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Rage Unfold – Interview


 

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

Interview: Marie-Louise Anastas (Lyricist for Rage Unfold) and Bozhidar Popov (guitar player of Rage Unfold)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist? 

Marie-Louise: Rage Unfold is a virtual Metal group of creators, from Bulgaria, England and Australia. I write the lyrics and Bozhidar chooses the ones he likes and then, works with me on improving them and adding more when needed, to create the best song possible. Bozhidar is a great lyricist in his own right and we are both credited with the lyric writing.  Gary is the drummer, organ player, and producer in England. I see myself as an undercover agent in Rage Unfold (ha-ha).

Bozhidar: I am always looking for challenges and inspiration and my approach has paid off – fortunately Marie-Louise has contacted me and we had the great chance to produce “Chains”.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

Marie-Louise: I am from Fremantle in Western Australia. My partner is a drummer and vocalist, so I have been influenced by his music, Rock, Punk, Blues and blended styles. I began writing when band practice was on in our lounge. I fit writing in between what I am doing, and have over 100 lyrics in progress.

Bozhidar: I am from Bulgaria – a small country in Eastern Europe. I was always passionate for music, but I took this journey seriously much later. I was always interested in playing the guitar – since I was a kid, because it’s one of the most charming and powerful instrument.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

Marie-Louise: I am inspired by all the music Greats, regardless of genre, and I read lyrics to help develop my own writing. I inspire myself when a unique idea comes to mind and I write it down and work on it when I have time. I work in a very random way, which could be perceived as chaotic.

Apart from, loss, love, and the human mind, I like to write around scientific concepts and futurist ideas.

Bozhidar: I am mainly inspired by Metallica – I like their style and the depth and power of their lyrics.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

Marie-Louise: I would like to have a Rage Unfold song played in outer space!

I aspire to co-write great songs that have meaning and fans enjoy. Writing lyrics helps me nut out my thinking processes, which could be helpful to others?

Bozhidar: My main goal is to create meaningful songs, which will be remembered and which could help others to overcome the difficult times in life.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

Marie-Louise: I am proudest of the creation of Rage Unfold and our song, Chains, as we came together by chance and without expectations. I replied to a request on Songbay to collaborate with Bozhidar after listening to his instrumental songs and recognising his skill and the feeling in his music.  I suggested we work with Gary, Songbay, in England as he is a great drummer and producer and is highly professional. We work well together and will continue creating.

Bozhidar: The proudest moment for me is the creation of “Chains”. The whole story behind it makes it so special.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

Marie-Louise: I found that the music promotion is another field to get your head around!

I rely on Bozhidar to do the majority of the promotion. My idea is to put some energy into getting songs out there and then see how they fly, while we work on something new, to keep the energy flowing. The music has to stand alone and if it is liked then that’s great. Ultimately, we have to enjoy what we write and hope others do too.

Bozhidar: The promotion of any song seems to be quite tough, nevertheless when something is good and meaningful, when you are giving everything and loving it so much, then your chances of global exposure increase automatically.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

Marie-Louise: As we are virtual band, we will have to consider progressing towards forming a physical band and touring.

Bozhidar: I really hope that one day Rage Unfold will perform live – you have to follow your dreams, as you have nothing to lose.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

Marie-Louise: I think downloading music and streaming sites like Spotify have made music available to almost everyone, and it’s more affordable, than going to a record/CD shop and buying a physical product.

Rage Unfold is a parallel concept to Spotify, in that we are virtual.

Bozhidar: Spotify plays an enormous role in music industry. In fact – our song is available on this platform – here’s the link: https://open.spotify.com/track/1vprCW6FxSrtiyulmr2bGG?si=72e8d97d5a30486e

 

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

Marie-Louise: Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. I like the Ah, Ah, Ah and underlying beat and pace, which transports you to a ship’s deck and the huge oars on Viking ships.

Bozhidar: One by Metallica! One of the best lyrics ever.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

Marie-Louise: I don’t like how musicians get ripped off, but that happens in all industries, and you need to understand contracts and ignore the verbal hype that can be so distracting.

I guess the music industry will change at its own pace. It will be interesting to see how block chain technology will create change in the industry.

Bozhidar: I share the opinion of Marie-Louise but if you cannot change a certain thing, focus on what exactly depends on you.

 

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

Marie-Louise: We are working on Mad Money at the moment, which is a heavy rock song with similarities to AC/DC’s style, but uniquely ours.

Lyrics I’m working on, Strength of the Blade (about loyalty and the war machine), How the Future Dies, Plagiarise Death (about a criminal), Destiny is a Lie, and Lysergic, all of which could become Metal songs if they pass the Bozhidar test!

Bozhidar: Mad Money will be a very catchy song, so stay tuned!

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

Marie-Louise/Bozhidar: We will tend to develop from now on, as we are a new band. We hope that we will be given that chance. You can check our bio on the Spotify platform or on YouTube.

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