Interview with Valery Veings of Chaoseum
By Mick Michaels
The Cosmick View: Hello, Valery and welcome to The Cosmick View/MBM Ten Pounder! Thanks for taking some time to chat with us!
Valery Veings: Thank you Mick!
CV: Describe your definition of the band’s sound and style and how does that definition uniquely describe the music?
VV: Our songs are between Heavy and Metalcore. We had a female singer on our first album but now with CK Smile on vocals we have a new frontman. His voice is very versatile. Our new album “Second Life” is close to Korn, Trivium and Slipknot style.
CV: Today, everyone talks about artist and audience connection. Is such a level of connection actually achievable for an artist and if so, how have you made the connection to your fans?
VV: Yes of course, this point is very important. Without the public, playing music wouldn't make sense to me. The stage is my first motivation. We spend a lot of time answering everyone who writes to us on Facebook... and after each gig we spend the whole time at the merchandising stand. We take some pictures and talk with the fans.
CV: Is fan interaction an important part of the band’s inner culture?
VV: Yes and it’s forbidden to miss it. As Dio said, I owe this beautiful job to the fans, so they deserve some of my time to stop, sign a picture or chatting with them.
CV: Can a band truly interact with its fans and still maintain a level of personal privacy without crossing the line and giving up their “personal space” in your opinion?
VV: It’s possible. But you have to protect your family and I don’t talk about my personal life.
CV: Is music, and its value, viewed differently around the world in your opinion? If so, what do you see as the biggest difference in such multiple views among various cultures?
VV: Each country has a typical kind of music and sound. It’s a little bit the same in the Metal world. The sound can be a little bit different…for example a lot of bands from Scandinavia are unique.
CV: Do you feel that a band that has an international appeal, will tend to connect more so to American audiences? Would they be more enticed or intrigued to see the band over indigenous acts because of the foreign flavor?
VV: Of course the United States is interesting but there are a lot of other areas. We toured in 2019 in Russia and it was amazing to share our music with them. Japan and South America are also areas of great interest to us.
CV: Has modern-day digital technology made everyone an artist on some level in your opinion? Have the actual lines of what really is an artist been blurred?
VV: It’s easier today to record an album and share it around the world, but it’s on stage that you really see who the real artists are.
CV: How would you describe the difference between an artist who follows trends and one who sets them?
VV: An artist who follows can be a good artist. Those who invent a style are geniuses.
CV: Has music overall been splintered into too many sub-genres in an effort to appease fan tastes in your opinion? And has such fan appeasements, in actuality, weakened music’s impact as a whole by dividing audiences?
VV: In Metal music, there are too many genres. Separating certain genres are appropriate, but I would like to say a lot of sub-genres were created to catch attention and be unique.
CV: What can fans expect to see coming next from you?
VV: A new video on YouTube is now available. “Stick Under My Skin” is a new song from our album that released on September 25th. We’ll play some gigs in Switzerland in autumn but our European tour was postponed until 2021.
CV: Thanks again Valery for taking some time and talking. It is greatly appreciated.
VV: Thank you so much Mick!
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