interview with MĀRA

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Have any of you played in other bands?
Yes Denis played in Trendkill Method,
Albert played in Trendkill Method, Preternatural and Theatrum,
Mara and Dima (Dimitri) played in Karmafree.
How is it that you started playing music?
Denis started to play metal in 1991 in a band called ULTRA
Alberts started to play because he likes the language of music.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Denis guitar player 44 years old
Albert drums & percussions 31 years old
Mara vocals 32 years old
Dima (Dimitri) bass 32 years old
Have you had other previous members? No, we had none.
You make music even when you were young?
Denis started to make music since he was 11 years old, he started on the piano.
Albert started at the age of 20
Mara started when she was a child
Dima (Dimitri) started from 16 years
(Those are years when we started to learn our instruments, so making music was a part from learning)
Where are you from? We are from Latvia.
What year did the band form? Year 2017
What's your style of genre? Modern death metal/ melodic death metal
What inspires you? First of all our will to do what we do, because we like to do it, from other bands and genre- Bay area- thrash metal , Pantera- style groove metal, Polish death metal, Slipknot, and list goes on and on.
How often and where do you rehearse? We don’t rehearse often, because two of our members are living in Germany and other two in Latvia, we had only few rehearsals to this day.
How have you developed since you started with the music? Many new paths started to unfolded ahead, new people around, new experiences, and self-growth in this direction, world with music has different colors and shapes
Do you have other interests of work outside the band?
Mara is vocal coach & songwriter
Dima (Dimitri) does masterclasses on base
Denis is singer and songwriter
Albert is actor in the theatre
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We are searching for label, but all serious steps we will make after EP release.
What made you decide to make this music? We just love metal music that’s why we all here together, we like the energy on the stage, and people who give that energy.
What are your songs about? About the dark side of the world and people who live on it, and why things happen to us like they do.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics?
Denis compose music (guitar)
Mara compose lyrics and voice
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? We start from music, actually from guitars then drums
Do you compose in a certain environment? It depends on the song, sometimes.
Have you done any covers live? Not yet
What language do you sing in? English
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs?
Least could be 50-60
Most around the 2000
What ages are most of your concert attendants? from-19 to 55
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We vary but we have only 10 songs for now
Do you have a regular place you play live often? No
What was your first gig like? Festival Exiting, could barely hold on, we just wanted to rock the stage hard
What was your latest gig? Reveeland Festival
Have you had to cancel a gig? No
Where have you played live this year? Latvia, Italy, Germany.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Eu countries, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland
Where can people buy your merchandise? There is nothing to buy, for now
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? This is reality, and our negative or positive looks on that can’t change anything, a bit lost connection between artists and listener, and there is no feeling of treasure, when you download something.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? In a bad way for musicians and in a good way for fans, but good or bad can be tricky and sometimes they are reversed.
What do you think of my work? It is helpful and can become challenging sometimes.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? If more people will know about us then more people will be on our show. That’s great.
Do you have any role models or idols? No
Why do you think that they exist? Because they don’t hide them self, from them self J
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Older bands where more creative, more inspiring in any direction, more energetic, they had and still have a lot of heart and drive, that many of our new bands lack(because technology progresses)
What have been your biggest obstacles? Speed bumps
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Do what you want and do not try to copy any other band or artist, be yourself.
How do you get psyched for a gig? Depends on a gig but we just like a whole process, we just do the gig, we expect the best outcome, and we know that we will play amazing show
Do you have any new material? We have a lot of material
How can people reach?
What are your plans for the future? Will see, because there is no past, present and future J
Do you have something to add? Thank you for this interview J Pleasure.

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