After releasing “Orvam: A song for home”, Need knew it that it wouldn’t be an easy task to top it. But they made it! Their latest album “Hegaiamas: A song for freedom” is out and it’s absolutely fantastic! Here’s a little talk I had with Ravaya. And what a discussion! We love this band!
Hello! On behalf of JustIn Case Prog Radio I send you my regards from Thessaloniki. How are you today?
Ravaya: Quite fine thank you. Our best regards to Justin Case Prog Radio.
Some days ago you released your new album “Hegaiamas: A song for freedom”. What are your thoughts on this record? How did the audience react to it so far?
Ravaya:The record is still young. At the moment we‘re quite pleased with it and the reaction we get for it is also pleasing, overwhelmingly so at times. So yeah. All’s going well.
As far as I remember, your previous album “Orvam: A song for home” was an independent release. Did you follow the same path on “Hegaiamas”?
Ravaya: No it wasn’t. Orvam was released on Trailblazer records. Hegaiamas is an independent release and we feel really proud of the fact that it is.
Is “Hegaiamas” a concept album? If yes, what is it about? Can you reveal the thoughts you had when writing it?
Ravaya: Yes, it is a concept album, but in my opinion every album is or should be. Otherwise we might release a single or an EP. I mean there is always a reason to place songs together in a specific order. The album is called Hegaiamas: a song for freedom and this kind of gives you an idea of the themes explored. I could reveal my thoughts but really, it’s the thoughts that people have when listening to it that are more interesting in my opinion.
What changes did you notice in yourselves as persons and as a band from your last album till today? Is there any relation between “Hegaiamas” and “Orvam”?
Ravaya: Hegaiamas is the album after Orvam. So there’s a definite thread there and I think that ideally an album is a snapshot to where one is inside and outside at an appointed time so, many many changes but all of them all are in some way present in the material. We are also trying to decipher them at times. Hopefully it’s an interesting process to all who listen to the album as well.
What is your life philosophy?
Ravaya: Pretty hard question don’t you think? All in all it could be summed up to a simple phrase. It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice. Easy answer but I think there’s more to it.
How hard or easy it is to write progressive music and maintaining a daily life? Especially in the busy city of Athens?
Ravaya: Writing music could be compared to a basic bodily function for me at least. And like any bodily function sometimes it comes naturally while at other times requiring more effort. It’s a balance. I live with music so music is an integral part of my daily life. On top of that I think Athens is a nice canvas for any creative effort at the moment. We live in interesting times. So I don’t know if it’s easy but it sure is natural in a way.
What are your plans for the future? I heard that you will be touring the US. Tell us about that.
Ravaya: If all goes according to plan we will be touring the U.S. with Evergrey, Ascendia and Seven Kingdoms on May-June. It will be a blast hopefully.
You are one of the few upcoming greek progressive bands, that has managed to play overseas and in general have some major shows! Is there any advice you could give to other upcoming bands?
Ravaya: I don’t think we are in any position to give advice to anyone but what I will say is that if one follows the path one chose avoiding distractions, sooner or later things start to happen.