Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?
Quasars are some of the most mysterious objects in the universe. A merging of two black holes, you can imagine just the sheer amount of energy. So the name Quasarborn is essentialy – born of a quasar.
The band was founded in 2016 after we (almost the entire line-up) decided to leave the Serbian thrash machinery Space Eater due to creative differences. The band consists of me, Luka, I sing, play guitar and produce our records. Tihi, the band’s drummer is also the designer and the one behind our visual identity. Tomas is the bass player, even though he was originally a drummer, and Dimitrije (guitar) is our youngest one.
Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?
As I mentioned, myself, Tihi, Tomas and Đorđe (our original guitar player) previously played in a Serbian thrash band Space Eater. The band leader Karlo was very strict about Space Eater playing old school thrash, and we wanted to explore different genres, so we decided to form a new band. We all live in Belgrade and have gotten to meet each other in the scene.
Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?
The list is huge and very diverse. I love old school thrash metal, a band here & there from other metal genres, but I really like some pop artists too (especially vocal-wise). I also really like some nu-metal & hip-hop stuff. Just to name a few, Anthrax, Agent Steel, Avenged Sevenfold, Dark Angel, Sodom, Dying Fetus, old Slipknot, Bijelo Dugme, Wu-Tang Clan…
Tihi is into technical death metal/fusion stuff, but he really likes jazz, and many forms of experimental & instrumental music. He likes things fresh. It’s stuff like Cynic, Cannibal Corpse, Jojo Mayer, and bunch of stuff I can’t remember.
Tomas is probably the most metalhead guy in our band, he listenes to a lot of black & death metal, as well as modern metal too. He loves stuff like Decapitated, Gojira, Megadeth, but also Jinjer..
Dimitrije loves hardcore, especially the more progressive & esoteric stuff, but he also likes metal, classic rock, hip-hop, pop… His favorite bands are probably Converge & Voivod, but also stuff like Uriah Heep, or Onyx.
It’s this crazy merge of styles that led to “Novo oružje protiv bola”.
Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?
I originally wanted to be a video game designer… When I was a kid in the 90s, the gaming industry was rapidly evolving and things were very creative. That came to an end very soon, in my opinion. By the mid 2000s, games started to be very stale and boring. I kinda discovered music when I was 11, and metal when I was 12, and by the age of 14 I knew I wanted to play in a band. When I was 16, I knew this would be my main calling in life.
What songs or albums are on your current playlist?
I’m currently going through an old school New York hip-hop phase. So it’s Wu-Tang Clan’s “Wu-Tang Forever”, GZA’s first three albums, Raekwon’s “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx”, Method Man’s “Tical”… Before that I was really listening to a lot of Dying Fetus, old Slipknot, Guano Apes, Hatebreed, The Cult… And some thrash classics are literally always there. I often go back to Anthrax’s Among the Living, Dark Angel’s Tome Does Not Heal, Toxik’s Think This, Vio-Lence first two records, lately some Testament… As you can tell my music taste is quite schizophrenic.
Do you sing in the shower?
I used to! Now I just sing all the time. Even in the street… Randomly…
Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?
We’re planning on playing as much shows as we can promoting the new album! We already have two concerts in Germany, Siegen on 15th and Backnang on 16th of September. Then there’s gonna be some shows in the ex-Yugoslavia region.
Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?
Nope, it’s all about the recent “Novo oružje protiv bola”!
If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?
I guess it would be some large stadium in Japan, or some uncommon place like, a village in Africa.
Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?
Anthrax – Among the Living, since I first heard it to this day, nothing can match it in it’s entirety.
Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?
When I was younger, I used to call all this non metal music I was listening to “guilty pleasures”. I don’t do that anymore, I just listen to whatever. It was stuff like Paramore, Guano Apes, Avenged Sevenfold, Lady Gaga… I’ve been listening to this really talented young Serbian pop singer Tam these days, most of my metalhead friends get a headache when they hear it, but I really like her music.
If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?
For me personally, it would go something like this:
Anthrax with both Belladonna & John Bush, Dying Fetus with Kevin Talley, Agent Steel with both Cyriis and Bruce Hall, Bombarder with guests from the old line-up, Bijelo Dugme with a full band, Wu-Tang Clan, and of course, Quasarborn!
Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?
I think it might have been Megadeth’s Killing is my Business, which is still one of my favorites! Yes, I do still have it!
As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?
Stay strong in today’s insane world, and keep the great music alive!
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We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?
Thank you for the chance to present ourselves!
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