Winter’s Verge – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
WV: Hi there! Miguel from Winter’s Verge here. We are an epic power metal band based in Cyprus!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
WV: The band formed in 2004, when George (singer) got a few people together to play the type of music he wanted to, and that no one else around was playing! I joined in 2005. We started playing and recording albums, got signed to a few labels, went on a few tours, and are still at it 16 years later!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
WV: Our musical influences have some of the usual ones for our style – Iron Maiden, Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian and so forth. We also take a lot of classical music into our songs, and there are even a few extreme metal vibes in there as well!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
WV: For as many people as possible to hear our songs, and to connect with them all over the world. We want to play everywhere we can and spread the word of our songs to as many people as we can.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
WV: Well the actual music itself is a collaborative effort – we combine ideas and mix them together. Someone comes up with an idea, we then pass it around and everyone adds their own thing, we then have a few jam sessions and it more or less comes together. As for lyrics, George writes them and the songs are mostly about fantasy/folklore/mythology, very based on witches, vampire and warewolf legends. We also have many songs about the sea, because as we live on an island, it has always been a big part of our history.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
WV: Over the internet, mostly! We are a limited market over here, so we mostly aim to play abroad!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
WV: Well in today’s world, if you don’t have an internet presence, you have nothing. It is unavoidable in this day and age. So the best way is to find a good streaming platform with high quality, and encourage your fans to use it. That way at least we get something back for all the effort that goes into making the album!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
WV: Iconoclast by Symphony X. It’s a truly epic work, with symphonic orchestration and choirs making it sound huge, and so intricate with so much going on but very catchy and with a heavy, nasty main riff that’s progressive and headbanging all at once. It shows that progressive/power metal can be heavy and mean if it wants to be.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
WV: Mine personally? People who park in disabled spots or on double yellow lines blocking the street. I want them to crash and die.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
WV: Two come to mind.
First, being on tour with Stratovarius. They are one of my favourite bands ever, and one of the reasons I chose to pursue music seriously. Touring with them, meeting and hanging out with them, being a part of their shows was something truly amazing that I’ll never forget.
Second, performing with the City University London orchestra where I studied (I played double bass), at LSO St Luke’s, which is a very prestigious venue in London. We performed Liszt’s Piano Concert No.2, and it was one of the best performances I ever had as a musician in any genre. Everything was perfect, the venue, the sound, the lighting and of course the soloist’s incredible performance.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
WV: We’ve wrapped up our upcoming 5th full-length album, called The Ballad of James Tig, and we’re currently talking to a couple of labels to see how the release will go! Of course, there have been some complications…
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
WV: Uhhh… well we were trying to plan shows, but because of coronavirus everything has been put on hold. The world has come to a standstill, so no live shows for a while! You should come down because you’ll be in for a treat, hearing our new album live as well as revisiting some of our older stuff! But until then we just have to be patient…
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