As I knew nothing about ZARIA I had to interview them to find out more. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-We would say it’s quite important. It gives the band’s music a kind of etiquette. Our name is quite soft sounding as is our music, at least when it comes to metal, so it immediately attracts the kind of listeners that tend to enjoy the music similar to ours. It also carries a star, which has now become our symbol.

What was it that made you want to do the band?
-We wanted to crate music of our own and decided to see how far we can take it.

What is your definition of the metal you play?
-It has epic parts and is mostly very symphonic but it also carries catchy folky melodies. Vocals are mostly female, but we sometimes use male and choir singing to enrich the sound. Generally our music is very melodic with lyrics telling different stories or contemplating various ideas.

When you work more with groove in your songs how do you arrange the tracks.
-We usually jam a little and record the results, which we then write down and work on the finer details at home. For some songs it is the other way around: we write the general idea at home and then play it together again and again until we get all the details right.

Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-The entire band contributes their ideas to each song and we are all inspired by different things. Inez searches for inspiration in everyday life, Gašper likes to follow his ear and search for harmonies, Jakob seeks his inspiration in stories, Miha finds it in music, Rok is inspired by the workings of different music scales and Nika looks up to great drummers.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-It’s very important for us and we try to do our best to keep up the good work. Most of it is done by Jakob and he goes into great detail to try and translate our music into graphic designs, aided by opinions and suggestions from other members. Rok also does much of our graphics work. We strive to impress people’s ears and eyes.

Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-For us it’s not so much about greater freedom. It’s more about it being easier and more accessible to us financially.

Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-Of course there are limitations. Technology has come very far and today an average person can hardly tell the difference between the digital and the physical if the former is properly done. However, even though we are all but conservative when it comes choosing between those two options, we still feel the physical has a certain charm, a subtle pureness that the digital will perhaps never be able to fully capture.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-We are a bit of an outsider in the Slovenian music scene, because we are too soft for the metal scene and too hardcore to be considered mainstream music. The metal scene in Slovenia is very rigid and elitist, mostly supporting extreme or traditional metal bands. There are thankfully some exceptions but most of the time there is not a lot of room for creativity. The mainstream scene is even worse, to the point where we would rather not even go into it. That is perhaps why we have started to look for international recognition abroad, where possibilities are much less limited.

What does the future hold?
-We don’t know yet. We have some plans, but mostly we tend to go with the flow and hope it takes us to rich waters.

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