Recently, Elina was interviewed by SYMPHONIC METAL WebZine for one of their promotion series on FaceBook. You can find the interview on the webzine's page or simply read it below:
3. (Touring) What’s touring like for you? Pros, cons? (Includes any of your past works)
Elina: So far I have only been extensively on tour with classical ensembles like choirs. With Seduce The Heaven we had only done a mini tour in 2013. It is always the same thing to me like having a good time and having fun for sure but it is also important that I remain focused on what I am doing. For some reason some people think that going on tour is like going on vacation but it's quite the opposite. Especially for a vocalist. A guitarist for example can play equally great if he hadn't had enough sleep or food, it won't affect his playing for real. But a vocalist is usually going to have a hard time making it under such conditions since what we do is so directly associated with the condition of the body. Certainly touring has lots of pros, I think I was born to travel, I really enjoy it, it is great but you also need to be very careful with your health and your daily routine because life on tour is not easy, it can wear you off. Both corporally and psychologically. And in the end offering a great show to audience is what matters so you have to be in the position to do it.
4. (Touring) What’s the best memory of touring? (Includes any of your past works)
Elina: Many cool stuff happen on tour. But I think it is mostly the satisfaction after a good show. Or the show itself. For example best tour memory so far for me would be with Seduce The Heaven, the first time we played in Thessaloniki, Greece. Packed house, crazy audience, a lot of emotion, awesome show. It keeps coming back to your head in flashbacks, you can always remember such a cool show.
5. What are your views on the metal community? Some honest thoughts
Elina: Well, I keep hearing and reading quite pessimistic opinions about the metal community lately but to tell the truth I do not see things to be that bad. Surely the industry is going through troubled times but this is a general situation and anyways, we have to be creative, finding new ways to bring our art out there. Some young artists start making music while having a totally false idea in their minds of how things really are in the industry but yeah, don't expect anyone to take you by the hand and make you a star or anything. In fact I don't think it was ever so easy. Also in the 80's for example you had to bleed your butt to get somewhere. So yeah, I think things are difficult but I believe in hard work and strategy. And thank God we also have many new, fresh faces coming out every now and then, something that the metal community totally needs, new faces.
6. What should we expect for music in the future?
Elina: Well, in 2015 my debut solo album ''KALEIDOSCOPE'' is going to be released and I am very excited for this one. I had earlier announced it should be out in late 2015 but I think it is even going to be ready even earlier. The album is so personal and way more improved than any of my works so far. I have played with new patterns and I have embraced new inspiration, experimenting a lot, playing with dynamics, volumes, harmonies and atmospheres. As a solo artist, I am also going to have some incredible guests as studio musicians. From next week on already I shall be announcing them one by one. If you are on Facebook, you might get the news even faster. The album is being produced by my good friend Vivien Lalu in Paris where we are also recording the vocals for the album with the incredible Yan Memmi behind the mixing table. Such a fantastic person, has also been working with names like R. J. Dio, Kylie Minoque, Dido etc. In February, we shall be in Italy with DGM's Simone Mularoni at Domination Studios where the mastering of the album shall take place. And I guess at that point we will also be in able to announce exact release dates and label. Plans for touring are also on the schedule. Also with Universal Mind Project, with my friend Michael Alexander we are working on our debut album ''The Jaguar Priest'', we have some incredible people in our team, like Mark Jansen (Epica, Mayan), Erik Bath (Darkwater), Charlie Dominici (ex Dream Theater),Alex Landenburg (Luca Turilli's Rhapsody) and many more. We are hoping to have the album released within the new year as well. As you understand, I have been very busy, composing and recording for these two different things, the UMP album and my solo album.
7. (Taste) What artist inspired you or influenced you to start making music?
Elina: Nightwish and Evanescence would come first on this matter and specifically Tarja Turunen and Amy Lee as vocalists, made me start working more seriously on my vocals as well as slowly start writing my own material.
8. Opinions on the new Nightwish singer?
Elina: I strongly believe it is the best decision the band could have done at this point of their career. I adore Floor Jansen, huge voice.
9. (Personal) Have you done anything else for a living besides music? Or did you want to be something else besides musician?
Elina: Since I got to be a university student I started doing normal jobs to support my musical activities. I have done many jobs but in most cases I have worked as a secretary. Well, I was not crazy about it, I could not spend my whole life being a secretary for example but it also shaped me as a person, there were sides of it that I enjoyed. I am very organisational for example, I like scheduling and arranging. But yeah, you get it, being a musician had always been what I wanted to do in my life for real. I have been studying German Literature for example but because I loved the language, not because I wanted to teach or anything.
10. (Personal) How do you juggle daily life with a music career?
Elina: Well, I don't know. There is a lot to be done most of the times. Art knows no working-hour-schedule so it often expands itself all over your daily life. Good organization is the key. I always have a notebook with me, writing down things that need to be done and I try to apply a time frame for everything I have to do so that I don't get lost in the end. It seems to work for me.
11. (Personal) Was there ever a time where you felt this musical path was not what you thought it was going to be?
Elina: Yes. But it didn't change anything on the way I see things. I mean, I always check things a million times before doing something so I've always been prepared for the ups and downs of a path I am taking. So even when it turns out that it's not what I thought it would be, I can still handle the situation in such a way that in the end it works for me. I believe in being flexible. I have learned from my life that I have to be expecting anything at any moment.
12. Favorite symphonic metal album?
Elina: Once by Nightwish. For a long time I was obsessed with it. I would only listen to it, all day, every day.
13. (Personal) If you could bring back one singer from the dead who would it be?
Elina: Maria Callas.
Thank you Elina for the interview, is there anything you would want to say to the followers @Symphonic Metal?
Elina: I'd like to thank Symphonic Metal and of course invite everyone to join me on social media like facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ElinaLaiveraOfficial) and of course on my official website www.elinalaivera.com for updates, news and more! I cannot wait to share my new music with you all as well as meet you on the road and rock out to ''Kaleidoscope''!