THE GREAT ADVENTURE

I have yet to experience my THE GREAT ADVENTURE but this band brought me a bit closer to fulfilling that dream. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
TGA: It wasn’t that hard, though it wasn’t there for us just like that, there were several versions. But we realized rather quickly that this is exactly what we needed, so we had to jettison other versions when The Great Adventure came up. It means everything to us, as it is descriptive of us and our project as a whole. We love travelling, seeking and opening something new and being in progress and development, and as for the project, we’d really like it to become a true and great adventure 🙂

Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
TGA: It is hard to say, because everyone of us had been someways or other influenced by no less than dozens of bands and musicians. But if we are to pinpoint someone, it is definitely Dream Theater.

When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
TGA: Well, you have to, because a fast dynamic song and a lyrical ballad are not the same at all, you need to highlight and enhance the main message, but also try and not overdo it, and there are different methods and drastically different approaches to each; the same may be said about certain parts in a song that carry some specific meaning.

How does your music work in a live environment?
TGA: We make effort to sound as close to the recordings as possible, though some parts in several tracks were altered to sound richer and deeper.

You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
TGA: Among the things we’ve already released this is definitely the “I`ll Return” single, as it manifests most accurately our current ideas in music. But most of all we are proud of our album that is to be released in summer / autumn 2015.

Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
TGA: Evidently, it is not easy to reach out to all those interested, but still it’s possible. Many things help, such as radio, various magazines, live performances – actually, every method of advertising and promotion may be counted here.

What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
TGA: A great front cover is the one that makes you contemplate it for a long time, while you listen to the music record. In its perfect sense a cover should accurately translate the bigger picture of this piece of art. It is also great if a cover provides you with some food for thought, thus not only carrying the message but elaborating it.

Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
TGA: We do, and it would be great to represent Russia – in our genre, if not in heavy music as a whole. There is no definite telling about metal music in Russia, because the situation in Moscow or Saint-Petersburg, for instance, differs greatly from that in other regions. It is also not so easy to try and make any predictions.

How do one promote one self the best possible way?
TGA: It is always better to promote yourself in a kind of all-in way. Every band is unique, as are the circumstances around it, and so it is crucial to find this very unique way that suits the band.

What does the future hold?
TGA: The closest coming landmark event for us is the release of our debut album, but there is also material in store for more upcoming releases, so it may safely be said that not only this album will be brought to you to listen and enjoy. We also plan to have a lot of shows to play and many other interesting things. There are plenty of ideas, so time will tell.

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