Gaia Guarda – Interview
PD: What type of artist are you?
GG: I am a singer, harpist and pianist from Montreal. I sing in a metal band and I have a neoclassical dark wave solo project.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
GG: I started writing music when I was 12, but really started studying music when I was 16. Music has been a huge part of my life since the beginning and I’ve taken every decisions in my life towards that. I started singing in metal bands in 2011 and joined Uriel in 2012. I am releasing my first solo album on November 6th independently.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
GG: I listened to classical music from an early age (my dad is a classical trained musician). I discovered punk-rock music around 12 years old, electronic music at 13 and finally metal music at 15. I’ve a lot of influences from Björk, Depeche Mode, Evanescence, The Animals, Gotye and even Sia. While I don’t listen to a lot of metal at the moment, it is still one of my favourite genre to write and play. Outside of music, I take a lot of influences from people in my life that are inspiring like my family and friends.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
GG: My biggest dream/goal would be to play my music with an orchestra, it’s always been a dream of mine and I hope that I can make it happen one day. For the moment, putting my debut album out is my priority, I am really excited to see how it will be received by the people following me, it is so far from Metal, but at the same time I know that metalheads are exrtremely open minded to other genres.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
GG: I write my own songs for my solo music, for the metal band I am part of, Phil (our bassist) write most of the songs.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
GG: I promote a lot on social media with live streaming, posting ads and be as active as I can! I do think that going to shows and talking to people is also a really good way to promote, unfortunaly with covid it hasn’t really been possible for me to go see shows and meeting new people outside of internet. I’m looking forward to start performing again and meet all the people I’ve been talking to on social media.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
GG: If you like the music and you end up supporting the artist, why not ! I know a lot of artists are very afraid of downloads and streaming, in my case I try to think about that as a free way to advertise. A lot of people will hear your music on streaming platform and then find your page and support you. I am all for being accessible to everybody, and I think that we live in a world where you finally don’t have to put a lot of money to reach out to people who are interested in the type of music we do.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
GG: Hidden Place by Björk, to be honest, any song from Vespertine could be my answer to that question. The emotion, the electronic sounds, her voice, everything is perfect.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
GG: People who stand on the left side of an escalator, left is for moving, right is for standing! Also people who walks slowly, it drives me insane.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
GG: Having Rocky Gray doing the drums on my debut album, that is still mindblowing to me. When I first heard what he did with my songs, I put my headphones on, laid in my bed and cried my eyes out. It was a very emotional moment for me and I will forever be grateful for the work he did on this album. It will always have a special place in my heart.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
GG: Releasing my debut album and we are working on new music and acoustic version with Uriel. We are doing the best we can with the current world situation, putting out an album this year feels really challenging but at the same time I feel like people really need art right now and I feel honoured that I can help some fans feel less alone.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
GG: Uriel: https://urielmetal.bandcamp.com/