Interview: Dead Venus
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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Somehow it feels like I didn’t decide to become a musician, I always was. Instruments, singers and music in general always fascinated me and there was never a “Plan B” :-)
What do you like to do when you're not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I like sports and riding my motorbike. Running of course is a good workout for the voice because the body is the singer's instrument. Riding a bike is something totally different and that is awesome. Just being outside seeing the beautiful mountains and focusing on the street and the bike is like a timeout of the music world. Sometimes it’s good to do something totally different, not to get stuck in your everyday’s work and change your perspective.
How long has your band been around?
We play together since 2015. Our first album was released at the end of 2019.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are from Switzerland, grew up and lived in different parts of it (german-, italian- and french part). I think that didn’t influence our music at all haha!
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you.
The name “Dead Venus” issues the following:
Women are pressed into an ideal by society for so long. How should a woman look? What is perfection?
The Venus of Botticelli shows a woman with curves and muscles. But more important than that she radiates warmth and calmness, she seems satisfied and is at peace with herself and her environment. With "Dead Venus" I actually want to say that today's image of a woman kills this Venus and at the same time it should symbolize a kind of resurrection. The Venus comes back from the dead and kicks some ass or something like that ;-)
Since the sound and the lyrics of Dead Venus are often dark, the "Dead" fitted in well, of course.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
Unfortunately there are not that many live shows we were able to play since the Covid19 took over Europe at the end of 2019 - when our first album was released. But I have to say, we never had a “bad/worst” or “best” concert. We always have much fun together and grow with every live show more and more. We just can't wait for the europe tour with Orphaned Land in spring 21 which was planned sometime ago and had to be postponed a few times. Maybe after that tour I can give you a better answer to that question haha ;-)
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you haven't already?
same answer as the previous question… with a little ad: we’d love to play at the “Night of the Prog Festival” and some other festivals as well!
If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket?
Opeth, Rush, King Crimson, Dead Venus ;-)
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?
Communication is the most important thing. Just talk to each other, listen to each other and look at each other while playing. then you’ll become a band.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
stop holding yourself back and go f****** practise!
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I can't really answer that question… All my songs have their own story and together they tell the tale of growing with and through music, day by day.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
this is another question i can't really answer… We have very different listeners all over the planet. They have their favourite songs but we can’t tell which is the most liked. Anyway we have to release our 2nd album first so they have more to choose ;-)
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Life itself is the biggest inspiration for my songwriting. Experiences, pain, fear, losses… all this is processed and made into something more beautiful, which in the end brings back new strength and power to carry on.
About the workflow:
Normally I write a song, record it with only piano or guitar and vocals and send it to the guys. We meet for a rehearsal and jam the song together. We find out what they could play to the song and arrange it together (sounds, grooves, etc.).
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
All in all the message is to live your life, don’t put yourself down for others, don’t hold yourself back and be kind to others and our planet.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Of course we have and that is ok. It’s just important to know who’s in charge for which job and who’s to decide in the end. We have something like policies for the band which helps a lot to keep a good atmosphere. And most important - we respect each other as musicians and human beings.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that's coming up?
We just released a new song which is called “ Lily of the Valley”. Check it out on Spotify, etc. and you can also watch the video clip to the song on our YouTube channel. If you like it don’t forget to leave a like and subscribe ;-)
A very special offer for our fans, until the new album will be released, is our 4pcs-EP Package (4 EPs à 2 Songs) which is available only through the band. Order your package now for only 50€ / 50.-/ 60$ (incl. shipping for all 4. EPs ) and we will send you every EP as soon as a new song is released. Just write „Duliduliduuu“ + your address as a note to your payment on PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org or write us a message on our social accounts (Instagram, Facebook) for payment infos.
For now we’re looking forward to the europe tour with Orphaned Land, the upcoming single releases and the release of our new album “FLowers & Pain” beginning 2022.
Thank you for the interview & CU on the road!
Seraina from Dead Venus