When the band first started what were your expectations for the project and did it turn out the way you thought?
I don’t think we had any specific expectations in the very first steps of the band. The band was founded to make original music. We have not set specific goals, deadlines and we have not focused on how to become known more quickly. In general, we were idealists. Over time, it turned out that not everyone thought like me and our paths parted with most of the formed members. I’m still an idealist, but unfortunately I already know that the music business world is not what I thought. It is much more cruel. Also, I think we have achieved much more than we had dreamed of. Our name is already known. Many people around the world like our music. We don’t have as much concert activity as we want, at least for now, but it’s a matter of time and right people. We are now much ahead of what we had imagined at the beginning. We don’t make music for money or fame. I will never stop repeating it. We make music because it is our life and our calling.
What makes Metalwings unique?
Each band is unique in itself, because the spirit of the band is determined not only by the music being made, but also by the energy of each of its members. That is why we are unique with each of the members who contribute to the sound and distinctive features of our band.
We are unique because we were able to make a break into a business that does not tolerate independent bands. We have succeeded, even though we are from a small country that big labels are not interested to invest in. Despite everything we have gone through, we are here, much stronger and more united. We look ahead and think only of our upcoming album which will change the world of symphonic metal.
Could you tell us a bit about your creative process from musical and lyrical standpoint?
The process of creating each song is different. Sometimes I create the lyric first and then the music to it or vice versa. Each song carries its own life and imprint. Tells a story, leaves memories. I would never allow myself the luxury of creating songs that say nothing and carry no message except to fill in the blanks in an album. I pay due attention and respect to each song because music is not a dice game. Music is the language of time. If you ignore this, no one will remember you.
It’s not easy to compose. If one claims that the process of composing or writing lyrics is something very easy, then there is more to learn. It’s hard, but it’s the best thing a person can do. It is a creation and a gift that you need to develop every day and not take for granted. I make my music with love and attention to every detail. Sometimes I get the feeling that I give myself so much into the music that I won’t have the strength to go to the surface afterwards. And when you reach the edge and know that you have no power left to go on, you suddenly feel that there is no other way but the one you are heading for. As exhausted as I am after the creation of a song, in just a few days, with much more force I begin to compose the next. It is a process of destruction and creation. It’s like burning and being reborn.
What lead you to become metal singer? Has it always been a dream of yours?
I always wanted to and knew I would become a singer. As I studied opera singing, I realized that this was not my scene and I did not invest the time to pursue a career in this area. Being a metal singer is fate. You can’t escape your destiny.
What is the hardest thing that you’ve had to overcome and how did you overcome it?
I have a hard time when some member of the band leaves. No matter what is the reasons for this happen, I always looked for the guilt first in myself. It took me a long time to understand that people were just coming and going. Everyone follows its own path and destiny. No one is here forever, neither is irreplaceable. After all, this band is my dream. Some of the people who left the band simply did not want to pursue other people’s dreams.Each obstacle is a new opportunity. I overcome what has happened and find musicians who know what they want and what they are ready to accomplish. I am grateful for the difficult moments, betrayals and lessons because they have brought me to where we are now. We are preparing a new album, which will be something that has not been created so far. We have a lot of fun and we get along perfectly. More than ever we are motivated to break the status quo and give the world a real symphonic metal album.
Do you have a plan recording new album? or tour in Europe?
Yes, that’s the plan. We are currently working hard on our next album. We hope to enter the studio in the summer of 2020 to record it. After that we will do our best to make a promotional tour in Europe.
Is there anything you’d like to say to the fans before we wrap things up?
Thank you for the support and strength you give us. Without you we will only be a whisper in the darkness.
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