I know that I repeat myself but the world is full of cool metal bands like EVOLUCIJA. Check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Even though our name Evolucija (Evolution) doesn’t really define the style of music we play, we feel it really powerful and symbolic. When we look around ourselves and see all the things happening in the world, it’s easy to think that evolution kinda started turning backwards, which served as an inspiration for our newest album artwork. We would like to be one of the people that will set things in the right direction once again.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-We are Swiss-Serbian Symphonic Metal band. Our singer Ilana is Swiss who came to live in Serbia in 2012. The band was formed in 2007. in Switzerland, and in 2012. we moved the band to Serbia and started to work more actively. In 2016. we had an album out with lyrics in Serbian language, which both critics and fans have received great. It was even voted second best album that year. Starting in September 2017. we played live almost every weekend. Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Switzerland, both club shows and festivals. In March 30. we’ll have an album out with lyrics in English (Pure Steel records and RnR records), and we are looking forward to it.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Yes, we all have something that drives us and has influence on every action we take, be it music, or painting, or any other kind of art or activity. As far as our music goes, our goal is to make catchy-yet-punchy, with nice vocal melodies and in-your-face riffs. Some of the bands that influenced us are Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Queen, Slayer, Nightwish, as well as ethno music from Balkans and some other regions.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-There is a scene with a lot of bands that are absolutely great. Unfortunately, media coverage of up and coming bands is really poor, because this is not where the profits are, which makes it next to impossible for those bands to get to really great number of people.
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?
-Oh yeah, we feel we’re part of the whole Rocknroll movement, and we are happy because of that because rocknroll is a music with a message, that can potentially motivate people to do (mostly good) things. Not to bash other genres, but we’re wondering what kind of message can people take from electronic music, which sometimes sounds like a brainwash music to us.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Haha, well one of our bandmates is a skydiver, so he probably wouldn’t mind all those flying things. Jokes aside, we think artwork should be like music, something to have some kind of story, to make you think. Great examples of that would be front cover of Taken by force from Scorpions. Also, our newest album cover is also really good haha.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-As with everything new, technology made some things easier for us, and also made some things way more difficult. Expansion of illegal downloading is something that costs music dearly. But, as someonce once said, resistance is futile, so we have to find the way to make this beast work for us. And of course, there will always be people that will value physical copy of an album.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Even though rocknroll might not be powerful like it was in the ‘80s, we think there will always be people that like that kind of sound, which will make rocknroll evolve even further. Cause let’s face it, there is nothing better than going to a good old live show and sharing the energy with the band on stage.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We are band with positive energy and we like to share and exchange it with the crowd. We still go to concerts as fans, so having a good time and meeting new people is the greatest thing in this business, doesn’t matter if we’re on stage or in the crowd.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Just the regular stuff, playing in as much countries possible, sharing our music with as much people possible. Our songs are about love, not necessarily in a romantic way, but love for other beings, for our surroundings and the poor planet that is our only home at this point.