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About Maledictis

How do get to know someone? You can stalk their socials but if you want to bypass small talk and get to know your favorite bands and artists beyond the surface level, this is the place to be. Sometimes the oddball questions allow you to learn the most interesting things about a person and see the varied, unique, and special qualities of a creative mind. Shall we?

Please introduce the band in the most spontaneous way.

Maledictis is a gothic music project that sounds “churchy” like a funeral and “heavy” like depression.

What’s something an outsider wouldn’t know about your band?

It’s pretty easy to be a part of it.  If you sing or play an orchestral instrument, and want to help out on a song, let’s talk!

What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?

Mariangela Demurtas has lent her voice on a couple of songs, but she joined the project pretty late in the process.  I was struggling to find a female voice that was a great fit, and time was running out in the production schedule.  I threw a “Hail Mary” (pun intended) when I decided to reach out to her.  I had been listening to Tristania’s album “Darkest White” pretty much nonstop and I figured “Why not ask one of my favorite singers, from one of my favorite bands, who made one of my favorite albums?”  I didn’t expect it to work, but luckily she was into it.

Lyrics that stuck with you?

I really like a lyric from Bach’s “Bist du bei mir” which roughly translates to “If you are with me, then I will go gladly unto death and to my rest.”

In the original context, it is religious, but for me, it means a willingness to accept life’s conclusion so long as loved ones are there with us.  I borrow a variation of the translated lyric in the new Maledictis single, “Delicta.”

What’s the phone app you use most?

Sometimes I get hyperfocused on genealogy research and I’ll spend hours on Ancestry or 23andme.

What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?

With the family, getting coffee, shopping at the comic book store, bowling, and eating a really big burrito while watching The Office.  And when I’m alone, I like writing music.

Are you more of a “play music to live” or a “live to play music” type of person?

I NEED to exercise my creativity to live the life I want to live. It doesn’t always have to be music, though.  I’ve written three published books.  I enjoy podcasting, photography, and videography.  Music is something I’ve been doing the longest, but I definitely have some “off-seasons” with it.

How would your 10-year-old-self react to what you do now?

He’d probably be disappointed that I’m not a professor of mythology. Ha!

What career advice would you give to young musicians in the rock and metal industry?

Try to have fun while making uncompromised art that meets a demand that is greater than the saturated market is supplying.

If you could do it all over again, would you pursue the same career in music? 

Maybe not.  When I think back to being a teenager in a band 25-years ago, I was completely happy making music without it being a career.  It was adulthood and the need to pay bills that complicated that passion.  If I could go back in time 25-years, I’d try to convince myself that making music doesn’t have to be a career.  Music doesn’t have to pay the rent for it to be a part of someone’s identity.  If you make music, you are a musician. 

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