interview with One step from the Edge

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Have any of you played in other bands? Our singer Alex Seretis was a member of prog death band "Semic Stains" and then of the band "Crowdance". Alex Pregou was a member of "Soundless Echo", Kostas Tsapos was in "I have seen" and Kostas Pourgiazis was a member of the power metallers "Everdome" and then of "Nomen Illi Mors". Maria Mosxeta also plays in a rock band.
How is it that you started playing music? We all love music and we are fans of rock and metal. Apart from listening to our favorite music we also felt the need to create our own music and started composing our own tracks 
What are your names? / Who plays what? / 
Alex Seretis, vocals
AlexPregou, guitars
Kostas Tsapos, guitars
Kostas Pourgiazis, bass
Nick Stakas, drums
Maria Mosxeta, keys and programming
Have you had other previous members? There were a couple of previous members that couldn't stick with band due to lack of time or interest
Did you make music even when you were young? Some of us started composing songs since we were teenagers
Where are you from? We are all from Greece and we live in Ioannina.
What year did the band form? One step from the edge were formed in late 2016
What's your style of genre? The sound of the band is a mix of many different musical genres. There are elements of technical thrash, the heavy American sound, metalcore and from other metal and rock genres
What inspires you? Anything! Everyday life, anything that happens in the world, every experience, every feeling may be an inspiration for music and lyrics
How often and where do you reherse? We usually rehearse once or twice a week in a local rehearsing space.
How have you developed since you started with the music?
When you are young you have more free time to practice and improve your technique.
Our younger members have the time to practice more. However we all try to progress as musicians in order to play the music we like.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Anything that helps you promote your music and reach a wider audience is good for the band. At the moment we have just released our first album and try to see how people react to our music.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Since we are in the beginning we saw  that only small labels would be interested in us. We had a few offers but we thought that these labels wouldn't give us the promotion we wanted. If people like our music and our first album does well we may see if we can get a better offer in the future.
What made you decide to make this music? We try to play the music we like. We like different styles of metal and rock and try to combine our influences in really good songs with feeling, groove and power
What are your songs about? The lyrics are mainly about personal, social, political and economic issues, such as the reality that exists today, as well as society in general
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Our singer Alex Seretis wrote most of the music and all the lyrics for the first cd. Guitarist Kostas Tsapos also contributed equally in the composing of two songs. However all the other members had the freedom to change and improve their parts adding their ideas and personal style in every song. We are planning to work more as a team for the tracks that will be in our second album
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? We always start with the music
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Ideas for tracks may occur anywhere!
Have you done any covers live? No! We only play our songs till now!
What language do you sing in? In English!
What was your first gig like? It was in a small club. Our singer was really ill, had a sore throat and had to take medicine in order to be able to perform! However when the show started the band forgot everything and played with enthusiasm and the crowd had fun!  
What was your latest gig? We played with Into the Basement in our home town, Ioannina.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Nope! We never cancelled although in a couple of shows some of the members were sick! 
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? There is nothing you can do about that. However it is more and more difficult for bands to find money to record their music and this may lead them to stop. Bands have to find other sources of money.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? The fact is that less albums are sold. I think it is still early to evaluate what will happen.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? i guess that interviews are helpful due to the fact that people get to know more about the band
Do you have any role models or idols? All of us have. All the members of the band have some band or artist that they admire and look up to.
Why do you think that they exist? Mostly because as musicians we admire the work of other musicians.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Any band would do the job as long as you like what they do.
What have been your biggest obstacles? The hard part is to cope with all the expenses of producing a cd    
What advice would you give other bands or artists? I think the best advice is to never rest and compromise with what you currently have. Always work for the best for you and those around you.
Do you have any new material? We are currently working on new songs but nothing is ready yet.
How can people reach you? Through our facebook and instagram acount (@osfteband)
What are your plans for the future? Individually we are working on getting better as musicians but as a whole our dream is to keep doing what we do and  have fun with it.
Do you have something to add? Thank you for this interview. Thank you for the support! Stay meNtal!

interview with Dark Mourning

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Have any of you played in other bands?

Yes, Many. I started my first band when I was 13. 

Dark Mourning is a natural evolution of everything I have been a part of before ranging Glam and Punk to Funk and Grunge and Sludge, all the way to Metal and back. 

How is it that you started playing music?

Music for me was always an extension of my emotions. 

When I was young, music could move my moods and feelings. 

Often my siblings would find me tearing up during a sad song like REO Speedwagon’s “keep on loving you” and then bouncing off the walls moments later to something like Quiet Riot’s “Bang Your Head”.

Music was also an escape for some shit in my life that I couldn’t deal with while growing up. 

It was a dreamland that I would retreat to. Something to reach for, to get me out of my current place.

Naturally, I had to start playing something. 

Drums were my first choice but I wasn’t allowed play as a kid because they were too loud, so one day in grade 4 or 5 I was at a friend’s house and he had just got a shiny new red Strat. 

He taught me some stuff that day and I haven’t stopped playing since. 

Music IS the bridge to everything I have in life. Good and Bad. ( but even the bad was fun )   

What are your names? / Who plays what? 

The band consists of:

Chris W- Lead Vox

Matt T- Bass, Vox

Jerry G- Drums

Myke K- Guitar (me)

Have you had other previous members?

Not in this project. 

I have worked with Jerry and Matt in another project. 

Chris, I knew threw a previous band that recorded at my studio. 

We also all knew each other through the Canadian music scene over the years. 

You often run into local bands while on the road without warning. 

This happened a few times with Chris’s projects and one’s I was involved with... ah… the toilet tours.  

Did you make music even when you were young?

Yes, and before that I was a music listening fiend. 

In Kindergarten I brought a KISS record for show and tell (I was 5). 

Where are you from? We are all from Winnipeg Canada. Home of Neil Young, The Guess Who, and The Jets. 

What year did the band form?

Initially in 2014 but 2015 was the time when we rounded out our lineup and recorded. 

Dark Mourning all started as just a writing and recording project with Chris and myself while my past project was slowing down to a pace I wasn’t happy with. 

Not soon after that Matt happened to be recording bass OD’s for different project I was kind of engineering and mixing for a client in my studio and I played him our stuff at the end of the session. 

Fast forward a few minutes and he was replacing my shitty bass tracks that were on the song writing demo versions Chris and I had done earlier in the week. Jerry followed shortly after.  What's your style of genre?

I think Dark Mourning is a Hard Rock version of Grunge with Sludge roots.  What inspires you?

Musically what inspires me most great tone and a catchy riff. You know the ones that you crank up and don’t want to stop. I find drums really inspire a meaty riff.

I love Chris’s wide and tempo specific vibrato.

Jerry’s delivery on his drum kit. It’s something you must experience, it’s not something I can explain in words. 

Matt’s percussive bass melodies and even his right-hand technique (ex: palm mutes on bass) has always helped get the best out of my riffs. An interesting thing no one around him might know is that he is a seriously killer guitar player. Twice the player I am, that’s not hard though.  

How often and where do you reherse?

I try and play guitar every day. As far as the band all in one room at the same time: once a week, but we are always working on some aspect of Dark Mourning even if it’s stuff like this interview. 

How have you developed since you started with the music? I think because I never really stayed with any type of lesson’s I developed in my own way over time. I feel that personally my playing and song writing has matured but there is always so much more to learn and where I am now is NOT where I will be next year or 5 years down the line. The more I learn and experience the more I realize that there are many ways to go at something and to trust your first instinct. That’s not to say that woodshedding an idea is bad because it’s a necessity. A smart artist told me once not too long ago. “always trust the idea that inspired you in the first place”. 

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Yes, I am a Recording Engineer and I have many interest’s like history and electronics. 

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Sure, we sometimes work with booking agents. Anything to free up some time to do what matters most and is the most fun. Playing and Writing songs.

Any agents interested in short term or long term agreements, hit us up. 

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

No, I don’t believe for a band like us there is a label that will put out money to force music down people throats that is needed to make back their returns AND profit.

There is not that demand for our type of music and to be honest “rock” of all forms is not a new form of music. It’s our Dad’s music. Like Jazz was to the generation before. Not to devalue any of that. I love Rock and I also enjoy Jazz.

I used to spend whole afternoons just hanging out at the CD shop listening stations trying to find new undiscovered bands that I could be exposed to. Current trends are that (well not so current anymore) most people don’t seek out new music like this anymore. 

Music is a back-ground event. It is not too often people make an event out of music like it used to be. It’s just too easily assessable and the demographic with the most free spendable (disposable) income will spend it on “Steam” or other things. 

What made you decide to make this music? Honestly, I never chose it. I just always did it and for many different reason’s over the span of my career. 

What are your songs about?  Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Chris does 99.9% if not 100% of the lyrics. The rest the band does together. 

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music but only because my music voice is much louder than my voice. I am kind of an introvert.  

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Yes, it always starts with a riff that I come upon while noodling on guitar often in my underwear in my room unplugged. If it hits a nerve I record the riff for when I have more time to develop (refine) it. Most of the time I workshop it to a point where I bring it into jam or I keep developing it in my studio while recording a demo version with scratch drums etc.  

Have you done any covers live? Yes, Chris really believes in including at least one cover in each set. 

What language do you sing in? English. 

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Well there is always at least 4 people there! LOL 

What ages are most of your concert attendants? 18-65 surprising variation. 

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? No, we always rotate songs in and out depending on the vibe of the venue and other acts. 

Do you have a regular place you play live often? No, we like to change things up. We believe variation works best for us and for selling merch. 

What was your first gig like? Dark Mourning’s first gig was awesome. It was a high energy outdoor festival and we closed the Saturday night on the main stage. 

What was your latest gig? Our last gig at time of this interview was with Evergrey at the Pyramid cabaret. 

Have you had to cancel a gig? Yes, in Europe at the end of our last tour there. Chris developed laryngitis, it was terrible but we supported each other and had a great night tearing up Amsterdam instead.  

Where have you played live this year? We played threw out our province (Manitoba) and across 3 European countries, 

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? I am not sure what is confirmed as we are working on that right now. The plan is more in Canada, back to Europe and possibly LA/Las Vegas. 

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? From our first show. We had CD’s, clothes, 8x10s, drum sticks, stickers, etc. 

Where can people buy your merchandise? At our shows, some stuff is available online but you need to contact us directly for that. 

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?

I think it’s a shame, it’s a shame the industry fat cat’s didn’t have the foresight for what was in the pipe technology wise. Now the cat is out of the bag and there is no putting it back until they really get streaming inline.

That said, the new artist’s in the old business model were not dealt with fairly, but at least there was some development happening. Now it is what it is and I play music, money or no money. 

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?

I think musicians now need to have many projects on the go simultaneously in order to keep momentum and funds going. Take Mastodon for example, they all have many side projects going. Same with Anthrax, the list goes on. 

What do you think of my work? I think what you do is very important and us musicians need to give yourself and people that do what you do more credit. Thank you. 

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Maybe someone will listen to their first Dark Mourning song and it will inspire them to pick up an instrument. Maybe someone will tell a friend and they both might tell other friends and come and see us play. Anything is possible and I try not to expect anything in life, but thank you for your time and exposure.

Do you have any role models or idols? You know I often think about this, I had tons when I was younger. I like the way Garth Brooks stay’s real humble though he is very successful. I like how Andy Sneap can produce an updated version of an older band while not spoiling the product (Exodus and Accept for example)

Why do you think that they exist? I think they do what they do because they are inspired to do so, and they like to work hard.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Inspiration is not a dated event, trends are. So I say both. 

What have been your biggest obstacles? I have always been my biggest obstacle, in every difficult event/period of my life, I was always the 1 steady factor. 

Do you have any new material?

Yes we do and have been very busy recording it. 

What are your web sites? www.darkmourning.com You can get to all our social media sites from there. 

How can people reach you?

darkmourning@darkmourning.com

or threw facebook. 

What are your plans for the future? Make goals and smash them!

intervju med Babben Larsson

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För dom som inte känner igen dig, berätta tre saker om dig själv? Jag är utbildad skådespelerska, jobbar som komiker och älskar att resa.
Vart kommer du ifrån? Jag är född och uppvuxen på Gotland.
Hur gammal var du när du började med musik och teater? Jag började med musik på lågstadiet och teater på mellanstadiet inom skolans regi.
Hur kom det sig att du började synas på tv? När jag hade jobbat som komiker ett tag började SVT spela in våra uppträdanden och klippa ihop dem till ett program som hette ”Släng dig i Brunnen”. Alla vi som var med i början blev kända över en natt nästan.
Vad var ditt första tv jobb? Jag spelade en piga i pjäsen ”Dödsdansen” mot Keve Hjelm och Margaretha Krook.
Vilket tycker du är roligast. Att sjunga eller att spela en roll i en film? Att sjunga, filmat har jag inte gjort så mycket så jag tycker det är svårt.
Vad har du för internet sidor? Jag har tre sidor på Facebook, en för mig privat som är öppen för alla, Babbens officiella sida och så en för min frågequiz Bappen. Sedan finns jag på twitter under @babbenlarsson och på Instagram som @therealbabben. Utöver det har jag en hemsida som heter www.babben.com
Vad är den roligaste rollen du har haft? Att spela Florence Foster Jenkins, damen som sjöng opera fastän hon var tondöv, var väldigt roligt. jag hade Loa Falkman som motspelare.
Vilket år började du med komik och kom in i parlamentet? Jag började på heltid med komik 1988 men hade då redan gjort ganska mycket show och kabaret i andra sammanhang, även stand up fast jag visste inte då att det var en egen genre. Parlamentet började 1999 har jag för mig.
Om du fick välja en roll i vilken teater eller film som helst, vad skulle du välja då? Då skulle jag vilja vara liten igen och göra flickan Annie i musikalen med samma namn.
Vilka band har du spelat med under åren? Jag har haft ett Neil Young-coverband som inte hette nåt, ett punkband som hette ”3:a mé Pentry” och nu har jag en jazz-kvintett som heter Second Edition.
Vad är du mest känd för? Några av mina skämt har blivit klassiker, ett om telefonsex, ett om kassler och ett tredje om blandfärs.
Har du något nytt på ge för 2018? Sju veckors turné i Västergötland, Dalsland, Närke, Södermanland, Gästrikland, Medelpad och Lappland under samlingsnamnet Expedition Babben plus att jag leder tv-programmet ”Bäst i Test” på fredagar bästa sändningstid i åtta veckor, vi tar över efter ”På spåret” i februari.
Har du något att till lägga? Det är roligt att vara komiker.

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