|.||with the Minggus Gaspersz Keyboard player from the Dutch Band SILENT EDGE|
Motta, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Sergio Motta - For how long has Silent Edge been in activity?
Minggus: In the current formation we exist 1.5 years now. Before that we were all active in other bands or in other ways busy with music. Emo Suripatty (guitarist) and I were playing together in a hard rock band when we were suddenly struck by the progressive rock fever spread by bands like Dream Theater, Ynwie Malmsteen en of course Symphony X. Together with the bass player and drummer we decided to explore this world of aggressive guitars, melodic keyboards and strong vocals and ditto lyrics.I’ve recently known two songs of you through a promo Cd. Do you have enough material
for releasing an album?
Minggus: We certainly have enough songs for a full-length album.As to the songs that feature the promo Cd, are they ready for being included on an album,
or do you still have the intention of giving them any improvement?
Minggus: The frames of the songs are ok and will not be changed. The filling of these frames however can and will be improved. We always try to improve ourselves or our sounds, playing or productions. Willem our singer has certainly improved his vocals after the studio and we’re working with a new drummer now: Iwan Hendrikx. He’s giving the old songs a new positive impulse.By the way, is there already any record company interested in releasing your work?
Minggus: There are several big record companies interested. At this moment we are considering the offers they’ve made.Musically, what are your influences?
Minggus: Because Emo and I write all the songs the influences of us two dominates in the songs of Silent Edge. Emo is mostly influenced and inspired by musicians like Michael Romeo (SymphonyX), Paul Gilbert (ex Mister Big), Joe Satriani and of course Yngwie Malmsteen. But he also admires classical composers like Paganini.The Dutch musical scene was always taken as one of the strongest scene in the world.
So how would you today describe the current musical scene in your country?
Minggus: The Netherlands is a small country. So the music scene is small too. You end up with the same names over and over again. At this moment the metal scene is dominated by bands like Within Temptation, The Gathering and After Forever. And then you have of course Elegy. This band is in the Dutch progressive metal scene the main international name nowadays. A very great Dutch progressive musician / composer at this moment is Arjen Lucassen. (Ayreon) I really admire him for his work. It’s just fantastic! And knowing the names of musicians (Russel Allen, Micheal Romeo, Bruce Dickingson) who worked with him I think I’m not the only one with this opinion!
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Contacts / Info / Bookings www.silentedge.com
Silent Edge is a new name in the progressive metal scene.
player Minggus Gaspersz, guitarist Emo Suripatty and bass player Rico Tentua
were all playing together in a hardrock / metal band when they suddenly
were struck by the progressive metal fever spread by bands like Yngwie
Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Dream Theater and SymphonyX.
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