Interviews: Tzarina

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock band, Tzarina, from the USA. 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?

The band name actually came from an afternoon of me going down a history rabbithole with the last Russian Empire. In one of the dialogues, Rasputin referred to the Queen as Tzarina. It sounded musical and just kind of stuck with me. Eventually, I told the rest of the guys we were changing the band name and the consensus was that it was cool and different so we should go with it.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We’ve all been in and out of bands all our lives. The music we’ve played ranges everywhere from metal to jazz, reggaeton, progressive rock and much more. The last four years or so, I’ve been putting this project on hold due to conflicts and maybe a little bit of a lack of confidence. I’ve also been writing with my other band in that time but it’s more of an alternative rock outfit. I have had a yearning to start doing something heavier for quite some time. When I met the rest of the band members individually, it seemed that stylistically, we were all on the same page and wanted a project that wasn’t going to fall to the wayside. In an era where no one is playing live, we’re figuring out how to carve out our space in the music world.

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

No. Mark, (guitar/vocals) found me on bandmix, which if you’re not familiar is basically a social media platform for musicians. I’ve never put much effort into it because it seemed like an island of misfit toys, but Mark reached out one day because he came across my page and listened to one of my old tunes. He liked it, connected and started sitting down with some of the other material we had written. From there he introduced me to Mike, our bass player. They were in another band for years together that had recently broken up so I’d for sure say I was lucky to find them both so quickly. Especially in a place like NYC where the music scene is pretty competitive. From there, we went hard with drummer tryouts. After a couple months of that we found the nicest drummer to walk the face of the Earth - Rob.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Craig - Jeff Buckley, Daughters and Dolly Parton probably.

Mike - Pink Floyd, Allman Bros, Rancid

Rob - Rolling Stones, Coheed and Cambria

Mark - Nine Inch Nails, Nothing But Thieves, City and Colour

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

It can come from anywhere, really. I’ve been a musician my whole life and have found that whenever inspiration hits you in the face, its origins are often not anticipated. That being said, lyrically, I draw parallels to my life because that’s what I know. I don’t ever really want to say a song is about something though - I want a listener to determine what that is for themselves.

6. Where was your last gig?

This band hasn’t gigged yet. But we’re ready for when the time comes. Our rehearsals are almost entirely focused around having an amazing live show. I like it so far.

7. Where would you like to act?

Locally, it’d be Brooklyn Steel. Nationally, Red Rocks is a big goal of ours!

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

When shows are a thing again? We’d love to play with some of our friends around the CT and NYC areas. Get our feet wet. Ideally though, we’ll be hitting some more of the other regions and getting on bills with other acts that we admire. Baroness, Moontooth, Daughters, Thrice...whoever will have us.

9. Whom not?

We probably wouldn’t fit on a country bill but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t do it.  
10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I used to get in my own head when I first started playing live at like 17-18 years old. You shake it off quick if you keep doing it though. Eventually you find your footing, get comfortable and are able to let loose.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

The couple bands that we’ve constantly been getting references to with this project are Deftones, Thrice. Those are some big ones. Our influences are all over though - if you really listen, you can hear them.

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

When a fan asks us for something, we’ll let ya know.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Right now, it’s mostly just friends and friends of friends who have started to hear about us. They’ve been great in helping us get the word out.

14. What do you think of our site?

It looks great! Very professional and eye catching. We’re looking forward to being featured in it!

15. Something add?

Visit us and listen to us everywhere! Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, etc. If you like what you hear, please spread the word. We feel so strongly about this music and the coming album that we’re willing to put it all on the line, even during a pandemic!. 

Follow us Insta: @tzarina.official
Twitter: Tzarinaband

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