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INTERVIEW RAVEN SAID

VonChris

Apr 22, 2020
10 Fragen / 10 Antworten

1. When and why did you become a musician

Andrey: Music has always lived in me. I started out with a guitar teacher. For a while I worked as a guitarist in a city orchestra, then I decided to start play bands to perform my own songs. In parallel, I was also engaged in studio work. If you sparkle a spark, one day it will flare up with a huge, blazing bonfire)
Maria: Perhaps I did not set myself such a special task. But music is an incredibly and very versatile way of self-expression. It accompanies me about 20 hours a day). So, of course, I always wanted to create my own musical compositions.

2. What are your characteristics? What makes you special?

Maria: We create an interesting synthesis. On the one hand, we tend to the traditional sound of goth rock of the 80s \ 90s, on the other hand we add a lot of more actual modern elements. This is a delicate, tense and atmospheric music. At the same time is very dynamic, bright and driving! We offer to the listener our attraction to the Weird things beyond, slowly descent in the world of the unconscious. It is enchanting)

3. Who and what inspired you??

Andrey: A huge number of things. It all depends on the specific moment. It can be good books, films, or just sounds of nature – birdsong, the sound of sea waves. Meeting with friends and those you don’t know… It is always interesting to watch how enthusiastic people do their job. And more coffee! A lot of coffee!
Maria: In fact – the whole world. Traveling, books, painting, history… I want to save and share beautiful things with people.

5. How do you imagine listening to your music? Where do you like to listen?

Andrey: I think right now someone is listening to our music through the airpods on some streaming service (Spotify, SoundCloud, Deezer etc.) Another people like to listen our tracks individually as part of their own playlist, mixtape) Of course, this is great, it saves a lot of time. Although I try to devote time to the “art of listening”. I prefer to listen records “as albums” and play it on a high-quality audio system, or studio monitors. I have a pretty large collection of CD and vinyl.
Maria: It’s possible to listen to our music wherever and whenever you want, believe me) You can relax with headphones, or you can dance in a club. By the way, our tracks are great for that! From time to time you can meet them at DJ sets or podcast) By myself I love to listen the music and to dance so much!

4. Who are your most important role models and why?

Andrey: Continuing the previous question, I am inspired by people who “go for what they want”, people who are ready to defend their point of view, and people who are controversial, but endowed with a bright personality. Such scientists as Wittgenstein, Pavlov. The characters of Remarque, Hemingway, Saint-Exupery… Authors – Mayakovsky, Lermontov, Poe. And the most of my teachers.
Maria: I have always been the person most looking to the past rather than the future. There I truly get the inspiration! The culture and art of bygone eras, the great people of the past… Perhaps, if I start listing, it would take too much time) Beloved artists, poets, musicians, all of them are great teachers for me.

6. What role do social media play in your career? How important is YouTube or Instagram for you?

Andrey: Today, social networks, in many aspects, are the main platforms of social life – it is an information sources, advertising platforms and promotion engine. Unfortunately, it’s far from perfect in terms of algorithms and principles of recommendations, but I think this will change in the nearest future.

7. Do you actually do anything besides the music?

8. What has been the best performance you’ve seen so far?

Andrey: I work as an engineer in a large energy company, also I do record and mix work in my own record studio “A&W Studio”. I try to do a lot and do my job well)
Maria: I do photography and video editing. Also I playing DJ sets “Sunglasses After Dark” (goth rock, post-punk, deathrock, new wave). And I try to leave time for going to shows, exhibitions…

Andrey: Too hard to answer, there are dozens of them! And every year there are more and more! Well, I was at a concert by Peter Murphy in 2016 at Wave Gotik Treffen! It was awesome!
Maria: I really love to attend concerts. And I can remember a lot of amazing performances. I like to go to music festivals, where you can see several great bands on one stage at once. And I cannot but mention something of this. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds live shows are real magic!

9. Who should play you when your life is filmed?

10. Last question: What do you want for the next 10 years, what do you need for it?

Andrey: Weeeell… Tom Hardy? Why not? Great actor, I’m sure he can do it! Despite the fact that I’m a little taller…)
Maria: I would like to play a movie myself! If you have any suggestions, I’m ready to listen)) Of course, I immediately think of the actresses of Hollywood black and white classic, but perhaps I agree to Tilda Swinton)

Andrey: The same as in the previous 10 years. To move forward, to grow, to be needed. For a loved one and for our musical audience. I want to have the opportunity and desire to do what I love best – to compose and play music. And what I need? – Of course, Love and a bit of good Luck!
Maria: To preserve and increase!) To create and be happy. I think that need for this is truly love what you are doing and be open to the world

Thanks for the interesting questions! In April of 2020, our full-length album will be released on Secret Sin Records Ltd. This is newest interesting material, a new step for us and the opportunity to find new listeners. And for you – a way to have a good time! Bye-bye!

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