EMQ’s with RISE TO THE SKY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile based Atmospheric Doom Metal project Rise To The Sky. Huge thanks to main man Sergio 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?
I’m Sergio, the sole member of “Rise to the Sky”. I play all instruments, sing vocals, and do the arrangements. This project was launched in December 2019, with my first album “Moonlight”, which was an experimental rollercoaster. I had many raw feelings I wanted to express through music, mainly about the past, therefore the songs from that album have different atmospheres and a lot of sudden changes, or just plain screaming at some parts. In 2020, I kept experimenting with different vocals styles and recording some singles, and finally came out with the EP “In the Grave of a Forgotten Soul”, which reflects the sound and atmosphere I was always looking for.
How did you come up with your band name?
The band name, Rise to the Sky, makes sense to me in many ways. It reflects the idea of your consciousness and humanity leaving the body when dying. The way you live your life, knowing you will eventually die and leave loved people behind, is a subject that is present in many of the songs.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Chile is a metal country, there is a strong metal culture, and many bands of all metal sub-genres that play great music. You may also hear from many metal bands that have toured in Chile how great the fans are, we Chileans love the mosh pit!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
My upcoming album “Death Will Not Keep Us Apart” will be released on October 9,2020 through the Russian label GS Productions. This is a very personal album; I created the whole concept for it while traveling away from my loved ones during a time of fear and uncertainty. When I arrived back home, I immediately started to write the music for the album, and I knew exactly that I needed to incorporate funeral/death doom elements to get the proper atmosphere for the album. The album is a full story about a couple in an apocalyptic world, which I really dreamed of and which reflects my thoughts on fearing death and loss.
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Who have been your greatest influences?
I’ve always listened to doom metal, My Dying Bride, Woods of Ypres, Shape of Despair, and Celestial Season in the early days, have been my greatest influence in terms of making music in this genre.
However, not all my influences are doom metal, I get many ideas from classical music. Bach compositions and structures are a great source of learning and inspiration and Wagner operas, his leitmotivs and complexity of characters such as Wotan or Tristan are something that cannot be overlooked. You should not be surprised to identify some dramatic/operatic elements in my albums.
What first got you into music?
I’m not much of a talker, and I’ve always though music was a way of expressing myself without words. I’ve always played music, but I’ve had trouble finding people interested in the music I wanted to make. When I started to listen to one-man bands like Unreqvited, Violet Cold and A Fall of Every Season, I knew that it was possible to make great music on my own, those bands were my inspiration to start everything.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Right now, I really could not be more satisfied with the current collaborations I have. I am working with two amazing artists, Filippos Koliopanos, from the band Ocean of Grief, and Gogo Melone, design artist and singer and composer from the band Aeonian Sorrow. Filippos is doing all my post-production, he is an amazing musician, and knows all about mix-mastering and getting the right sounds, we are always talking about how to improve the music and how to move forward with the project. Gogo Melone did all the artwork for the album, she knew exactly how to translate the concept and ideas into astonishing graphics.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I honestly prefer any small gig that is more intimate and that focuses in getting the proper sound quality.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I cannot recall any weird gift, but my most precious gifts are all the messages and comments I get in social media. People have been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic with the music. I constantly get good comments and reviews from people all around the world. The doom metal community is really a great one.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Try to put all your energy and humanity into and artistic expression, whatever it is, Thank You for your constant support, and most importantly, stay Doom!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Peter Steele without a doubt, Type o Negative is one of the greatest bands ever, in my opinion he was a music pioneer, created a unique sound, and delivered a brilliant set of recordings. I would have loved to see what he would have done afterwards.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The best part is music has no real boundaries anymore, nowadays you can easily share the music for the whole world to hear with just an upload. The bad thing is that is difficult to make a living out of music, there are many talented musicians, that have put incredible amounts of effort and their whole soul into their music and that are struggling.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I feel that a part of the music industry is focused more in gaining a profit than in delivering good quality music, and sometimes they overload the music channels with the same stuff over and over, so fans don´t really know much about other bands than the usual ones. Luckily enough, the doom metal community is much more diverse, and I think there is room for many types of projects and styles, and honestly I don’t think many doom metal bands are in this for the money which makes it great for the quality of the music.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Celestial Season – “Solar Lovers”. In my opinion, doom metal at its finest. This album marked my whole existence, it is genius in many ways, compositions, sounds, and instrumentation, the drumming is one of the best I’ve heard.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I love cassettes, they have sentimental value to me, but now I like to hear my metal very loud, so it needs to be CD´s or Downloads.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Unfortunately, no live playing for one-man bands so far…who knows in the future…I already have people interested in joining the band.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would be wandering around the world, going to metal festivals, and just enjoying every gig I could go to.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Heike Langhans, Amelie Nothomb, Mia Wallace, Fred Armisen, and Michael Scott.
What’s next for the band?
I am already writing new music to deliver new releases in the future.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Never had one, if I were to guess by looking at it, sounds like a fancy name for a biscuit…
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Check out the album and reach out to me on social media, I am always interested in talking to fellow musicians and doom metal lovers!
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