Interviews: MoGa

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Experimental Death Metal/Death Metal band, MoGa, from Bulgaria. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

Initially, we had something different in mind. However, it turned out that we could not use the initial idea because it had already been taken. While we were trying to come up with another name, we came across a book dedicated to the power of the word “moga” which, among other things, means “I can” in Bulgarian. It just hit us that this could be our band name. We liked the idea of it and also the way it sounds, so we went on with it.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

As anyone who has taken the time to check out our album knows, there are lots of musical genres intertwined in our tracks. The whole album is experimental as there are quite a few different elements in it, from technical death metal to melodic ballads with clean vocals and classical guitars. This contrast was deliberately sought after and because of this, we are identifying ourselves as an experimental death metal band.

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

When the band came to life in its current form, we mostly knew each other already. There were very few new acquaintances, but this has never been a problem. The “new” faces became an integral part of the band in no time.

4. Each band member's favorite band? 

We are 6 musicians and I guess everyone will name more than one favorite band. So, to cut a long story short, I’d say that everyone enjoys the sound of bands like Meshuggah, Gojira, or Decapitated.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

All our music is created by Anton Dimitrov, our lead guitarist. The main source of inspiration is life, nature, and the music itself. It lives in him and has always been a part of him. Coming up with really cool music ideas comes naturally for him so inspiration can strike anytime, anywhere.

6. Where was your last gig? 

Last month in Sofia, our hometown.

7. Where would you like to perform? 

Where we are playing doesn’t matter if there is someone who would like to listen to us.

8. Whom would you like to perform with? 

We are ready to collaborate with anyone we find common ground with, no matter if it is an already established band or a newcomer.

9. Whom not? 

If a partnership is not based on mutual understanding and loyalty, it is doomed to fail.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? Stage fright?

No. Some level of anxiety – of course, especially at the beginning when we initially didn’t know how the audience would react to our music. I’d advise any beginner who is battling stage fright to stay focused and know that if they have put a lot of effort in their preparation and have worked really hard for it, it will end up just fine. Don’t focus on what you are scared of, focus on what you are about – and this is playing music. It will be ok.

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

There was no intention to replicate any existing band whatsoever, but there are some influences that a seasoned listener might notice. Steve Vai is a musician whom Tony, our band’s main composer, admires a lot, so consequently his music has been an influence, among other bands like the ones I already mentioned earlier.

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

Well, not sure if this qualifies as weird, but once a small group of people came to us after a show. Turned out they were tourists from across the ocean, who just happened to see the poster in front of the club and went inside to check it out, without knowing us at all. They enjoyed our concert a lot and asked to take a picture with the whole band. Maybe it was not weird, but it was very flattering.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

We are very thankful that they are there to listen to our music and support us. Without them, we’d be literally nothing.

14. What do you think of our site? 

It’s great that you truly support the music scene by giving everyone a chance. Also, the articles are very well-written and the interviews are really interesting. Keep up the wonderful work!

15. Something to add?

I’d like to use the opportunity to encourage everyone to check out our official band links: Follow us on all social and streaming networks, this is a great way to support us.

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