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Interview with Chorosia
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Music has pretty much always been there since very young age. I’ve been a music fan since I was 7 or something like that and I’m pretty sure it’s the same for the rest of the guys in Chorosia as well. Nothing else really ever interested me and I was never really good at anything else besides music, so I have no idea what I’d be doing if it wasn’t this. Hard to imagine anything else, really.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
It ranges from mountaineering to gym to audio engineering etc. We all have our different hobbies. I guess they all influence our creativity somehow. Any of the surroundings can influence the stuff we create in our rehearsal room, we’re just the mediators. Messengers if you will.
How long has your band been around?
We’ve been around since 2017.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
The band is based in Vienna. However, none of us are Austrian and I think that has influenced our music more than the band being based in Vienna. We all bring a lot of different influences to the table both musically and culturally, whether it’s the music we grew up to as individuals, whether it’s some cultural differences, or whether it’s just our different backgrounds. That really makes this band quite unique in a way.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
It’s just something I came up with while being bored during college classes. It’s a wordplay on the Croatian word “Korozija” (rust, corrosion). Thought it sounds cool, it gives a hint of what it might mean and yet it’s something that doesn’t mean anything or can mean anything to you.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
There’s many! The first show we ever did after which we were invited to open for Crowbar was pretty mind blowing. Then the two where we opened for Crowbar were such amazing gigs both. Some of the stuff we did on our first tour back in 2019 was freaking awesome too! We have some not-so-good experiences too and we cherish those memories as well just like the positive ones.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
One of our favorites is probably Viper Room in Vienna. Super friendly staff, great sound, great people, all around just a great venue. But there are so many great venues out there, like the Garage shows in Bratislava, or the caged stage in Split. We’d totally love to step on that big stage at Arena in Vienna at some point in time.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
High on Fire, Yob, and Inter Arma.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
To someone who’s just getting started with playing in a band: be open minded, talk to each other, and work on those songs! To my own younger self: record that riff.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
It’s good, keep it up! And try to expand your network as much as you can, you’ll need it.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Probably Innocence but pretty much all of them. It’s complicated.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Currently probably songs like Stray Dogs and Hands, Switchblades, and Vile Vortices. But also Reptoids is always tons of fun, Innocence is a heavy hitter, A Call To Love is freaking fun too! All of them, really. We don’t take requests so we’re not even paying attention to those.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
We’ll bring in a bunch of riffs to our rehearsal room, jam together some of those to get a feel of them and then start from picking out the best ones and turning them into something more. Sometimes I’ll have a finished song ready for rehearsing, sometimes we build it from scratch. It’s never the same approach for each song.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
To breathe is to conquer.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Not really. Our biggest disagreement has probably been “No, I think we should play that riff twice!”
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Yes, our new EP called “Stray Dogs” is coming out next week on Friday (Sep 15th) via Grazil Records and Kvlt und Kaos Productions! Check it out if you like good ole progressive post sludge metal with hints of grind and thrash sprinkled with elements of folk and ambient music all together seasoned with nasty growls and screams on top of slightly techy but sometimes also pretty simple but effective riffs and hard-hitting drums. And make sure to come to our gigs if you’re around!