Exclusive interview with the band Stafia

To my readers please give a warm welcome to the band Stafia

Hello and welcome to Metal Music Midwest, first off, thanks for taking the time to do the interview, could you give our readers a brief description of the group?

Hey, thanks for having me, I’ll gladly answer some of your questions.

Stafia is a Romanian one-man band / solo “primitive” Black Metal project that focuses on spiritual themes mostly.

Where is the band from?

Bucharest, Romania.

Tales from Beyond the Fog is the band's debut album, how long did it take to write?

Including the writing, recording, production, mixing and everything else I would say about a year.

What musical influence inspires the bands compositions?

In terms of Black Metal, Stafia was heavily influenced by the bands that started the second wave of Black Metal, that is BURZUM, Darkthrone, Mayhem (in order of influence).

In terms of Metal in general, then Black Sabbath, Bathory, Slayer, Sodom to name a few.

I could say that the project came to be as an escapism for me.

The album title is Tales from Beyond the Fog, can you give us details about the content and more in depth meaning to this title?

“Tales from Beyond the Fog” is a collection of stories or “tales” that are from a distant world (beyond the fog) that we can only get there via imagination.

I have had multiple lyrical inspirations that stood as the lyrical foundation for some tracks off the debut album like J.R.R Tolkien with “The Lord of the Rings” - “Black Clouds Over Lothl√≥rien”, Hidetaka Miyazaki with “Bloodborne” and H.P. Lovecraft in general - “Forbidden Arcane”, Kentaro Miura with “Berserk” - “The Black Swordsman”, “Vestibulul Astral”.

As you can see, these are all fictional places from different universes in order to provide the listener with a medium for escaping our current dull reality.

Each member of this project is part of another band, how do you maintain a good balance working together?

Sorry, there’s no way I can answer this one, I could tell you that this is actually one of the perks of having a solo project, I can do everything how I want without anybody questioning me. Although it is a “double edged sword” as some second opinions would be useful sometimes when I cannot decide exactly how a riff should go or how the track should be structured.

Have you performed any shows in your area? if so, how receptive, and supportive are the people to your music?

Stafia never played live and I don’t think you will ever see Stafia live, only if people do covers of the tracks, but I don’t think that would be possible in the near future, the project is too underground.

Usually people are understanding and supportive, they support the music and the project in whichever way they can and I will always be grateful.

Are there any upcoming shows or tours you can tell us about?

Nope, none whatsoever. Stafia aims to provide a listening experience that you should enjoy alone and in solace. Most of the tracks off “Tales from Beyond the Fog” would not even be good Metal show experiences, in my opinion, as they are mostly mid-paced and more atmospheric rather than aggressive. Black Metal is not really meant to be played live, I don’t think so at least… Thrash, Death, or traditional metal… sure, go for it, but Black Metal is meant to be more personal, at least the type of Black Metal that Stafia plays.

Thanks for your participation, finally, what is the best way to get a hold of the band, in case someone wants to book or promote the band?

Thanks for having me, you can contact me on Bandcamp if you wish to do so, the link is below, under final words.

Facebook would also work: facebook-100070794881270

Any final words?

Hopefully you can check out the debut album and let me know what you think about it on social media or wherever. I appreciate all of the support I get from people that listen to my music, follow my stuff and, of course, even buy my music on Bandcamp (stafia.bandcamp.com), it’s really mind-boggling even now that some are kind enough to deem my music worthy of a purchase, very cool, you’re awesome!

Thanks and keep supporting Black Metal!


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