WASPTRESS

With a name like WASPTRESS it was no wonder that I sat up and took extra notice. I just had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

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?
-The name came up combining two words – Wasp and Mistress. It was not difficult to find a name for the band, because this name was made up many years ago and now it well suited the concept of the band – a bit from everything – grace, cruelty, passion, independence, energy, etc- all of this you can hear in our music.

As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-In year 2010, feeling tired from work in previous band, which had become unproductive and monotonous, Bigg left it and moved to UK to restart and get new ideas and trends in music. So it started there – the idea and assurance to form a new band, where to realize his musical ambitions, to create and perform music he likes himself. In the fall of 2013 Bigg returned to Latvia and together with guitarist Sixna began to work on the idea of a new band. Soon U.M.”Master”, keyboards and drummer J. Senbergs joined the band. Then we faced a big problem to find a suitable singer in Latvia, therefore we looked also abroad. In the end of 2015 British singer Gaz Hunt joined the band and Wasptress was formed and started to work on first album.
It’s just everything, because we do not have a long history and no special adventures have ever been together … it’s all going to be in the future for us.

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?
-We have not particularly thought about any influence from other bands, but perhaps there is. For us the main things are energy and melody. Subconsciously, of course each of us has some influence from other bands, we have grown together with rock music and listened to many rock music grands. I think the biggest influence on our music is from our characters- independence in views, persistence, fighting spirit. All of it affects our music style and sound.

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?
-In our area there are not many places metal bands can play. Latvia is very small and the general mentality of people is not like metalheads. As we say, Latvia is a Schlagerland, most of people like simple, plain melodies and songs. Therefore we have just a few noteworthy rock groups here. We aim to world market, not Latvia music market. Maybe our ambitions are too high, but still we try.

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?
-You know, we do not feel more special, playing in a group, everyone has his own place in this world and ours is here – in Wasptress. It is our choice.

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?
-Do you mean the wasp on our album cover? Then we can say that it is a part of our band logo. Actually we think that album covers are quite similar. Metal bands mostly have monsters, skulls and bones and the like. We wanted something different and perhaps we might stand out from the others. The ideal cover for us is that brings you out among others, shows the mood, invites to study it closer, rouses interest.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-It is of course handy to have digital music, you can download it anywhere anytime. However a physical album is more special, you can feel it, enjoy the art of cover design. Especially the vinyl records. Their covers are like mini paintings. Is digital killing music? I don’t know, we ourselves listen to music more like for information, therefore it does not matter if it is digital or physical format.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Our stages are festival and summer open air stages. With some exceptions also music club stages, as we are very loud and aggressive. In small venues we blow everybody down.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Concerts are not special happenings, as there have been so many… now live playing is more like a party with our fans.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-For future we want to introduce our music to bigger and bigger loads of people, share it with our fans who like it, make new music, albums, tour the world …. and go on making the music we like ourselves!

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