EMQ’s with GAIA GUARDA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montreal, Canada based Minimalist Electronic Solo Artist Gaia Guarda. Gaia is also vocalist with Melodic Death Metal band Uriel. Huge thanks to her 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?
My name is Gaia Guarda, I sing, play the harp and piano. I joined Uriel in 2012 as a guest vocalist for a few shows, I loved the band so much that when they asked me if I wanted to stay, I didn’t hesitate.
How did you come up with your band name?
The name of the band was already picked when I joined, I think it is from a book kinda inspired by the bible. For my solo music, I just used my name, it’s simple and it is unique.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I am from Canada/Montreal, our metal scene is really big and alive. We have the chance of having amazing bands like The Agonist, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy etc. Normally if you want to go see a metal show, you have a lot of options!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
With Uriel it is “Multiverse” (2019) and I also have my debut album “Anatomy Of Fear” coming out November 6th.
Uriel – ‘Insight’ (Lyric Video)
Gaia Guarda – ‘Heartbeat’ (Visualiser)
Who have been your greatest influences?
I take influences from a lot of aspects in my life, my family, my friends and all the people around me. Musically, I am really inspired by Björk, Lindsay Schoolcraft, Depeche Mode, Bach and Debussy.
What first got you into music?
I listened to classical music from an early age because my dad is a classical trained musician. I discovered punk-rock music around 12 years old, electronic music at 13 and finally metal music at 15.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would love to do music with Martin Gore from Depeche Mode, he is one of my favourite composers and collaborating with him would be incredible.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I would love to play Graspop or Wacken with Uriel.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
So far, nothing really weird, unfortunately!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I appreciate you! I feel like a lot of artists don’t say it enough, but we would be nothing without the support of our fans.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Kurt Cobain, I am a really big fan of Nirvana and I wish we had more songs to listen to.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy creating music and performing for our fans, for me, being on stage is so rewarding! I do have a love/hate relationship with meeting fans, I am extremely shy and I feel like I am really awkward when I meet them and I hope they know that it is not because I don’t love them, I’m just really introverted.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The myth that you need a label deal to be successful. I think that being educated and resourceful is as good as having a label, we live in a time where you can market your music directly to people that love your genre without having to pay thousands of dollars for billboards/ads. I feel like a lot of musicians don’t understand how successful they can be by themselves. I wish more people would take charge of their own career.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Violator” by Depeche Mode, it was my first contact with electronic music and I just fell in love with it.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I enjoy having vinyl because you get to have a bigger version of the artwork, but I do have to admit that I really enjoy using streaming services, so I will go with downloads ! I might change my mind once I buy a car where I can listen to CD’s.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We had an amazing show in Quebec city right before Canada was put in lockdown. We ended up being on mainstream tv and that was an amazing moment for us.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably something like a detective, I am obsessed with true crime podcasts and videos. I find them fascinating and I could totally see me doing detective work!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I’m going to be really boring about this, but I would love to have a dinner party with my pets and my boyfriend. It would be adorable to see them with mini party hats!
What’s next for the band?
We are working on acoustic version of our latest album and I am releasing my debut album November 6th!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I’m going with cake, just because it’s in the name hahaha.
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