Anneke van Giersbergen became known by The Gathering, and after she left the band, she tried both solo and other bands (for example The Gentle Storm). Currently, the frontwoman of VUUR which she founded, last year released her first album, In This Moment We Are Free – Cities. Recently, a special interview with the singer was read in Teamrock’s columns, not just about the VUUR debut album, but also a few words about the early years.
“I’m blessed to get such a great audience. I’ve always been active in metal, but so far I have not made such a hard-sounding album. For a long time, I wanted to create a prog/metal album, but as I wrote and recorded, many people said they did not want to wait for the release. I was so glad!”
– she said about the VUUR album and added:
“The concept of the album is the cities. During my travels, these great places inspired me. Every city has a story.”
– she said, and then she talked about how her parents thought she wanted to be a metal singer:
“Absolutely supported me! They saw how much I like art and music, because I was very young when singing became my passion. My parents said that if you try to live what you love, you will be a happy person. And that’s right. By the way, they like the musical style what I represent, so that helps me a lot.”
– she began, and then went on:
“I grew up on singers like Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald. I loved their voices and they were inspired to be as a singer and performer. When I was a bit older, about 15 years old, thanks to my brother’s album collection, I discovered metal and prog rock: such male singers like Mike Patton, Bruce Dickinson and Freddie Mercury.”
– she said, and then she wondered if she thought it was more difficult for her to stand on the stage as a female singer:
“Maybe I was lucky, but I don’t think so. With The Gathering, we brought a new sound to the metal, but we experienced that performance for a metallic and a prog audience the performance is the most important. If you play well and sing well, if your lyrics are layered and poetic, working hard and taking your heart and soul, you will gain respect and love, regardless of whether you are a man or a woman.”
– she explained, and then betrayed that, unlike other singers, she fortunately did not have to face the sexism and various abuses. Beyond that, Anneke also said that she was at home on stage from the beginning.
“Yes! I like to sing and perform. I like to share music with the audience. This is the best feeling in the world.”