Bolero has launched their first album Voyage From Vinland. We have talked about this album and the band with Morgan Rider, the bass and singer of Bolero.
To get started can you tell us a bit about the creation of Bolero.
Bolero began as a side project for myself in the mid-2000's and quickly gained momentum and focus. The genre shifted again and again as different members came and went over the years. We now have our full permanent lineup and have been rapidly gaining momentum since.
Bolero is a romantic music style, typical of the latin countries, why did you choose this name?
To us, it represents direction, flow and change in the music we play, which is very important.
Bolero has recoreded Voyage From Vinland and the EP Through The Ages with 8 tracks, both self produced. Don't have you found a label interested in Bolero?
We are passively seeking label representation. Everything we have done up to this point has indeed been self-prodeuced and distributed. We have had offers in the past from labels abroad, but none have brought what we would like to the table to be able to scale up our operation here.
This year you have launched your first album. How it was the recording of Voyage from Vinland?
Recording Voyage from Vinland was a long process to say the least. We enjoyed ourselves recording it and most of it went very smoothly, thanks to the engineer we had the opportunity to work with. Due to the massive layers in the album, we had the build each track from the ground up so to say. From the low end war drums to the swirling orchestral parts. In the end it all came together thankfully. Like a puzzle.
The reviews of Voyage from Vinland are so good, what are your opinion about the album? And the fans, how are they responding?
Well, we have heard the music so much over the past 2 and a half years to the say the least. The music on the album, in my opinion, is performed by us in a live setting so much better than it was recorded these days. I still enjoy the music very much and we are all very proud of what we've been able to accomplish up to this point. The fanbase is constantly expanding everyday and we are always meeting new people who enjoy our music and what we are doing, which at the end of the day is always inspiring.
About the labels... in some sites are using the folk label to define your style, folk death, in your facebook page you uses symphonic celtic death. Both are similars or the same style. how you define your style?
Anything we or a fan have ever called ourselves is an accurate label in my opinion. We have so many different styles, rhythms and feels in our music that it would be a misrepresentation to stick to any one label.
Lately, in Canada, there are a lot of great band of Melodic / Folk Death like you, Battlesoul, Eldensky, Blackguard... How is the metal scene in your counry?
The metal scene here in Canada is still developing and growing. We are seeing loads of great bands coming out of nowhere and actually sticking to what they are doing. It is great to see such liveliness. You would have to come to Canada and experience all the great bands first hand to know what our scene is like!
Internet with blogs, sites, social pages like facebook or myspace are spreading the small metal bands for all the world easily. For example this is our case, we found Bolero in a metal blog. Also the piracy is a great problem of internet. What is your opinion about the use of internet by bands?
The internet is a excellent tool for self promotion or in this case – smaller bands. It is hugely misunderstood by the vast majority of bands and individuals alike however. It is definitely easier to find a largely unknown band on the other side of the world that may just be your next inspiration or favourite artist and I think that is one of the great things about it.
Which are the influences of Bolero and components?
Spirit of the West, Planxty, Equilibrium, Korpiklaani, Vital Remains, Irish Rovers, Moonsorrow. I could list them all day.
Have you any tours and gigs soon?
We have a mini tour coming up next month with Remain and Crimson Shadows which includes Oshawa, Ontario on the 22nd, Toronto, Ontario in the 23rd and Sudbury, Ontario on the 24th. We have many more scheduled for the coming months but we haven't announced anything yet. Keep checking the social networking sites!
From Satan Arise we wish you good luck with Voyage From Vinland and we hope see you in the future playing in Spain! Thanks for your time.
Thank you very much for the interest in Bolero and We hope to play for you someday soon!
Interviewed by Sergi "Helloween"