We here at AudioInferno Towers love how diverse African rock/Metal is and reached out to Black Swan Theory from Egypt to find out how our North African brothers rock out! We sat down with lead writer and guitarist Mohamed Lofty. Read and enjoy and be sure to drop comments below!
AudioInferno: How was the band formed?
Black Swan Theory: The band was formed in 2011 by myself Mohamed Lotfy ( guitarist and music/lyrics writer ) and Mohamed Emam, an ex-vocalist
AI: Can you tell about us more about the band?
BST: The band plays old school heavy metal, with a touch of oriental riffs and progressive/psychedelic styles on some tracks. We would describe ourselves as Progressive heavy metal. Lyrically, our themes revolve around inner warfare, love/hate relationships, myths and political views.
AI: Where are y’all from and how is the band structured?
BST: We’re from Cairo in Egypt
Ahmed Safwan : Vocals
Mohamed Lotfy : Guitars / backing vocal , Music and lyrics writing.
Omar El Baroumi : Bass
Adel Nadim Samakia : Drums
AI: What was the ambitions of the band when you started?
BST: To create a new music style in our country, to play as many places as possible both home and abroad and mostly just to have fun, get recognition and respect for our music.
AI: Where was your first gig?
BST: El Sawy Culture Wheel , Zamalek, Cairo. on February 28th 2013.
AI: Where was the latest gig?
BST: Again El Sawy Culture Wheel, on March 29th 2015.
AI: Who has the best sense of humour in the band?
BST: All the band actually has a very good sense of humour, but a notable mention would be the bassist Omar. 🙂
AI: What’s good with the band?
BST: Good would be the communication and interaction with each other, we have good time we laugh and share so many things together.
AI: Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
BST: We shall enter the studio by July 2015
AI: How old are you and when did you start jamming rock?
BST: I am 36 years old, but the rest of the band are much younger. I was listening to heavy metal and rock music since I was 16 years old.
AI: At what age did you start playing?
BST: When I was 19 maybe.
AI: How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?
BST: For me I was maybe 33 when we first played live with the band, but I have been on stage on school many times.
AI: How big crowds do you usually play for?
BST: Last gig we had almost 1000 persons
AI: How do you get psyched up for a gig?
BST: Its all about the size and impact of a gig in terms of how many and what other bands are participating.
AI: What are your goals with your music?
BST: More complex music, more progressive.
AI: How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums?
BST: Neither good or bad, sometimes its hard and extremely expensive to order an original copy CD, so music should be shared if buying and original CD is not available or feasible.
AI: What would be your dreams for the band?
BST: release albums, play worldwide.
AI: Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to?
BST: Progressive, heavy, classic rock, power metal and neo-classical.
AI: What would be your greatest fears for the future?
BST: The band breaking up due to career or study.
AI: When you are on stage, what do you fear most then?
BST: Having bad arrangement, and bad sound system.
AI: What’s the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you?
BST: Getting a cake and some other stuff with the band’s logo on
AI: What drives a band that isn’t all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing?
BST: Its very hard to rely on a metal band for living in Egypt. You got to have another profession. In my case, I work as a Senior Mechanical Engineer.
AI: Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there?
BST: Never try to imitate or get influence from others but do your own thing.
AI: How do you view the music industry of today?
BST: Growing to a better, more complicated kind of diverse music.
AI: What are the biggest obstacles for a band?
BST: Time and money
AI: What is your Pre-show ritual?
BST: Dancing naked around the fire, hahaha. No, we concentrate on how to sound good, sound check, drink fluids, stretch muscles…. the usual.
AI: Thanks for the interview. It was great talking with you
BST: It was nice being here, too. Thanks.
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