I know which bands it was that made me want to be in a band. That it never happened to me is a minor glitch. But it did happen to DEMIST. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It is a funny story; I (Dragica) was given a task to find some possible names that the rest of the band would vote on – this happened while we were still a cover band, a young, hopeful and inexperienced bunch. I came up with several options which I thought would resonate nicely, and this was the option everyone chose. So we stuck to it, from then on.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-I could give you a generic list of the possible descriptions of the genre we would fit in, but it would not do justice to our music, or us, for that matter. So, let me say this: we are a melodic metal band, with heavier influences of melodic death and softer undertones of symphonic and gothic elements. We all invested all our passion and talent into our work, and we intend to do so as long as it feels like the right thing to do, regardless of the hardships.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-It would be so easy to say flat out – Nightwish, since we started of as a Nightwish cover band, and, after all, we are a ‘female-fronted metal band’, which in the minds of many is more than enough to slap on a ‘Nightwish-knock-off’ label. Though the influence is undoubtedly there, it is not as great and certainly not the only one. In a way, the greatest influence have been the bands that have combined the harsh with the soft, the heavy with the sweet – Tristania, Kamelot, Evanescence, Epica, Moonspell, Therion…
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Depends on how you look at it; on the one hand, there are many bands that keep trying their hardest, investing their all into their work, but lately, some of the best of them have been giving up recently, due to the unfavourable position of a ‘metal band’ in our country/area. It simply doesn’t pay off, not even to the small extent as it does in some more developed countries, and the sense of community is severely lacking due to the ‘dog-eat-dog’ sentiment that is present due to the tough situation we are all in. However, luckily, not everyone succumbs to this. There is support and there is comradery among some bands, you just need to look a bit closer to find it.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-As I mentioned in a previous answer, not so much as a part of a movement; even on a global, world-wide scale, the rebellion has long ago gone from the genre, at least so it would seem, especially in comparison to the previous decades. For me, personally, I feel like I am a part of a family. Our little crazy band family, with all the ups and downs that come with that.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-The one that strikes you the moment you see it, that stays with you and makes you think about it, but without the gimmick of gore or tasteless nudity – if everything on it serves a purpose other than being simply shocking, it’s good. If it’s aesthetically appealing and in a way connected to the story of the album title or the story of the band, even better.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-As we have only released our debut album in digital form so far, it’s hard for me to attack it – it’s easier, cheaper, and more convenient for unsigned bands such as us. However, having seen how many people still ask us for a physical copy and whether we are going to make them at some point, I think music has nothing to fear. It is more a matter of what is recorded, not on what, in my opinion. Washed-out, trend-induced music is killing music.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-In our country, Serbia, not very good – the venues range from tragic to inaccessible (except for big national names), and it’s hard to find the golden middle. On a worldwide scale, when it comes to up-and-coming bands, I think that festivals are the way to go, but without proper management, it is not easy to put yourself out there. It all takes a lot of work and effort, if you want it done right.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We don’t play very often due to the venue issue I mentioned previously, precisely because we want to make sure that, if we play, it is a concert, not a friendly gig/party with 20 closest friends in the audience standing next to terrible equipment waiting for us to finish so we can all grab a beer; unfortunately, this is mostly the case with too many bands in our country. We prefer quality over quantity. Whether this is right, time will tell.
What would you like to see the future bring?
Above all, we would love to be at a place one day where we can make for a living from our music. Since not many people can say they are so fortunate, even among some big names in metal music, we realize it is not the most realistic of wishes; aside from that, it is our greatest wish that we always enjoy doing this as much as we do now – otherwise, we won’t be doing it at all.