INTERVIEW: VOLSTROM

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

Hi thank you for having us, it’s good to be here we’ve been very busy working on this new release as you can image 

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

(JP) A strong motivational anthem, about the opportunities in life and seizing the chances and taking control of your own destiny. “Are you a King or just a slave?” is one of the many lines in the song which are poking the listener’s brain to really think about the current states of their lives and if there is something they could do about it.

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

(IY) No one specific event, we all have one life, one chance to use it and to do the best with it. Life is too short, at least on this earth.

(JP) Picking up on what Ivo said, I wanted to create a song you could listen to when you’re down, something that will shine the light at the end of the tunnel and give you the strength you need to get back in the saddle.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

(IY) It was very good, a lot of work, concentration, we worked with one of the best in the business and everything was very smooth, the result is smashing.

(JP) We wanted to have a video that expressed what the band is about, that captured the energy of  Voltstorm and I believe we achieved just that!

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why naming the album after this song in particular?

Our message is very clear: we don’t sing about random things,  we talk about real life events and issues which are impacting modern society’s idea of freedom.

This record represents our vision of current world affairs, a vision which can be dystopian, like the times when these songs were conceived, written and produced. 

We wanted to sound our best and produce the best work of our careers to date.

“We aim to be different and not just another London band” – I.Yordanov 

“There are no limits of what you can do if you apply your will to it” – J. Prasec

How was the recording and writing process?

(IY) We worked with a producer that is a friend of ours(IY &JP), I know him for many years, and worked with him before with my previous band.

The songs were ready beforehand, and in the studio we did some fine tuning and small changes, and we now have this beautiful record.

(JP) The writing for this album has been intense at times, I wanted to push the bar further than it had ever been before. This was completely new territory for me vocally, lyrically and technically. 

When it came to delivering the goods in the studio I had to undergo some serious preparation and intense vocal training to learn how to master a whole bunch of new techniques which were required for the album.

Alessio Garavello (the producer) push me very hard at times near breaking point but the result was worth it and I am immensely proud of it, hope you guys will enjoy it. 

How has Iron Maiden and Judas Priest influenced your writing? 

(IY)Personally I am into German power metal bands, and my influences are from that genre. All I will say is Kai Hansen. 

(JP) Well it hasn’t influenced the writing directly, those are bands that I had listen to a lot in the past and I still like to listen to. I can certainly say that I have retained some elements of their style into my composition and writing style but mostly in this record I have tried to be me and develop my own style.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

(JP) Initially we started working on a bunch of demos that I had written, then we started coming up with new material which was  then developed organically in and out of the rehearsal room.

Generally I get inspired by real life events present or past and sometimes I imagine the future and stop and think “what if ?” and I write a song about it. 

Musically I can be inspired at any moment this can be a chord on the piano or a riff on the bass  – the spark that starts all new music journey.

What else is happening next in VOLTSTORM’s world?

(IY) We are currently in the process of writing new material for the next album and John is driving me crazy once again.

(JP) That’s true,  we are also about to announce our UK tour that will start on the 31st of March in London, we are planning to use our time in between gigs to keep working on new material and be ready to hit the studio in late 2022.

(IY) Once the Storm starts it will never stop, we don’t talk, we do \m/

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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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