Hi, STARSOUP. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Hey, it’s Alexey Markov, singer and guitarist (and producer) of the band called Starsoup. We’re checking every online review for the new album! We also very much look forward to getting the cds, cause the booklet art is gonna be supercool.
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
Starsoup is still a studio project with me and a plethora of other musicians. We released our first album 4 years ago, and as I was busy with other musical projects, it took us 4 years to create the 2nd album. The music is very diverse – it’s progressive rock, heavy metal, folk and singer-songwriter mixed together. Fans of Queensryche, Pain of Salvation and Circle II Circle would probably like our music.
Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
I guess I started recording the songs in about 2012, but the first album “Bazaar of Wonders” appeared in the year 2013. Besides me, all other guys are session musicians. This allows me to use my imagination wildly – like, we have saxophone and flute and grand piano, different guitarists for different styles. Not all songs are written by me – if I love a song of a friend, I can produce it and sing it and arrange it. So I’m kind of forming a musical crowd, not a real band.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
I guess I started in a school choir when I was about 10, then studied drums at a music school, and the guitar at about 16. Got into heavy metal when I bought AC/DC’s POWERAGE and then got into Metallica, Blind Guardian and Rage. Good days! I took vocal lessons for a few years too.
STARSOUP recently released “Castles of Sand”. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
Oh, it’s gonna be long! By the way, all the author’s liner notes will be in the booklet, so if anyone’s interested, get a cd! But, briefly:
The Catcher in the Lie is about politics, and tv propaganda manipulations. Into the Woods is about a couple where one person desperately pulls another one to move to the country (and succeeds). Brother’s Plea is based on the Bible’s story of Sarah and the split of religions. Your World Is Dead is a fantasy-western-style epic based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Rumors of Better Love is,well, about love. A desperate love though. Haha. Escapist is for those who prefer digital worlds to the real one.. Winter in Shire is of course based on Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. Castle is an instrumental, but there are some lyrics from Kafka’s Castle in there. The World That Has Moved On is a reprise of the 4th track about the Dark Tower. Light Up the Stars is a 80’s style rock ballad about wanderlust. Moon on the Shore is a calming instrumental piece served as an outro.
How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
No, I’m afraid it’s too early for new songs. We want this one to be heard, so we’re gonna be concentrating on promo. We’ll try to shoot a video or two. The response is very polarized so far. Metalheads don’t quite understand our soft ballads, and therefore some reviewers give us like 2 out of 10 points. But who loves music on its own and is not framed in some kind of a mind cage, will like this album.
When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
It was long ago in some small Moscow venue, maybe 10 years or more – that time we were called Crime of Passion and we played a whole lot of cover songs.
What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
Persistence and will, and of course some luck.
Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
Well, when your ear monitors stop working, it’s not that epic! Haha. Nothing very special though.
If asked to differentiate STARSOUP from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
We are very different cause of our eclectic songs. You can’t just listen to one Starsoup song and understand the the band. You have to listen to the whole album!
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
You probably heard of ARKONA that tours the world every year. Other local bands we enjoy (and sometimes take part in) are Shadow Host, Tantal and Distant Sun.
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
We don’t manage very well hehe. So something is always left behind – either music, or family, or work.
STARSOUP is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
I guess my ideal future will be touring the world as a headliner, but let’s be realistic – a few European festivals would be great too.
Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
Thanks for your questions! Keep rocking!