Danish metal-core outfit Siamese have seen a meteoric rise since their inception back in 2011. Their latest album 'Super Human' was released on May 24th, 2019 and has garnered over ten million streams in the year since.
I recently caught up with the bands vocalist, Mirza Radonjica-Bang to talk about life in quarantine, 'Super Human', being a scene kid and Siamese releasing 5 brand new tracks before the end of the year!?...
"Siamese have been impacted quite heavily on the live side of things...In the meantime, we have written 5 new tracks that we will release during the next 5-7 months"
Firstly, I have to ask this at the moment, how have you guys been coping in the lock-down, what kind of things have you been up to since the lock-down came into effect.
Hey Stuart. Thank you for the feature. Well Siamese have been impacted quite heavily on the live side of things. Festivals cancelled, one Japan tour, one Australian tour and one EU tour all cancelled. Sucks but it’s the same for everyone. In the meantime, we have written 5 new tracks that we will release during the next 5-7 months
How did you get into writing and creating music? Was there a decisive moment or event that you remember that made you stop and think, wow, THIS is what I want to do with my life?
I can only speak on my own behalf (Mirza, singer). I have never had an epiphany, nor do I come from a family where music played a big part. I grew up in refugee camps and the dodgyier areas in Denmark. Growing up I always went with the flow. Music found me, not the other way around. And without a real plan or idea I just took it step by step. It took me 10 years to get a career to support me, but it has been a fun ride so far. In 10 years, I might do something else, but probably not.
Let’s be honest 2020 has been a weird year so far and things will probably be weird for a while. As an artist, especially an artist with huge shows that were postponed such as Download and a Japan and Australia tour. How has this affected your rhythm? This is the time you would be out there playing shows!
A lot of fun experiences have been missed. It really sucks, but that’s life. At least it’s not because people stopped caring. That would be far worse than a missed show.
"We are definitely pushing our sound. The new songs go in a much heavier direction in some ways."
‘Super Human’, your latest album, was released on May 24th, 2019. How was the creation process for ‘Super Human’ compared to your previous album ‘Shameless’ in 2018’?
I believe Super Human was written in little over 3 weeks’ time. By that I mean the creative process. It was fun and great to do. Not too much overthinking, I guess. It seems like our best work to date so I am really happy about it. Comparing to previous work a lot of the band democracy has been killed. Every person in the band has a well-defined role, and that has really changed us, and I believe made us even better as a collective.
‘Ocean Bed’ is an absolute belter of a track and shows just how talented you guys are. Is it always the ambition of the band to always push the limits of what the definitive Siamese sound can be?
Thank you. Funny with that song. None of us have that one as one of our favourites but goes to show that the creator does not always know what is best for him/her. We are definitely pushing our sound. The new songs go in a much heavier direction in some ways. We aim to make every song have character in some way or another. It is our sound, but every song has to have a special thing in them.
With everything still up in the air, what do you think the rest of 2020 will look like for you as a band?
It will be very quiet on the live side of things, but we will release some songs this year. Hopefully they will buzz beyond our own little pond.
"I was a scene kid for sure. I grew up on Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance, Fall Of Troy, Blessthefall. I did not rock the hair and the black clothes, but I was there for the shows and emo nights for sure"
‘Super Human’ shows new unheard depths in your sound and just how far your sound and musicianship has come since the release of ‘Shameless in 2018, was this a conscious choice or a natural evolution of your sound?
I think most of the evolution has to be handed to Andreas Kruger (guitar, songwriter). He has evolved into an international producer with platinum selling singles for Becky Hill (wish you well), Sigala, David Guetta and many more. It is his constant drive to push his own boundaries that has made us better. That and of course a whole lot of touring. I consider us to be a fairly charismatic and good live band.
For the track ‘Super Human’ features Olivio, who smashes it by the way, how did this collaboration come about?
He is a good friend and we share studio with him. We need it someone with a darker tone to make the track more smooth. He delivered big time!
If you could choose any one person to do a guest spot on one of your tracks who would you choose and why?
Tillian Pearson of DGD. He is my favourite vocalist in the world.
If you had to choose one song from the Siamese catalogue that you feel encompasses the bands signature sound, which song would you choose and why?
Tunnel Vision is my go-to-song. It’s got that catchy chorus, that high pitch singing, that technical guitarwork, that modern feel, and most importantly it embodies our signature of taking popsongs and incorporating them into our own songs.
Finally, as we are called Not A Phase, were you a scene kid when you were growing up? If not, what kind of music were you rocking out back in your formative teenage years?
I was a scene kid for sure. I grew up on Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance, Fall Of Troy,
Blessthefall. I did not rock the hair and the black clothes, but I was there for the shows and emo nights for sure <3
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