Interview with Seraina Telli of Dead Venus and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
ST: The most important thing for us is to be independent and that we don’t let ourselves be restricted by genre-specific boundaries.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
ST: I formed Dead Venus in early 2015. First I was on the road as a solo artist with Piano and Acoustic Guitar. But then I decided that I need a team to develop my ideas. Dead Venus was never supposed to be a “Singer-Songwriter-Thing” so I started looking for the right people to play my music with.
Mike Malloth (drums) answered my call and recommended bassist Andre Gaertner to complete the trio. I still play the keyboards or guitars besides the singing of course ☺️
After some months with sometimes more, sometimes fewer sessions we had to make a decision: Either “really going for it” or “let it be”. Luckily we went for it and started to put together our first full length album “Bird of Paradise” which was released on September 13th 2019. Soon after the pandemic hit the scene and we didn’t have the possibility to play a lot of shows. On the other hand it gave us time to prepare for and record the next album “Flowers & Pain”. A lot of action is going down and we keep ourselves busy at all times!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
ST: There are many influences but the important thing for us is to be authentic so we always try to create our very own sound. That’s why we use the term “progressive-rock” for our music. You can’t exactly describe what “progressive-rock” is – it’s just music without any genre specific limits and that’s what we like. Bands like Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Rush, Weather Report, Supertramp, Manfred Mann‘s Earth Band, Screaming Headless Torsos, Living Color, Pink Floyd, Dave Matthews Band and many more…
Our non-musical influences? Phew, good question! There are many! Instead of listing them all I’d answer this generally with “People who, no matter what, keep helping to make this world a better place.” Boring answer? Well, I don’t think so. Because I’m not only thinking of great and famous personalities but also of people like you and me who want to make a difference and fight their everyday’s battle.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
ST: I think we have the same goals as most of the bands out there. We want our music to be heard and would love to have a positive influence on the listener. So someone will have a better day after listening to our music…
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
ST: I am writing most of the songs. The music of the Intro and Outro on “Bird of Paradise” was written by André Gärtner, our bass player. Lyrics were written by me. The songs are about the fears and pain of life, some experiences I made or things they’re concerning me. For example, how we treat our planet or each other.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
ST: We try to be as active as possible on social media like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and VK to reach new people all over the world. Our shows are promoted there and on “bands in town”.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
ST: I can say that we are not against that and from my point of view it is also a way to promote your music in a very easy way… But anyway in our genre of music this is not a “big thing”. Our fans are buying CDs or Vinyl.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
ST: Tom Sawyer by Rush. Simply because it’s so awesome and proggy!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
ST: people who’re “snailing down” the traffic
unidentifiable noises from the guy in the neighbours’ office
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
ST: The release of the first Dead Venus album “Bird of Paradise”
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
We are currently working on our new and second studio album
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
ST: Available now is our first album “Bird of Paradise” CeDe.ch (for swiss people), amazon or directly by the band if you like something signed 😉 on Spotify and all streaming platforms it is available too as well as our new singles “Flowers & Pain” and “Lily of the Valley”.
Furthermore we offer an EP package to bridge the time till the new album will be released in the beginning of 2022. The package is available now and only through the band directly. You can find the posts on Facebook and Instagram or you simply pay 50€ and write „Duliduliduuu“ + your address as a note to your payment on our PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org . You will get the EPs during the year every time a new song is released. Each EP contains a brand new song as well as a special song:
live versions, acoustic versions, also 1 cover song and 1 previously unreleased song that can only be heard on the EP
Thanks for the nice questions and all the best to you!
Seraina from Dead Venus