Morphide, a Latvian Metal band, has long piqued the interest of Metal fans. After tens of covers of iconic Metal songs, their talent was so obvious to their fans that they were eager for original music from the band. Lately, Morphide’s debut album has finally been released.
We had the opportunity to speak with Morphide’s vocalist, Elizabeth “Eissa,” about the new album, her thoughts on various issues, and, of course, a nerdy imagination trip to get to know her better. Here’s our interview with Morphide’s Eissa.
Hello, Eissa. It’s really wonderful to talk with you. How are you doing today?
Hi! I’m very happy and excited to be part of this interview.
You recently released a new album named “Anhedonia”.. How are you feeling about the way the album was received by your fans?
To be honest I didn’t expect such a warm welcome for our debut album. I was truly touched by the endless support and all the kind words coming from our fans, both old and new. This album has been in cooking for a couple of years, and I wasn’t sure if it will sound fresh to our audience but seems like my doubts were groundless.
How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard Morphide’s original music before?
A breathing ambient core/modern metal with both clean and extreme female vocals?
Brilliant! If you were to pick one song from “Anhedonia” to be played on every radio and every station all over the world, which song would you pick and why?
I would choose “Panopticon” because it is the closest to what we were trying to achieve with our album. It is both calm and aggressive, has some beautiful ambience and a heavy screamo breakdown and in general, it just sounds fun to me!
I love that song! In order to get to know you better and from a different point of view, how about playing an imagination game? I will set a scenario in an alternate universe with new rules and see how you’d react to the different situations. Ready?
In a universe where you are made the queen of a country, what would be the first law you’d make?
I would make equal pay for all professions. Doctors, engineers, musicians, football players, politicians, teachers, professional archers, and woodworkers. No matter what you do, everyone receives the same amount of money. Thus people would be able to choose their careers based on their interests, not needs.
In a universe where humans can choose either to be able to teleport from one place to another or travel back and forth in time, which superpower would you pick?
Teleport. I would be able to live in any country in the world and still be able to see my friends and family. I believe people would be able to see each other more often and therefore feel less lonely.
In a universe where you’re the statue of liberty, what object would you be holding instead of a torch?
A book. An educated world equals a free world.
In a universe where money does not exist, but instead, people pay for things by making other people laugh, how rich would you be considered?
I could pretty much afford anything I’d like
In a universe where the senses of taste and hearing are mixed up together, what food would you imagine Morphide’s music would taste like?
It would be sweet candy floss with an occasional sour candy pop.
In a universe where songs come to life and become humans once they’re recorded, which song from “Anhedonia” would be your best friend as a human?
It would definitely be “We Are One”. This song is about my soulmate, so we would instantly become best friends.
Thank you for playing, Eissa! I hope you enjoyed this!
We live in an era where social media became essential for musicians to reach fans and promote their music. In your opinion, what are the cons and pros of social media having all that power in the music industry?
The advantage is obviously in communication. It became so easy to interact with our audience, talk to them, listen to their opinions and share what we’ve got. And since we have the internet, we can connect with anyone anywhere! Also, social media gives you the possibility to do your thing as a musician all by yourself. You can find crew online and can work with them directly, without the necessity to find a producer or label. The disadvantage however is algorithms. While they can be really helpful and occasionally boost your content, they also require you to play by their rules. You have to be active, consistent, very productive and memorable, otherwise, algorithms might stop showing your content even to your fans and subscribers. This puts some pressure on our shoulders.
That’s a very enlightening answer! Thank you. Have you ever faced any kind of sexism in your professional or personal life? How would you deal with sexist behaviour and what advice would you give young people around the world who face any kind of discrimination?
I have been told multiple times that women should not do extreme vocals, that women are not capable of screaming the same as men, and that women only sell their looks. My only advice is to be stubborn enough to prove them wrong. Just keep doing what you love. There always will be angry, unsatisfied and aggressive people, but don’t let some strangers stop you. Your true friends and family should be supportive. They believe in you and you should believe in yourself. You are what is most important in your life.
Very true! Thank you for giving us this interview, Eissa. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to thank all our fans and FemMetal for their constant support and love! I appreciate it a lot and I can’t wait to show you how far we can go as a band.