Tristania Interview with Mariangela Demurta
7 November 2013, @ The Underworld, London
Interview and intro photo by Rowena Lamb
Live Photographs by Sabrina Dersel (www.mademoiselle.s.photography.com)
Heading out again on tour, this time supporting Dark Tranquillity, Tristania were once again ready to show London what they’re made of. With their new album, DARKEST WHITE receiving rave reviews and the first nights of the tour being sold out, it was fair to say that things are going well for Tristania.
Ahead of the sold out show at The Underworld in Camden, London I spoke to vocalist Mariangela Demurtas to find out more about the new album, her influences and how things have changed since she joined the band six years ago.
Did you know that tonight has now sold out?
Ah, fine so cool.
Have you played at The Underworld before?
Yes, I’ve played two times in The Underworld before.
So you know what to expect?
I know what to expect, yeah. It’s a kind of cult place.
It’s going to be nice and packed a bit hot.
Probably yes, but that’s rock and roll. Let’s do it.
Are there any other places apart from London that you’re looking forward to playing on the tour?
Any place. Actually I am so happy that we’re going south so I’m really happy that we’ll visit Portugal, Spain, Italy. Great stuff.
You played Wacken this year. How was that, I’ve seen pictures from the stage and that looked like a pretty damn good view to come out on to.
Yeah it was fantastic, I had a great time at Wacken.
Had you been there just to watch before?
I had been there once, but I was in the VIP area as well, so I saw everything from another perspective, not really from the crowd. But I’ve playing there before as well. I’ve been there only for playing actually , just once that I was guest.
What festivals to you get to go to when you’re not playing?
I don’t have time. I don’t have time to go to festivals. I’m so busy with my things that it’s impossible for me to plan and also to be honest I can’t stand to be out that much for that long, like could have done when I was 16. I don’t do that now. I like to watch concerts and enjoy the concerts and not just be there and make noise and drink – there was a time for that and now it’s a bit different.
What was the last gig you went to?
The last gig I went to, without playing? Ah of course, it was Soundgarden the last one.
You joined the band in 2007, how have things changed for you over the six years?
They changed very much. Nowadays I can say that I am besides being more Scandinavian, well not more Scandinavian, but more integrated in the mentality of a Scandinavian band. So it’s easier to get along, you’re making music and..you know you speak the way that you do in a way that you’ve experienced and were born. So it’s like being different puts additional things that at times can’t work because you are just one, it’s not everybody that comes from a different environment. So little by little these became better…unified…so I’m kind of proud that I’ve done that.
With the shows coming up, are you looking forward to playing more from your new album that came out in May?
Yeah, we’re going to perform a lot of songs from the new album.
I’ve seen some reviews they’ve got some really high marks from the reviewers. Do you have a favourite song?
Ah well, it’s difficult for example there are parts of songs that I love. Diagnosis, I love it. Night on Earth, Number and Requiem and well, you know it’s my baby I can’t say that I don’t like anything in there.
How do you think it compares to the previous albums?
It’s stronger, it’s more punchy. It’s more metal.
What role did you have, were you heavily involved with this album?
Yes, I wrote the vocal lines and I work on the arrangements; the vocal arrangements.
What influences do you have when you’re coming up with that?
Jesus Christ, that’s difficult, I have too many. In my life there have been different steps and I just listen to different music all the time that I just change something. So from many kind of music from grind, to metal to rock to pop to electronic to whatever. I listen to so many artists. I trust my gods for some reason, that I do what I feel like, so when I sing I’m singing myself. I’m not trying to get close to any other kind of singer. That’s the reality.
It’s good that you take that the influences but not like some where it can be too much like the influences that it’s a copy.
It’s not like I don’t want to be a cover or a copy of someone else, it’s just that I don’t care; it doesn’t come natural. I can say for example Jeff Buckley, Ronnie James Dio, Chris Cornell, Skin from Skunk Anansie. They are all big really influential for me; they’re people with a lot of personality, so it’s not their personality in there there’s not the heart.
Over the past six years what’s been a personal highlight for you in the band?
I don’t know there are different moments I really can’t say. That’s a hard question. You’re doing hard questions.
Have you ever had a really embarrassing moment on stage?
No, because if it happens, I just laugh, it’s no problem. You have to you can’t just stand there embarrassed. I don’t really remember an embarrassing situation. Maybe I did something and I forgot.
So after this tour what’s next?
We have a gig in Moscow on the 21st December and we have another gig in Costa Rica right after the tour.
Have you played there before?
No never, not Costa Rica before. Mexico yes, but not Costa Rica.
Hopefully a bit warmer than here.
I hope so yeah.