Interview: Hot Chick in Hard Rock Maria Brink of In This Moment

When we interviewed In This Moment’s Maria Brink for the new Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue–she’s also featured in the 2012 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock calendar–we talked about a range of topics, from bringing out her group’s sinful side on In This Moment’s upcoming album to her close bond with her fans–the Wonderlanders. Unfortunately, due to space constraints in the issue, we weren’t able to include most of our chat–but that’s what the Internet is for! Read what she has to say below.

REVOLVER When are you planning on going into the studio?
MARIA BRINK It’s looking like we’re going into the studio, like, January 1st, or January 3rd, right after the new year. And so we’re in the heavy process of just all the pre-production, like, writing all the new songs. We’re actually gonna work with some writers this time, which we’ve never done before. It’s exciting and scary at the same time, you know? And I’m always kind of the visionary part as far as, like, the new theme and the feel. I like our album to kind of have a whole feeling to them and sometimes a loose concept that kind of goes through it. So I’m kind of trying to dig out all those artistic things in myself and lock myself in the dark. [Laughs]

What sort of themes are you coming up with right now?
I definitely think that this is gonna be the darkest album that we’ve ever done and I think dark in every way–like, visually, you know, the chords that we’re playing, the lyrics that I’m singing, our video. Like, I just really feel a dark vibe to the whole thing, kind of like, I don’t know–if I could explain it in colors, like crimson red and black. We’re normally kind of different. This is definitely more of the alluring, sinful side of us, I guess you could say. [Laughs] That’s what I’m really coming up with a lot and really kind of feeling, I guess.

When I say dark, I don’t mean like I’m depressed and sad. It’s more of a fiery thing, I think.

Is that something that you guys kind of get together and plan out or is it that just what’s coming out when you’re writing?
They kind of vibe off of, you know, they’re pretty… They’re not like I am. I’m so passionate with all of these types of things like, What’s it gonna feel like? What’s it gonna look like? They’re a little bit more loose in that area. Not that they don’t care, but they kind of leave that whole thing up to me when it comes to certain things, I guess you would say. They write songs and they… They let me be the crazy one when it comes to that stuff, I guess.

You mentioned that you were bringing in writers this time. Was it hard bringing in other people to work on songs that, I guess, are pretty personal to you?
Exactly, yeah. I can’t, no matter how much I try, I can’t sing someone else’s lyrics. Like, I’m super passionate about, you know, how I feel. If I don’t feel what I’m singing then nobody else is gonna feel it. And if I’m not passionate about it and it doesn’t move me inside and I feel that fire about it then I’m just gonna be like a singing puppet. And I just can’t do that and I can’t be that–to me, it is about art. But I’m totally open to, you know, sitting down with the things that I come up with, with the writers, and then saying we could probably come up with a better word here, or we could come up with a better line than this. ‘Cause I think challenging yourself is always good. And as long as I can have the emotion in the song and I can kind of have a concept so I feel attached to it. If someone’s just like, “You’re gonna sing this song and it’s gonna be about this and you’re gonna be…” Like, I just can’t do that.

Have you decided which writers you’re bringing in yet?
We know a few people, but nothing is, like, set in stone right now. So I’m not quite sure. I would like to work with [current We Are the Fallen/former Evanescence guitarist] Ben Moody–I think he’s an amazing song writer. But we’re just kind of talking and things like that right now. But nothing is actually set in stone as of yet. Our producer is Kevin Churko, who just did the Five Finger [Death Punch] album, the last two Five Finger albums, and the last two Ozzy albums. And he, himself, is actually an amazing writer as well, so he’s actually gonna be writing a little bi, too.

And are you going to be recording in Las Vegas again?
Yeah, Kevin actually opened up a new studio, called the Hideout, so this is going to be the first time we’re working in that studio with him. I’m excited, it’s a very cool, you know, writing an album–there’s nothing like it. Just everything, the music and the lyrics, it’s such a journey and it’s so artistic for me and it’s like you kind of get lost in this whole world of creating this thing that, like, is gonna be there, you know? No matter how much it sells, or when I die or whatever, it’s just something I’m kind of leaving. I don’t know, it’s a really a personable and really magical thing for me. I love it.

What have you been listening to that’s been inspiring you?
Lately I’ve been listening to just a lot of atmospheric stuff lately actually, like things that just kind of calm me and kind of let my mind open up. Like Sigur Rós, or M83, or Massive Attack–things that kind of just open my mind artistically for me personally. But, I mean, those things always influence me regardless, they kind of let me open my mind up, I guess. But, what have I gotten new? I did like the new City and Color album–that was really great. I know these are all mellow things, not what people would probably think I would… [Laughs] Because I love heavy stuff obviously, it’s a certain part of myself I have to express in my music and I love it and if I just did all the mellow in In This Moment I think I would be lost and I’d feel like it was missing that part. And then vice versa, I would never want to do a bunch of heavy stuff either, without the melodic and, you know, the other. So I just gotta find a healthy balance. But when I’m starting to kind of calm myself into going into the new album and kind of opening myself up, I usually listen to really atmospheric stuff.

I know you try to keep a close bond with your fans and you’ve recently relaunched your Wonderland fan site. How is that going?
Yeah, it’s Maria Brink’s Wonderland. I love it. It is a cool way for me to just kind of have this special connection, because there are so many social networks now, so I cherish our fans. ‘Cause without our fans, you know, and the economy’s down right now, they pay money to come see you, you know, so I do keep in contact with them through our social networks and let them know I appreciate them and kind of have that thing. Like, I do live chats on there with them, I do blogs every day, and do little special things this and that. So it’s kind of just like our little private community where no haters can come on there. It’s all locked and sealed.  So it’s cool though to me, it’s special and it’s kind of like our private thing.

I can imagine, as much as you want to interact with fans, sometime the haters out there just spoil the whole experience.
If I had my forum open to everybody and not just my Wonderlanders, I had that before, and there was just all these haters and they can just make up emails and they can write evil horrible things on there. And I was just like, I’m making this whole thing locked down, sealed. It’s just for like our special community. It’s great. I love it.

What do you think is the sexiest hard rock or metal song?
“You’ve Seen the Butcher” off the last Deftones album, Diamond Eyes. They’re my favorite band. I mean Chino [Moreno, vocals] is amazing. Yeah, for like that world of music, yeah, for sure. He’s my favorite guy singer.

What is it that makes that particular song sexy?
Ah, just everything: the beat to the song, the music, his lyrics, the way he’s singing it. I mean that’s sexy–I love it. [Laughs]

 

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  • Dan

     I could do something with her.

  • Dan

     I could do something with her.

  • Dan

     I could do something with her.

  • Jen

    that… looks nothing like maria brink….

  • Shannon

    I love her passion for music …she definitely makes u feel her music inside.

    • Anarchy

      I’d like to feel her inside.

  • Anarchy

    Nice Titts. Maria. I think musically your band is a Killswitch ripoff and your vocals suck. You got nice titts though. I’d hit it.

  • Getherdonex300

    Anarchy sounds like a pussy. Haha fagit!

  • Anonymous

    Sick and tired of the same generic bands, in this moment is nothing new, i think the only band that  is cool, original and new out there is Edge Of Paradise and Margarita Monet is a killer vocalist who can actually sing! 
    Whatever happened to being original? 

  • http://twitter.com/SYKAOFFICIAL SYKA

    SYKA

  • http://www.facebook.com/chuck.jessop Chuck Jessop

    @dawnofmetal:disqus  not sure how you can say EoP is more original than In This Moment.  they are pretty much equal on that front IMO…neither great, but pretty good.  I’d buy both of their stuff.

  • leadustr8

    In This Moment is one of my favorite bands! There music always gets some kind of emotional reaction from me.