VUUR: Interview with Anneke

1.5 weeks ago a Sunday evening was a huge surprise, because I arranged an interview at A38 ship Budapest with one of the biggest legend of the metal music, the frontwoman of VUUR, and the ex frontwoman of The Gentle Storm and The Gathering bands, Anneke Van Giersbergen.
I was very excited and I prepared for the interview, I did not know what questions to ask from Anneke.
Eventually I managed to write the questions and went to the venue with great excitement.
After a short wait, her manager accompanied me to the backstage where Anneke had interviewed to another magazine. I got water and asked me to wait some minutes.
After the previous interview ended, mine has began which you can read below.

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FemMeZin:

01. How does it feel to return to Budapest?

Anneke:

“It’s great, I’m actually I heard today this is my 15th time. So I love it.”

FemMeZin:

02. How about going the tour? What is the reception?

Anneke:

“It’s really great. I think a lot of really, really nice people coming to the shows and this is a new band a lot of people really getting into it, and it’s feels great.”

FemMeZin:

03. What happened with the Sirens project, and how is your relationship with Liv and Kari?

Anneke:

“The Sirens was a projekt which is only life you know we made few songs we put them online, but we never made an album, so something beginning and end so that is done, but I’m still in contact with Liv and Kari and both great.”

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FemMeZin:

04. What is the reason for the VUUR’s album title being sing in almost every song?

Anneke:

“We can share a message, In This Moment We Are Free it means that we should the freedom is something to make ourselves and that is a lot of ephasis on the bad and the dark stuff that’s happening. But I think we should be focus the really really good things that are happening. On this moment we are free we are talking to each other we make music we are together. Now people come share the music that we should focus.”

FemMeZin:

And just positive things

Anneke:

“Yeah, that’s important!”

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FemMeZin:

05. Is there any plans for a new VUUR album? Do you have any ideas?

Anneke:

“Yeah, now just starting writing although for a new album. We want to release next year. Because I want to, because this is a new band I want to continue really a kind a quickly with a new album just a keep it train rolling. So we’re writing and I hope we record on next year.”

 

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FemMeZin:

06. What is the secret of the VUUR’s success?

Anneke:

“I’m not sure that is success. Though we think we have to work hard to making it success and I think if we do.. so that success will be probably that we work hard and this is the secret.”

FemMeZin:

07. What kind of musical ideas do you want to realize?

Anneke:

“I want to to achieve continue. I love to continue, love to make music, I love singing. I love nothing more than to sing, be on stage. So to keep writing and to be a better writer, be a better singer, be a better performer.”

FemMeZin:

So learning, learning, learning!

Anneke:

“Exactly”

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FemMeZin:

08. As a routine performer and musician, what do you suggest for today’s young beginner bands?

Anneke:

“I think if you try to find your own sound, because we all have a band we look up to right, we all have people have we have say they are super favorite records. So we all have favorite bands, we kinda immadiately think like when we make music, we try to sound like this bands, we look up to, you should find your own sounds your own character and no matter what that character is if you let that come through your music than you will be unique and that would be good.”

FemMeZin:

09. What do you think, what makes the lyrics or a music good?

Anneke:

“Again, maybe personality, you know a unique story, a unique…touch you a music and a lyric.. and it’s difficult to do something that nobody ever done before. So you can only achieve that if you put your own character, your own spirit into it.”

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FemMeZin:

10. What need to do, for example a young band to write a good metal song?

Anneke:

“If you ask the guitar players, but I think is very important is a catch rays, so a good chorus and a good verse and you are already halfway, then some good vocals sing the band that sound is really good together. That is the secret I think.”

FemMeZin:

11. We can observe on the rock bands that the tour dates are so dense, so there are 5-6 concerts in a week. How can you be to stay so energetic?

Anneke:

“Because I love it, because we get tired right? Then after the tour of three weeks, I sing almost every day and after three-four days my worse is a little tired and it is stays like that call for the rest. I try to sleep well, eat healthy and it is really tired for my body, because I’m traveling although your sits, travelling whatever is tired so I think the best thing is try to stay healthy, try to workout on tour little bit.”

FemMeZin:

12. The Netherlands is well-versed with female metal singers, do they maintain contact at some level?

“Yeah, we do. We all have each other on whatsapp and Instagram and everything. So we are always in contact, we just toured with Epica. So Simone is coming to watch us or few days ago we played in Stuttgart, so she come to see our show so it’s really nice so we all a kind of friends. So we are support each other.”

After the interview, Anneke and her manager wrote me on their guest list. That was a huge surprise, because I did not expect to this.
During the show Anneke play some songs from her prevoius bands, The Gentle Storm and The Gathering and the audience was very happy with these songs. The big room of the A38 ship was full. I’m not wondered this, because Anneke is a very talented musician.

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After the concert, Anneke came out to us and gave everyone a signature and made with everybody a picture. she has some nice word to everyone.
When I got in, Anneke said,

“-You did it!”
“-Yes”-I said.

I told her that my birthday was last week and she asked me:

-“How old are you?”
-“36”-I said.
“-Life goes up and grows better”-answered Anneke.

Then we made an another selfie and then I started to go home with full of experiences.

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A38 Ship Budapest: Buda Lower basin 1114. (Buda side of Petőfi Bridge)

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