I've interviewed The Commander In Chief in the past and since that time, she's made huge strides in her career. You'll find her now mentioned in numerous magazines and ezines around the world, her new music being played on many stations and can now get her new music from the EP "Evolution" which she's recently released for download.
I was fortunate enough to receive the review copies myself, and as I predicted back in 2009, she has her own wonderful style of music to offer the world.
Her blend of almost operatic vocals and rocking guitar make the songs "Evolution", "Famous" and "Thou" (a new twist on a song from the 2009 offering) both beautiful and headbang-worthy.
Perhaps my biggest surprise came from "Let It Go". While this is considered the ballad of the mix, my first thought was how it actually fits right in with what many call Female Fronted Melodic Metal. In fact, I actually pulled up songs from bands like Nightwish, Leaves Eyes, Evanescense and Obsidian Shell to play soon afterwards and it blended right in. Very beautiful! It is a must listen for fans of that sub-genre as well.
The Commander was kind enough to speak about the music making process and some other general questions for the fans:
D-Day: Hello and thanks for speaking once again to D-Day’s Revenge Metalzine!
CIC: Well D-Day, thank you once again for the support and for doing this interview!
D-Day: You have a new EP coming out. How exciting is that? What date will it be available and how can the fans get it?
CIC: My Debut EP "Evolution" was released on February 15th! It is available on Itunes, Amazon, CD Baby etc as a digital download. All the links are on my FB and official website. The two previous recordings were Demos. This time it is the real deal recorded with a top producer in a fantastic studio.
D-Day: You worked with Sterling Winfield from Pantera and Damageplan fame. What was that experience like for you?
CIC: It was AWESOME! He was really laid back and cool but obviously a perfectionist. We worked 12 to 15 hours a day in the studio, with no days off. I think my energy almost killed him at one point...lol..I always wanted to do an organic recording and that was what he wanted as well - so we kicked Auto tune, Protools magic and all that shit out the window. His main job on this recording, when it comes to the creative aspect, was to say NO and HELL TO THE NO, when my ideas were too out there. His main mantra was KEEP IT SIMPLE. So I had a gazillion ideas and he cut out the bad ones and kept the good ones....well, I got to keep a couple that he was unsure about first and it turned out great.
D-Day: How did you two meet up?
CIC: I was not aware of how that happened until recently. All I knew was that one day I walked into the room and my manager was on the phone with him. And he was talking about how much he wanted to be part of this and he thought this was totally unique and exciting. I asked my manager who this man with the Texas accent was and she said "Oh, it is just the Pantera and Hellyeah producer, who will be working with you soon!"... I did not know he worked with unsigned artists so I was very surprised. Eventually I figured out my manager had sent him my badly produced Demo and asked for help...lol
D-Day: Do you have any live shows lined up to promote the album? What are the plans for that, if any?
CIC: Something will be announced very soon...
D-Day: You have traveled quite a bit since our first interview. Have you settled into a permanent “home base” or is moving still a possibility?
CIC: I am tired of moving already and I am based outside London now. But I will go where my music takes me. Having said so, I feel strongly the need for a home base somewhere and right now it is here.
D-Day: What are your plans for a full length album? Is that being scheduled or will you take a break for a while?
CIC: I was supposed to record part 2 of my debut album in March. Right now a lot is happening and I hope I will be able to have an album, ready for release, in a few months. I have more than enough material for a double CD to be honest.
D-Day: You’ve had some YouTube clips from your time in the studio. Do you also have a wish to release a DVD at some point from shows, backstage footage, etc?
CIC: Oh, I paid a guy to do that in the studio. I shot 2 videos, OUTDOORS in sub zero temperatures, in a cold basement and in the studio. I froze my fingers and ass off most of the time. The guy never delivered a thing. We paid him a big deposit, he has hours of footage of me, and also a great interview with me, Sterling and my manager. We never saw any of it, so I am extremely angry right now!
D-Day: Thank you again for speaking with us. I’ve been fortunate to have “witnessed” quite a progression in your career so far and wish you much success.
Do you have any final words for the fans?
CIC: Thanks Dennis! Yeah, BUY my EP!!! And go to my FB and Twitter and follow me everywhere - and subscribe to my Youtube.
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