EMQ’s with BESOMORA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Sydney, Australia based Melodic Death Metal band, Besomora. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Vlad Martynov, 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 Vlad Martynov
I play the guitar and sing in the band.
I stopped playing music after moving to Australia, until 2020. By going to the local gigs and listening to different bands I realised that I could bring something new to the Australian metal scene, plus I already had an enjoyable experience playing metal for years and opening shows for famous bands like Kreator or Cannibal Corpse. I put an ad on Facebook looking for someone to play music with and, in just a few days, I was approached by Daniel Zolotic who eventually I started playing with. And I really liked his passion for music and the genuine person he was (which I believe is a rare quality in today’s world). That’s how the whole thing with our band started. Both of us have similar backgrounds, we both are Slavic people, I’m Russian and he’s Croatian so we got along quickly. He doesn’t like vodka though, which upsets me sometimes, haha.
Zeus, our bass player, had departed from a well-known technical death metal band due to his studies which didn’t leave much time for a demanding endeavour such as a band. Although he hadn’t planned on joining any bands until finishing his studies, the opportunity that Zeus saw in Besomora was rare and he decided to take it and fortunately for me he does like vodka.
How did you come up with your band name?
That’s a good question. We wanted to create a name that was very unique and different to other band names, especially in today’s world. It’s a challenge where we have millions of artists across the world. As our drummer and I have a Slavic background I’ve decided to come up with something that could represent our culture and could sound gothic and evil at the same time. Fortunately enough, in our Slavic mythology, we have lots of demons and dark spirits.
Bes is a demon from Slavic mythology. Its name in English literally means ”Anger”. They like to possess people causing extreme rage in them.
Mora is a night female demon that becomes a beautiful woman that visits men in their dreams, torturing and choking them with the desire to kill. I guess everyone had that feeling being choked in sleep, well next time it happens to you, then you know who’s responsible for that. Haha.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Our band is multicultural which I believe is amazing. I’m Russian and our drummer Daniel is from Croatia, and Zeus, our bass player, was born in Australia but also has a Portuguese background.
Oh, it’s definitely big in Russia, since the 90’s when the Soviet Union collapsed and many Western bands started coming, the whole metal scene developed a lot and Russian metalheads are crazy and obsessed with the music and the lifestyle, and when they mosh or slam, God, you’d better to stay away sometimes when you’re not ready. Same applies to Croatian metal scene and I believe it’s even more developed there.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We have just released our single ‘Disgraced’ which is available on multiple platforms including Spotify, iTunes and Youtube, and a lyric video which is also available on Youtube. It’s a melodic death metal song with dark lyrics about people having addictions that destroy their lives. I believe that’s become a very big issue in today’s world, and I see it very often in Australia unfortunately.
‘Disgraced’ (Official Lyric Video)
‘Disgraced’ (Official Band Playthrough)
Who have been your greatest influences?
For our drummer Daniel that’s definitely Saxon, Judas Priest and Metallica.
Whereas Zeus is more into technical stuff like Cannibal Corpse or Periphery.
My influences are definitely Kiss, Death and Kreator. Those are the main bands I’m getting my inspiration from even today.
What first got you into music?
First time I was introduced to metal music when I was 7 or 8 years old when my brother was listening to the “Master Of Puppets” album and I really liked that crazy sound and the energy, but it didn’t have much impact on me until I turned 13 when I saw James Hetfield playing the guitar on MTV and I was just blown away. Then I discovered KISS and since then that’s my favourite band of all time.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
That’s a tough one. I’d definitely collaborate with Peter Tägtgren from Hypocrisy. I think he’s a super talented guy and I really enjoy following his projects. Have you heard of the last one called Lindemann. That stuff is mad!!!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Definitely Hellfest. I’ve been there a few years ago and the atmosphere at the festival is just fantastic. They actually built a metal town where you can buy a guitar or get a tattoo or if you don’t want any of that you can just enjoy listening to metal for 4 days and hang out with amazing people from many countries. I’ve met a few Australians there by the way and tried to stay away from Russians just because I didn’t want to miss my favourite bands drinking vodka in the camp.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I’d quote the legendary Chuck Schuldiner “Keep the metal faith alive!”
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Chuck Schuldiner of course.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I must say meeting up with people through music is the most enjoyable thing. It helped me a lot to find the right people at the right time in my life and made a tremendous impact on my professional career as well.
There’s nothing that comes into my mind that I would hate about being a musician. It motivates me and makes me feel happy every single day, and I hated only one thing and that’s not being a musician for 2 years when I just moved to Australia.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Ban people from publishing low quality music.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
INXS – “Kick”
I can listen to it every day.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl! How nice it is to have a glass of red wine and enjoy that warm vinyl sound. And if there’s a beautiful woman sitting next to you. That’s just perfect.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Probably, the one when I was opening the show for Kreator in Moscow in 2013.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably promoter, I’m very good at organising things.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
And someone from a black metal scene. Varg Vikernes. Imagine them sitting together at a dinner? Haha.
What’s next for the band?
We will be promoting our debut single for the next two weeks and then will continue working on our next release and this time there will be more surprises. I’m super excited about it.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
It’s mainly Instagram and Facebook groups. Plus, we send our press releases to various magazines, radio stations and blogs with help of our promoter and so far we’re receiving very good feedback.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I just want to say a massive thank you to all the people who’ve been supporting us. That gives us so much motivation and inspiration to play music.
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