INTERVIEW: Tzarina

Pic by Kelli J Bartlett

Hi Craig, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Pretty good! Just winding down from a long weekend. Between spending most of Friday promoting the new single and Saturday at rehearsal, it’s been kind of a whirlwind weekend.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Deadsong”?

Sure.  The song was originally conceived back in late 2017/early 2018. I had spent the better part of the last 2 years writing, rehearsing and playing all over the northeast with another project and I was kind of anxious to get some of the heavier ideas out of my head and onto a hard drive.  I had presented a handful of ideas to them but knew that they were probably too heavy and that they would ideally be used for Project Deafmute (the original moniker of this band).


A Pandora’s box of ideas had been opened and Deadsong was one of the heaviest of the bunch.  It’s the reason we decided to put together a whole album’s worth of material. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

At the time, I was having trouble dealing with a lot that was going on in my life.  Everything from hating my day job to coping with the loss of my mother, which had happened a year prior.  I knew it was boiling over and I wanted to at least try and put that energy into something productive.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

For this track, maybe a lyric video sometime soon.  This is just the first release, though.  I’m excited to get the next small project together for releasing a full video with our second single. That may be coming either late 2020 or 2021 just after the holiday.  “Deadsong,” though, was the song that we wanted out there to let everyone know that we are here and we are absolutely ready to take this to another level (even during a pandemic).

How was the recording and writing process?

As I had mentioned, all of the writing was done primarily in the early demo’ing process so all 11 songs for the album were already 95% fleshed out.  I had been bouncing vocal ideas back and forth with Mark (guitar, Vox) and while we were still trying out drummers, were planning on getting to the studio to start cutting the album in mid-March 2020.

(Enter COVID-19)

Literally the morning I was scheduled to get to the studio, the nation had declared the coronavirus a national pandemic.  Within weeks, states all over the northeast were issuing home-in-place orders and the quarantine had begun.  It was decided for the sake of staying productive but safe, I’d be the only one going to the studio to track the album, as I had already had a rapport with the producer and the studio.  The band, still very much in its infancy, had agreed and trusted me to get it done.


The only instrumentation I’m not performing are the drums.  That was performed with and all of the album’s production done by Nick Bellmore (Dee Snyder, Hatebreed, Toxic Holocaust, Kingdom of Sorrow, Kings and Liars, and the list goes on)

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

I love New York City. It’s where the idea for this band started, even before I lived in Brooklyn.  I have always just wanted to be apart of the NYC music scene in any capacity – whether it’s with my own projects or filling in with others as a session/studio player, I knew I wanted to be a part of that community.  Finding the guys in the band to play with is already a marker of success in my mind.  The fact that they like my writing and trust me with direction is absolutely mind blowing.

How has the likes of Deftones influenced your writing?

I’m only starting to make this connection now even though early listeners have said that we draw a lot of similarities.  Our influences range everywhere from grindy noise metal to jazz to musical theatre to reggae so it’s always interesting to hear what people might categorize us as (as much as I hate to categorize us at all).

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It’s done.  It’s been done since July but with the current state of the health crisis, we’re taking a slow burning approach to the album’s release until we have a better idea as to when we can hit the road in some capacity. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Ideally, I’d like to have the video wrapped by the end of the year so that we can put it out just after the new year.  Anticipating January of 2021, but we may sprinkle one more single in there somewhere.

What else is happening next in Tzarina’s world?

Rehearsals.  We want to be show-ready at a moment’s notice.  Along with that, just hitting the ground running on making more music and getting it out there.

Stream “Deadsong” here.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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