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Interview with Mary Von Chh (Rest In Dust)
Jad | March 5, 2021
Rest In Dust is a Metal duet hailing from Poland. The young band delivers a Nu/Alternative Metal sound in a great style. We talked with the band’s vocalist, Mary Von Chh, to talk about her band’s music and their plans for the future.
Hello Mary! How are you doing and how has 2021 been treating you so far?
Hi! Thank you for having me! I’m fine, so far this year is not that bad for me. Still no job in my industry, BUT at least now I have some time to finish our house renovation. Wall demolition is awesome, I’m telling you! 😀
Oh I tried that before and it’s so satisfying to break stuff! How would you introduce your project, Rest in Dust, to our readers who haven’t listened to you?
Rest In Dust is an Alternative Nu Metal Project which was started by me and my fiancé. We do all the stuff only by the 2 of us, writing songs and lyrics, recording, editing tracks, mixing, making music videos etc. The music is influenced by electronic music, especially in the way we produce our music and our lyrics are about being responsible for your own life and not blaming others for your failures.
That’s awesome. You have released singles that showed the great potential your band has. Are you planning for a bigger release any time soon?
Not really. We focus on releasing one single with music video every 2-3 months. That way we have a greater freedom in creating music in different styles, cuz when you make an album it usually must be consistent in style. Also we believe that it’s more interesting to people to have one song with a music video rather than a whole album of a band that they don’t know and probably won’t listen further that third song.
Great plan. To get our readers to know you better and from a different point of view, how about we play a little imagination game? I will give you a scenario in an alternate universe and you’d have to react. Ready?
In a universe where you’re an executive producer of an action show on Netflix, and you were asked to pick one of your songs for the theme song of the show, which one would you pick?
I would choose Life’s a bitch. It’s the fastest and most aggressive sounding song. I think it would be perfect.
In a universe where you can shapeshift into any animal you want, what animal would you like to be most?
Cat, definitely. But only if it would be a home cat. I would be lying on a radiator all day long.
That’s the good life. In a universe where the currency used is the person’s sense of humour, how rich would you be?
I’d be homeless. Really 😛 Apparently, I neither can tell jokes nor understand most of them. But personally, I think I have a great sense of humour! I always laugh at my jokes, just no one laughs with me 😀
In a universe where you’re the Statue of Liberty, but instead of a torch you’re holding an object from the cover art of the last album you listened to, what would you be holding?
The last album I listened to was “Rammstein”. So I would be holding a match 😀 Not that I had a big choice, there’s only that one match on a cover. And also a match is like a very small torch 😀
A very small one indeed 🤣 In a universe where you are a stand-up comedian instead of a musician, what would be a signature joke you’d tell?
My signature joke would be me being a stand-up comedian! Really, it’s sad but it’s true 😛
Thank you for playing, Mary! Have you ever been treated in a sexist way? How would you face sexism and what advice would you give to young people who face any kind of discrimination?
I don’t know, maybe I was but it never was a big deal for me. I work in a music industry as a sound technician. In Poland there are maybe 10 women doing that job. I never had a problem with men telling me I’m too weak for this job, or that girls don’t belong there. Mostly for 2 reasons. First is that after 30 min of working with me they see that I know what I’m doing, I can lift heavy equipment and I handle tough situations, so they start to respect me. Second, I know why they think that. This job is hard, you sometimes sleep 3 hours a night for a week, you work in snow, rain, mud, full sun, you don’t come home for weeks, you need to move a 150kg speaker (330lb) by walking on sand. It’s not a dream job for women, and lots of them quit after their first day. So, what I would say to people is: You do you. You know you’re good at something, just keep doing it and people will start to respect you for it. But also, know your limitations. I know mine, some I can overcome but some I can’t and that’s fine too. Focus on being the best version of yourself.
What artists did you grow up listening to? And at what point did you decide you’d like to be more than just a music consumer, but also a creator?
I was introduced to the music of Metallica and Korn by my father when I was a very small kid. I’ve been in love in metal since then. When I was 8 I saw Marilyn Manson on TV and it changed my life forever. I love his music and his style. From that I had a lot of different phases: black and death metal like Vader, Behemoth, Dark Funeral etc, gothic metal like Nightwish, Tristania, Evanescence, horror punk like Misfits, Murderdolls and Wednesday 13. That last one had an especially big influence on me for a very long time. I think I always knew I wanted to be a musician. No matter at what age I was, the answer to a question “ Who do you want to be in the future?” was always the same. Only the genre I wanted to play changed with age.
Thank you for the interview Mary! It has been a real pleasure!