Gamazda is a Russian pianist and youtuber who rocks the internet with her amazing covers of Rock and Metal songs. When you hear “Rock” or “Metal” you imagine a guitar, or maybe drums. However, Gamazda made her piano an icon in Rock and Metal covers with her skills, passion, and talent.
We had the pleasure to chat with Gamazda and ask her about her thoughts, her relationship with her instrument, and many other things.
Hello Gamazda. I’m very happy to chat with you. How are you doing?
Hello! I’m doing well! Thank you for inviting me to the interview.
You are so close to hitting half a million subscribers on your YouTube channel and you have millions of views on your videos. How do you feel about all the success your work has made so far?
When I started my YouTube channel, I didn’t even expect that I’d get this result. I thought I’ll play songs that I like and maybe someone like my covers and it will be a small place for like-minded people. And it was a big surprise to me when a lot of people have started supporting me and when such big bands like Red Hot Chili Papers, Tool, Papa Roach gave great feedback about my covers. It’s all still unbelievable to me!
Well deserved! In your videos we can see from your body language and the way you play how much you have mastered the piano and also how much you enjoy and love playing it. How did this unique relationship you have with the piano begin?
I’ve been playing piano since I was 3 years old. My parents are also musicians and they brought me into music. This all has started in deep childhood.
You put a huge effort on your covers to make your own arrangements that best suit your style, and you’re very talented at that. Do you plan on ever using your talent to release an original work?
Thank you! To be honest I don’t plan to create original songs in the near future. I’ve learned to play songs and not create them. I think it’s a totally different direction and profession.
In order to get our readers to know you from a different perspective, how about we play a game? I will ask you questions about certain scenarios in alternate universes where something is tweaked, and you will have to react. Ready?
Sounds interesting. I’m ready.
In a universe where music is illegal, and you are sentenced to spend in jail a number of years equal to the number of music albums that you own at home, how many years would be in jail for?
I will have freedom, because I don’t have physical albums. All the music that I listen to is online.
In a universe where the currency is the person’s sense of humor, how rich would you be?
In this universe I would think that I’m the richest person, while in reality I would be homeless, because sometimes I only laugh at my jokes.
In a universe where a zombie apocalypse occurred, which band would you rather be stuck in a closed city with fighting off zombies?
Recently I finished watching Walking Dead. Great TV Serial btw. And one of the most scary and bad characters was a famous rock star. So, after that I would prefer to be stuck with people who are not from music.
In a universe where you are the producer of an action series, and you were asked to pick a powerful Rock or Metal song as the theme song, which song would you pick?
It’s too difficult to choose only one song, but okay. I choose Disturbed – Down With The Sickness.
Thank you for playing, Gamazda! Aside from music, what other interests do you have and do you have any fun activities you like to do?
I really like to travel, but unfortunately it’s impossible now. Besides that I like TV Series, some video games like Heroes Might and Magic and I like real activity, work out, hiking, swimming.
Even though we’re in 2021, sexism still exists all around the world. How would you face sexism if you were treated with discrimination, and what advice would you give to young girls who deal with sexism on a daily basis?
To be honest I’m probably a lucky person, because I’ve never encountered sexism in my life. So, I don’t have any experience in order to give anyone any advice.
That’s lucky indeed! Thank you for the interview, Gamazda! It was a pleasure!