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Getting to know Dead Venus

Dead Venus: Seraina Telli formed Dead Venus in early 2015. For a year or so before this, she combined lead vocals for German neo-prog band Surrilium with a solo career but decided she needed her own team to develop her ideas. However, Seraina’s unique brand and style made finding the right people a challenge. Mike Malloth (drums) answered the call and recommended bassist Andre Gaertner to complete the trio.

We got to know them and ask them a few questions on the go.

Welcome to Metal Digest!

Hi there! This Seraina Telli (ST) and Mike Malloth (MM) answering your questions – we’re

happy to be part of this!

 Please describe the band in a single sentence.

MM: We are a high-energy and absolutely fearless magic-pony-female-fronted-progressive-rock-trio. (twinkles)

What’s your latest project and what are you working on right now?

ST: We’ve just just finished the mix and master of our next album „Flowers & Pain“ and can’t wait to release the videos to our new single “Plaything Doll” on October 22nd! We will release TWO visualizers for the song on our youtube channel. So you all got every reason to stay tuned. (grins)

Right now we are working hard to be ready for our concerts and the upcoming tour in March/April 2022 as support for Orphaned Land.

How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

ST: First of all, I hope it brings the listeners a lot of joy. But our music should also make them think about what we could do better in dealing with each other and our environment. And yes, it would be lovely if one or the other would be inspired by our music. (smiles)

Major influences: Who put you on this path?

MM: We are listening to many different styles of music …

ST: Bands like Opeth, Pain of Salvation, Rush, Screaming Headless Torsos, Living Color, Pink Floyd, Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Muse, and many more… but also artists like Marilyn Manson, Björk and Christina Aguilera were somehow influencing the songwriting.

In the end, the most important thing for me is to create an independent sound and I try to break musical boundaries or just don’t care about it (grins). The music somehow knows how it should sound and so I am writing without thinking about genres or rules.

If you had to flee the country as a band, where would you choose to live?

ST: On another planet, please! In a Unicorn Galaxy or something similar. (laughs)

 What’s the ‘wow factor’ that makes YOU decide which songs to keep, record and release?

ST: It’s just a feeling. Usually, I write about something or I have a rhythm or harmonies which I really like and start from there. I normally never throw ideas overboard. If it doesn’t fit I change it.

MM: It’s also about how a song blends in with the others. There are a few songs which are actually done but for some reason they don’t work well with the rest neither live nor on an album. Sure there’s still the possibility to work on them again and make them fit better.

What’s the most hilarious band memory you can think of?

MM: Good question because there are many! One I think of right now is about us rehearsing a song with quite serious lyrics about the catholic church and the abuses that happened there. I played on a mini-church-bell during the intro and then for some reason André and I had the foolish idea that we might be marching around like in church; me upfront with the bell and André following me forming a cross with his bass and a drumstick while Seraina started to play and sing the beginning of the song. She wanted to stay focused at first but then just couldn’t help bursting out in laughter. (laughs) It’s to mention that we didn’t intend to understate the topic in any way of course.

What would be the title of the band’s biography?

MM: “How to achieve world-domination or how stealth-mammuts still are influencing

today’s society.” (grins)

What’s the next milestone you’d like to achieve as a band?

MM: Like maybe most of the bands out there we want to reach more listeners. Because it’s still difficult to plan for live-concerts we’re focusing on spreading our music online, also with the help of our management. Releasing singles, EPs & videos that promote our upcoming album “Flowers & Pain”, taking care of the social-medias and staying in a good musical shape to be ready for our tours in 2022 keeps us busy.

Doing all that and more we’re working towards our goal to communicate to as many music-lovers as possible as often as possible to maybe give them some more moments of happiness in their everyday-lives. That’s our kind of long-term-over-all-milestone we’d like to achieve.

ST: Furthermore we got a very special offer for our fans: Until the new album will be released, a four-piece-EP Package including four new songs as well as four special tracks is available and can be ordered (only) through the band now!

In case anybody is interested in ordering the physical EP-package please don‘t hesitate to contact us on FB, Instagram or write us an email at to order your copies.

We’re also very much looking forward to the Europe tour with Orphaned Land, which hopefully finally can take place in March/April 2022.

Until we meet again,


Thank you for the interview & CU on the road!

Stay colorful and exactly: May we meet again!

Seraina & Mike of Dead Venus

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