QUICKIE OF THE WEEK: A short interview with Shiraz Weiss (Tomorrow‘s Rain)

written by Marko Jakob

Pix666: Hello Shiraz. The most important question right at the beginning. Are you well and are you healthy?

Shiraz: I’m well and healthy thank you very much.

Pix666: What was the decisive point for you to become a musician? Which musical idols do you have and what are your current favourite bands?

Shiraz: I started playing Keyboards when I was 8, A friend asked me to come and sit with her near the piano and we played and i just fell in love with it but my real decisive point was at age 14 when I established my first metal band, It was a group of friends and i wrote all the music, symphonic metal style and since then i knew I want to make music and have a serious band. right now my current favourite metal bands are Swallow the sun, Dark fortress and Heilung and also I want to mention the new album of Igorrr it’s one of the best albums I listened to in 2020.

Pix666: Recently your single ‘In The Corner Of A Dead End Street‘ including video clip has been released. The video has over 18.000 views within a few days. How satisfied are you with the response to the video?

Shiraz: It’s so overwhelming and great, I am super happy about the comments and the demand of the single I can’t wait to let you guys hear more.

Pix666: Also with Spotify your song goes very well. In which countries are you mainly streamed?

Shiraz: Thanks to the great work of our label A.O.P Records, as far as i know the song is mainly streamed in Germany/Austria/Switzerland and Greece but things like that are pretty dynamic.

Pix666: On the single you will be supported by Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and Greg Mackintosh (Paradise Lost). How did the collaboration with them come about?

Shiraz: This question goes to Yishai Schwartz because he managed the collaborations with all the Musicians in our album:

„Sakis Tolis and i know each other since like 1993 and we are pretty close friends, i always supported Rotting Christ so it was kinda natural that he will sing in the album, he recorded his parts here in Tel Aviv, came to our studio, it was a pleasure, its always great hangin’ out with the athenian brothers and partners in crime.

As for Greg, his solos always left a strong impression on me ever since, i remember being 17 and listen to “Shades Of God” all the time, we know each other so i asked if he could add his feel in the album, Greg recorded his parts aboard but we played with Paradise Lost few times here in Tel Aviv and i have to say that opening for them is always great experience, such a great band ! (and super nice guys).“

Pix666: You will release the album ‚Hollow‘ soon. When exactly will it be released, how many songs are on it and in which versions will the album be available?

Shiraz: Hollow is 8 songs length, one of them is a cover song for Nick Cave and the bad Seeds-‚Weeping song‘, We also made a hebrew version of the album with special guests and very special version (and my own favourite) of the song Fear with the amazing Israeli singer Ricky Gal. The album will be available in 6 different versions: 3 versions of Vinyls, each one of them is from a different Publisher company, Cd album, Collectors edition that includes extras such as a signed postcard, Band’s patch and more. the Hebrew version of the album also on a Cd and digital album version in all the Digital applications.

Pix666: Will you play a live stream session on the release day of ‚Hollow‘?

Shiraz: Hard to say now, the covid19 changed so many things, we need to do SOMETHING as it’s a special day and sadly shows cannot happen, it’s a pity as we planned a huge release show with most of the guests etc and then it all happened…

Pix666: How are the other guys from the band, how are your friends and families? How do you stay in touch with them?

Shiraz: We are all good and healthy, trying to keep going with all the economical hurt, Staying in touch mostly by phone and meeting each other when it’s possible.

Pix666: You are from Israel – what is the general mood in the country regarding the Corona crisis??

Shiraz: I can only speak for myself, I’m scared, nervous, Everyday you know you can wake up and the government will tell you to do something different, I don’t feel like the government is helping at all only making it worse and as you can see on the news the people are protesting a lot trying to make a change.

Pix666: How big is the metal scene in Israel, how well known are you in your home country??

Shiraz: It’s very small, Metal is not popular in Israel at all. I think we are a couple of thousands, not even 10, I wish we had more metalheads and it will be more popular here.

Pix666: Do you think that this crisis will change the behaviour of humanity in the future?

Shiraz: No, Humans will stay humans, Some of them will search for Power, Money, Wars and how to get a “big name” and some of them will search how they can help others and make good, The rest will be neutral and search for simple life in peace, it always have been and it always will be.

Pix666: What do you think will be the long-term consequences of this crisis for the economy and especially for the music business?

Shiraz: I really don’t know I only hope that after the fall we will rise again, I’m sure that a lot of bands and music businesses will stop their work because of the economic situation  but new ones will rise.

Pix666: Do you have any other news about Tomorrow’s Rain that you would like to share with the fans?

Shiraz: Our next single ‚Misery Rain‘ will be out on July 30th featuring both Fernando from Moonspell and Mikko from Swallow The Sun, followed by a videoclip so check it out and order our debut “Hollow”, we need your support these days, it’s our vaccine.

Pix666: Thank you very much for the interesting insights into your current life – Stay healthy … and of course much success with the new album!


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