BAND ON THE RISE ~ ASILA

April 11, 2021

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BASICS

HOMETOWN

Johannesburg, South Africa

BAND MEMBERS

Hana Muftic : Vocals

Richard Globisch: Guitar

Adrian Patterson: Bass

Taryn Young: Drums


*Richard answered these questions.*


YOUR MUSICAL PAST AND PRESENT IN ONE RUN-ON SENTENCE.

We started out as Revery, but after many member changes and musical style changes we finally settled on a hard rock sound after our drummer Taryn joined us, which also led to us changing our name!


SORRY, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK … WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BAND NAME?

Finding a cool band name is tough! Most names have been taken, even really really random names. So we decided to look at other languages for a name. We came across the turkish word for ‘pure’ which we really liked, as it also represented what music means to us.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

Instrumentally, it’s a hard rock sound. So something similar to Halestorm or The Pretty Reckless. But our vocal style is much more bluesy and soulful. So perhaps similar to Joss Stone. So it’s a nice blend of those two styles which we like to call Rock’n’Soul!

MUSIC

A PROJECT YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

We just released our latest single called Hot Blooded Woman. It’s a hard rock track about women empowerment! We’re currently working on the music video for Hot Blooded Woman, so that should be out next month!


HOW DOES THE BAND FLESH OUT A SONG FROM START (IDEA IN YOUR HEAD) TO FINISH (RECORDING)?

We’ve actually recorded a video about how we went from lyric to full song for "Hot Blooded Woman." We’ll be releasing sections leading up to the video. But in this case, Hana came up with the lyrics first. Usually when she writes lyrics, melodies pretty much happen at the same time. She showed the song to Richard who then added guitars and produced the song around the vocals. After a demo, the band added their input and we finally recorded the track!


WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST SONG YOU EVER RELEASED, AND WHY?

In terms of message, I think "Hot Blooded Woman" is definitely up there. The message is really relevant, especially during these times. Personally, I love our song "Restore." It’s just such an epic, layered and powerful song.


PICK ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOUR REHEARSALS ARE LIKE. [YOU CAN ELABORATE IF YOU’D LIKE!]

LOLS.

We laugh a lot and joke a lot. It’s always a good time. We’re all easy going (except me, sometimes) and we all get along.


LET’S GEEK OUT FOR A SECOND … TELL US WHAT YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IS RIGHT NOW.

I’m actually quite pragmatic when it comes to gear. I would love to own 10 guitars, 20 amps, 200 pedals, 10 preamps, 10 microphones, hardware compressors and all the good things, but I usually just get what’s required for me to record better music. But my latest guitar is a white strat (I secretly want to be Nile Rogers), which I love!

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INFLUENCES

WHICH MUSICIAN OR BAND INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

My first memory is Beethoven. His Fur Elise did something to my brain. My mother also listened to a lot of Queen and my brother listened to Megadeth. So those are probably the main culprits for me getting into music and guitar.


AN ALBUM THAT’S HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOU.

Amorphis - Tales of the Thousand Lakes. It’s quite a heavy death metal album, but it’s got beautiful piano and some clean vocals in songs. And that combination of pure aggression and beauty will stay with me forever.


GUITAR SOLO THAT ALWAYS GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?

Are you ready to stay a while and listen? (10 points if you got the Diablo reference). Megadeth - Tornado of Souls, Death - Moment of Clarity, Soilwork - Spirits of the future sun, Gorefest - River… the list goes on. It gets to the point where I shush people that try to talk over those solos.


DRUMMER WITH KILLER CHOPS?

Annika Niles does some crazy stuff in terms of technique and odd time signatures. My favourite is definitely Gavin Harrison. So musical, so technical, so amazing.


ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?

My mom also listened to a lot of the Beatles. So at heart, I’m a Beatles fan, even though these days, I’d like to say Rolling Stones.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SHOW RITUALS?

Get really nervous and throw up. Kinda rock’n’roll… not really.


FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON STAGE.

I was asked to do an improvised solo. During the solo someone cheered me on to solo with the guitar behind my head. I tried to swing the guitar up but smashed it into my face. No bueno.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR FANS GET FROM YOUR MUSIC? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE THEM TO KNOW?

We hope people can connect to our music on an emotional level. Hopefully it will stay with them and remind them of a chapter in their life.

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GOALS

MOST DON’T ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT ... CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. WHAT DO YOU SEE?

A career in music which allows us to live comfortably. A career which allows us to collaborate with awesome people to create more awesome music!


WHAT ARE YOU DETERMINED TO SEE HAPPEN FOR YOUR BAND IN THE NEXT YEAR?

This year better be the year where we release our album Acid Rain!!!!

PERSONAL

WHAT CONCERT DID YOU ATTEND THAT YOU’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET?

Dave Matthews band has some kind of magic live. Rammstein is also amazing in terms of the energy and the fire burning your insides. Each time I go to watch an orchestra play, which most recently was the LA Philharmonic, it also ignites an emotion I don’t otherwise feel. It’s truly awe inspiring.



WHICH OF YOUR BAND MEMBERS:

IS ALWAYS LATE? Hana

EATS THE HEALTHIEST? Taryn

 IS THE PRANKSTER? Adrian

IS THE TASK MASTER TO GET THINGS DONE? Richard

HAS A USELESS TALENT? Probably all of us.


WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE TO DO?

Huh? Other things? What’s that?


IF WE WERE TO LOOK AT YOUR “GO-TO” PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW, WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS WE’D SEE?

You know, I used to have my ritual before and after work which involved a lot of listening to music. Now with Covid, that ritual has disappeared and I’ve been listening to a lot less music. It’s kinda messed up. I need to make more time for listening to music. All I ever do is kinda ‘ music work’.


BEST BAND NAME YOU EVER HEARD?

We butter the bread with butter. There are some really obscene metal bands out there. Some are really vulgar as well.


WHAT SONG IS AMAZING, YET NOT VERY POPULAR?

Innuendo by Queen. It’s always been one of my favourites, but for some reason, doesn’t seem to be that popular.


WHAT’S YOUR BENCHMARK FOR A GREAT MUSICIAN?

How well they are connected to their instrument. A lot of musicians have really great chops, but then you get people like Guthrie Govan. On the surface it seems he just has really crazy chops, but he is so connected to the guitar. It’s really his voice and an extension of his being. Anything he hears he can put onto the guitar instantly. That’s what I call a great musician.

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