Interview with the Band Innersphere

By Mick Michaels
COSMICK VIEW: Hello! Welcome to The Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it's greatly appreciated.
Innersphere: Hello Cosmick View!! You’re welcome and thank you for this interview.

CV: Do you feel artists are often more aware and in touch with their inner emotions and thoughts than non-artists due to the nature of their creative personalities? And if so, could this be considered a benefit when it comes to composing and songwriting?
Innersphere: I think this really depends on each one’s attitude. I think that most artists are writing songs influenced by their emotions and feelings. It definitely is our case. As you may find, “Innersphere” was created as a kind of testimony of our inner thoughts and feelings. And yes, it surely is a big benefit. You have a bond to that music - a theme, topic or a feeling is common to something you know, feel or think about.

CV: For an artist to be successful, do you think having an in-depth knowledge of worldly topics can provide a stronger pallet of songwriting tools as opposed to the artist who just writes based on personal experiences? Do you see any limitations in your opinion?
Innersphere: It’s hard to say. It is definitely good to have a good knowledge of stuff you are writing about, but generally it is again a question of the music you do, lyrics you write and your attitude to it. When your topic or lore is based on a specific theme, you should know what you are writing about…. Also even when you know the stuff you do, it really doesn’t mean you get successful. It matters on many things and songwriting, with the lyrics, are only a part of it…. Anybody can feel free in the creation process…you are your own master.

CV: The new norm has turned the music industry on its heels and back again due to the COVID pandemic.  What do you see as a way bands will move forward to promote themselves without having the availability to tour and perform live as restrictions continue to be in effect worldwide?
Innersphere: Music will definitely turn more digitally, because it is the only way it can happen right now. I love concerts, touring, meeting people…we all in the band miss it a lot. But all the bands do…. In these day, when playing live is not possible, you can focus only on the internet possibilities of spreading music and awareness in general. I hope this state will not be there forever.

CV: Can the music world survive without live performances in your opinion? Could such a scenario jeopardize fan loyalty and interest?
Innersphere: I think it can and will survive somehow, but it will definitely change its style. We saw how the last transformations happened with the spreading of internet and later with streaming platforms. This is again a next step in the evolution and though we may not like it, it is happening right here, right now.

For those, who love music and discovering new artist, this will not change much. I can hardly foresee how shows look in the future, but I think the true fans and music lovers will always come to have a good show together if possible…. There really is a big hunger for live music after these months of restrictions and lockdowns.

CV: For you, what has been the greatest life lesson learned from the events of 2020?
Innersphere: That even when you fall on your face, it’s still a move forward. To keep focused on what you love to do…do it with passion and find a way to continue to keep your good spirits.

CV: If you could go back in time and start 2020 all over again, what would you do differently, especially knowing what you know now?
Innersphere: I wouldn’t change many things, really. I am glad we didn’t know what was coming.

CV: What do you believe separates your music from other similar sounding bands? How does the music make a distinction and what are you hoping fans come away with after listening to your music?
Innersphere: I think we are going our own way, doing the music to be liked by us firstly, not using any pattern like “how to do a big famous metal band,” if you know what I mean. When I write music, I have to feel it, create a bond with it, to see pictures when I close my eyes. These ideas are major elements for me. We don’t follow any genre description, don’t limit ourselves so you can find doom and thrash metal elements one by another and I think we kinda know how to work with that…. We also went through a sound evolution – with each studio recording the sound gets better. I really like our sound on the new album Omfalos (2021). I hope that people will find a similar bond to our songs as I do…to be spiritually connected and also to enjoy the heavy music.

CV: From your experience, can specific songwriting styles or formulas pigeon hole a band over time, possibly creating limitations, or does having a particular style create a level of freedom and uniqueness for both a songwriter and a band? Would having such a specific songwriting style be more appealing to fans as opposed to a diverse approach in your opinion?

Innersphere: Yes, it surely can limit yourself when you strictly set your limits. But it is up to any creative person how he or she will work with that. I personally prefer when I hear a specific style of writing or more progressive music in general. But I find many music fans chose simpler, more straightforward music.

CV: Do you feel music still holds a place in our current culture of social media distancing and instant gratification? Does music still have the same meaning as it once did in our world?

Innersphere: I believe it does. The music didn’t change much. There are many people who listens to music, because they love it, use it as a way to escape the world and to lift their spirits. And this will definitely remain.

CV: What's next? What can fans expect to see coming from the band post 2021?
Innersphere: We released a new album Omfalos on 25.2.2021, so check it out and you can listen and check out what we recorded last year as well. Also we are working on new songs already…so maybe a new recording will be planned…. We hope, that the COVID pandemic situation will get better during this year – we planned a few shows in our country at the end of 2021 and winter 2022. We will see if it will happen…. In the meantime, we most probably will work on some videos – some as documentary, some play-throughs, etc., and will be in touch via social media. 

CV: Thank you again for spending some time talking and sharing with 
our readers. I wish you all the best and continued success.

Innersphere: Thank you too and have a pretty successful year in 2021. Keep safe.


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