Interview with DEAD FROG

Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians?
We are a metal band From Serbia and we have been playing and creating metal music for over a decade now. Influenced by bands from different metal and rock sub-genres, and with the idea that metal is supposed to represent raw and powerful emotions, we combine these styles and motifs with pure metal riffs.
This is the first band for all of us. We formed the band when we were 15 and we never stopped really. Some of us had some side projects over time but Dead Frog was always the main focus and our musical base.

Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?
“Dead Frog” was just one of the suggestions we came up with when we were deciding on the name and at the time it sounded original and different to us so we decided to go with it.
The idea to start the band came from Davor(rhythm guitar). Nikola(lead guitar) and Stefan(bass guitar) were first to respond to the idea so the three of us started playing and making music. It took us some time to find a drummer but eventually Milos joined us and then we were only missing a vocalist. We tried with a few different singers but it didn’t work, they were never what we were looking for. Finally, we heard about this younger guy so we called him over for an audition and he fucking nailed it. So, that’s pretty much it, we were complete and ready.
We went through a lot of phases and rock genres and we found ourselves in metal. That’s where we are the most comfortable as musicians, performers and that’s the sound that fits our vision the best.

What can you tell us about your latest record?
This record is the best of what we wrote over the past decade. Different songs come from different phases of our creativity and different time periods and you can probably hear that. We definitely can and that’s why this album is so important and special to us, besides being our debut album. That’s why we are very excited about it and we can’t wait to see how everybody’s gonna react to it.

What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?
We really don’t know what to expect because this is our debut and it’s the first time for us to present our music on such a big scale. the fact that the album it’s self is quiet different from most music that’s out there we are not sure what to expect. We are hoping for the best and over this promotional period we received some really good reactions and we really believe that there is a worldwide audience for what we do.

Are you gonna to make some world tour in the future? Do you think this is available for everybody option to tour around the globe? What do you think band have to do to get such opportunity?
We hope so! It really depends on how well the audience will react to the album but it is something we will really like to do in the future.
Of course world tour is not something that anyone can do or achieve, we think of it as a huge milestone in a band’s career and it represents a crown of band’s dedication and success.

Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?
Of course! We’ve been doing it without making any money for over a decade and that’s why this album is such an important moment for us because this is our chance to change that but of course money is not the main factor when you do something you love and enjoy.

What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
We think that’s ok, it can be a great way for an unknown band (such as us) to get to a bigger audience quite quickly. It’s a chance for bands to be heard across the world and that would be impossible without online sharing.
Sure, we give our music away for free sometimes. We don’t think that’s always fair towards musicians but sometimes it’s necessary to the next step.

Who are your musical influences? Have you ever think your band could be so famous as your favorites?
Metallica, Iron Maiden, Tool, Linkin Park, Pink Floyd, Ac Dc. If we didn’t believe that we could be as big as them we would not be here.

Do you have a formal music education? Do you think it’s a Kind of important thing?
We don’t have any formal education and we don’t think that’s important, especially for metal music. That’s not something you can learn in school. You learn through playing, performing, struggling, fighting and living with your band.

How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
It’s not easy. It takes a lot of sacrifices, sometimes our families have to pay the price of our dedication to the band and music. That’s why we dedicated this album to our friends and families because they showed so much understanding and support over the years.

How do you handle mistakes during a performance? Or you can assure there are no any mistakes during your gigs? Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
We make sure that there are no mistakes during our performances. Of course, that’s not always possible so we just continue with the show, it usually works.
We were never nervous about performing and going on stage. That’s where we want to be and therefore, we have no reason to be nervous.

What’s next? Thank you!
At the moment we are completely focused on releasing and promoting this album as much as possible. A lot of what happens next for us depends on it. We have a lot more material set aside waiting for us to go back to it and shape it into an album. One thing is for sure, we are very excited about it all.