Ines: We are very excited at the moment that our new Album „Black Is The Colour“ seems to be a great success for the band. We entered the German Charts in the first week what we never had expected... Some great gigs followed at German festivals where we were booked as headliners and we had the great opportunity to support FAUN two weeks ago. We have a lot of new fans and we are happy that the old ones love our new album :)
2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it
differs from previous releases?
Ines: “Black Is The Colour”, as you assume has become darker then “Music Of lLght”. The guitar parts sounds harder now and there are less folk elements. The development of the songs wasn’t planned, it just happened. But I think on both recordings you can find typical Arven melodies, which makes us unique. Many people say that Anastasia's songwriting is much better than on the first recording.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores
with the new album?
Ines: The main topic of our songs is love with all its facets. “Believe” for example is a very happy song with lots of positive energy. “All I Got” and “My Fall” are the opposites: sad and lonely,”My Darkest Dream” is full of anger and frustration. The Song “Don't Look Back” is also a love song, but like the title suggest it's about finding strength to move on and to believe, that happiness still lies ahead.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Ines: The inspiration to choose the name “Arven” comes from the main-female character from “Lord of the Rings”. We liked the idea to have a connection between the old and fantasy world and the story of “Arwen”, who gives up her immortality to be together with the love of her life!
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and
how would you describe your stage performance?
Anastasia: We already played many great live shows, of course the festival shows with a big audience, like in “Shiffenberg Rocks” or in “TUNIX”, were the most impressive. But sometimes we enjoyed smaller shows even more, when we were greeted especially warm by the audience, like for example as support act with “Faun” or on our show in a small place“Cercle d'Emeraude” in north France. We even named one number on our new CD after that place.
Well, it's hard to describe our own performance, but other people usually say that we look sexy, but also nice and friendly and that we look like we enjoy the music very much. I'm glad that that's the impression we make, because that's exactly the way we feel on stage and the number one reason we make music in the first place.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Ines: We don't have plans to make our own tour so far, which would be an awesome idea! We are very proud to play 3 gigs in February and March as a support of “Van Canto”. Besides this there will be a lot of opportunities to see us live, just check our homepage or facebook page.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by
fans of metal?
Ines: Of course we got a lot of feedback to “Black Is The Colour”, most of them are positive and certify an improvement to “Music of light”. Of course we can't (and don't want to) satisfy everyone and there also a few people who don't like the music, which is totally ok. We are happy so far with the feedback especially from our fans! :)
8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
Ines: Most of the band members have also other musical projects, which I think is great, because it brings a lot of inspiration into “Arven”. I am right now in Los Angeles to study classical guitar with the well known guitarist Bill Kanengiser which is an amazing experience for me.
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Ines: Well, this is a great question... unfortunately I can't give you an answer... ;) The new album is darker then the old one, but we didn't plan it to be darker. It just happened while writing the music. We didn't really start to write new songs so I am excited to how the next album will sound! But I can promise there will be a 3rd album and of course it will sound like Arven! :) The rest is written in the strars...
10.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Ines: We are all doing a lot stuff, only our keyboarder Elena and me are professional musicians so everyone in the band has a job or is studying. We are all working in different subjects, Carina for example is a speech therapist, Till is about to finish his diploma in geography, Anastasia is studying psychology and Lisa is working on her bachelor degree in tourism-management. I like the variety of different characters in the band, it's never boring and we have a lot to talk about. Till for example gave me a little lecture about wind energy a few month ago which I really enjoyed... :)