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VK, at first I would like to say thank you very much for this interview! Here we go:
You are a very busy singer, as solist, with the bands stOrk and Vita Nova as well as with the duo Glittermortis. Could you please tell us a bit about the bands/the duo and the respective line-up?
Yes, indeed! stOrk is comprised of myself, Thomas Lang, Shane Gibson and Kelly Lemieux. Making our record Broken Pieces was truly a unique experience for me; it opened up a whole new side of me artistically. The band was initially an instrumental prog trio, so the music is technically more advanced than anything I’d dealt with before… at first, that was a little daunting, but then I realized this was an opportunity for me to try all the crazy shit I’d always wanted to, lyrically and vocally, so I just threw myself into it. Thomas produced the record; he encouraged and supported my ideas, while at the same time challenging me to push further, and undoubtedly the record benefitted from his guidance.
Vita Nova was a bit of an experiment in what could be possible when a record is made remotely, with no budget, purely for the love of the music. It was wonderful to sing with my dear friends Maxi Nil, Grace Meridan, Iliana Tsakiraki, Helen Vogt, Kerstin Bischof and Gogo Melone. My partner Federico Salerno did a wonderful job putting all the pieces together, and everyone was very pleased with the results.
Glittermortis is really the fun project of myself and Mary Zimmer. Mary & I are close friends, and we’d wanted to work together for years, and so when I wrote a song for both of us, we decided to jump in and record it, document it, and present it as a reality show!
I also will be announcing a BRAND NEW band in the next weeks; it is still a secret, but I can tell you that we are all in Los Angeles and VERY excited!
You are working on a solo album. Which infos about the album could you give us yet?
I have a slew of songs written for my new solo effort, and I am in discussion with a label right now, so I can’t say too much, except that there are confirmed some guests that I cannot wait to work with on this music!
What will we hear as next news from your band projects – perhaps something about upcoming EPs/CDs or tour dates?
stOrk will be releasing Broken Pieces in April, and we very much want to hit the road as soon as possible! We also are in the process of shooting a video clip for our first single.
Glittermortis should finally have a final product this spring, along with a new episode, so watch for that!
And my “secret” band will have music, video and lots of surprises coming this spring as well!
What are the most important inspirations for you when you are writing songs? Do you need a special mood to be creative?
I tend to write about pain. For me, it’s the best inspiration… when you go through a trial in life, it’s the chance to learn something, to grow. That usually results in a song for me; maybe it’s my way of sharing with others to give them hope - I’d like people to hear my music feel less alone, more understood, and filled with hope.
You were a member from Eve's Apple, a worldwide community of professional female singers, which call it quits in the end of 2013. You played awesome successful concerts at Metal Female Voices Fest (MFVF) in Belgium in 2012 and 2013. How did it feel to be part of this special event and to play for such a huge crowd of fans of female fronted Metal & Rock music, together with your sisters?
Thank you! It was not easy to coordinate those shows, when none of us had ever been together to rehearse beforehand!
Eve’s Apple will live on for all the Apples… What we shared for 3 years can only be described as emotional and magical. Lisa’s altruistic idea grew into an ideal that we all will carry with us. Sisterhood and support are not just slogans; they are hallmarks of a mentality. MFVF provided us with an opportunity to live them out, to connect more deeply and to demonstrate on stage what is possible when we work together, not against each other. Is this kind of goal without challenges or problems? No - but it’s worth fighting for, and with or without the structure of Eve’s Apple, we will fight on.
The Metal Female Voices Fest (MFVF) is an important date for all fans from this music genre and there is a very familiar atmosphere. Could you try to explain the magic from this event?
I have heard it said that our “genre” is a “niche market”. Many times, musicians and listeners in this genre can feel isolated in their hometowns (especially in the States), so when you arrive at MFVF and see thousands of people, like you, to whom you need not explain yourself, it is a comfort, a relief, a feeling of community - finally. Bonds are forged immediately that can never be broken. It’s more than a festival - it’s a family reunion.
Do we have a chance, that you rock the German stages sometime, too?
I would LOVE that!!! And as I have learned, all thing are possible, so maybe this year will bring that trip!
In which age you´ve started to sing, and when did you start your career as professional singer?
I sang from the time I could speak, and I would say I began singing professionally at around 18.
What´s your opinion: are female singers enough defined about their voices nowadays or now and then, nevertheless, too much about their appearance?
I think that’s individual to the artist… and not just a female issue, either. Many artists of BOTH genders choose to define themselves in different ways. For me, it’s hard to judge another’s road unless you’ve walked it. If some want to be known solely for their talents, I applaud it. If others want to be famous for their beauty or “gimmick”, I respect it. This business is hard enough, without us attacking each other.
What are your personal Top 3 CDs at the moment?
Right this moment? Delain - We Are the Others / Skillet - Comatose / Kamelot - Silverthorn
Social networks like e.g. Facebook and Twitter are indispensable for bands nowadays. Do you see it as a cool chance and as a kind of inspiration for your music to get contact with your fans there and to read their opinions?
Yes, yes, yes! Love it or hate it, social networking has done some remarkable thing in terms of connecting people. I have made more music and met more like-minded listeners through social networking than I ever would have without it, just due to sheer proximity. And in an age when fewer and fewer artist are going the label route, it’s a way to share and spread your art that is largely FREE. Which is no small thing to most of us!
On a personal note. my 2 best friends I may never have met if it had not been for Facebook - and even thought I see them in person very rarely, social networking keeps us in touch almost daily, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
What is on your plan for the future - short term and long term?
Short term? More coffee :P Long term? More music.
Is there anything you would like to add to this interview?
Thank you very much for having me, and I hope to see you and all your readers out on the road!
Thanks for your time. We wish you all the best and much success for all your projects!
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