It is the last date of the Female Metal Voices Tour 2018; how do you feel about that?

It’s been awesome, it’s been fun, and the tour is packed with diverse talent and great people. So, it’s been an easy tour, that’s kind of float like water. I’ve had a great time, it’s really flowed by. And I’ve found new music of for even myself. I think everyone can come to the show and find a few things that they’ll enjoy. It’s too bad that there’s no more dates or I would say come on out, but you can’t anymore because the tour is wrapping up. But it’s been awesome, and I really hope that this tour can do some more dates in a different area because it’s been a special thing.

Have you got a favourite date in this tour?

Oh man! Yeah, there has been a lot of great dates! I mean, I don’t want to pick any of them. It’s just been a nice tour and of course, you see people from different countries everywhere, but they all have the same passion and enthusiasm for live music which is always a blessing. Especially in this time an age.

How are the feedbacks you’ve received about your double album Prevail I and Prevail II?

I guess, in general it’s been very positive and that makes us very happy because it was a bit of a transition album introducing modern and unique sounds as well as heavy rock within the metal which was very important to us because that is something that we wanted to write and we’re still always trying to make our identity more identifiable as Kobra and the Lotus. So, those albums helped to do that even further but yeah it was very positive. It also was finally the albums that really put us on the map for people which is nice. You wait for that moment to finally feels like the world’s finding you a little bit more.

How did this idea a double album come up to you?

We did it because it’s not very common these days. The idea came from dad. He was listening to a podcast with Bruce Dickinson and Bruce was talking about how the younger generations are doing this so much; and so he just threw the idea to me one day and said “you guys should do this” and I was like “no way” and then after a week I was like “Yeah, *laughs*, let’s do this, we can do this” and we went for it. I’m so glad we did.

For these albums you’ve worked altogether, with all the band. Do you think it’s best to work apart or together?

I mean, I can’t speak for anyone but myself. I really enjoy organic writing with everybody and where we have access to being with people rather than passing ideas along through a drop box but that’s tough because our band is everywhere and the last album, we really did the organic thing where we all came together, we lived in one place and we wrote all that material. Next album is going to be a lot like that as well just because we liked that process. All the work before, we had done a lot of writing and then threw ideas together via internet but this was what we prefer and what we are choosing for the next one as well so, that’s how it’s going to unfold. And we will of course, be collecting ideas we already have on our own and we’ll come to the table with those and we’ll probably start there.

Wasn’t it a little bit difficult to live altogether?

Totally, I would say, it was mostly good, but it was also hard sometimes because for some of us there were some traumatic things happening in our lives and it was hard to separate that inside the house. Some of it came out on the album and that’s how it was meant to unfold so I would never take anything back and I’ve got a really great group of guys. I’m lucky, they are very good people. So, yeah, I would say it was mostly great but hard, it’s like anything when you’re on top of each other for so long, if something serious is happening with the few of you, you can’t help to affect each other.

You’ve worked with Jacob Hansen (producer), how was the collaboration with him?

It was awesome. He is a very hands-off producer, in the way that he doesn’t get involved with writing and it was great because that really pushed us but he did do things like, suggest certain things that really helped us in finding more of this sonic evolution that we were looking forward, that brought forward the generation we come from because we really have a lot of traditional elements in the past albums and that’s cool but it’s been done, it’s already there. We don’t want to be referenced as something from the past, so he really helped us nailing that down. He had a co-producer joining him that we didn’t know about until we got there. That was interesting because we showed up and there was this other guy, a Danish songwriter, awesome dude and I really believe he really helped us also find some signature parts of our sound in some of the music. The only funny thing was that they were speaking Danish to each other a lot and we had no idea what they were saying. But it was a really great experience we got stretched.

On Prevail II, we find the song “Let Me Love You” in two versions: an English one and a Japanese one. How did this idea come up?

There’re three versions with the acoustic one as well. The acoustic is the demo and I was really attached to that, so I wanted to put it on the album as a bonus and then the “Hard Rock” version was the next thing that came and then we took really shifted underneath that. We wanted to do something special for Japan, so I said let’s sing in Japanese! That’s how we did it.

And how was this experience?

It was awesome, it was really cool.

Are going to keep singing in Japanese or not? Are you maybe going to sing in different languages?

We’re going to do it on every album. I’m not sure about other languages yet but Japan always gets a bonus track. It’s like part of the deal for all artists and I don’t know why that is that they get special songs.

The band is going to celebrate it’s 10 years, do you have a memory in your career?

I guess the first one because when I first started writing with people it was actually 13 years ago for that first album and then we recorded it and released it eventually in 2010 and that was a very important because it was the first thing that we ever put out and it was the first tour that we ever did and we learned a lot about ourselves. I learned what I started to want to represent and when you listen to that album, it sounds like a different singer it’s crazy. It’s not my natural voice, I was manipulating it so it’s a very important turning point for the band because real things started after this album first came out.

Do you plan to do something special for the 10 years?

Nope, we don’t have the site to really do something in one location. We’ve never done a release party for an album. We haven’t had a big in off growth, I guess. It’s just not the time yet.

How do you see the band’s future? What are your hopes?

I just hope that we can reach a sustainable level. That’s the first thing that is important because sustainability is really hard and it’s just a lot of investment, emotionally and financially and this can’t keep itself up for a very much longer. So, it needs to keep growing but it needs to grow a little faster, but we can’t control that because you can’t choose what the world will like. you can’t also choose what exposure comes your way and it’s becoming tougher and tougher with the way things are now being marketed. I really wish we could go back to street team days where people posted, you know, posters all-over the city. That would be the best. Now it’s tough, it’s tough for even your own fans on Facebook to see your posts. If you don’t pay Facebook, your own fans don’t see your posts. It’s absurd, it’s very difficult and that’s been a tough thing to navigate. I just hope for the best and the next record also brings again another wave of people that can find us.

Any last words to our readers?

I just want to say thank you very much to everyone supporting live music, no matter what genre, it’s very important and people need music and the world needs music and art. So, I’m grateful to anyone that supported us, and I really encourage you to go and enjoy a show and grab a cd because that’s not something people do anymore. Most bands or projects put a lot of effort into their CDs. There’s a lot of beautiful art and, it’s a token of appreciation for something you cherish. We only get happen together, that’s the truth. We can’t exist without anyone loves or supports the music. So, it’s really this circle of network that is important and completely required for everything to happen. So, thank you, thank you very much, much love. We really hope to see you at a show.

Questions by Alice

Interview by Délia

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