I have heard Salvation For Me band for the first time not so long time ago, but they brought some good emotions to me, so, let’s see what musicians can tell us!
Hi! Tell me about Salvation For Me. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Paul: Hello! So, the band’s been named like that cause only music is our only salvation from the chaos and turmoil of the outer world. When you’re creating something you love, you’re immersing yourself in the process. What comes around, stays around then.
“Keep” album was released about one week ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Michael: No, there are no such wishes. We were composing this stuff for way too long. We kept altering everything, re-recording most of the vocal parts when the album was really READY just because at one point Paul and Andrew said they no longer liked how scream parts sounded. Finally, after we’d erased blastbeats and fast double bass drum parts, the last echo of deathcore, present in our last EP “Across All Trials’, dissipated.
Andrew: Yeah, and that’s for the best! Back to the question of our feelings – i can just say it feels like we’ve raised a child and let’im wander the world.
Tell me more about “Keep”? Album ideas etc…
Michael: The album idea is simple: “Cherish everything you care for “. Retain your feelings to the loved ones; reinvent yourself in others’ worlds; don’t let down those who need help. And finally, take care of our unified HOME. I don’t even know what could be more important.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Paul: It comes from everything that’s going on, from listening to music, some events etc. Then i want to get away from my thoughts, immerse myself in the music and, hmm.. like to speak out about what you don’t want to tell anyone else just so you could feel better, you know. Our songs are the stories of certain life spans, our experiences etc. Once Michael wrote a lyric to another guitar riff and wow, it was just right, just what i wanted to say with that song, BUT obviously i had’t told him a word!
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Salvation For Me’s sound?
Andrew: Let’s see, if you turn on a Metalcore album, where suddenly you’ll hear typical for Screamo music guitar riff and then the heartbreaking vocal will burst in, percussion and nu-metal riffs or even a drum part with hip-hop dynamics starting unexpectedly – well, there you go, that’s SFM’s stuff.
We make emotional music with poetry-prevailing lyrics but it doesn’t make our songs less dynamic. We’re trying to originate our own atmosphere and to stay distinctive.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Ivan: Yep, we’ve got some new stuff coming but meanwhile we’re shooting music videos for our songs. Just a few days ago we filmed a vid for one of the most dynamic tracks so get ready for the powerful blast this September!
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Paul: There are lots of them. Sometimes you’ve got no idea really what kind of music may influence you, it all happens at a subconscious level or something. Gotta admit, Northlane and Molotov Solution inspired me to buy a 7-string guitar three years ago. And then I got into composing my own music, looking for a band instead of just being a couch potato covering somebody else’s songs, you know.
Ivan: My sound’s been influenced by several bands. For example, I like bass parts of 30STM songs for their legibility and patterns. The “Phat” and playing with pauses-Vildhjarta. And so on, hard to name them all. The result is a symbiosis that may change with time. I’m experimenting with the instruments, processing, searching for the sound particularly good for SFM.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Michael: Ah, hard to tell. If it’s appropriate, then why not, could be awesome!
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Andrew: We don’t have a defined strategy. We’re more into the music itself, the rest is our manager’s job.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Andrew: Sport. But still, we always keep thinking and speaking about our music and the whole music world ’cause we can’t imagine a different life.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Ivan: Mine are sceptical. They give me a puzzled look when I’m talking about the investments and expenses lol, but on other hand they get genuinely happy for me when they see the results.
How’s the metal scene in Russia right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days? With all those concerts prohibitions etc… Also, is it easy to live there at all?
Michael: The Metal scene is beginning to forge ahead, gradually. Unfortunately, we have no major labels and big festivals but some steps in the right direction are being made. There’s no hindrance for our live gigs here since our lyrics aren’t political or religious.
Paul: An understatement) Yeah, don’t worry, it’s ok to live here, as you see, we even contrive to release the albums)