Interview with Heretic’s Dream
Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it
Our last album, “Resilience”, was released on November, 23rd, 2018. All musicians being in the metal business for almost 10 years have refined that talent called resilience, as it is the only way to survive in a cruel environment like that. Just joking! (or maybe not…). Resilience is the ability to recover from a bad situation, to find the strength to be reborn even stronger, to address negative events towards the direction of experience and personal growth. It is the voice inside who whispers to you not to give up, and shouts loud when it’s time to fight, to forgive and believe in yourself. As what really matters is the willingness to better yourself, despite of falls and mistakes. Fans should expect the usual Heretic’s Dream uncommon mix of hard metal riffs and arrangements with pop voice melodies. Our goal in music has always been to let what we’ve got inside come out.
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
My husband and I formed the band as a further way to stay together doing what we liked. In almost 10 years of existence, Heretic’s Dream has welcomed more than 20 musicians, amongst bass players, second guitars, drummers and keyboard players, and almost all of them left their footprint not only on live performances but also in the composition. It’s cool as each musician has got something different to give, a different taste, his own way of feeling. Learning is a never-ending process, if you keep your heart and ears open and don’t bury yourself within stereotypes and certainties. Challenges should always be perceived as opportunities.
How does your writing process normally work out?
It all starts from Andrej, who writes down a draft of a song with a rough arrangement of all instruments, but no voice. Then each one of us works on his own bit, then we meet to try it on. It happened we did not even rehearse once and we directly went to the studio phase, not knowing what each us would have recorded, like we did for the last album. But we trust each other so we always know it’s gonna sound good in the end.
What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
Music is not the primary occupation for anyone of us.
What are your influences/musical references and the impact those influences had in your sound?
Maybe our issue is that we do not have a real musical influence, so we let any kind of sound we have in mind make its way out. Metal audience, instead, need to label a band and gather its sound in a precise place.
What’s next for you?
We are working on a pop/dance single which will be released through a video. It’s our personal experiment. This is freedom from everything and everybody, even yourself. We’ve got such freedom and we value it very much.
Answers by: FRANCESCA D VENTURA (Heretic’s Dream vocalist)