Hi! Please introduce DEAD FROG to the readers.
Dead Frog is a metal band From Serbia and have been playing and creating metal music for over a decade now. Influenced by bands from different metal and rock sub-genres, and with the idea that metal is supposed to represent raw and powerful emotions, the group combines these styles and motifs with pure metal riffs. Dead Frog was founded by Davor Licic (rhythm guitar and lyrics) and Nikola Pancic (lead guitar and main riff maker) in 2007 and, shortly after, joined by Stefan Pancic (Bass guitar), Milos Pejcic (drums) and Zarko Ristic (vocals).
2. Tell us more about “Burning Bridges”.
Burning Bridges represents the very best work so far from Serbian group Dead Frog. It’s a 70 minutes highlight reel from a decade of creating and producing music and probably one of the longest debut albums of all time.
The album takes you on a journey through the band’s most emotional and existential struggles to keep it’s focus on getting recognition for their music. Burning Bridges is obviously the most important step in that process but it also represents the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one for the band, both musically and existentially. Burning Bridges is the ultimate victory of the dedication, perseverance and faith of a small group of people who believe in their music. Every single tone you hear on the album comes from a pure passion to music and metal.
3. How is it easy to live and survive in Serbia? Is there strong metal scene or just attempts to have some strong scene? How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
It’s not easy living and surviving in Serbia. Political oppression and corruption are reaching their picks. more and more people are leaving the country and it’s getting harder every day, especially for a metal band. The metal scene is pretty solid actually, a lot of fans also but the whole culture is far from any serious recognition and exposure on a bigger scale and without any serious infrastructure it’s impossible to survive. We come from a small town so the music scene doesn’t exist.
4. When did you start writing music – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
Every member of our band has a bit different influences, so it’s hard to specify but the ones we have in common are Maiden, Metallica, Pink Floyd and Tool.
5. What are your main impulses to write metal music?
While we were growing up as musicians we tried a lot of different sub-genres of rock but once we tried metal we knew instantly that that’s our base. Metal is where we feel the best, the most comfortable and free to our selves.
6. What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your musical work?
Difficult question… Every song is somewhat special to a musician, otherwise it would not be created. But we are very proud of “The secret’s key”. Our longest song, it shows our musical range. “Redemption”, an acoustic number, also a good example of our musical and lyrical abilities.
7. When it comes to be musician, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a musician?
Being honest and passionate about your music, that’s the most important to us as a band. In a world where everything is a product and everyone is selling something they don’t really believe in, especially in music, being in a metal band is one of the last forms of doing something that you actually believe in and care about. A good metal band should never be a “product”, it’s against the natural laws of metal as an art form.
Our main challenge is how to reach a bigger audience at the moment, the ambition is to go fully pro as soon as possible.
8. What do you usually start with when working on a new song or lyrics?
It depends, which ever happens first. Sometimes it’s a piece of music from Nikola or lyrics from Davor. Then we built on that idea until the song is done.
9. Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, gathering altogether in general?
Davor: I have two main categories that I focus on in my lyrics: Emotional and social problems. At the moment that’s something I find inspiring and worth exploring trough music. I’m writing about problems I experience around me and inside me.
10. As more and more people are producing and releasing music, there has been an exponential growth in promotion agencies. What’s your perspective on the promo system? In how far do you feel it is possibly undermining musical freedom?
We don’t think it can undermine musical freedom, in that promo system musicians have all the freedom they want, everything is up to the band. The agencies are just the middle man. That much freedom is not always a good thing, especially for a young band.
11. The metal scene has changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should – be new forms and formats for music? And, should we save old-school spirit or just go forward together with musical ‘evolution’ (‘degradation’)?
We would not like to see metal accept trends just for the sake of accepting trends and that is happening somewhat. Keeping the old-school spirit is important and finding balance with keeping up whit modern possibilities is the key to surviving as an industry.
12. Music-sharing sites and blogs, as well as a flood of releases in general, are killing music. What’s your view on this topic?
No amount of blogs, sites and releases will ever kill talent, idea and quality. Talented, visionary and unique bands will always surface and we believe that’s the point.
13. Please recommend two bands to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
The Ralph and Highly Suspect.
14. What are your plans for the near future?
We are planning on starting to write the next album, we have a lot of ideas and we are very excited about that. Also, we are hoping to book some gigs around Europe and spend some more time on stage and with the fans.