Dynamic rock trio VARNA graced the Shiragirl stage at Warped Tour 2014 and is now taking over the Conquer blog. We interviewed the group and got the story on their start, their Warped experience and more. Get to know this band of killer vocals and hard rock.
1. When did VARNA first come together?
Rob: For me personally, that question is more in the direction of “when did the VARNA members really become confident in their work together?”
Tiana: Rossen and I started this band in 2010. We met while he was installing a fan in my apartment (he was an electrician by day). We had a bunch of band member changes, played a lot of shows and made a lot of crappy demos. We found Rob at the end of 2012 and have been a trio as VARNA ever since.
2. The band has received acclaims across the UK, US and more, as well as an exclusive premiere on Revolver Magazine. What was that like? Did you all imagine reaching such height at this moment in your careers?
Tiana: For me, it was absolutely insane. We knew we had something special but I was so used to people ignoring us and our music, that it blew my mind that people freaked out about it. Then on top of all that, getting nothing but positive reviews from critics all over the world? You see that for other bands, but not your own. Until you do. The Revolver Premiere knocked me out for sure. We are all fans of the magazine. I thought if we work hard enough, ONE DAY we would get there but not our first release.
Rossen: We were hesitant at first to release new music, because we didn’t know if people were going to like it. It is amazing how all the music reviews and people’s responses were positive. It is also amazing how much we accomplished in such a short period of time. We literally released our music without playing many shows and without having a following. Now people come to us and ask us to be interviewed or write about us.
Rob: I fantasized about it! Ha!
3. You recently rocked out at the Vans Warped Tour 2014, what was that experience like? Any memorable moments you’d like to share?
Tiana: It was amazing and crazy at the same time. We drove all night, had 3 hours of sleep, hustled all day meeting new fans and then played a show. You literally just run on adrenaline until your body decides to give out on you. We were so lucky to play for so many people who hadn’t heard of us before. We meet everyone after our set which is the icing for me. They were so excited. If it wasn’t for Warped Tour & Conquer Entertainment giving us this opportunity, none of these people would have heard of us. Thank you guys so much!
Rossen: It was one of our best shows. We had so much fun driving there and meeting new people. We got a really awesome response from those who came to meet us after we played. It’s great to be able to excite people with our music, and to see that they genuinely enjoyed our set.
Rob: Playing Warped and meeting new fans/bands/friends was my best memory of the 2014 summer if you ask me . The worst was the 4am up-and-at-it rushing to get to each city WITHOUT breakfast.
4. Who are some of the band’s music inspirations?
Tiana: We all have different influences. For me it is Silverchair, Mariah Carey, Incubus, etc.
Rossen: Musically, Rise Against, Papa Roach, Slayer, The Offspring, Pantera, Metallica..
Rob: Darkest Hour!!! Our sponsor: Cold Cock Whiskey got T and I into Mayhem 2014 (San Bernardino) and I met all of them for the first time seeing them!!!.
5. What can we expect from the next projects to come?
Tiana: We are going in the studio next month. We are so excited. We have some new material that we are so passionate about. We all have grown as a band in this short time and we are ready to show the world what this band can do!
Rob: Badass hard rock with awesome vocals, son!!!
Rossen: More awesome music. If you like what you heard from our EP This Time, It’s Personal, you will not be disappointed from the new songs that we are working on. It’s awesome, it’s hard, and it is catchy!