''AGHARTI is a Croatian female-fronted metal band that has gathered numerous positive comments after the
release of their debut album "Change". On this occasion, we sat down with Iva, the keyboard player of
the band in order to give us some more info about AGHARTI. Here is the interview, subexistance readers:''
Hi Iva, how are you? Would you like to introduce yourself for the subexistance audience?
Hi! I'm great, thank you. My name is Iva and I am a keyboard player in Agharti. We are a female fronted metal band from Croatia.
How would you describe your music to someone unfamiliar with your work?
That's always a difficult question. I guess I would say that we play metal which is melodic but heavy and has elements of symphonic metal and hard rock. Sometimes we hear people calling us gothic metal, but as gothic is mainly connected to female operatic vocals and a dark atmosphere, I would have to dissagree. Tina uses her voice as a rock singer would and that distances us from the gothic sound. That's also where our rock sound comes from.
Which is the current line up?
Tina Bukić – vocals
Alen Mršić – guitar, backing vocals
Filip Pohanić – guitar
Ivana Mrduljaš – keyboards, backing vocals
Hrvoje Grubač – bass guitar
Marko Duspara - drums
What was the source of inspiration behind the creation of your album"CHANGE" its your debut am i right?
Yes, it is our debut album. Before that we had 2 demo albums, but CHANGE is our first full lenght studio album. The inspiration comes from our personal experiences but also from observing the world around us and seeing it's flaws and virtues. We simply write down our feelings about it and then blend them with music.
How happy are yourself with the final album, does it come up to your expectations?
We're very satisfied with the final result. I think we managed to send a message we wanted to send and we enjoyed while doing it. I just hope people will enjoy the album as much as we did while making it.
What were your plans before you went into the studio to record it? How does the final result match up with the original ideas?
The songs were mosty ready when we entered the studio but we left some space for changes and improvisations also. So I can say that a part of the album sound was born in the process of the actual recording. In that sense the final result was even better than what we initially imagined.
Are there certain songs on the album you want to mention or tell something about?
Well, I can name you my favourites which are musically Rise again and Words unspoken, but lyrically Awaken and Mendacity.
What is planned and what do you hope to experience as a band in the future? I mean do you have any tours coming up that you would like to tell us about?
For now we are planning to do as many gigs as possible, play a few festivals and hopefully also a tour. We have no big news to announce just yet, but are open for booking. In the meantime we are making new songs and preparing the next album.
What are your hopes for the future of the band?
Our hopes are to make every new album sound better than the previous. We want to grow as a band both musically and as lyrics writers.
Thank you for taking the time to speak to subexistance. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?
Thank you in the name of the whole band for inviting us for the interview. We hope we will once come and play in your country as well.