Interview with Seraina and Mike of Dead Venus

By Mick Michaels

The Cosmick View: Hello,
Seraina & Mike and welcome to The Cosmick View/MBM Ten Pounder! Thanks for taking some time to chat with us!
Seraina & Mike: Hi there! We are looking forward to chat with you!

CV: Describe your definition of
the band’s sound and style and how does that definition uniquely describe the music?
Seraina & Mike: We call our music “Progressive Rock” because it’s a term for music you can’t actually describe, haha. We have many influences but the important thing for us is to be authentic so we always try to create our very own sound.

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?

Seraina & Mike: The connection to our fans is very important to us. It actually is why we are making music…to communicate and connect.

Music can do wonderful things and it’s always a pleasure to read comments and personal messages of our fans.

CV: Is fan interaction an important part of
the band’s inner culture?
Seraina & Mike: As said before, yes, it is very important for us. The fans are the people who believe in us, who support us and who spread the word of our music. How can that not be important? (twinkles)

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?

Seraina & Mike: It for sure is a thin line. As an artist you are “out there,” people watch you, and of course with our music, we somehow let people in our lives. It is just very important to set some boundaries and plan your day. We also have to block some people from time to time because they only want to make trouble and bring chaos. But in this case - block and forget - that’s our motto. (smiles)

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?

Seraina & Mike: Although we haven’t traveled the whole world I think that music still is considered as art generally everywhere around the globe. I rather think that the education a person has and the time she or he lives in make a difference. Of course the music itself varies depending on where you are and often we forget that western popular music is not a common denominator everywhere.

But how good music affects people in different places is similar: it communicates to people and makes them feel better…hopefully (grins). Also because music itself is a phenomena you can’t touch or see, it could make listeners wonder if there’s maybe more to life than just, e.g. materialism.

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?

Seraina & Mike: If you are talking about music with lyrics it obviously appeals better to an audience that understands the language the lyrics are in. But that’s just one factor. Another thing that matters is the style of music you go for. E.g. I don’t think a German-Schlager-band would be very successful in the outskirts of Siberia and an experimental-indigen-combo wouldn’t succeed in L.A.. On the other hand, some may also be attracted by the unknown. So it’s really hard to tell. I think one of the most important things is that a band comes across authentically.

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?

Seraina & Mike: I don’t think that changed much. Nowadays and with these tools, it’s much easier to pretend to be an artist but that doesn’t make you one. True art will still be art and “plastic” will be “plastic”…know what I mean?

From our point of view it’s more important that we take our time to grow a real fan base and do work independently then grow very fast but make compromises with our music. And there are still people out there who are searching for that authenticity.

CV: How would you describe the difference between an artist who follows trends and one who sets them?

Seraina & Mike: The one that follows trends is obviously a follower and the one that sets new trends is a Leader. IMO a follower is someone who’s great at copying stuff and a leader is most of the times a splendid creator.

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?

Seraina & Mike: Somehow you can split the music world in only two parts…Entertainment & Art. For entertainment, it is the most important thing to create something the people already know and that simply entertains them. With art, you show someone a brand new world and if that someone is open to that it, has a huge impact. When music really blows you away it’s a big impact. I don’t think that changed in any way. But there are way more bands and acts out there so it’s not always easy to find what you really like. That’s how I look at it (smiles).

CV: What can fans except to see coming next from you?

Seraina & Mike: Goals for 2021? To achieve world-domination there’s not enough time left in 2021 so we postponed this to 2022 (laughs).

No seriously, like maybe most of the bands out there, we want to reach more listeners. Because it’s still difficult to plan for live-concerts we’re focusing on spreading our music online, also with the help of our management.

Releasing singles, EPs & videos that promote our upcoming album “Flowers & Pain”, taking care of the social-medias and staying in a good musical shape to be ready for our tours in 2022 keeps us busy.

Since last week it is possible to pre-order our upcoming album check the link here:

The album will be released in February 2022 just in time for the big European tour we can play with Orphaned Land in March/April 2022.

CV: Thanks again
Seraina & Mike for taking some time and talking. It is greatly appreciated.
Seraina & Mike: Thank you too! Was nice to meet you. Stay colorful & rock on!

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