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October 23, 2019

Interview Phrenia

Hi, Phrenia. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Hi guys! We are currently working on two new songs, and throwing music video ideas together for both. It’s always fun to create something!
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
Of course! We are Phrenia, a 5 piece modern electronic metal(core?) band from Serbia. What makes us different are the clean vocals we use and the atmospheric, trance-like synths.
Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
Around the end of 2012 I had this idea floating around for a while to transform some pop songs into metal – not in the usual way, but a bit lighter and catchier, possibly with more synths. We made a few of these. People seemed to like it, and that’s how we got together with the guys.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
Speaking of myself I was more of a trance/dance guy in my earlier ages but I switched sides when I was around 15-16. Everyone else in the band was listening to rock music at this time, haha! Every single one of us started this music thing pretty early, we just loved to play. And we ditched musical education completely. That’s why we suck on our instrument. But at least we’re trying hard.
Phrenia recently released “Perspectives”. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
So on Perspectives we tried something different, to be more catchy and ambient, but in the same time we tried to keep the heavy part of ours in a more “calm down” way. Also, this was the first time we released something that has Hungarian lyrics, which is our mother tongue. We’ve just parted ways with one of our guitarists, so everything was fuzzy. The first song is “Vakfolt”, which is a Hungarian one and is all about that thing that we felt about having to kick someone out because he changed so much that he became a completely different person. The second one, “Invisible” is my personal favourite, because I like sad songs, haha. Invisible has all these uplifting trance sounds in it, and it’s still a dark, melancholic song. We tried to catch that feeling when you really want to tell somebody something important, a secret of yours, but you just can’t. It’s the thing that you really want to tell, and keeping it inside cripples you. “Időtlen” is more like a pop song, than a metal. Its lyrics is Hungarian, and is about finding your way, your path and yourself, while also being in a situation where you can’t really do anything. “Perspectives” is a really dynamic song, it was created really early, and we all love playing live because it’s pulsating rhythm. It tries to catch the essence of an EDM or trance song and put it in metal package. The last one is “Who Knows The Answer?”, which was the last song we wrote. We tried out something we wanted to do for so long: dubstep synths. Producing this one was really fun. The lyrics was written around that phenomenon when you show have multiple personalities for multiple people. It’s about how you try to adapt yourself to others, instead of being what you really are.
How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
Perspectives was a controversial one, in our opinion, because we really ditched the heavy parts, so the fans who liked the heavier Phrenia were a bit disappointed, but fortunately a new group of people appeared who liked these new songs more.
When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
Our first ever gig was in a local pub. It was a really small one, they had to move the billiard table to make room of us, hahaha! A lot of our friends and others came to see us, and the pub just ran out of space. More than half of them listened our first show from the outside. It was awesome though!
What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
We don’t think we are successful, haha! We’re just trying hard and working our asses off to become a part of this metal thing. But talking seriously, we write songs that we would like to hear again and again. Loving your own songs isn’t an egoistic thing in our opinion. If you don’t love what you made, you can’t expect others to do.
Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
Multiple times, of course. We really like to experiment with new ways of doing stuff, so we migrated all of our rig, literally, to a laptop with a sound card. Once, during a show, God knows why, the program we used to play our backing tracks also do all the guitars and the synths in real time started to fail really hard. We completely fell apart after a while, had to stop, and restart the song. Boom, it happened again. And again. Finally opening another version of that program solved the issue, but imagine playing and praying to not to happen again in the same time. That was horrible.
If asked to differentiate Phrenia from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
Unfortunately a lot of cool bands there broke up. So, I can say, what makes us different that we still exist. 😀 This electronic metalcore music with catchy vocals wasn’t really a thing there, and I barely know anyone who tried this genre. Maybe this. Or maybe the fact that we look serious, but we are still just kids having some fun.
How compatible are band members with each other?
Every single one of us is a complete retard by itself, imagine having 5 of this. At the same place. In the same time. We are annoying, and all of our jokes are disgusting or silly inside jokes. But at the end of the day we love to work with each other, and even if there’s some issue here and there, we are bringing our best to the table. Without being friends aside from band members, that would be impossible.
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
Unfortunately our local scene is very small, and some of the bands we like to listen to are no longer exists. But if we had to highlight some, Mortero, Subway and Sequence. From Hungary it’s Subscribe, USEME, Nova Prospect and Leander Kills.
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
We started this when we were in high school. It was easy back then. Now almost everyone of us has a steady job and in a relationship so we have to make sacrifices to keep Phrenia going on and organise our free time really carefully. As a group of friends, we always make some time to get together. Sometimes it’s really difficult, because two of us lives in Hungary now, and the others are here in Serbia.
Phrenia is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
Thank you! I hope we’re gonna play at Wacken or Nova Rock on the main stage, haha!
Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
Thank you!