Interview with Dreamsphere

Dreamsphere is an international modern/pop metal band from Slovenia. Formed from youngest members of Condemnatio cristi and Noctiferia. Dreamsphere released their epic debyt album “The Darkest Experience” in 2016 and are about to release a follow-up anytime soon. We catched up with the frontman Denis Mauko for a little chat.

When did you form Dreamsphere? What inspired you to make music together?

Dreamsphere was formed in 2016. Idea for the band was given by manager of Condemnatio Cristi, our second band. If I’m totally honest, Dreamsphere was created for fun.

Who are your biggest influences?

As a musician I am highly influenced by classical music and entire black metal tradition. On the other hand I am huge fan of film music, “ethnic” music and  good melodic metal such as Nightwish or Wintersun.

If we talk about influences that made impact on composing for Dreamsphere, we can talk about Sisters of Mercy, Chris Isaac, Serebro and melodic death metal in general.

How is Dreamspehere songwriting process? Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

I write all the songs and usually don’t have specific procedure.  Sometimes I do synths first, sometimes guitars, sometimes I start from certain chorus or verse… Lyrics mostly talk about one’s total alienation from everyday’s life. We also talk about the insufficiency of historical spirit that reflects upon our realm and other meaningless thoughts that come to our insufficient mind… I don’t think topics will change but the lyrics are definitely getting darker…

How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?

We never really played music together before the first album. I made songs and then I finished arrangements with help of Dame Tomoski ( Noctiferia ), who later joined as guitarist.  First album was more “cinematic” and orchestra based. Our upcoming product has still mark of Dreamsphere, but the sound is “lighter”. We used less distortion and more clean vocals, less orchestra and more “synth” oriented minimal ambience.

What’s the craziest thing that’s happened on tour or live gig?

Most crazy things definetly hapenned in Russia, entire tour was huge adventure… broken car, 2 gigs on Halloween, one in Nizhny Tagil, another in Yekaterinburg, huge distances ( over 1000km from gig to gig ), crazy weather, broken car again in Moscow where we slept at some club for 7 days and experienced everything that city life has to offer…Other crazy things will not be recalled hehe…

What is your favorite song to perform live?

No fear.


Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

We performed mostly in Eastern Europe and Balkans, as we come from Slovenia and we are not so welcome in other parts of Europe…maybe because our social media profiles are shit and we don’t support media prostitution on facebook and twitter.

Our favourite venues are in Balkans as we like good food and crazy people. My least favourite venues are definetly those in Austria and Slovenia..

How do you interact with fans?

We listen to their thoughts after the show and mostly drink with them.

What is your favorite part about musicianship? Your least favorite? Why?

My favourite parts are definetly those little moments of happiness  when u get the right sound, or the right arrangement for your song. Least favourite part are sleepless nights during composing process and demons in your head that want to change and re-think every part of the song 3 days before the recording session…

What advice would you have for someone wanting to start a band?

Sacrifice everything, be patient and avoid bad record deals. Go on tour even when you make total financial suicide, it’s the only way to get somewhere as a band.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

The biggest challenge is always getting a good record deal. Second challenge is earning the money to feed the band’s future…

What is the future of Dreamsphere?

At this point, I’m not sure. We did great album at Finnvox and Negligence studios and we are looking for the best option to present it to the world. We wish to get back on the road as soon as possible, but not before the album is released…


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