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ARTIST PROFILE: Kobra Paige

kobra1Name: Kobra Paige

Nationality: Canadian

Associated acts: Kobra and the Lotus

Personal motto: Live life with good intention, live life to the fullest.

Social Media Links:
Kobraandthelotus.com
www.facebook.com/KobraAndTheLotus
www.twitter.com/KATLofficial

Current plans: N/A

– 10 QUESTIONS WE ASK EVERYBODY –

Metal Divas: Please tell us what got you into music and describe your early days and journey thus far to be a vocalist.
Kobra: When I was 8 years old I began classical training falling into the likes of Beethoven, Bach, and Vivaldi. When I was 15, the tides changed. I went to a Judas Priest concert, heard Painkiller, and was forever in love with the music and culture that came with it.

Metal Divas: In your opinion, what is the essence of music in general?
Kobra: Music is there to evoke thoughts and emotions and strengthen us. Whether it is toward a place of happiness, inspiration, anger, sadness, or reminiscence, it opens and guides us to a place of feeling; a bigger “inner” place, than we were in before hearing it. Music is the sound of our life and aspirations.

Metal Divas: Describe any “before the show” rituals you might have.
Kobra: I pace back and forth while chanting a monotone, private prayer I learned while in India.

Metal Divas: What is the most memorable moment of your career so far?
Kobra: Every part of this career has been memorable because it has taken so much hard work to achieve even one baby step forward. One of my most favorite moments was the first time we saw people singing our music right along with us at a show. It was the first time I really realized people were paying attention.

kobra2Metal Divas: What is a rule — whether it’s a law, societal standard, or moral code that exists that you think should be broken?
Kobra: People should marry or be together for love.

Metal Divas: Name five things you can’t live without:
Kobra: 1 – My family

Metal Divas: Share any funny story while on the road or any crazy request received from a fan.
Kobra: When we were in Europe last fall, my leather pants ripped open 2 mins before set time. I tried to safety pin the crotch back together but all the pins opened and scratched my legs as soon as I ran on stage. Not only were the first three rows staring at my underwear with their mouths open, I was in a lot of pain!

Metal Divas: What do you do to keep your voice in good shape?
Kobra: Lots of rest, water, a healthy diet, and intense cardiovascular exercise. The healthier your heart is and more oxygen your lungs can hold, the better your live performance can be. You can move more without compromising the quality of the notes.

Metal Divas: Please give any advice to young aspiring vocalists who wanna enter the music industry.
Kobra: The best thing you can do for yourself is not hold back and give it a shot. Jump right in and go for it. Seek mentorship from wherever you can. Learn by having real experiences and doing the work. Look up to the people that have done what you aspire to do and realize that they were aspiring people just like you. Know it is possible. I would also recommend taking some vocal lessons to learn proper techniques surrounding breath support and vocal protection. It’s scary when your instrument is in your body and you only get one! We have to fight for what we love or there is no meaning to life itself.

Metal Divas: Ten years from now you will be…
Kobra: Still rocking out but doing our own headlining tours! We will also have 5 more albums out by then!

– 5 RANDOM QUESTIONS WE ASKED KOBRA –

Metal Divas: Do you parallel park or drive around the block?
Kobra: Parallel Park

Metal Divas: Which shoe do you put on first?
Kobra: Right foot

Metal Divas: What’s the strangest talent you have?
Kobra: I’m not too shabby at Reggaeton!

Metal Divas: Which vegetable do you hate?
Kobra: Celery

Metal Divas: What question should you never ask a woman?
Kobra: Anything regarding her body especially how much she weighs!

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ARTIST PROFILE: Lindsay Schoolcraft

lindsschoolcraft2cropName: Lindsay Schoolcraft

Nationality: Canadian

Associated acts: Schoolcraft (Solo), Cradle of Filth (Live Keyboards and Backing Vocals)

Personal motto: “Having faith and belief that you will get something is half the battle. The other half is hard work.”

Social Media Links: www.facebook.com/schoolcraftofficial
http://theorderofthedragon.com/profile/LindsaySchoolcraft

Current plans: To finish up the European festivals and tour dates with Cradle of Filth.

– 10 QUESTIONS WE ASK EVERYBODY –

Metal Divas: Please tell us what got you into music and describe your early days and journey thus far to be a vocalist.
Lindsay: Music was a big part of my life from a very young age. My father taught me guitar at the age of 7 and I was always singing since I was a small child. Over the years I have progressed from Country, Rock, Classical, Folk, to Musical Theatre styles of singing. In high school I formed my own all girl punk band where I started to perform on stage and write my own music. In my early 20s I progressed to rock music and then eventually into Metal. I do however write my own symphonic music as a solo artist. I’m always open to new styles as a vocalist, but mainly have stuck to classical opera studies the past few years. I always knew I wanted to be a singer, a lead singer too. I had no idea I would find pleasure in writing my own music and lyrics. I think that is the most gratifying part of being a singer: singing your own story in your own expression. Nothing is more fulfilling as an artist. Such singers as Amy Lee, Tarja Turunen, Simone Simmons, Sharon Den Adel, and Sarah McLachlan have inspired me to work harder and become better. I never in all my life thought I would come to be part of the live line up for British extreme heavy metal band Cradle of Filth, but in January 2013 I signed on and gained all the experience and confidence I’ve ever needed.

Metal Divas: In your opinion, what is the essence of music in general?
Lindsay: 
Love and passion, expression and healing. In my case its life, the air I breathe, the reason I get out of bed in the morning.

Metal Divas: Describe any “before the show” rituals you might have.
Lindsay: 
Well, of course there is always getting dolled up and dressed for the stage. But at least 10 minutes of vocal warm ups that cover my entire range. There are 2-3 minutes in head voice, then chest voice, and then finding a comfortable way to connect the two. Then, of course, lots of funny cartoon character voices and jumping around. After a short self-talk with mental focusing methods, and then I’m off to the stage!

Metal Divas:  What is the most memorable moment of your career so far?
Lindsay: 
I would have to say Cradle of Filth’s last show on the world tour on May 12th, 2013 in Fremantle, Australia. We all knew the set through and through. We were really comfortable with each other on stage and put on a stellar performance that I will never forget.

Metal Divas:  What is a rule, whether it’s a law, societal standard, or moral code that exists that you think should be broken?
Lindsay: 
Humanity thinking they have the right to over throw animals and the environment. Allowances such as factory farming, animal testing, and forest demolishing are just outright disgusting and wrong.

Metal Divas: Name five things you can’t live without:
Lindsay:
1 – My Harp
2 – The ability to write music
3 – My hearing
4 – A good long walk in the forest
5 – My Van (to escape everything)

img_7011Metal Divas: Share any funny story while on the road or any crazy request received from a fan.
Lindsay: 
In Fremantle, Australia a fan asked me to sign his arm tattoo of Cradle of Filth album artwork. He later got my signature tattooed on his arm. I was so flattered and still am!

Metal Divas: What do you do to keep your voice in good shape?
Lindsay: 
Mostly by supportive talking and making sure I’m not too loud in my speech. I usually tend to want to speak loud out of excitement, so it takes a lot of control and focus to calm down. Lots of sleep, eating well (and vegan), taking my vitamins, vocal warm downs at night, always warming up before a show, rehearsal, or practice, and making sure I am always trying new styles and techniques within my comfort ranges before I try to expand my range.

Metal Divas:  Please give any advice to young aspiring vocalists who want to enter the music industry.
Lindsay: Practice, practice, practice. Be open to positive criticism to better yourself. The best experience in better knowing yourself as a performer and your own voice is to be up on stage, so get up there as much as possible. And be open to trying out new styles of singing in your own interpretations. As for the business end of things: you need a tough skin and don’t let setbacks or ignorant statements upset you. Have a plan and stick to it. Know your vision and focus on it fully. And if someone is just not worth working with out of stress or damaging your name by association then drop them as soon as possible.

Metal Divas: Ten years from now you will be…
Lindsay: I would like to tour the world fronting a full orchestra with my own solo music and various guest vocalist as part of the act. But I could also be fronting a metal band, still playing with Cradle of Filth, writing film scores, and/or teaching music. I know I will always be teaching a select few students. I really enjoy it.

– 5 RANDOM QUESTIONS WE ASKED LINDSAY –

Metal Divas: Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 38 and find line 4. What does it say?
Lindsay: Sadly I don’t have any books near me except for my passport and it only goes up to page 26!

Metal Divas: Before you started this interview, what were you doing?
Lindsay: Getting my boarding passes at The Frankfurt Airport, Germany to fly out to France and play Hellfest with Cradle of Filth.

Metal Divas: Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
Lindsay: My amazing manager Nadine Grimes.

Metal Divas: Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
Lindsay: I do actually!

Metal Divas: If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
Lindsay: Bjork or Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir.

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ARTIST PROFILE: Sanna Salou

sanna1Name: Sanna Salou

Nationality: Greek

Associated acts: Dimlight

Personal motto:
1. Nothing’s for granted…or is it?
2. I am just me, nothng less nothing more!

Social Media Links:
1. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sanna-Salou-Official-Page/114618701968274?ref=ts&fref=ts
2. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dimlight/24953017946?ref=hl
3. https://www.facebook.com/sanna.salou
4. http://instagram.com/sannasalou
5. https://twitter.com/SannaSalou
6. https://myspace.com/sannasalou

Current plans:
Touring and working on the third alum for Dimlight !

– 10 QUESTIONS WE ASK EVERYBODY –  

Metal Divas: Please tell us what got you into music and describe your early days and journey thus far to be a vocalist.
Sanna: What got me into music was my family, everyone was involved more or less and it was only natural that I would be infected as well. I wouldn’t stop listening to music all day long discovering new kinds and styles up to the day I discoverd rock and metal! That was it for me, I found my cup of tea. It was then I started singing non stop and realised I freakin’ love it! When I graduated from school I started looking for ways to do this more often and that’s where I found my band and started styding singing.

Metal Divas
: In your opinion, what is the essence of music in general?
Sanna: I believe the essence of music is feelings, expression, rhythm, groove, passion. Music is life.

Metal Divas: Describe any “before the show” rituals you might have.
Sanna: What I do before any show is to warm up my voice as good as possible and do some breathing techniques that help me relax and shake of the edge and the adrenaline running through my entire body!

Metal Divas: What is the most memorable moment of your career so far?
Sanna: Playing at the Metal Female Voices Festival in 2012 with my band, being featured at the French Hard Rock Magazine and of course joining the most awesome group of fellow ladies musicians Eve’s Apple!

Metal Divas: What is a rule — whether it’s a law, societal standard, or moral code that exists that you think should be broken?
Sanna: I am not familiar that much with any countrie’s law system but what I do know is that I would prefer to have more strict laws concerning the protection of animals and nature.

Metal Divas: Name five things you can’t live without.
Sanna:
1 – Chocolate
2 – Music
3 – Food
4 – My family
5 – My band

sanna2Metal Divas: Share any funny story while on the road or any crazy request received from a fan.
Sanna: I must confess that I haven’t had any crazy requests from fans so far but there is one time, I wouldn’t call it crazy, maybe a little bit akward, where a fan wanted to lift me in his arms and take a pic instead of a just side by side normal one!

Metal Divas: What do you do to keep your voice in good shape?
Sanna: I try to use it as less as possible! I know it sounds crazy  but I try to sing only when necessary and speak only when I need to, the more someone uses their voices the more tired the vocals chords get. Other than that I try to get a good night slep, drink a lot of water and doing regular voice exercise to stay fit!

Metal Divas: Please give any advice to young aspiring vocalists who wanna enter the music industry.
Sanna: Backle up, it’s a heavy rollercoaster!

Metal Divas: Ten years from now you will be…
Sanna:…still rockin’ !

– 5 RANDOM QUESTIONS WE ASKED SANNA –

Metal Divas: A penguin walks through a door wearing a sombrero. What does it say?
Sanna: What haven’t you seen a skipper with a sombrero before ?

Metal Divas: If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Sanna: A greek food called pastichio, my specialty

Metal Divas: If you were to get rid of one bad habit, which would it be and why?
Sanna: I would stop eating so much chocolate for the simple reason that it’s so fattening!

Metal Divas: What’s the last text message you received on your phone and who sent it?
Sanna: From Maxi Nil, singer of Visions of Atlantis, taking about the upcoming Eve’s Apple show at this years MFVF !

Metal Divas: If you were a superhero, what would your name be and why?
Sanna: I would be probably called Prana Woman, prana means energy and energy is the only thing in the universe that is forever.

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