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Aziza, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions! Here we go:
A lot has happened since our last interview with you in 2014. At first, let us talk about Aria Flame’s performance at the Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium.
How did it feel to be part of this special event, to play for such a huge crowd of fans of female fronted Metal & Rock music and to meet many other female singers/musicians in person?
It felt amazing! We had a blast, the crowd was more than we expected, the fans are so appreciative and supportive, the festival committee was downright professional and the other bands were amazing as to see and meet. We launched our EP in Europe during the festival and we couldn’t believe how many copies that we sold before and after our performance. It was amazing! To be able to perform your own original music in front of that many people is truly a blessing. It is an experience I will cherish for my entire life. It was a great time and nice to watch the performances of so many bands I heard of for a long time such as Skeptical Minds, Enemy Of Reality, Therion, The Sirens, Sirenia, and Stream Of Passion and it was awesome to meet them live too.
You played in Europe for the first time, right? Could you please share your thoughts and feelings with us: what were the most important experiences and impressions for you in Europe generally, and particularly with the European music fans and at the Metal Female Voices Fest?
Yes, this was our first time performing in Europe. We haven’t stopped talking about Europe to this day. I loved the architecture, the people, the food, the atmosphere, the wonderful history and worldly people you get to meet each day and coming home to the states made me realize how many things we take for granted over here. So all in all, it was a great place to perform our own music and see the bands we love, but also it was a major learning experience. As for Europe and the scene, the female metal scene is much bigger for our genre than it is in the USA. We do not have a festival of the same caliber to MFVF in the USA. We have smaller festivals that are run by extremely supportive promoters such as Flight of the Valkyries, Sirens of Metal and others but the female metal scene in USA, is not quite caught up as it is in Europe. We still have many people here, who are not aware of a band like Therion or Anneke van Giersbergen who is know by everyone in Europe.
When we arrived in Belgium we were immediately greeted with fans and supporters asking for autographs, to sign our CD, a picture, etc. and it never ended during the three day festival. It was amazing. The fans were very respectful and kind. No one got out of line or made us feel uncomfortable. It is a big metal family. After the festival, my drummer Erik Sales and I went to Greece with Karolina and Mich from Skeptical Minds, fellow guest singer for Aria Flame and Eve’s Apple member Grace Meridan, and friends and supporters Jack Williams and Tommy Evans. There is not a competitive nature with these bands in Europe. You would think a festival full of female singers, that drama may occur, but it did not and I was so thrilled that they are just like me, supportive, respectful and appreciative of others in the genre. I also brought my signature perfumes, candles and body butters to the festival for sale and they did so well there that I wish I had a storefront in Europe! We are going back to Europe this October again for FemMe Metal Event as we could not get enough of Europe, the crowd, fans and the bands and we hope to perform at a European festival such like MFVF, FemMe or Dames of Darkness once a year.
The next very interesting theme: you shot a new video for Realm Of Hate, a song from your EP A World of Silence <Review>. The clip will be released on May 30, 2015, but there is a short teaser now. Who had the idea for the storyline, who was the director and where did you film the clip?
The music video was directed and filmed by Michael G. Peterson of Dark Fortress Pictures in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is like our 2nd home and I worked with Michael on another project when I was an active actress in 2005. The clip and whole video was shot in part at my house in the basement and at my fiancé’s close friend Cody Rawson’s jam spot for his band Ars Nova. My whole band came up with the story line in which was inspired from the lyrics I wrote about the Cleveland Kidnapping Case of three girls who were held captive for a decade in Cleveland, Ohio only to be rescued by one of the victims who managed to escape.
You found the inspiration for the lyrics of this song in a sad and horrifying kidnapping drama. The storyline of the video based on your lyrics, right? Could you please tell our readers more about all that?
Yes. The story of the song and lyrics came about one day when I was working on new music for Aria Flame at the piano and I heard this horrific kidnapping story on the news. The story caught my attention and my heart and inspired the lyrics to life. I wondered often, how did these women manage to go about their lives each day not knowing if they would ever escape? The lyrics intertwine between my future self talking to my victim self (whom I portray in the video as well) as if to have hope, faith and never giving up. Do not trust the strangers who only want to bring you down. Focus on the beauty of life and how to escape and live another day.
What is on the plan for you and Aria Flame for the next months – perhaps songwriting, recordings for an album, concerts... and more?
We are currently writing music for our full album to be released in 2016 and I think I also have the name of the album too picked out. The songs are still what fans would want and expect out of us, but more epic. We continue on with the story line of progressing as a person and evolving into a higher being like the phoenix represents in our imagery and lyrics but the lyrics tend to be more hopeful and progressed from the past. We are also doing two short tours this fall. One in Europe starting in Eindhoven at the FemMe Metal Event followed by a series of other shows near that area after the festival and then we go on another short tour with our sister band Mercy Isle (we share the same keyboardist, Joop de Rooij) in the USA during November starting at The Music Factory in Battle Creek, Michigan, Valkyries Over Atlanta (Georgia) and finishing our mini-tour at the Deland Festival in Florida. We also will be making another music video for the title track off our debut EP A World Of Silence somewhere in between.
Thanks for the interview. We are eagerly waiting to watch the video, and we wish you a great time!
Thank you for the interview as well! Always great to catch up with you. Be sure to sign up on our official event for the music video here and see it the day it premiers! And be sure to visit us to see our new merchandise at www.ariaflame.com.
Photo No. 1 - ©2012 by Jill Kingsbury
Photos No. 2 + 3 - ©2014 by Tim Tronckoe