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Avven interview - english version

INTERVIEW WITH: PRIMOŽ LAJOVIC - ANAM The band Avven began their path in 2003, and focused on creating their own music from the very start. They decided to call it "ROCK OF THE EAST" as a tribute to the source of their inspiration. In April 2011, Avven turned a new chapter in their story and released their second album Kastalija. Kastalija contains 10 new songs, marked by the band's love for the world of fantasy, tales and miracles. Avven are at the moment soaring high, and they prove their worth again and again with their live performances. Thought by many to be one of the best Slovenian live performers, their shows will most definitely please your eyes as well as your ears. We spoke with Mr. Anam (lead singer and guitarist)

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First of all, welcome to Croatian Metal And Rock web zine, the oldest Croatian web zine for metal and rock music! Is this your first interview for Croatian media? Don't be afraid!

I think that this is actually really our first interview for Croatian media. But why should we be afraid in the first place? :-)

For starters, can you tell some main information about the Avven band!

We began with our music in 2003, and we played our first live show in 2004. Maybe an interesting thing is that right from the start, we wanted to do our own thing. We never played covers. Our first album "Panta Rhei" was published in 2006. The latest (2nd) and most known album "Kastalija", which has actually made some major changes in the position of the band in Slovenia and also worldwide, was released in 2011.

What is the meaning of the word Avven? I must say it's pretty interesting! And why spell it with two 'V' and not 'W'?

The name Avven comes from celtic word "Awen" and means inspiration. It is also a symbol for the balance among different forces in life. What could be more appropriate name for the band? The reason for cancelling the W is simply because we wanted to make our own version of the name.

Something else caught my ear... You call yourself, your music I mean, ''rock of the east''. East from what? Not geographically? By lyrics themes or what?

Something else caught my ear... You call yourself, your music I mean, ''rock of the east''. East from what? Not geographically? By lyrics themes or what?

: It is both, geographically, because we are living on the east side of our hemisphere and most of the folk elements of our music are taken from this part of the world, but also metaphorically. Let's say we don't agree with some values and the way of life that western "civilization" is based on. With our music we would like to speak out about forgotten values, about courage, pride, honesty, happiness. We are also bound to constant progress. We don't take compromises, and we want our music to grow naturally. We rise every day. :-)

Last year the band released an album with the significant name; ''Kastalija''. Tell us about Kastalija, the word itself, and the album, of course? The source of you inspiration are fantasy, tales, miracles? Do you believe that you can transmit a real message to your fans, regarding that the world we live in is far from being nice and pleasant?

The name Kastalija comes from the ancient Greek mythology. Kastalija was some kind of a water spring, which people visited in order to be inspired. The album contains 10 songs, marked by fantasy, tales and miracles. Songs are mostly written in Slovenian language. About the conncetion to the real world, huh. I think that people are getting sick of the real world filled up with political issues, which are mostly constructed by media. They are slowly getting that this is not the real thing. Politics is actually the biggest fantasy of the modern world. We don't want to infect our music with that kind of bullshit. We want our music to be universal, timeless, present in any time period. Any of our stories can be transmitted into modern life. Maybe the atmosphere and the names are changed, but feelings inside the people stay the same.

Musically, give us your view of situation in Slovenia? Can you live just from the music and live shows?

At the moment we cannot live just from the music. Rock and metal scene in Slovenia is in a difficult situation, because majority of media doesn't supports bands and their work. At this point there is no radio or TV show that would cover alternative music, even in the national media. We understand commercial media and their struggle to survive, but national media should inform people about different stuff, not only the most mainstream information. Although, we still have quite strong fan base in Slovenia. And we know that we reached all those people by our own. That is the point, I think. When you work really hard and struggle for everything, the results come. It is getting better, slowly, but every day you can observe the progress.

7 band members, 7 different ideas collide into one successful idea. Is it really like that? How do you function, from where do you start?

It is not very easy. First we have to be organized well for our regular rehearsals. When we are making new songs, usually one of the members brings an idea and others try to complement him. We try to work on a particular idea as long as it takes. The final goal is that every one of us is happy with it. The next thing is the making of arrangements. We are learning with every song we make.

Is there a big difference between what you wish the song to be, when it's still just an idea, and at the end, when recording progress is over?

We are very precise considering the composition process. When the person who brought an idea is not happy with a result when we play it, there is definitely something wrong. We try to talk as much as possible, be honest towards each other, we try to express our feelings as much as possible, when we are making the songs. We also talk around the lyrics. The lyric part of the song is the responsibility of our main vocalist, but we try to help him also, with giving him at least some directions, thoughts, when he writes the thing we try to discuss it, in order to understand the point.

It seems to me that your music is more popular outside of Slovenia? Why is that?

Well, actually our establishment in Slovenia is growing every day. We still think that our music is mostly known to Slovenian audience. Our audience in Slovenia is actually very diverse. You can see metalheads in the first rows, and a colorful audience in the back. We never worked with promotion abroad, because we had no idea how to do it. After our recent European tour we found out that our songs are known even in foreign countries. Maybe the biggest surprise was in Zagreb where the whole front row knew lyrics of our songs. In every venue we played, we discovered we had some fans that already knew our music before, which is really amazing.

What about your representation in domestic media. Are you satisfied? Or the doors are all closed?

With the rising recognition of our name we have more and more support in Slovenian media. Still the situation for new generation of bands is not as it should be. Most of them are ignored in Slovene media. On the front pages of magazines you will find participants of every talent show, but you will not find young talented bands. It is like a taboo, to put a great young band on the cover. Not going to happen in Slovenia. That is why a lot of young bands are giving up. We love our music too much to do so...

You still don't have official video released?

Actually there was official video released for our second single "Ros", which can be found on our official web page www.avven.com.

You played recently in Zagreb with Korpiklaani? Are they really that drunk all the time?

We were not drinking together, so unfortunately we can't answer to this question. :-)

Ok, thank you very much for this interview! If you would like something to say, please do...

We would like to thank again to Croatian audience in Zagreb. We hope that we will soon come back to Croatia! Stay with Avven!



Kalendar

ZUCCHERO - Zagreb, Lisinski, 08.12.2020.  - ODGOĐENO ZA 30. 5. 2021.

08.12.2020. - utorak

ZUCCHERO - Zagreb, Lisinski, 08.12.2020. - ODGOĐENO ZA 30. 5. 2021.

Zagreb, Lisinski
210, 280, 350, 420 i 490 kn

OPETH, 22.03.2021., Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb

22.03.2021. - ponedjeljak

OPETH, 22.03.2021., Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb

, Tvornica Kulture
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THE SLOW READERS CLUB - Zagreb, Tvornica Kulture, 23.04.2021.

23.04.2021. - petak

THE SLOW READERS CLUB - Zagreb, Tvornica Kulture, 23.04.2021.

Zagreb, Tvornica Kulture
75 kn /na dan koncerta 90 kn

STEEL PANTHER, 12.06.2021., Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb

12.06.2021. - subota

STEEL PANTHER, 12.06.2021., Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb

Zagreb, Tvornica Kulture
160 kn/180kn/200 kn

PLACEBO, 26.06.2021., Zagreb, Šalata

26.06.2021. - subota

PLACEBO, 26.06.2021., Zagreb, Šalata

Zagreb, Šalata
220 kn/240 kn/260 kn

ONE REPUBLIC - Slovenija, Ljubljana, dvorana Stožice, 06.11.2021.

06.11.2021. - subota

ONE REPUBLIC - Slovenija, Ljubljana, dvorana Stožice, 06.11.2021.

Ljubljana, dvorana Stožice

Studeni / 2020

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