here's a new interview with mary taken from the italian webzine entrate parallele: http://www.entrateparallele.it/modules/articles/article.php?id=525
From warm Sardinia to cold Norway hunting a dream in the name of heavy metal. How many would be really ready to take such a step? Our Mary Demurtas did it and since some years she's the new singer of Tristania, with whom she already started to be active also in the songwriting process, as the lastes "Rubicon" shows. While waiting to have a chance to see her live on the italian stages, here's the chat we had with her.Hi Mary. It's a real pleasure to host you here on EntrateParallele. So let's start explaining how you became part of Tristania: at that time news stated there were tons of people and if I'm right the selection actually lasted long...
Hi!!! It's a pleasure for me, too! The guys had told me that there were many applicants. In february, 2007 a friend of mine made me notice that the band was searching for a new vocalist and I therefore took the courage to send a demo; luckily enough, after some months, in July, 2007 I received a proposal from the band.What about your previous experiences? I've read that you already had had some also in heavy metal, with Reel Fiction before and later with Alight.
My first experience in a metal band has been with Reel Fiction, a group already active since years before I joined them. We recorded a 4-tracks demo in Germany and the producer was Helloween's guitarist Sasha Gerstner. I recall it as a very positive thing, I learned a lot from it. We parted ways in 2004. Back then I had also began to work with Alight, a band from Bolzano (town in the northern part of Italy
, note by me). At first it was meant as a collaboration for some gigs, then we wanted to record a cd but the thing didn't happen because I entered Tristania. I think those tracks have been recorded later with another singer, which was right since I couldn't go on with them anymore. Anyway, the Alight period has been a very brief one.Did the guys ever asked you (or did you ever intend) to get closer to Vibeke's singing style or did you always have your freedom?
I had already explained the guys that I had my own style and my ideas and that if we had ever started to play together I would've wanted to keep on being myself. The guys liked my nature and it hasn't been difficult, since they wanted to refresh the sound.In "Rubicon" you participated in the songwriting of several songs music-wise and also in the writing of the lyrics to "The Passing", always together with the other bandmembers. What has this been like?
I always find myself very good working with other artists, as long as they're skilled and passionate and have an open mind. I always worked with the vocal melodies and some lyrics, such as "The Passing" and "Protection". It's the first time I'm writing some gothic metal stuff but I like it!In my review I wrote that Rubicon is a sort of transition-album between the past and the future of the band. Do you agree or do you rather believe that the future direction has already been chosen and that album is a real first chapter of this new era?
I agree with your definition of transition-album between the past and the future of the band.
When Vibeke left, Tristania decided to refresh their sound and the style with a more face-to-face and agressive singing - but always melodic and melancholic nonetheless. I think Tristania have now changed their face, not only because there are many other members but also for the stage presence and their look.What does "gothic metal" mean to you? Do you feel closer to those primigenial bands like Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Tiamat or those late period, female fronted one like Nightwish, Epica, After Forever, Within Temptation, and so on?
Katatonia, Tiamat and Paradise Lost are among my favourite bands but they're different from Nightwish or Epica because the latter have a female operatic voice; all these bands belong to the genre: apart from each other's tastes you can't say which is more gothic than the other.I'm really curious about this: here in Italy we always admire metal bands from abroad, even because many musicians of these bands are able to make a living of their music. Is it so for you, too? Has something in your life changed now, financially?
Right now I have also another job and I always had to work, since "Rubicon" came out only last August! Maybe in the future things will change for better...In other interviews I read that you moved to Norway. How is your life there? I think it must have been a real trauma for a mediterranean girl!
In truth it has! It hasn't been easy, our cultures are completely different. Apart from the language you have to count also the lifestyle, everyday rythms, habits, climate and a bunch of other aspects. I miss the sun, human contacts and the typical mediterranan liveliness a lot!If I'm right you took Vibeke's place already after the release of "Illumination", and so with the tour of that album. Did you have some particular emotions when you went on stage for the first time? Do you remember where it was and what impressions you had?
First date was in Kiev, in Ucraine. I was nervous, of course, because i still had to get used to the new band, especially on stage. In the end I think I managed the whole thing well and that I didn't show any fear or uncertainty and then I have only beautiful memories.You started a new tour immediately after the release of "Rubicon", without coming to Italy. Is another leg of the tour planned for spring?
Still no Italian dates are planned (
note by me) but I hope and wish to play there as soon as possible. i think many Italians still don't know me and it would be an honour, feeling supported by my country!You take the pride of place on the cover artwork of "Rubicon". Obviously singers get a lot of attention and no one can deny that a woman, especially in a male world such as the heavy metal, is even more displayed. Do you feel you're put at the center of the attention? Did you ever encountered any problems, being a woman?
Being a woman in this world isn't simple. An artist is a sensitive soul regardless of the enre, gender or interests. As for me, when I sing I feel an artistic consciousness inside of me, a life impulse, a lust for expressing my inner world, for communicating my aggressiveness, my female and male parts, my childish parts, myself... And we're all so different from each other. Different lives make different people. I like being in the center of the attention, I choose the stage as the place to express my passion at the maximum level; it's my ideal place and always has been. I don't care about banal and male chauvinist judgements by ignorant people: if they wish I can show them I have guts.Who is Mariangela Demurtas outside Tristania? Who are your favourite artists, what books do you read, what films do you watch, how do you spend your days?
I smile... I foresay that I've never been a fan of anyone. Odd but true, there are artists that I lik more than others, others that I like less or nothing at all. I've always been attracted by great personalities, sensitive people, special, unique ones you cannot imitate: Lisa Dalbello, Diamanda Galás, Skin, PJ Harvey, Nikka Costa, Tracy Chapman, Edith Piaf and also Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell, Ronnie James dio, Kurt Cobain, etc.... I like reading poetry, from Baudelaire to more recent authors like Bukowsky, then Maya Angelou. I like philosophy, Nietzsche is my favourite... I like writers such as Kundera ("The Unbearable Lightness of Being"), but also Russian literature (Dostojevskyi, Tolstoj, etc...) and Keouac as far as Americans are concerned. I like jogging and sports. Even since I was a child I always practiced several sports: judo, volleyball, shot put, athletics... Recently I did aerobics but telling the truth I love dancing. If I had time I'd study modern or contemporary dance. Moreover, I try to play cithara every day.At first, not knowing what the "cithara" was we thought it was a typo -
it resembles the word for guitar in Italian, that is "chitarra" - but we then discovered it was an ancient stringed instrument.
im in HUGE hurry, so i'll comment later!
edit: well, i find it quite interesting, even because there aren't so many interviews to tristania around (and i think it's the first post-rubicon one that i find in italian, at least online). only negative point, that "gothic metal" cauldron in which epica, nightwish and after forever have been thrown in!