Mick Stingley of Rocksalt.mx recently conducted an interview with SIRENIA vocalist Ailyn. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Rocksalt.mx: You are the fourth vocalist to sing for SIRENIA, but you are the first singer to appear on two albums. Did you feel any pressure to follow the previous singers when you recorded the first record ("The 13th Floor"); and if so, how did you feel when you started recording "The Engima Of Life"?
Ailyn: No, I didn't feel any pressure. When I made my audition with the band, they told me that they were searching for a serious singer who wanted to be really involved with the band and to stay with the band not just for one album, so when they chose me as a lead singer I knew that I was here not just for one album. So when we started with the recording for "The Enigma Of Life", I felt very comfortable.
Rocksalt.mx: You started off singing pop music; has the shift in musical styles been more satisfying or challenging for you — or do you regard singing as an art which should transcend genres?
Ailyn: I started to sing when I was 12 years old, and I discovered the song "Hero" by Mariah Carey. I fell in love with this song and I started to sing, trying to sing like she was singing — actually in that moment I wanted to be like her. But some years later I changed my music taste. My parents really like music and I grew up listening to a lot of different music styles. My parents are fans of metal music. I love to sing and for music I'm open-minded. When I became the singer in SIRENIA, I didn't have to change my music taste because I've listening to this style since I was 16 years old. So I'm singing the music style that I wanted to sing for a long time.
Rocksalt.mx: In the past fifteen years the female/male vocal metal style has become very popular: why do you think it's gotten so popular? Excluding SIRENIA, what groups in this genre are favorites of yours and why?
Ailyn: Well, I don't know why the style became popular. Ater all, it seems that people like to listen to good music. The first band I can say is NIGHTWISH. I fell in love with their music from the first time that I listened to one of their songs. I started to listen this genre because of them. Also WITHIN TEMPTATION. Well, I have no words, I just love them: their music is amazing and Sharon's voice is so good and beautiful. I could say a lot of bands but I think the list would never end.
Rocksalt.mx: As SIRENIA becomes more popular with you as the singer, do you feel any responsibility to be a role model — especially for Spanish and Latina girls who look up to you?
Ailyn: Oh, no, please, I don't want to be a role model for anybody, I'm just a normal girl who likes to sing and I'm just trying to do my best for my band, for the fans and for me.
Read the entire interview from Rocksalt.mx.
"Fallen Angel" audio stream:
"The End Of It All" video: