EMQ’s with SILENT SAGA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hamburg, Germany based Modern Metal band Silent Saga. Huge thanks to guitarist/keyboardist Renato Angelo for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi everyone! I’m Renato, Silent Saga’s guitar and keyboard player. We go all the way back to 2002, when we started playing in Brazil under the name of Amazon. After we relocated to Hamburg, Daniel and Carsten joined the band in 2017. They had been playing in the local scene for decades and were the perfect fit to the band’s music and style. We are now working on our second full length album under the current brand, and the 4th since we started in 2002. Back in Brazil, we had the chance to play with some of the greatest metal names in the country, like Shaman and Dr. Sin, and also as a support act for some of the world’s biggest FFM bands, like Nightwish and Epica.
How did you come up with your band name?
When rebranding – the name “Amazon” was kinda “taken” in Europe 😛 – we came up with several different and very good options, but we thought that Silent Saga relates so well to one’s life, especially in current times where social media strangles real life in ways that humankind never experienced before, and everyone has to deal with their own loneliness when they look away from their screens. We think this applies to musicians even further, as no one else knows how much blood and sweat there is behind an artist’s work. It’s beautiful and amazing when done, but every artist, when not performing, lives their very own Silent Saga to create the work before putting it out there to the world.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are originally from Brazil, but currently based in Germany. Definitely two very different scenes. In Brazil you have no structure whatsoever and very few concerts, so metalheads are so eager for going to concerts that it’s wild – in a good way. Every concert is wild, no matter if it’s a venue with 10.000 people or a pub with 30. The bands struggle a lot to make a little progress, they (we) put a lot of sweat, blood and tears in the process. In Germany, you have lots of structure, everywhere you go the sound is amazing, everything works like a charm. But you tend to play to smaller audiences, and audiences used to going to concerts regularly, so they are way more chilled and relaxed. There are also more bands, great musicians everywhere, and it’s a great place to be in contact with them.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is an EP called “FIRE” . It contains 3 songs that somehow relate to the EP’s name. The first song, ‘Fire Alarm’, is a fast-paced tune full of energy, that talks about being trapped in a situation that you know is toxic, but you cannot break out of. The second song, ‘Fire Star’, is about finding hope again and breaking through. This is a very interesting song, as it was written by our good friend and very skilled songwriter Peter Förg. The last one, ‘Ashes’, is the darkest one on the EP, and is about reinventing ourselves.
Who have been your greatest influences?
That’s a hard question. We listen to a range of bands from 80’s glam to symphonic and extreme metal, so it’s hard to pinpoint. I think that personally I have been very influenced by the early years of Nightwish and by Angra.
What first got you into music?
When I was a kid, I really didn’t like going to school. It made me very anxious and uneasy. My parents found music to be the one thing that would make me cope with the routine. I started playing keyboards and piano when I was 6 as some sort of therapy, but I immediately went all in. I started learning as much as I could about it and spent hours every day immersed in music, be it playing something or listening to what I could get my hands on.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I really like Amaranthe nowadays. It would be great to do something together. Also, I’d enjoy having another go at making music with Sander Gommans, Amanda Somerville and Ivo van Dijk like we did for our album Rise! They are not only great musicians but also even greater people.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
From any time, probably Monsters of Rock. Who still remembers how cool they were in the 90s? Nowadays, probably Wacken!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We get all kinds of stuff, and honestly, so far nothing weird has shown up. Sabrina gets a lot of flowers and stuffed animals. Me and the other guys don’t get that much attention though 😊
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Always question everything.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Andre Matos for sure. He’s definitely gone too soon.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
What I enjoy the most is definitely creating new music. I really enjoy the creative process, and I enjoy putting the music out there. I think that this is the most rewarding part of being involved with music.
And I definitely hate changing guitar strings.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Iron Maiden’s “Powerslave” is my all-time favourite. There’s so much energy on that thing!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Shoot me now, but I’ll go for CD’s or downloads anytime I can choose. But this is what’s best for me, and I think that people have different experiences with different media types. I do get that some people will get that nostalgic kick when listening to a vinyl, and that it is a comfort that nothing else can replace for them. Also, I get that for bands, vinyl is more profitable and you have more real estate for a detailed artwork. So, I think there’s a reason to vouch for every one of those. I personally like the crystalline, low signal to noise ratio sound of digital media.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We have played everything from 2 drunks and a hungry dog to 10000 people. It’s hard to pin one best and one worst. I used to say that both the best and the worst have been the concert as opening act to Nightwish. It was awesome to share the stage with a band that was a huge influence for us especially back then and a crazy, noise thirsty sold out audience. On the other hand, there was a lot going on. The concert had been postponed a day as Tarja was sick, people were very anxious as they spent the night outside the venue waiting to get in, the technical conditions were very poor. So, there were two sides of the coin.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
A musician. I have a day job to pay for my music addiction.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
One that can cook, one that can tell jokes, 3 that can drink and all 5 with a sense of humour.
What’s next for the band?
We are working on new songs; a new EP is on the way and soon a full album. Regarding playing live, the situation is very uncertain currently, but that won’t stop us from keeping making music. So, stay tuned to our latest news on our Facebook page and our website, and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to get a free download and stay always up to date with Silent Saga’s releases!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @silentsagamusic and on Youtube @silentsaga: www.youtube.com/silentsaga
But that’s not all – we are also on Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, Apple Store… 😊 and especially on our website www.silentsaga.com/, where there’s a ton of stuff you can listen to for free, and everything else for a very humble price. 😊
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I have never heard of those, but mail me some and I’ll tell you.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for reading, everyone out there and thank you guys for giving us the space. Check us out on our website, subscribe to our newsletter for VIP material and discounts, and most important: Keep rockin’!
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