Scorching Winter is a female-fronted hard rock band based in Melbourne, Australia. Their current lineup consists of: Konstantina Papadimitriou, Vocals; Rafael Katigbak, Guitar; Natalie Bellio, Keyboards; Glenn Treasure, Bass; and Nick James on Drums. In Aug 2015, the band released their first EP “Peripheral” earning them airplay and new fans around the world. This year, the band is set to reach new heights with their first full length concept album “Victim” which contains their fiercest work to date.
In contrast to other female-fronted rock bands, they offer stronger emphasis on instrumentation and composition. They like catchy guitar riffs with unexpected style changes. This is what gives their music a slightly progressive feel. Scorching Winter delves into a unique dark artistry, inspired to take listeners on a musically satisfying, metal-edged journey.
Guitarist Rafael Katigbak, took the time to do this interview with us.
How would you describe your music?
As a one-liner response our music is hard rock/metal with melodic female vocals. The exact subgenre is open for debate, we have been called prog metal, symphonic metal, old school heavy metal and so on.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
The band started in 2012 when I got together with Nick (drummer) to jam on a few songs I have written. We liked the way it sounded so we decided to put a band together. The band has gone through a few lineup changes since but we’ve had our current lineup for almost two years now and the chemistry is the best it has ever been. I think our upcoming album would show that.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
The biggest influence on the music that I write for this band is probably Dream Theater, Metallica. Similar to those bands, the big guitar sound and guitar riffs are the main foundations of our songs.
What inspires you?
We just love creating music and playing our instruments. When you make something that you love playing, love listening to, and something you are proud of, it’s just the most satisfying feeling and it makes everything we do worthwhile.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I prefer to write in my own home studio in my own time. Unfortunately, I can’t set a time to write as I can’t guarantee I can come up with something decent on that day. It just has to come to me. Although with this new album, which is a concept album, I found that inspiration came to me quicker when I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with each song.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Each of us have our own favourites. My personal favourite is one of our earlier songs Living in a Daydream. I just love the melody of that song and the solo I wrote for it. I know not all of the other guys love it as much but it will always be one of my favourites. I do expect though that with this next album, I’m gonna have a new favourite song soon.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I had this crazy idea before that there should be a real big 4 of heavy metal show with Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Pantera as the headliners. I would love to be in that bill or something similar.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
I think the current status can be seen as bad or good depending on what you’re trying to do. It’s bad that big record companies are making less money and thus not investing on artist development so it just got a bit harder for new artists who want to get signed and follow the traditional path. Because of this, I am quite interested to see how the next big thing in rock and metal get to the top. However, for little musicians just wanting to get their music out there and build a small legion of fans, this is the perfect time to do so. You can reach people across the globe on your own effort and build your own brand.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Nothing too weird yet. Meeting stoned fans after the show can be quite uncomfortable sometimes but I think we each have our own technique of dealing with them. You also meet some weird people when you are on the road. There was one in Perth last year were we asked this guy for directions and he was way too kind that he insisted on going to the train station with us, waited while we bought tickets and stood there until the train left. He might have had a crush on the girls.
What are your future plans?
We are about to release an album so our main focus is on that and getting it out there. In the near future, we really want to better engage with all of our fans across the globe so we expect to do more things online like videos, online gigs, etc.