EXIT EDEN, an all-female four piece band, unites all attributes ascribed to the new millennium: cosmopolitan, self-confident, independent and ready to do their very own thing.
EXIT EDEN are: Amanda Somerville, Clementine Develay-Thieux, Marina La Torraca and Anna Brunner.
Four musicians from four different countries with four entirely different biographies, yet all stemming from the world of Rock, now united in one band.
Despite their diversity, these 4 singers blend together personally as superbly as they do vocally and this constellation creates extraordinary and powerful ideas.
Thus it became their unique plan to raise EXIT EDEN’s very own edge: to show the world that almost every song classic can be transformed into a solid metal-rock song.
EXIT EDEN’s debut “Rhapsodies in Black” is home to a colorful mix of international super hits from Rihanna to Madonna, from Depeche Mode to Adele and many more and yet it’s miles away from being just a cover album.
Your new album “rhapsodies in black” has just been released, can you share with us the most difficult moment of its preparation? Any crazy/funny behind the scene?
Anna: Absolutely… there is one moment that popped up in my mind when reading your question… we were planning a skype conference, it was about the music videos, I think and honestly all of us were in a different time zone!
You can imagine how hard it was to coordinate this… that’s what you get for being an international Band, hahah 😀 but it actually worked out!
Yes, we also had many crazy and funny situations!
Starting with the recording sessions and especially at the photo and video shoot. It was tough to get everything done in the short time frame we had and fighting against the cold… at some point we were so exhausted that we just started laughing about anything… that is what always helps, taking things with humor and having fun… and this is what all of us did! An we really grew together in those days.
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
Marina: Hard to say, but I was a very young Madonna fan. And Hanson, haha.
What was the first record you ever bought?
Marina: Again, Madonna. When I was around… 7 or so.
What has your journey in the music industry been like up to now?
Marina: Long and bumpy, I guess like for everyone, haha. I’ve always been really dedicated to learning and perfecting my craft (still am).
Since I was 15 I’ve been investing money and time I didn’t have in bands, haha. I also have training in Musical Theater and I also work with that.
But it has mostly been a lot of fighting against slammed doors. Now I’m incredibly thankful that for a few years the scenario is changing for the better, hehe. I guess persistence, really thick skin and the right mid-set is the key to getting somewhere.
Among all the cover songs you have done, is there one that resonate with you better than the others?
Marina: I love Paparazzi, because I’m a Lady Gaga fan and the arrangement is so cool. Besides, we all got to sing there.
Anna: Yes… for me it actually is Unfaithful. Not only because I love our version but I also like to remember the recording session for this one.
It was one of the first sessions we had and I got in the recording booth just to warm up. I was looking forward to singing it and thrilled to rock my verse.
We took a couple of takes and I was soaked… putting all the power and energy into it. And exactly one of those takes is what you hear on the record!
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
Marina: Not really. It actually feels good to put things out there, and maybe people who listen to it might relate to a tough situation and then don’t feel so alone.
What is the best show you ever played?
Anna: The best show…. hm… you know what?!
This actually was the first show we played with Exit Eden. I was looking forward to this show so much and as you know things that you look forward to sometimes don’t turn out the way you imagine…. but this time it was different: It was even better than I had imagined.
We had so much fun on stage an indescribable energy, it was like a big party. I was happy to finally play with the band, people I have been knowing for a long time and wonderful musicians.
I felt the power and force between all of us. Having this musically rear cover and sharing this stage with great singers and performers was fantastic. I really could let everything out in my solo or choir parts and we could all totally count on each other.
It was amazing, a very special gig and I couldn’t wait for the following ones to come….
What are your plans for 2018?
Marina: A lot of action! Many cool things with Phantom Elite, including our album release and shows with a pretty cool band (secret for now, hehe), and hopefully with ExE too!
What is your favorite all time song lyrically speaking?
Marina: Hard one… I guess I either don’t have one, or can’t remember right now, haha. I love ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie.
Anna: Oh, I have to think about this one for a moment… let me pick Jamie Lawsons “I wasn’t expecting that”. I remember hearing it on the radio (I’m usually not impressed by songs I hear on the mainstream radio) but the lyrics caught me and made me listen to the story until the end. It is so emotional and touching.
And playing with that title line and repeating it again and again in different context… honestly it’s beautiful! You gotta hear it! And listen to it till the end… do it right now! 😀
What makes you happy in life?
Marina: Fulfilling work makes me happier than anything. Performing and sleeping, love it (yes, I am incredibly boring, haha).