? Most concerts we get around 100-200 people

How have you done or intend to do it to get more audience at your gigs? Big stage show, lots of promotion, and just plain being a good band! :)

Which age group drawn mostly to your concerts? We get all ages! Probably 25-50 is the average.

Do you play always the same songs live or vary it? We vary it every night.

Do you have any ordinary place where you usually play? Yes, we have favorite venues in many different cities.

Each was led first gig? Our first gig after the hiatus was August 29th, 2008.

Each was led last gig? We performed last on September 5th, 2016. We’ve got a bunch of shows upcoming!

Have you had to adjust reached gig sometime? Sometimes the show will not go quite as planned, so we improvise!

Where have you been playing this year? Mostly the midwest US and Canada. We’re planning on hitting the Southern US next year.

Where do you have plans to play the rest of the year? We’ve got a short mini-tour going down into the Southern US at the end of the year. Other than that, we’re writing the new album.

Which countries have you played in? USA and Canada. We want to play Germany and Japan next!

Questions regarding your merchandise:

When did you sell merchandise? We sell merch CONSTANTLY - it’s the lifeblood of our business!

What are your merchandise gadgets? Shirts, CDs, DVDs, Candles, Soap, Glassware, Posters...all sorts of different things!

Where can I buy your Merchanndise? We have our merch available on our website:

Questions about your views:

What do you think about downloading more music than buying CDs nowadays? I think it’s great! Many people (myself included) enjoy listening to albums on MP3 players, phones, etc. so being available online is essential.

How to think and do you think the music industry has changed since they started downloading music? The barrier to entry have gotten a LOT easier (for better or for worse), but all of the money has dropped out of the business. Labels are hemorrhaging cash currently. It makes being a full-time band very difficult.

If you prefer downloaded music, cassette, CD or Vinyl? I prefer MP3, because I do a lot of work with computers, and I like having all my music at my fingertips without having to swap out media.

What would you do if the music is not the fans? If we didn’t have fans, we wouldn’t be a band!

What about the guards' job at your gigs and stuff? Since we have a lot of sharp weaponry at our shows, we don’t normally need guards. Most thieves know that if they get caught, they’ll lose their heads.

Those attending light and sound how much they have helped you really if you think about? A good soundman and light show is incredibly important to any good show. It definitely makes the experience.

What do you think of my work? It’s great!

How believe and know that this interview will help you in Brazilian music? We have a number of Brazilian fans, and we hope to do a South America tour someday!

What are your role models or idols? In terms of singers, I really like Dio and Pavarotti.

What do you think they are age limits on some concerts? I understand that some environments may not be suitable for younger warriors, and some legal limits on who can buy alcohol are set by the city/country. Unforunately, we can’t do anything about this.

Why do you think they are? Legal limits on who can purchase alcohol.

Is it easier to draw inspiration from older bands than bands that are active today? Sometimes. Many local and unsigned bands are doing INCREDIBLE things, and we look up to many of them as well as the big names.

What has been conditioned biggest obstacles in the music industry? Currently, the lack of money. No one wants to help any up and coming bands because it’s a big investment. They’d rather put money into older acts that everyone already knows.

What advice would you give to other bands and artists? Sometimes you have to build your own way forward!

How tags you up before a concert? I’m always very excited before a battle!

News and updates:

Do you have new material in grams? We’re currently writing material for the next album. We’ve got 7songs so far - we want to finish 15 and whittle it down to 8-10.

What is your website?

How can I get you?Email!

What are your plans for the future? Total world domination!

Do you have anything to add? Check out our YouTube page for music videos and tour updates:

interview with ЛетаСфера

Mina intervjuer / Permalink / 0

Have any of you played in other bands? I played the lead guitar in a classic heavy metal band called "Materia Prima" about 5 years ago, I played keyboards in a pop-rock band called "Troover" somewhere back in 1997, and I do sing and play guitar in two cover bands called Das Ist Band and The Gugenson Trio.

How is it that you started playing music? We started the collaboration 3 years ago, in late 2013, being a doctor and a patient (me) at the first place. 

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? My musical nickname is Jurgen Gugenson, so call me that way :) I am 40 years old (really? hahaha), I play guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. My mate's name is Denis, he is 39 years old and he plays keyboards and rhythm guitar.  He is also writing all songs for our duo.

Have you had other previous members? No, we haven't had any. 

Did you make music even when you were young? I wrote my first song in 1994 which was called 'It's All Gone', it's an electro-pop song. But I've been playing piano and singing since I was really very young. I am still young, huh? Denis has also made some stuff being a student of a medical university.

Where are you from? We are both from Russia, I come from Moscow, Denis is from Lipetsk.

What year did the band form? Late 2013, October I think.

What's your style of genre? It is what I call "radio-rock". It is fine to listen to this kind of stuff when you're listening to the radio.

What inspires you? Well, there is inspiration and there is inspiration. :) These may be different, I don't know really. An unshared love. A view from the plane's window when you are 36000 ft above the ground. A long road. A tryout of a new instrument or a preset in a synth, an unusual sound, which makes your fingers move and your brain continues playing an occasional tune in your head, transferring it back to your fingers again. Many kinds of things.

How often and where do you reherse?  Mmm.... We do rehearse, yes. Sometimes, before the gig, if we have a brand new song which has just been programmed into the iPad which we use for backing tracks. Or when we are going to perform with our third member who is not permanent - a violinist, Anastasia. I personally sometimes forget the solos I've made during the recording, so this needs to be rehearsed not to improvise during the concert. And Denis forgets the lyrics ;) 

How have you developed since you started with the music? Oh, I think I am developing all the time. Permanently. As long as we both play. Every year seems to be an improvement. Growing as a musician always makes you feel younger than you are.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? I am a professional television director, and that is my main job. Morning entertainment show. Denis has also got a profession, he is a doctor.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Yes, we are, any offerings? :) The fact that all our lyrics are written in Russian language potentially decreases the audience range, but they can be translated, can't they?...

What made you decide to make this music? I never play the music which is not transferred through the heart and soul. It is simply unfair. And when we are making songs, it usually happens the following way - Denis writes a song and records a reference demo with an acoustic guitar and sends it to me. Then I make the final decision if we take this or that song. If I can't pass it through myself and my heart, I always "No, this won't be any truth. I can't play this. I can't tell lies." But most of the songs are exactly the ones that meet my requirements :) So we make this music, finally.

What are your songs about? Life. But we are trying not to teach anybody how to live.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Denis. He writes the lyrics and creates a melodic form of song.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Myself it happens this and that way. Both. Depends on the mood at the current moment.

Do you compose in a certain environment? The flight inspires. 

Have you done any covers live? We are doing a couple with "LetaSfera", and I've done a whole lot of them with my trios.

What language do you sing in? "LetaSfera" in a Russian language project, but all songs of my own are in English. Also 90% of the songs we perform with my cover bands are English.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? From 10 to 300, or maybe more :) Sometimes the lights are too bright to see the audience.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? 30+.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We create the playlist in accordance with the place and the event we are playing at or dedicate the gig to. We may start and finish with the same songs but inside the list may be shuffled.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? Yes, there is a pub downtown Moscow called "Doolin House".

Have you had to cancel a gig? Yes, when they told us there was nobody responsible for the sound equipment on stage and no sound engineer.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records nowadays? It is an amazing thing when you can download stuff. It is cool. It is promotion, first of all. Analogue means rule, however. I love old-school sources of recordings - reel to reel tapes, cassettes, vinyl...

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? It became faster and louder.

What do you think of my work? I comment as a mass-media related person - it's useful. 

Do you have any role models or idols? I may only answer for myself here. Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Johnny Cash. Quite a wide range, I may simply forget the names. I can't say they are literaly IDOLS but they are extremely talented and always serve as a perfect reference and a sample of high taste.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Depends on the kind of stuff they're making. I love both older and modern bands, maybe older a bit more because they take me to the times when we were careless and young.

What have been your biggest obstacles? My main job.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Be yourself and make music that you pass through your heart and soul. You will be heard if you tell and express the truth.

How do you get psyched for a gig? Close my eyes and sit in a silent room.

Do you have any new material? It is being under production at the moment. Actually, new material is always sounding in our heads. Sometimes you hear music in a dream and it disappoints when you wake up and you don't remember a thing.

What are your web sites? - my page - The "LetaSfera" duo

How can people reach you? Send us private messages or write on the walls.

What are your plans for the future? Improving ourselves as musicians. Surely. No way back.

Do you have something to add? Peace! :)

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