Symbol of Orion – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD:What type of artist are you?
Saujan: We are very conceptual with our lyrics and artworks. We try to decorate our music with themes and concepts behind them, hence we call our music “Forward Thinking Metal”.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Saujan: The band was formed in London, 2009. We’ve had few line-up changes in the past and today the band consist of: Saujan Rai (Vocal/Guitar), Sumant Bardewa (Vocals/Guitar), Manish Nembang (Bass) and Rojan Pariyar (Drums). We are originally from Nepal, since our fathers served in British Gurkhas Army we got to move to the UK.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Sumant: We have influence from old school thrash bands like Sepultura, Slayer, Megadeth, Death, and Metallica.
Saujan: With non-musical, Whenever I go back Nepal everything there inspires me to write some lyrics, The People, The Temples, The Hills, The Rivers and The Mountains. I meet and talk with people, listen to their folk stories. Everything around inspires me here or there and I convey my emotions through our songs.
Manish: My elder brother taught me to play guitar and later bands like Shannon Scam , Blink 182 got me into playing bass.
Rojan: RP: I would say my older brother first because he got me into metal and drumming at first. Artists like Travis Barker, Mike Portnoy, Chris Alder and Mario Duplantier has always taught and inspire me to become a better drummer everyday.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Saujan: We did not chose this path or career to reach a goal or a destination, being able to do music is already a big deal for us and spreading our music as much as possible is probably our goal at the moment and with it being able to support major bands like Gojira, Sylosis or Mastadon would be a dream come true.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Saujan: I have been looking after our musical contents so far. I write mostly about “Life” as I see it for instance our upcoming new single “Old Believers” is a personal song to me, the core and theme of song “conveys man to go deeper into their inner-self for self-realisation, to fulfil one’s purpose in life by accepting one’s own faith.”
And also since Sumant joined the band he has come up with a track “Dark Matter’ a solid and heavy song with the theme of destruction and chaos.
Overall most of our songs are based on the understanding, built from culture, the lifestyle that we grew upon, human behaviours and also thoughts and perspective on different subjects.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Sumant: Mostly through social media.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Saujan: All the money that has come from the band has always gone back to the band. We certainly do not agrees with digital downloading, it cost bands to put their music out from recording to distributions fees. Its money here and money there. With it, it is very hard to sustain. We like bandcamp because it has option to pay or just listen and we do not mind as long as it is not downloaded freely.
Rojan: Buying officially or directly through the band will really help, support and sustain the band’s future and dedication.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Sumant: Blackened- Metallica This song has classic thrash metal vibe and one of the best I consider from Metallica. It’s just perfect composition of song that I would expect to have it for myself with riffs, changing guitar duels and classic shred solo.
Saujan: For me it would Troops of Doom 1986 because it is a fu*king badass song and I think the production still has not yet justified the song’s potential. I would love to re-do and re-produce it again haha
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Saujan: My girlfriend has 2 dogs malamute and bichon. They are always curious and asking for food and with malamute they talk back and its bloody annoying hahaha !!
Manish: Repeating the same thing over and over again, getting interrupted.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Sumant: We cherish every shows but since I joined the band, qualifying through to the final for Metal to the Masses London was our proudest moment because it led us to lot of shows, and met new promoters. It helped to expose the band in many levels. Appreciate the organisers and the cause.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Sumant: We have recently finished recording a single “Human Combustion” we were able to wrap everything up just before the lockdown and that is all I can say at the moment. Also we were working on our live EP and videos but sadly our producer got robbed on his way back home from studio, losing his hard drive and all his works including ours.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Sumant: We have 4 singles, an EP “ Divine Soil’ and a full length album ‘Unlamented’. They are available on Sporitfy, Bandcamp, Youtube and Apple Music, check them out.
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