Interviews: Victoria K


On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Symphonic Metal band Victoria K from Australia. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Victoria K was a solo project for many years and evolved to a stage that started creating live performance opportunities. At that time it made sense to create a full time band. We decided to keep the name and brand Victoria K and all its socials. It was the logical move.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Ever since I was about 9 years old mum played me Evanescence songs and they just resonated with me. When I first heard an Evanescence song, it scared but intrigued me. I love this genre because of the musicianship: Every instrument has something to say, they all mean something and are important in their own right. Every musical layer adds a level of complexity and intrigue. I love the melodies and all the different sub-genres as well. There is so much to explore in metal and so much to appreciate and enjoy. The thing I love the most is the storytelling, the stories and meanings behind the lyrics are incredible. That’s why I love listening and writing songs in this genre.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

I didn’t know anyone, except for Sheri. The way we met was that I wanted to learn extreme vocals for myself and Sheri was highly recommended for me to talk to. After a while, I asked her to sing and feature on a few tracks for me. Everyone fell in love with Sheri so much, we all wanted to keep her. Marty our bassist was introduced to us by Sheri. James and Julia both played at the Eluveitie support gig with Sheri and we just all got along. Everything just seemed to click.

4. Each band members favourite band?

I love Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, Kamelot and Eluveitie. Julia is a huge Opeth fan and just adores ABBA. Sheri has a huge range of favourites which include Queen, Whitesnake, Behemoth, Opeth, W.A.S.P, Nightwish, Iron Maiden, Kamelot, Slayer and James favourite band is Porcupine Tree.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I write songs based on what I see in other people during my everyday life. I believe that everyone is extremely complex and when I see people in different situations and expressing different parts of themselves, I like to try and encapsulate that in a song. For lyrics I like to read a lot of poetry, I love Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare and HP Lovecraft. They are my favourite poets, and their works really influence my writing style.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was when we supported Eluveitie for their Melbourne show. We also have a headline show on March 28th in Melbourne.

7. Where would you like to act?

We would all love to play the Wacken Open Air Festival. That has been one of my biggest dreams since I was young.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I have already played in one of Eluveitie’s shows which was amazing. I would also love if we played shows with Kamelot, Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, Amaranthe and so many more bands. It would be an honour because I look up to them so much and I love their music.

9. Whom not?

There really isn’t anyone we wouldn’t want to play with.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from Stage Fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

I think we all used to suffer from stage fright when we first started. I feel that because this is so important to us it can be scary at times to make sure what we present is perfect for our fans. Sheri has had some really bad stage fright episodes in the past. Julia goes back to her technique and training to support any fear. James has been playing for a long time and trusts in his training. I think the most important thing to remember is that stage fright is okay and always go back to your training and your practice to get you through. I always have the same routine before going on stage, I do my vocal trills side stage. The routine calms you down. When I started to perform all the adrenaline helps and when I see the fans faces in the crowd I find total peace.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Kamelot, Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, Eluveitie and Evanescence.

12. What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

No one has ever asked for anything super strange. 13What do you think of your fans? We love all my fans and we are very grateful for all of them. Without them, we wouldn’t be doing what we are doing today.

14. What do you think of our site?

I love it! There are so many different articles and it expresses so many different types of art! I love reading about all the different artists and their experiences and journeys. 15Something add? Thank you so much for having us! It’s been amazing talking to you.

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