EDGE OF PARADISE Interview with Vocalist Margarita Monet

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Edge Of Paradise Interview with Vocalist Margarita Monet

Interview by Jo Blackened


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Margarita Monet – vocals
Dave Bates – guitars
John Chominsky – drums
Nick Ericson – bass

Hey & thank you for your time today! You guys only came onto the scene in 2011. How did it all begin and how would you describe yourselves?

Hello! Thank you for having me! It all began when I met Dave Bates (our guitarist) back in 2011 when we were hired to work on a music project. Dave had a band called ‘Bleed’ that was fronted by Robin McAuely (MSG, Survivor). Robin went on tour with ‘Survivor’ and Dave was looking for a singer and asked me to check out his music, a few weeks later we formed ‘Edge Of Paradise’ and never looked back!
I would describe us as a heavy metal band, our sound is aggressive but very melodic, with driving rhythms and heavy guitars, you will hear some symphonic and classical elements, our songs are dynamic and sometimes theatrical and will take you on a roller coaster ride 🙂

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Have you always wanted to be in the music industry and if you weren’t, what else do you think you would be doing?

Well, I always knew I wanted to be a performer, I played classical piano, danced and acted since I was like 4, but I never imagined fronting a metal band, but music has always been a huge part of my life so I think everything was leading up to this band. I can’t imagine doing anything else, I think I would just join the circus 😉

Where has been your favourite place to perform to date and why?

We played so many cool places, playing in Hawaii was awesome, we almost got hit by a tsunami while we were there, but thankfully that didn’t happen, and we got to play many cool clubs along the shore and the people were very welcoming and loved the music. It’s definitely like paradise over there, would go back to play there any day!

How does it feel to be the only woman in the band?

We don’t really refer to ourselves as a female fronted band, we’re a band that puts our main focus on our music. I’m sure to some people I have to prove myself, but we let our music do the talking, and I don’t rely on wearing revealing clothes to get attention, I think that can only get you so far, our main goal is to create music that will withstand the test of time and put on an epic show every time 🙂

Would you say your image is important as a front woman of a band? And do you have a favourite place to get your outfits?

I think image is very important whether you’re a man or a woman in the band. It’s part of the creative process, and its fun! I think the image of the band has to represent the music and the show, it’s all related, part of building the world of the band, so people would want to be a part of! And we’ve been very lucky to work with some great clothing companies like Shrine Of Hollywood, Red Queen Blood Legion (RQBL), I have some awesome LED wings that I use on stage for couple of songs that I got from bellydance-led.com, those are fun! We are very grateful to those companies that support the band!

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If you could tour with anyone, who would it be and why?

Well, if we could pick anyone, it would be Iron Maiden! Because they are Iron Maiden 🙂 Love their music, amazing show, definitely an iconic band!

Immortal Waltz is among the highest rated album in the April Issue of DEAF FOREVER magazine. It must be a great feeling knowing that your release has received such positive feedback? Can you tell us the concept behind this album?

Thank you! Yes we were very excited to be a part of that magazine and get a positive feedback! When entering a new market with music that’s a bit different, you never know how people would respond, so it was an awesome feeling and we’re very grateful!

‘Immortal Waltz’ is about a never ending dance with life and death. The Waltz symbolizes the cycle of life and it’s Immortal because to us, even after we’re gone, the cycle of life keeps going and maybe our souls will forever be a part of it. But people are given just one dance (our life) and it’s up to us what we do with that. All songs are very different melodically and lyrically, but they all have that tie in.

What is your personal favourite track on the album? Or a favourite track to play live?

It’s a hard question for me to answer because I put my heart and soul into each and every song. But if I had to pick, I would go with “In A Dream”, that song was the first one written and that’s when we found the direction in which we wanted to take our sound. “Rise For The Fallen” that song is so much fun to play live! And the title track, “Immortal Waltz”, when we were recording it, Michael and I were having a blast playing around with all the cool sounds on the keyboard and organ in his studio, I think it’s a really unique song and I’d love to make a crazy music video for it 🙂 “Ghost” and “It’s My Show” are also in my favorites, very fun to perform them live!

What is the process like when it comes to writing/recording your material?

Writing process is always different for each song, sometime it starts with Dave’s riff on the guitar and I build a melody around it, that gives me an idea of what the song’s gonna be abound, sometimes it starts with me making the song on the piano and then we build it from there. But always once the idea is there, we start evolving it, then bringing it to the whole band with John Chominsky our drummer, and Nick Ericson, our bassist and we evolve it as a band. Once we record a demo of the song in our home studio, then we go to a real recording studio, and with this album we were extremely lucky to have Michael Wagener, so we recorded it at his studio in Nashville. Drums go first, then bass, guitar, keyboards and I do vocals at the end. Once the song is recorded Michael puts his mixing magic, he is truly a genius at what he does and a big part of our sound! Our songs are layered and complex sonically, so it’s like a building a house, but it’s the best feeling in the world hearing the complete song at the end, I’m addicted to it!

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What was it like working with people such as Michael Wagener, bassist Tony Franklin and drummer Gregg Bissonette? And is there anyone else you’d like to work with in the future?

Working with Michael Wagener was incredibly inspiring and super fun! It’s all about the music with him, it’s like going to a different planet where nothing else but music exists 🙂 He gets our vision and guides us to get the best performances. And his studio is insanely cool! We’ll be releasing behind the scenes footage about recording at his studio soon! I actually never met Tony Franklin and Gregg Bissonette, they were recording with Dave before I came into the picture, as they were the musicians on our debut CD Mask and most of the instrumentation of the songs were recorded before I met Dave, that’s why that CD is so different from this one. But Dave has only great things to say about Tony and Gregg, amazing musicians and great people! Lots of great people out there to work with, we’re definitely gonna record more with Michael, and I’m not sure what the future will bring but I look forward to meeting and working with more people!

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

As a band we look up to the greats like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Van Halen. Personally my biggest influence is Ronnie James Dio, he was amazing, every word he sang had so much emotion and soul! I also love Robert Plant, Bruce Dickinson, Freddie Mercury… I know Dave’s influences are Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai among others.

What would you say are the best/worse things with working in the music industry?

Well the best thing would be, being able to do what you love, create music and share it with people. We love touring, seeing new places and meeting people. Also hearing that our songs had a positive influence on someone is an incredible feeling. I don’t have anything really bad to say about working in the music industry, because it sure beats the hell out of an office job, but what sometimes sucks is that you definitely have to take care of the business side of it, it’s like launching a worldwide business, it’s a massive undertaking if you want to be successful and it’s very hard and takes crazy amount of time. Would be cool to just be able to make music and play shows but there is much more to it now that artists have to be responsible for. But if it was easy that everyone would be doing it 🙂

What do you like to do when you’re not working? Any hobbies/Interests or favourite ways to relax?

I have recently taken up sword fighting 🙂 Nick collects junk cars,  I guess he is into old cars, likes to rebuild them. But we don’t have a lot of free time, touring is our idea of fun!

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What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Touring is our priority for the next 12 months. Our goal is to bring the band to Europe by the end of the year. We are also working on new songs, and will release a new single after the album. We’re also writing music for the upcoming feature film ‘Evelyn Rising’, I also have cool part in it, that will be fun! So busy time ahead! I’m definitely looking forward to lots of shows ahead and meeting new people!

Do you have anything else you’d like to say to our readers?

Just want to thank everyone for reading this, and want to welcome you to the world of ‘Edge Of Paradise’. Hope you enjoy our music and we look forward to meeting you at our shows! And if you want to keep in touch, join our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EdgeOfParadiseBand, we love hearing from our supporters!

Thank you again for your time!

Thank you again for having me Jo, it was a pleasure to be a part of Metal-Rules!

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