I’m Scarlett from TBFM, and I’m joined by Kobra Paige of Kobra & The Lotus. Thank you very much for joining us here at Hard Rock Hell VI!
Unfortunately, I missed your set today which I’m gutted about, but some of the guys here saw you and they basically said you were amazing!
Cool, thank you very much!
Apparently you did an Iron Maiden cover?
Yea we did, we did Wicker Man. It was a lot of fun!
You’re no stranger to Hard Rock Hell..
No we’re not. Actually, I don’t even know how we’ve been here 3 times, and I’m saying, ‘isn’t this illegal you know’? I don’t know how this is possible!
How do you feel the set went?
Oh we had a lot of fun you know. We were looking forward to Hard Rock Hell for the whole tour. We always do, and it was great, it was really really cool to see a lot of familiar faces and to get the crowd singing with us and, yea it was awesome.
And plenty of people turned out? Considering its the last day..
Yea, yea you know its hard when you’ve been rocking out all weekend, partying and you know 3 days later, its the last day.. but no I think everyone is passionate about what they came here for so it was a full room of people and they were all there to have a good time.
You only got here today I believe?
Yea we got here about 2 hours before we played.
So you’ve not really caught any other bands?
No, we haven’t had the chance.
A lot of interviews, a lot of chatting to people…
A lot of driving!
You must be one of the most hard working bands! Glasgow I think last night, so quite a long way to come down.
Yea it was about 5 and a half hours I think, so not terrible, but it was a long drive, early morning..
Your self titled album was released back in August 2012, is that doing well?
Yea its been very exciting for us. It’s the first time that we’ve seen people knowing our words actually when we go and play shows and so that was a whole new experience for us. Just another little thing that means the world. It’s like another little tick of just, oh man this is exciting, people have paid attention you know.. so I guess it’s been great.
And can you tell us a little bit about the label you’re signed to for this particular album?
Yea, we’re signed to Universal Canada is the mother label and that is in partnership with Simmons records so they have a deal with each other but they both work with us. So we work with Gene Simmons and also the Universal team and then we work with Spinefarm for Europe and UK.
There has been such an evolution of your sound from your first self released album to this second album, and particularly the vocals. What made you change the style of your voice?
You know, well, a lot of it I mean all starts to do with growing up. When I was first writing those songs, I was seventeen and it was my first go at writing rock. It was all for fun, and I really tried to create something because I thought that.. I judged myself actually it was a terrible thing to do as, being a girl, I was going to try and do hard rock or metal, that I wasn’t going to be interesting enough by being myself and I didn’t think it would be hard enough for people – like harsh enough sounding or something like that. I had this idea in my head, so I created a sound that was actually very bad for my voice. My voice is not naturally raspy, its not like that you know. I’m a classical singer by nature and so when we were recording this album, the debut album that just came out, that album was like, you know what, it’s just gonna be exactly what we are, nothing hiding it. And it was very exciting actually to sing the way my voice really is.
Do you think a lot of it is a confidence thing?
Oh hugely, hugely! It takes so much time to get little pieces of confidence to just do little things you know, and put yourself out there. I think also when you start caring about things more and you start seeing criticisms, even if they’re.. we have to realise if they’re constructive or not. Depending on how badly you wanna do something, and I have to do this, I need to do music, it’s what keeps me alive inside and there was something for me to really pay attention to when we first released that album and I was really seeing that people were subconsciously feeling that I wasn’t actually authentic, the sound that was coming out, so that really pushed me to grow and evolve.
And you’ve got a fantastic voice, its great to hear it as it is..
Thank you, I really appreciate that!
You’ve played some huge stages, Sonisphere, Download, Wacken and you’ve toured with some massive names as well. What would you say is your highlight of your career so far?
Oh man, you know, I think that, well, one of the highlights for sure was playing with Judas Priest, because Judas Priest was the band that turned me onto metal in the first place. When I was fifteen, I saw them in my hometown for the first time and it was a full stadium of people and it was like something I’d never experienced before. Just that culture, I had to be a part of it, and I wanted to be a part of the band too though. I didn’t want to be in the crowd, I wanted to be part of the band. And that was it, I was just all about just trying to figure out how to be part of that culture and I wanted to do it, and so when it came full circle as that was the first band we were going to support, in this kind of next level for our band, I just couldn’t even believe it because it felt like it came full circle again, and it was such an honour for us to play with those guys because its mental out there they inspired us to start what we were doing.
Is there anything else you’re aspiring towards, is there any big goal you need to meet next?
I guess, my biggest goal actually is to play guitar on stage with the guys so hopefully you know in the next couple of years, I really wanna be out there and joining them for a few songs.
Excellent, well we look forward to seeing that!
Yea, now I’ve just really put that out there, I’m in trouble!
So whats next, you got a load of gigs, new material?
Yeah that’s just it. We’re gonna take some time to write – 2 months exactly – then we’re gonna be on the road again coz, as you know, you can’t disappear in this industry. Its all about staying in the circle. So, we’re gonna be out on the road again, have time to record what we’ve worked on, hopefully we’ll get that out within a years time. It’s time for new music! It’s crazy how fast it’s time for new music!
It does go very quick! Well, thank you very much for chatting to us at TBFM
You’re very welcome! Thank you for having me.
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