Hanna Tsepesh: Hola (Hello in Spanish) Ailyn! Thanks so much for accepting this interview and Welcome to THE GATES OF METAL! First of all: how are you and how are the things doing with your concerts?
Ailyn: Hello Hanna! Thanks to you for your time . I’m fine and very happy. Everything is going perfect with the band and with our concerts.
Hanna Tsepesh: Can you tell to us little bit about you and your background? You have any singing lessons or any other preparation? I take this opportunity to send you my congratulations for your work on this album and saying that you have a beautiful voice.
Ailyn: Thanks for your words!! I started singing when I was 12, I think. I have always sung all kind of genres, from pop to R&B, classical, metal…In 2007 I auditioned for a musical TV reality show and I was selected. I was off the competition the 5th week and from there I had been searching for opportunities to continue singing. Being Sirenia’s singer wasn’t planned, in fact it was a surprise. When I was 15 I went to a musical school, but personal reasons made me be there for just one year.
Hanna Tsepesh: In your opinion what you bring to Sirenia? It was easy for your integration?
Ailyn: I really don’t know to answer this question, I've never liked talking about myself. I think my integration with the band was really easy, they are very very good people and they helped me at all times so that I could feel comfortable. They are my friends, we work together, but the most important thing is that they are like a family to me.
Hanna Tsepesh: In the future, you think to write some lyrics for Sirenia?
Ailyn: I never composed music, because I don’t play any instrument, but I really like writing, I have some lyrics somewhere secretly kept. In fact I never thought about any of my lyrics being used with Sirenia, I love how Morten composes…Who knows, maybe in the future… But I think we all love to hear and enjoy his lyrics.
Hanna Tsepesh: What are your favorite bands? You have any musician that you admire the most?
Ailyn: There are lots of bands I like and of course their vocalist…if I say all the names I’d never end!
Hanna Tsepesh: You have another band or some future project? You are open to new challenges?
Ailyn: No. Right now my future plans are to continue for many years with Sirenia.
Hanna Tsepesh: I see some nice pictures with a very known metal musicians on your MySpace. From all the musician that you know so far, what was your favorite one and why?
Ailyn: All of them!!! It’s always nice to meet musicians from other bands. I think I got nervous with all of them. I am a shy person, so whenever I meet someone I get nervous!
Hanna Tsepesh: Let’s talk about the “The 13th floor” album. For people who don’t listen yet can you tell to us about this album?
Ailyn: I think that “The 13th Floor” is a very interesting album musically, the compositions are very well done, it’s a melodic and powerful album. The songs on “The 13th Floor” have a lot of energy, I think it’s a mix of former albums and that’s great because you can hear a little bit of each thing you like of each album.
Hanna Tsepesh: at recording studio, you faced with difficulties? If yes, tell which was and how as the whole process for you?
Ailyn: The recording was very important to me ‘cos it was my first recording for something so big like Sirenia. Was really easy and I had so much fun!! At first I was a bit nervous but to work with Morten is really nice, he knows exactly what he wants. He trusts me at all times and that made me feel calm.Hanna Tsepesh: How has the response been to the album by the fans and media?
Ailyn: We are really happy with the response. At the beginning I was a bit worry because I was the new singer and I didn’t knew how people would respond.
Hanna Tsepesh: what is your favorite music in this album and why?
Ailyn: It’s really hard to pick just one, because I love them all. Now I’d say one name, and in some minutes maybe I’d change my mind. But I can say that from the moment I heard “The Seventh Summer” I knew it would be my all time favorite or one of them. I can’t say why, I think this song is perfect and also “The Seventh Summer” really fits my voice .
Sirenia - The Path to Decay
Hanna Tsepesh: The band have a new video called “The Path Of Decay”. Did you have fun to shoot the video? What was that experience for you?
Ailyn: The filming was really great! I was very nervous. But Patric and all the crew were really kind to me and I got calm soon. Before going to Sweden, I asked Morten what kind of clothes I should take. I had no idea what the video was about, so I didn’t know what was better, trousers or skirt, and when we did the photoshoot for the album booklet I had a dress. Morten told me to take the same clothes and something else in case Patric wanted to change clothes. At first I was going to be just in my black dress, but when I told Patric I had another white dress, he liked it. The make up for the white dress was totally different; I really looked like a bride (laugh). And when Patric saw me he said “Uhmmm…do you mind if we try something different? Would you mind to look ugly?”. I told him ‘no problem’ and when I saw myself on the mirror I scared me (laugh). But, I loved it and I think it really suits the video. There were long hours of filming and at the end you get tired, but while filming you don’t realize… it’s at the end when you get how much tired you are, but it doesn’t matter because it’s worth it. We heard the song so many times that after filming we didn’t want to hear it again for some days (laugh). I can say it was a unique experience and I want to repeat it again soon.
Hanna Tsepesh: (laughs) yes, the video is really cool! What is your opinion about the metal in your country (Spain)? It is easy to get some support? Can you tell to us some Spanish metal bands that you like?
Ailyn: Well, actually I don’t know many bands. There are many good metal bands in Spain, but I think here is a bit difficult to get support.
Hanna Tsepesh: What is your big advice for a young singer?
Ailyn: Well, I don’t know if I'm the right person to give advice but maybe I can say that always have to fight for your dreams. I know sometimes is difficult, but we must not give up.
Hanna Tsepesh: Sirenia, will play on 18 July on CAOS EMERGENT OPEN AIR, what fans can expect from you on stage? What you know about Portugal and you know some metal bands from here?
Ailyn: We’re going to give everything we can for people to enjoy our music. I know a little about the history of Portugal . And about the music one of my favorite’s bands is Moonspell.
Hanna Tsepesh: great! Do you want to send any message for the people around the World, who going to read this interview?
Ailyn: As always I want to thanks to everybody by the big support. It’s always a pleasure for us to visit all the countries and meet new people. Thanks for being always with us!!! Hope to see you soon!!
Hanna Tsepesh: Thanks o much for your answers and time, because I know that you are very busy at the moment. THE GATES OF METAL wishes the entire band and you a big success and good luck for your future concerts! See you guys on CAOS EMERGENT OPEN AIR…
Ailyn: Thanks to you for your time!! It’s a pleasure for me to make the interview. See you in July!! All the best!!
Hanna Tsepesh: You are very welcome Ailyn! Thank you and see you very soon…
By: Hanna Tsepesh
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