From Zone 1
Crimson Chrysalis is a female fronted Symphonic Rock act from Pretoria, South Africa, fronted by Rene van den Berg. Rene has been in theAfrikaans music industry for quite sometime, and used to perform as solo act “René”. She made a total directional change in the year of 2009, and went from the Afrikaans acoustic-Rock genre to Symphonic Rock.
How would you describe the uniqueness of your band and music, especially for the people who do not know you?
We are not limited to a specific genre but appeals to different audiences.
When have you founded the band?
How did you find this genre of music and how did you meet each other?
We did a show and René did a cover version of a rock song. Esther felt that she should change from South African folk-rock to a more powerful genre. We started to write a song together and that was how CC was born.
The name “Crimson Chrysalis” – could you tell us the background of this name?
Crimson is for passion and Chrysalis represent transformation.
Do you have any idols?
Our musical interests are very diverse; we do not have specific idols but admire all artists that write good and powerful music, although “good” is a relative concept.
Where do you get the inspiration for the songs and how much time do you spend on average for the music practices?
Writing lyrics usually comes from everyday life, things that inspire and sometimes anger me (Esther) then I (René) will compose the music. I practice weekly with the band but do vocal training at least five times a week. I feel that one must develop your voice and have a vocal trainer as well.
What can you tell us concerning your success? Do you have some special things you are very proud of?
We are very proud of our album; nobody helped us in the development of our sound. René did an excellent job with the producing of the album as all the SA producers wanted to make the sound smaller. We are proud of the international reviews and of both the SA label Sting as well as Ravenheart in the UK that believed in our product.
Do the band members spend much time together in the free time or do you prefer to spend your time separately?
Yes, we spend as much time as we can together. Obviously we (Esther and René) are constantly creating so we spend more time together. Our band is young and we support their individual ventures as we believe that this helps them grow and develop as musicians.
How do you live in you way expenses and if there is any other work right?
Like all musicians we would love to live from the proceeds of our music but René and Esther works in the medical field and the band members are session musicians and music teachers.
To which genres of music, artists, bands do you listen in your free time?
We like all music that is powerful and well produced. We listen to some of our local music and international bands like Rasmus, Nightwish, Within Temptation and a host of others.
Are you in love with somebody, engaged or married?
Most of the band members are involved in steady relationships.
How do your families see “Crimson Chrysalis”?
They are very supportive and proud.
Do you have somebody, an idol, you want to meet any time?
We don’t have specific idols but would love to share the stage with a lot of bands we admire.
Tell us what scares you?
Neither of us like things that wiggle.
What was the last thing that made you laugh?
By nature we both laugh a lot so that’s hard to remember.
What gets you angry?
Rudeness, prejudice, and unfairness. Abuse in any form.
How are the next plans about “Crimson Chrysalis”?
Traveling and touring overseas with the band and starting to write the new album.
When and where are your next gigs?
In South Africa
Which YouTube Video” from “Crimson Chrysalis” can you recommend us?
Angels and demons & Crimson passion Cry – they are completely different but we like both.
Is there anything you want to tell our listeners / readers?
We hope to tour your beautiful country soon and share the stage with your artists.
Thank you very much!