The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara – Interview

The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

TCOMAS: We are The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara (TCOMAS) a female-male duo based in London, United Kingdom. Our music unites the disparate worlds of music –  blending rock with electronic, metal with techno. We also integrate poetry and theatre into our songs – with lyrics delivered as spoken performances.

Manimal (Andrea Papi) is in charge of composing the music – he uses both musical (keyboard, electric guitar and bass) and digital instruments. Samara (Daphne Ang) provides the vocals and crafts the spoken lyrics – she also plays the keyboard, sometimes.

PD: Tell us the brief history of your band.

TCOMAS: Manimal found Samara in a dark corner at The Worlds End (a pub in Camden Town, London) and became captivated when he found out that Samara loved death metal and techno and that her favourite band was Slayer. Their musical collaboration began when chemistry sparked during a cooking/jamming session in Samara’s kitchen in late 2019.

PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

TCOMAS: We are both passionate about discovering new music from the disparate genres of metal and techno. Our favourite bands and DJs are Tool, Deftones, Slayer, Converge, Gojira, Paula Temple, Jeff Mills, Inhalt Der Nacht, and we are inspired by the music of Tool, Kraftwerk, Jim Morrison, Leonard Cohen, and did we mention Tool? 

We have also found inspiration in world history, classical literature, Greek Tragedy, and philosophy – in particular, the works of Carl Jung and the literature of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TCOMAS: Our dream is to always be able to find solace in making music, and to continue making music together for as long as life allows us both.


PD: Who writes your songs, and what is your process?

TCOMASOur collaborative process begins with Manimal composing and arranging the music, which Samara then casts into verbal form. Some of the lyrics are based while others were created in response to the music whereby the meaning embedding in music is transposed into words. 


PD: What are your songs about?

TCOMAS: Our music is the site where disparate musical genres converge. This is because we want our music to express the full spectrum of life and human expression and emotion. Some of our songs convey dark and grim reminders of human mortality while others bear messages of hope to transcend beyond

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Andrea Papi (Composer) / TCOMAS Music
Daphne Ang (Lyricist) / TCOMAS Music

the harsh reality of the modern world.

The written material comprises original poems and writings – some are based on personal experiences, others draw from history, philosophy and classical literature.

For example, our upcoming release, “Deus Ex Machina” is about man’s perennial struggle between fate and free will. The lyrical composition tells the story of Oedipus Rex – classical literature’s greatest tragedy – in rhyming verse.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

TCOMAS: Everything you see on all our social media platforms, all our press releases, music videos, write ups, graphics, promotion efforts, outreach is done by the both of us. Everything involving contacting blogs/radios, pitching to playlists, creating, designing, producing and promoting has been done entirely by ourselves, purely D.I.Y….made Straight Outta Camden!

In particular, we always make sure that the first thing we do is to send our music to Radios, so that the people who want to hear our music first have to listen to it on radio. We have great admiration for the people who work in Radio, this is the main reason why we want our music to be played by radios first, before anybody else. Also, we think it’s very important to develop lasting relations with REAL people who play our music. The music world has changed but the people who love music are still the same.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TCOMAS: We don’t. There is really no need to download music, if you want to buy the files to download, you buy it, if not, you can always stream it for free on the platform of your choice. This way, the artists also benefit, so it’s a win-win situation.

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

TCOMAS: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, because of how it has transcended even time.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

TCOMAS: Samara: When people who try to enforce their religious beliefs on my opinions.

Manimal: Going to IKEA


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TCOMAS: When we realised that our music sounded like no others and that we had truly established a niche with the music we make. It was especially nice when other people and the “institutions” of music started to say it too.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

TCOMAS: We are in the process of releasing singles which will culminate in the release of our first album “Full Spectrum” which we wrote, composed, recorded, and mixed over the course of the London Lockdown.

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

TCOMAS: You can pre-save our upcoming release “Deus Ex Machina” and follow us on Spotify to get all our latest songs on your Release Radar. Follow us on our instagram for updates on when our album will be released.


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