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An Interview with Miruna of the German country band Silverwood
By CSO European Contributing Journalist, Christian Lamitschka.

Silverwood is one of the best and most successful bands in Europe. During that time negotiations started with Universal Music Group. With this new support the band went back to the studio. It took from end of November 2003 until end of May 2004 to record and finish Silverwoods new album My Side Of Town, this time in the studio "House of Audio" with the support of a wonderful studio crew. In February during the MDR TV GACMF Gala in Erfurt, where Silverwood was nominated as "Band of the Year" from the German American Country Music Federation (GACMF) – the 4th time now – the first song "Jealous Heart" from the album "My Side Of Town" was presented in public. Again this song was written by Heiko Ahrend and sung by Miruna. The audience reacted enthusiastically, a proof for Silverwood to be on the right track. It was therefore no real surprise to see this song to enter and stay on number 1 in several charts. 

Ch.L.: Would you please introduce yourself to the readers and tell us something about your history.

Answer (Miruna – lead voc.): They call me: Lady Silverwood, but my real name is Miruna. I am the lead vocalist of the band and a foundation member of the group SILVERWOOD. My artistic career started when I was six years old and since then music is a part of my life! I live for the stage, for touching peoples souls with my music, for giving them a little bit of heaven by diving in a world of fairytales to forget their own for a while! 

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? Where there any highlights?

Answer: Last year was the „year of birth“ of our new cd and all our work was more or less under the sign of this „new baby“!

Ch.L.: What did you do before you got into the music business?

Answer: Don’t remember, was too young!

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe who may be learning about you for the first time. How would you describe the music you play to someone who's never seen or heard you before?

Answer: It’s „SILVERWOOD MUSIC“! It’s pop, country, brit-pop, jazz, funk, bluegrass, soul, rock – can you describe this in one word? See?  I told you: it’s Silverwood music! You HAVE to listen to it! 

Ch.L.: What is your current CD and how is it doing?

Answer: Our current CD is „My Side of Town“ and the first single „pocket kisses“ (released in okt.2004) still climbs the charts all around Europe!

Ch.L.: How did you find the title for the CD and what inspired you?

Answer: We write the songs ourselves. There is no better way to transmit the inspiration of life but by a song that has the power to carry the message to the heart of the public!

Ch.L.: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

Answer: All you need is to listen to them and then you HAVE to fall in love with this album! Each song is a story! Stories told by different people living in different corners of „my side of town“ 

Ch.L.: What is the different between your last and your current album?

Answer: The last album was the „live“ album and this one is recorded in the studio. But comparing „drive“ with „my side of town“, the album “drive” was influenced by more traditional elements and the latest album „my side of town” is modern, it’s fresh, it’s so much more rounded up and shows how much the band has developed since.

Ch.L.: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer: songs with soul

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song among all the songs you've recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer: favorite song is „good morning my love“ from our last album. The story: everyone imagines that actors or singers are all the time the way we see them on TV or other media and specially singer sing ALL the time LOVESONGS! But we are "normal“ humans that can express our feelings in songs and put our finger on the soul of the listener! And that’s what I do with this song: I address it to someone very close to me!

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Answer: All the control we need. We write and arrange our songs by ourselves. PROUD OF IT!

Ch.L.: There's a lot of work that goes into a Number One hit ... what does it take to make it?

Answer: If I knew it, I’d have one!

Ch.L.: How much do your songs influence your audience?

Answer: People tell us stories about how they can’t wait to wake up in the morning and listen to songs like „pocket kisses“ to let the sunshine into their hearts.

Ch.L.: The internet is playing a bigger and bigger part in the world of music. Has the internet hurt or helped you and how would you like to see it evolve?

Answer: Internet is also a media. The difference is that it’s developing very fast. We only have to learn to deal with it and use it to our advantage because internet is the future. It is also the world of a lot of young people and this is the way to communicate to a young public. If they like you, you have the chance for you and your music to survive generations! 

Ch.L.: Who do you look up to musically and where do your musical roots come from?

Answer: When I started playing music, my fist Idols where Joan Baez, Bob Dillon and John Denver, Donovan and the Eagles! Now I look up to the pop arrangements of Shania Twain, the wonderful silent sound of Norah Jones, the beasty rock-energy of Wynona, the unbelievable harmonies of Diana Crall and the voice Gods of Manhattan Transfer. But I never forget to be ME!

Ch.L.: What do you think about today's Country Music versus its roots and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer: It’s difficult to analyze this subject, because Europe is pretty far away from the center of this factory. But we can feel here how County Music moves over in the mainstream and gets more and more popular (good for us !) than the roots of this music have ever been. If I knew where it goes in the future, I’d be sitting here now and be checking what I can do with all those million dollars I had by only telling the FUTURE!

Ch.L.: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Answer: Make the music industry be about MUSIC and not about INDUSTRY !

Ch.L.: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Answer: I love doing shows, from direction to the final applause! So:
Touring, touring, touring, recording, recording, recording, doing interviews

Ch.L.: Are you doing anything to take country music beyond it’s current borders or are you happy where it is?

Answer: I am happy to BE a little bit beyond the borders! It’s made in Europe, it’s fresh, it’s new! 

Ch.L.: How did you get into Country Music ... is there a story behind it?

Answer: I got into Country Music on a side road! A female singer couldn’t do a concert to a band I knew. They asked me if I’d like to help and take a few songs. After the show she stayed home, I got the job!

Ch.L.: Before you became a star, where your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

Answer: My family and my friends always supported my music and accepted the difficult life I’m living. When do I know if I am a STAR?

Ch.L.: Has your journey to success been a hard or an easy road?

Answer: Every road is hard in it’s own way, the main thing is you have to move on! All the time! Then you live! And living, moving, getting somewhere IS success!

Ch.L.: What drives you? What inspired you to become an artist?

Answer: Emotions! I love the stage, I love the public, I love to move people!

Ch.L.: What does it take to be a Country Star?

Answer: What did you say- when do i know that I am a star?

Ch.L.: What's unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?

Answer: I think it’s the way of entertainment I do. I grip out to the hearts of my listeners! And I use all what the stage allows me! ALL!

Ch.L.: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you're proud of?

Answer: I could write a book about outstanding moments – being an artist is already something outstanding, you live, you see, you feel things in a different way! And you achieve a life experience that can’t compare to any others life. There are so many moments of glory with the band, prices, success, but I think the most important thing is that, like someone said, we wrote a small part of history.

Ch.L.: Who's your biggest critic, yourself or others?

Answer: I have 3: me, myself and I!

Ch.L.: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Answer: Time off? What is that, please? I like to relax in the summer at a lake in the mountains. Without phone, TV or too much action. Just books and a guitar.

Ch.L.: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Answer: Yeah! I’d make this interview shorter! Serious: I live every day not to be sorry about anything I do!

Ch.L.: What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

Answer: Opening my heart to „friends“ that weren’t any

Ch.L.: Many Country Fans travel one time in the year to Nashville for CMA Music Festival / Fan Fair because of the opportunity to see so many of their favorite stars at the same time. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?

Answer: To all the fans: VISIT GERMANY AND COME TO SEE SILVERWOOD!!!

Ch.L.: Is there anyplace you haven’t played that you would like to?

Answer: Central Park NEW YORK in front of 1 million people!

Ch.L.: Can your European and American fans look forward to seeing you in concert in the future?

Answer: Yes! Please check up with our web: www.silverwood.net 

Ch.L.: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Answer: MUSIC – MAGIC - MIRUNA

Ch.L.: When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

Answer: Sometimes

Ch.L.: Do fans mob you everywhere you go or do they allow you a private life?

Answer: I respect them and they respect me – in front as well as behind the stage

Ch.L.: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Answer: www.silverwood.de or www.silverwood.net, check it out, it’s a lot

Ch.L.: Tell us about your fan club and how people can join it.

Answer: You can meet the fan club (wonderful people!!!!) at our concerts, also on our web, and here comes their address: fanclub@silverwood.de 

Ch.L.: What are your plans for the future?

Answer: Near future: lot’s of SUPER concerts to promote our new CD all over Europe and maybe a little bit further and start working already at the new material

Ch.L.: What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Answer: 6 year old boy: 
Boy: you are so beautiful!
M: would you marry me?
Boy: NO!!!
M: why not?
Boy: you are too crazy!

Ch.L.: What message would you like to send your European and American fans?

Answer: We hope to see you all at our concerts! Bring your hearts with you!

Ch.L.: Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans that we haven’t covered?

Answer: Thanks for supporting us and our music! Stage is our bread, music is our water, but your applause is our air to breath! Thank you !

Ch.L.: What is the latest news in your career?

Answer: The next single „my side of town“ is hitting the big times!

Christian Lamitschka ( Christian@CountryStarsOnline.com )

 

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