Shockwave Magazine had the opportunity to chat with Forget My Silence‘s vocalist Roma Saygov and learn what it takes to develop their new album’s sound, Fall to Rise, where their lyrical stories begin, and what Roma is like as a rock fan.
Shockwave Magazine: You have a new album coming out in May, what can we expect from this one compared to your previous work?
Roma Sadygov: In our new album Fall to Rise, for a start, two of our most known songs are re-recorded/remastered in a much better quality for our fans’ pleasure, besides you will hear a lot of new material sounding like previous stuff that we have, especially like the one which got success the most. On the other hand, you will notice a slight change in the style. There are a few songs that will be kind of a new chapter in our story. When we first started this band, our agreement was to come up with our own style based on a mixture of all different rock/metal/metal-core genres, and it seems we are back on that track. In the album Fall to Rise, the new lick will be kinda alt rock-Nu metal-ish.
How was it working with Cameron Mizell?
In fact, there was nothing unusual. Clearly, he knows very well what he is doing. This is not the best mix/master we ever had for our songs, but he added some really cool ideas here and there and we are very thankful for it. In the end, we were seeking a specific result and let’s say we got it.
What I love about your single, “I See Hell in Your Eyes,” is the goth-style singing with the deep metal instrumentals and the screamo intensity. Can you tell me more about what influenced that sound?
Well if you look closely, this is mostly our main style. We like being dark people. Influences are indirect as much as they are direct. Indirectly, I must say the lifestyle that I have been living since the start. As a kid, I used to be the kind of kid you’d rarely see today, separated from where the world forces you to be, following the rules/styles/way of life that I find reason in. I think that would definitely be a big part of the influence.
Direct influences are of course the music itself. To be more specific, most of the times when I write music and vocal lines, I go back to Korn and the old Linkin Park. Pretty much when you hear the full album, you will see clearly the roots.
Your music video is insane, it’s a dark story and I love it. How did that concept manifest?
Generally, we are people who like to keep things simple and clear in a commercial-ish way that everyone would understand and love, but still within boundaries. We always have something personal for us in every song/video. This particular one wicked off by thinking about dark music, an ironic love story, and BAM, the witch idea appeared. Right after that, it all was written in a matter if hours. We had a stable idea and planned on shooting it with our friend, who shot all our precious videos, but we decided to experiment with a different production company this time. All they added to the whole thing is the rings idea. Everything went around these damn rings and still 95% of the fans never got it or payed attention to it.
The vocals blow my mind, I have no range just in everyday speaking and you jump from guttural screams to high octaves with extended notes. Maybe it’s one of those “I can’t do it so I’m obsessed with those who can” issues, but I think it’s more raw talent inspiring my awe. How did you develop your vocals; lessons, influences? Tell us about that magic.
For the extreme vocals, before our debut song, “This Is Only the Beginning,” I worked very hard on myself. I went to an academic school for vocals only for three months, and after the song I realized that I have a lot of work to do on my screams. I proceeded with alone screaming at home and made sure all the neighbors would stay awake for a long period. I must say, I’m pretty close to what I want. As for the clean vocals, I usually come up with the vocal line within my capabilities, but it happened few times live where I hit the wrong notes. This is not a big deal anyway; all I need is more experience live. I am still working on my clean vocals in different ways, for now, working on a new style sounding something like what Corey Taylor does.
In the end, based on what I’ve learned so far, all the magic will appear in time, just when you know exactly what you want and actually begin working on it. This would be the hardest part, then the fun part will be when you just can’t stop, and if your neighbors complain, knock on their door, show them who’s the danger. [Laughter]
What were some of the challenges in making this new album? How did you adapt?
Problems are endless and are still going on. You see, we write the music, me and the guitarist, with which we first started this band, and because of circumstances he had to leave the country right before our first video-clip “This Is Only the Beginning.” He in fact did not appear in any of our video-clips till this very day. His name is Z, and till this very day we compose music together through Skype. This is one of the major problems, because not every day we can meet up. We need to find free time for both of us plus and the net sucks badly. We can’t have a decent conversation for like five minutes [laughs]. Well, this situation kinda impedes the progress. Another thing, I assume all musicians have this problem, each one of us has his own job for living, that parallels with the music projects and we would want to make the best we can (music-wise), so the results are not easily achieved and all this consumes time. This would be the cause of our low releases.
What’s the theme of this album?
Right there, a very nice question. It can be about a million things based on subjective perceptions. Generally, the album is called Fall to Rise, where we will tell the story of how people who step over, will fall against those who have already fell before and learned their mistakes, and by their turn they will rise again, only stronger, and they all keep the circle of falling and rising going. You see, for one to reach the mountain peak, he must have fallen several times before, or else it is just impossible. If you reached it using only your hands and legs, you will be ten times stronger than the one who used a chopper. If this life was an Arnold Schwarzenegger film then we would defiantly be wrong [laughs]. This can be relative to everything absolutely, hobbies, careers, trust among brothers, loyalty in love, strong family bonds, etc. As Bruce Wayne was told, “Why do people fall Bruce? In order to learn how to rise again!” No matter how clever, smart, or successful you are, you just can’t outsmart life and you will fall at some point. You should consider it a part of your own plan. For short: “One does not simply earn true respect among society if he hasn’t been through shit, but when he does, he only became stronger.”
What track is very personal to you? If you are comfortable with it, will you tell us the story behind it?
For the moment, we have three songs that are pretty personal to me. One, “Not in My Hands.” Two, “I See Hell in Your Eyes.” Three, “Fall to Rise/Reframing.”
One, it was written for a girl who did something to me and ended up on top of my heart. Two, well the ironic dark love story is strongly related to the girl we talked about in “Not in My Hands.” It happens to me sometimes. I am on the street walking and see things that remind me of her. Suddenly, out of nowhere I get those annoying flash backs, just memories flashing in my mind.
Three, these two songs would be the present point of our history. They hold almost the same concept, but on different scales. In everything we make, there will be a song which represent the evolution process, the positive change (how we were, how we became), and talk about the shit that was experienced in the past showing the evolution clearly through the music plus visuals. These songs will be kind of the beginning of new chapters in our story. We are still in the shadows of the song “This Is Only the Beginning,” and we lost the chance of easy fame with it, but took it in a positive way and swore we will come back someday, stunning everyone. Since then, we disappeared and showed up again with ten times better stuff. Life Line EP, which holds the song “Reframing,” this album right here, is the album of rising after falling. We are sure you will like it when it will be published.
What are your live shows like? I need to see this music live, it’s one of those sounds that aggressively summon rock fans to a venue.
Hell yeah, you are a poet my friend. We are those who summon rockers, yeah, [gives horns and laughs]. Too bad we are not going live a lot for the moment. We are concertinaing on the songs/videos a lot more, but one day we will go live in your town, burn the whole neighborhood, and we will ask you that question.
Can I just say, “Thank you for those heavy instrumentals;” I’m not a mosher, but your music almost makes me want to give it a go. It is blood pumping and incredibly strong. Luckily, for my safety, your melodies distract me in a fantastic way. What kind of concert-goers are you? Do you mosh, crowd-surf, or sing along like me?
Moshing is one of the most important purpose in our material. We love to see people moshing, crowd surfing, when we are playing. When I go to concerts, I am mainly a bar surfer. I like to surf on beer.
When you write your music, does the way you rock out at other concerts influence the styling? Or, is it more internal and about the story first, performance second?
Nice question, definitely the story is first. The music is all about saying what words can’t deliver. It is its own language. In fact, we never took in consideration how live it will sound when we make decisions in our composing. In video it might, but we never how will it be live.
Check out Forget My Silence’s music video below, and get ready for, Fall to Rise, my predicted album of the year.