Interview with Mortarium
by Addison Herron-Wheeler
Mortarium’s claim to fame is that they are the only all-female doom band from Brazil, but they are a lot more than that. They are also a great doom band regardless of gender and nationality, and some pretty rad chicks, to boot. Check out this exclusive Metal-Rules.com interview with the one and only Mortarium below.
Metal-Rules.com: How long have you all been making music, and what inspired you to get together?
Tainá Domingues: Since 2010, Julie and me were already friends and together with other girls we decided to form a band. Only a few people supported us, some thought it was nothing but a momentary enthusiasm. Everything in metal and related to it (folk, etc…) inspires me. I think we should listen to a bit of everything and realize the richness in possibilities.
Vivi Alves: I’ve started in music at age 13, but in metal just in 2006, when I started guitar and bass lessons. I joined Mortarium in 2011.
Julie Sousa: I’ve started on drums since 2008. About what inspires us, this I don’t know what to say… many things inspired us. I think our will of expressing ourselves through the music was the main one.
Metal-Rules.com: It’s pretty cool that you’re the only all-female doom band from Brazil! What’s that like? Do you get a lot of support from the metal scene? From other women?
Vivi Alves: It’s a clear fact that a band formed only by women draws much attention, it creates curiosity. Even so metal scene support is almost null.
Julie Sousa: It’s a great responsibility and a pity also. I’d really like there were more female doom metal bands in our country.
Metal-Rules.com: Who are your biggest musical influences, female or otherwise?
Julie Sousa: Dana Duffey, Igor Cavalera, Vera Figueiredo, Nicko McBrain, among others.
Vivi Alves: Andre Matos, Tarja Turunen, Morten Veland, Vibeke Stene.
Metal-Rules.com: How would you describe your sound?
Vivi Alves: I think we make our very own sound, without titles. A very free sound.
Julie Sousa: It’s a genuine expression for our feelings, more concerned on reflecting our personal experiences than on pre-established titles.
Metal-Rules.com:What kind of doom are you into? What other metal do you like?
Tainá Domingues: Doom/Death, Gothic Funeral Metal. I like very much listening to other metal genres, but the ones I often listen to are heavy metal, hard rock and doom metal.
Vivi Alves: Power, Thrash, Heavy, Symphonic Metal.
Julie Sousa: Doom/Death, Thrash Metal, Folk, Rockabilly, and others.
Metal-Rules.com: Have you encountered any issues with sexism in the metal scene? If so, what would you say could get rid of those issues?
Tainá Domingues: yes, there’s prejudice. I think to minimize these problems we should ignore them simply. It’s useless to argue with not-intellectually-grown people. Time will show them it’s unnecessary to be sexist.
Vivi Alves: I went personally through some situations of prejudice. It’s necessary people stop thinking only men can perform heavy metal well.
Julie Sousa: We always hear jokes about being a band formed by women only. I just ignore and do my own looking for means to improve my abilities to show them every time what we can do.
Metal-Rules.com: What bands do you normally play shows with in your local scene?
Tainá Domingues: As here we don’t have many doom metal events, we usually play with metal bands in general.
Julie Sousa: We play with bands of metal in general. I enjoy playing with bands of other kinds and this way present our sound to an audience that maybe wouldn’t go to an exclusively doom metal event.
Metal-Rules.com: What was the most fun show you ever played? Who was the coolest band to get to open up for or play with?
Tainá Domingues: This isn’t to belittle the other bands, but HellLight for sure. They’re extremely talented, humble, and friendly and more adjectives, and I’m proud of having played with them.
Vivi Alves: HellLight
Julie Sousa: HellLight, no doubt.
Metal-Rules.com: Are you all signed? To what label?
Mortarium: No, not yet. Our work is completely independent.
Metal-Rules.com: What music do you have out so far? What have you accomplished?
Vivi Alves: We have a not so long set list, and we’re working on it and on some other works to join all in a debut album.
Metal-Rules.com: How can people hear your music?
Julie Sousa: On the mortarium.com website you can listen to and download our very first record, a single called “The awakening of the Spirit.” On our fan page we post the band news, dates and other stuff.