Fundstück der Woche: The Hourglass

Veröffentlicht: 27. Mai 2015 von steffischaaf in Fundgrube
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Hourglass_var3Im Bereich des Symphonic Metals sind mittlerweile zahlreiche Bands vertreten und es ist vor allem für die weiblichen Sängerinnen recht schwer geworden sich einen Namen zu machen und aus der Masse herauszustechen. Wir haben in Rumänien die Band The Hourglass gefunden, die 2013 ihr Debütalbum Through Darkness and Light auf den Markt brachten. Sie verbinden Electro, Metal, Industrial und Symphonic miteinander und heben sich somit von den restlichen Bands ab. Im Juni sind sie in Münster zu Gast und am 31.10.2015 werden sie im Movie Bielefeld ihre Musik präsentieren! Alma, Sängerin der Band, erzählt euch im kleinen Interview mehr über The Hourglass!

Who is behind The Hourglass?
The band was started as a studio project by me, following the advice of a dear friend. I’ve planned to approach music in a different way, by founding a band and getting straight to the studio to record a demo, before playing any gigs. After some changes, the band’s line-up currently consists in 5 members: Alma Vomastek (me) – vocals, Ioana Dirva – keys, András Ádám – guitar, Cristian Florea – bass and Bogdan Mara – drums.

How would you describe your music?
Our music is a female fronted Symphonic Metal with various influences: Electro, Goth and Industrial. The proportions of these influences differ from one song to another, so is the theme or the feeling involved in the lyrics. We explore a rather large palette of sounds and subjects.

What´s the special of the Band?
What is special for some, may be common for others, so this is very subjective. What our listeners pointed out is that they feel the music is very honest. So, yes, I could say that’s the special thing, apart from the Symphonic-Electro combo.

What would you like to achieve with your songs?
Mostly, to tell people they are not alone. We all felt loss, we all mourned our loved ones, we all had our dark days, seeing no ray of light or hope. I just want to let them all know that I’ve been there too. It’s helpful and comforting, for some, to know that.

Why did you startet with making music?
Well, I started learning music at a very young age. When I was 6 years old, I was already studying piano at the music school, here, in Cluj, so this was (and is) a long journey for me. I could say I invested all my life into music. Why? Because it’s the only thing I can do, it’s the only thing I know how to do, so I can’t stop.
Yes, music (whether classical or modern) means hard work, sometimes with little results. People who are not used to this, tend to give up really fast. But we all know what it takes, so we’ll continue our journey. Everything is built brick by brick, we’re more than aware of that.

Which bands had an effect on your creativity?
I think every band that I listen has an effect, influencing the songwriting process. Lacrimas Profundere, Gothminister, Xandria, HIM, Rammstein, Therion… there are a lot of names that would probably take 2 pages here, hehe, so I’ll resume to these ones.

What kind of music you listen to at home, on the road or by doing sports?
Gothic, Industrial, some Symphonic metal, sometimes even Death metal, it depends of my state of mind and my overall mood.

hourglassWishes for the future? Which goals you have? What´s the next? Tour? Studio? Something completly different?
Of course, our number one wish is to get to more and more listeners. Whether by live gigs or simply by promotion, radio airplay and such, we just want to get our music to the ears of the people who appreciate it. It’s a paradox, but in this day and age, even if the internet is at hand and everyone can promote a project, it’s pretty hard to make your band get heard.
As for plans, we don’t know, for the moment. We take things as they come.Yes, we look for gigs, practice new material and make plans for a first video, but that’s about it. Most things don’t depend strictly on us, so we’ll see what the future will bring.

A band has to pass many ups and downs. So what was the absolutly highlight in the past and what the bitter low-point?
On the highlights side, we had so many positive experiences that we can’t pick just one. Our concerts in Germany, our first gig here, in Cluj, the self-release of our debut album…there were a lot of great stuff. As for bad experiences, I don’t think we ever hit such a low point to remember it forever. After all, even the bitter experiences are lessons.

What´s the first thought by reading this words?
Music: Hard work and passion
Childhood: Grandpa
Blockade: Our mind makes things seem more complicated
Gig: Fun and dedication
Home: Home is where the cat is, right!

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