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! 


CV: Describe your definition of Chaoseum’s sound and style and how does that definition uniquely describe the music?
Valery Veings: We are not unique but a mix of some different styles of music. We play something between Nu and Metalcore with a touch of heavy metal.


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 it’s an important relationship but also something interesting. It’s natural for us to exchange some words and information with fans on social media. We like it and as long as we have time to do it, we will.


CV: Is fan interaction an important part of Chaoseu,’s inner culture?
VV: Yes, because you can discover some points of view from different countries…how people live, specially during this COVID period.


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: We define the limits ourselves. We don't have to worry about talking about ourselves and our life, but let's protect that of our family. We have a very simple life and a great common passion…music.


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: We can see some differences during tours. In Russia, people are really close to the band and appreciate everything you can do for them. In Switzerland, the are concentrated during the show and in USA, people enjoy the show and have a good time.


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: The main part of our fans comes from USA. I think our kind of music is more appreciate there. That’s great for us because we really love to play in this country and we will be happy to go there often. American people have a lot of famous artists but are not close to listening to some bands from other countries.

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: Anyone who creates something can be an artist. With the digital technology, it’s easier to promote it. We are not a famous band and we have not invent a style of music. We write some music as we like and share it around the world…thanks to internet.

CV: How would you describe the difference between an artist who follows trends and one who sets them?
VV: Most of the artists follow an already existing style and can do it with great quality.  Inventors are artistic geniuses.   They are the ones who make the music evolve and can play in stadium.


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: I'm only interested in the main genre.  It's pop, rock, metal or whatever is enough for me.  Too many names and in the end…we get lost.


CV: What can fans except to see coming next from you?
VV: We just released an acoustic album and are now working hard for the next electric record. Maybe a new single this autumn.

CV: Thanks again Valery for taking some time and talking. It is greatly appreciated.
VV: Thank you


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