Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Alexander Trifonov/Ivan Kolev Of Deadscape

Photo courtesy of Deadscape.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

The past met the present in Bulgarian melodic death metal quintet Deadscape’s new “Forsaken” music video, since the group recently celebrated their fifth anniversary and wanted its past members to collaborate for the video since “Forsaken” was their first song ever composed.

Some ex-members have since gone on to join other underground Bulgarian metal acts, such as Ophidian Clasp (Ivo Petkov), JFT (Martin Lutzkanov) and Kvltvreless (Lyudmil Stoyanov), but the “Forsaken” video done by Desolate Art Studio celebrated all things Deadscape.

Deadscape’s current lineup includes vocalist Mirela Kaneva, vocalist/bassist Alexander Trifonov, guitarists Ivan Bratoev and Ani Dimitrova and drummer Ivan Kolev.

The Music Bugle had the chance to speak with Trifonov and Kolev about “Forsaken” and more.

Music Bugle – How did you guys decide the band name?

Alexander Trifonov – We’ve spent quite the time trying to come up with something that would be both cool and meaningful. At some point, there even was this long list of suggestions everyone had been voting for, but eventually, we picked the wordplay “Deadscape” since we wanted people to imagine a dead landscape when they hear the name.

Music Bugle – What was it like making the video for “Forsaken”?

Alexander Trifonov – We wanted to do something special for the band’s anniversary and decided to film a DIY video for the first composition, ever written for Deadscape. It was nice reconnecting with some of our ex-members, who were kind enough to record their parts themselves, bringing their own touch into the picture, which was the initial goal. The whole thing was not easy to organize and pull off, but we eventually did and I think everyone had a lot of fun in the process.

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music? 

Ivan Kolev – What I find most exciting about our style of music is how the harshness of death metal riffs and growls supplements with the melodic guitar parts and the clean vocals. This is a proven, high-intensity combination that has a lot to offer and is always able to surprise the listeners.

Music Bugle – How would you describe Bulgaria to someone who has never been there before? 

Alexander Trifonov – It’s a rather small, but really beautiful and hospitable country. You can sure do a lot of sightseeing here because of our rich historical past, but the most attractive thing is definitely the mesmerizing nature we often draw our inspiration from for our songs. It’s hard to describe it – the best way is to visit it and see for yourself because it’s an unique experience.

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?

Ivan Kolev – There is no quote! Striving to progress, to getting better, comes naturally to me. Of course, sometimes I get motivated by some external influence, something that has left a mark inside my mind, so I just indulge in it.

Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?

Alexander Trifonov – In my opinion, there’s no one-sided answer to this question. For all I know, social media has radically changed our way of perception – not only of music, but of the whole world as well. You can definitely use it to show your art to a wider audience, but it’s harder than it seems. That’s an ever-changing process. You need to learn to adapt and be ready to give it all you got.  

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Ivan Kolev – Actually, this is where social media was really helpful. We’ve managed to keep communicating and exchanging ideas, even from distance. The COVID pandemic has given us the time and the chance to finally sit and turn our plans into reality – you’ll know what we’ve been up to soon enough!

Music Bugle – What’s something you wish happened more in today’s music industry?

Ivan Kolev – I know that business is and has always been an integral part of the music industry, but I wish it didn’t intervene that much in the creative process, because you can always tell when it does, so if there’s one thing I’d wish for, it would be more sincere, high-quality music from bands, true to themselves!

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need to escape?

Ivan Kolev – When I feel the need to escape, I usually sit alone in my room, trying to get myself together, or go outside to spend time in nature. I love silence!

Music Bugle – What do you hope for in 2021?

Ivan Kolev – I hope that in 2021, bands will return to the stage because this is where they belong! We are here to make you happy and we are looking forward to doing so in the coming year!

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