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A Dirty Dozen with MIRZA RADONJICA-BANG of SIAMESE – April 2019

| 24 April 2019 | Reply

 

According to a recent press release: “Siamese singer Mirza Radonjica-Bang about the first single “B.A.N.A.N.A.S”: “B.A.N.A.N.A.S, the album opener was actually written for the Shameless album. At least the starting riff was. But ultimately we were never satisfied with anything but the riff. We left it alone for two years before absolutely nailing it. One of my favourite tracks on the album for sure. Lyrically it‘s a close cousin to that Offspring song that goes like this: MY FRIEND HAS A GIRLFRIEND AND HE HATES THAT BITCH. Well this is that guy still having the same issues.” We get Mirza 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?

Super Human is a continued work of our last record Shameless. The stories are connected to a mans journey in his developing years. Shameless was a more positive record while Super Human is a set back of triviality. These are true universal stories packed in some metal and rock tunes. Only real fans will know that we are one of the few heavy acts that sample as much as we do. We pay homage to A LOT of artists in our songs including Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, Justin Timberlake, After The Burial and many more. Some people absolutely detest this, while some people like it. But we just can’t stop it. It’s part of our DNA. Oh yeah and we have violinist in our band. haha. I guess that’s a pretty different thing to put in the mix.

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

My dad who was a raging alcoholic always sang songs to parties. No matter if people wanted it or not. Serbian folklore. He might have had his flaws, but your dad is your idol. That gave me the courage to do it my self in my teenage years. I am still struggling to find the right reasons to why I am a full time musician. I guess it comes down to that its the only thing I truly understand fully. I have been doing it full time only three years now. Every year there is a point where I tell my self I need to get a regular job, and by some divine reason some thing like a tour or producing task comes up that keeps me occupied. So really I do not think my self as wanting to be a musician my whole life. I flow where ever this takes me.

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

Linkin Park Hybrid Theory was a defining moment for the 12 year old me. I’ve had so many chances of doing commercial and mainstream things in my life. Is it because I am authentic or some bullshit like that? No, not really. I just get annoyed really easily by what I find meaningless. I’m a war refugee, I’ve spent 4 years of my life in refugee camp, I did not have much in my life growing up. To hell if I ever going to do something that makes me miserable. Life is miserable enough as it is already.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Brandon Boyd, Tillian Pearson, Chester Bennington, Abel Tesfaye, and Will Swan.

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

Tillian Pearson to be realistic. But I would absolutely loose my shit if me and Brandon Boyd from Incubus were on the same track too.

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?

Its like if Justin Timberlake discovered heavy djenty music. Someone once compared us to Evanescence. That was a hard one to swallow.

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

The ability of playing around with music and melodies and call that your job. It’s so absurd and easy to me that I does not feel like work. That’s why creating music is the easiest and most fun part of being a musician to me.

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?

Joakim the drummer cooks a bit, Christian the violinist will always be getting the drinks, and we never pull out the acoustic guitars out, cause we are not annoying types. But we do crank up that sound system at eleven and dance around bare chested to System Of A Down. Hold up. I take it back about us not being annoying types.

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

I meet the Prince and soon to be King of Denmark last year. I have no clue why I was so starstruck! I mean, I’m not even recognizing the monarchy, but I have to admit that it was something special. And like 10 minutes later I meet Peter Schmeichel who is a VERY famous footballer named Best Goalkeeper of the world in the 90’s when Denmark won the European Championships. TALK ABOUT A DAY MAN!

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

I’d like to work at a festival some day. And if I’m to remove myself completely, Id say I’d like to work with politics or philosophy.

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?

Too much self-promotion to be honest. Telling the world you are the best will never make you the best. Exaggerating was the mantra as a smaller band. I wish I could have been wiser back then. I still see it today, but I actually started a management to help smaller bands with some of the things I fucked up.

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 would have loved to be in the recording studio with Jeff Buckley when he recorded Grace. Those recordings just get you into some of a mood man. Also I would have loved to be in that magical moment where he hits that outerly vocal note in “Lover You Should’ve Come Over.”

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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