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A Dirty Dozen with MIZUHO LIN from SEMBLANT – February 2020

| 1 March 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of SEMBLANT’s third studio album Obscura on March 6th. First single and video, “Mere Shadow” is available now on all digital music outlets.The band formed in 2006 in Curitiba, Brazil when singer Sergio Mazul and keyboardist J. Augusto joined forces to create music that featured all the dark and aggressive elements they appreciated and loved in metal music. After a few years of line-up changes, the group established itself with the addition of Mizuho Lin (female vocals), Juliano Ribeiro (guitar), Welyntom “Thor” Sikora (drums), and Johann Piper (bass) to the band.” We get female vocalist Mizuho to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

It’s kind of hard talking about our new album ’cause every new record is very special for us. This album is very personal for each one of us; all the songs represent an important issue in our lives. This album is completely unique. A mix of feelings, deep lyrics and different sound from the beginning to the end. Fans can find some really heavy songs, fast drums and guitars and in the next track find something very melodic, sentimental with a deep atmosphere. There are no hidden nuggets in there (laughs)! But it is very fun ’cause every time you listen to the songs, you discover a different side, a different backing vocal, a different whisper here and there. Even for me, I was like ”woah, I didn’t heard that before!”. Our producer Wagner Meirinho was great doing that!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My mom used to sing every morning in her school when she was a kid and my dad always loved music in general. He learned guitar by himself and now (he’s 60-something) he’s learning violin. So I think I was always into music. I joined a children choir when I was 6 and took some guitar classes when I was 14. The moment I realized I wanted to sing was in 2001 when I first listened to a Brazilian opera singer. I just fell in love with that kind of voice and I knew I wanted to sing like her. Gladly I came to Curitiba (hometown) and found Semblant. I’m not really into opera anymore ’cause it was a little exhausting singing opera every day during 4 years in my music college, but that was the beginning of everything.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Yes! I got into metal when I first listened to Wishmaster album from Nightwish. That album changed everything for me. It was a new world, new songs, new friends and a new passion. If I hadn’t listened to that album or that band, maybe I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now. Or maybe I would sing opera (laughs).

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Difficult question ’cause every preference could change (and already changed a little). In vocals I could say… After Forever (I absolutely love that crossover that Floor Jansen still do, but especially in that band), Tarja Turunen (I learned A LOT of how to sing classical technique in a metal band), Epica (I think their choirs are the best. I’m not sure but I think Coen Janssen do all the choirs lines. Sorry if I’m wrong!), Tristania (I love the ”mystic” way Mari Demurtas use her vocals in there. I personally got inspired by her on the recordings), Theatre of Tragedy (Liv Kristine inspired me for some of the backing vocals for Obscura album).

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Maybe Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell). We already sang together once and I think our voices matches really well. And of course the band itself is a huge influence for many of us in the band. So it would be awesome. And if I could choose a woman.. Tarja for sure. For all the history in my personal life.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

It’s a difficult question. Every time someone asks me that I get confused trying to explain. It’s a 6 members band (we used to be 7) so of course we have a lot of different influences in the band that results in a non label-able band. Our label likes to describes us as a melodic death metal band with a mix of Gothic/symphonic. I think is fine to say so. Hmm someone made a comparison once with Slipknot… yep… although I personally like them, that’s absolutely not our style! (laughs)

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Playing! Playing our songs live and seeing people singing our songs. I love shooting videos and watching the result later too.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We barely meet each other actually. That’s why we love the rehearsals, ’cause we can play together, talk, have some fun… We’re always busy with our day jobs and our keyboardist lives in another city so it gets a little difficult to hang out together.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

I swear I didn’t want to be so repetitive (laughs)! But again… Tarja. I never thought to have a reaction like I did. I was kind of shocked meeting someone that made me want to be a singer.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I’m already a business woman (laughs), so probably I would only deal with that. But I can’t imagine me without being a musician. Not possible at all!

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Actually yes, there is. Maybe thinking a little bit more before signing everything. Not trusting in everybody. Not talking to people what we were doing before launching it. Things like that.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I think I already thought about that before. But today I could easily say ”none”. If the record is that important, it is because it is exactly like it was supposed to be. Maybe it could be different and not as good as it is.





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