Interview with Barbara Brawand (Vocals, Guitar) from Wazzara and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
September 2, 2021
PD:What type of artist are you?
BB: Are there different types? I don’t know if I would consider myself an artist. Isn’t this something others would call you? I just create things. Music, lyrics, clothes, drawings (bad ones!) and sometimes just chaos. 😊
PD:Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BB: I’ll limit this to my musical background: I learned piano at school and have been singing in bands since I was 15. For 17 years I was the singer of the folk metal band Caladmor, until I left in 2018 to fully focus on wazzara. Besides that I sing in the Celtic project isôt estrange and in the Dark Metal project Between Giants.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BB: I hope we can play live more often soon. And create a lot more music. My personal goals are more about being satisfied with what I have. And about learning to live more in the moment and not let the past and the future define me so much.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BB: I write the songs and once they’re finished, I pass them on to George, our bass player. George is an incredibly good producer, so I am very happy each time he helps me with the arrangements.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BB: For the promotion we are very happy to work with Markus Eck from METALMESSAGE. Markus does exceptionally good work and is very passionate. That is very important to us.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BB: I’m very ambivalent about it. For instance, if we talk about illegal downloads, I have little understanding. If I like a band, I want to support them. That’s why I still buy CDs, even though I listen to most of my music online. So, I do use streaming services, even if I don’t agree at all with how little the artist earns through digital streaming.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BB: I’ve never felt like I wish I had written a song that wasn’t mine. If I did, I would feel like I wasn’t honoring or acknowledging the creator’s work.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BB: Unkindness, lack of empathy, stinginess, and pretentious, false people. And computer issues.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BB: Every time an album is finished, especially all works of wazzara. Songwriting is never an easy process for me, so each time an album is finished, I am a little bit surprised about myself, and also proud.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BB: At the moment i’m still completely busy with managing the release of the new wazzara album. But for the winter I want to resume songwriting and also write more songs for isôt estrange.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
BB: On October 9 we play as support of Dreams in Fragments. It will be the very first concert of wazzara as a complete band – the premiere is surely worth it!
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