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RGM Introducing – Jero Rest & Stella Kranner

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to become a soloist?

Jero:

I’ve composed orchestral music for a long time and played concerts with my Metal-band, but I was self-conscious about releasing my own songs for some time. Especially my experience with the band helped me overcome my fear of showing the world my projects, and two years ago I felt that it was time for me to actually produce my own songs and release them as a solo artist.

Stella:

I just had to start sharing my thoughts and feelings with the world.

It’s been a bit of a wild last year, how have you guys managed to pass time and stay sane during lockdown?

Jero:

I’m not someone to have a problem with staying at home for long periods of time, but as of late it’s been somewhat frustrating, of course. What has helped me is mostly making and especially listening to music. And sometimes also working out. And those YouTube binge watching sessions.

Stella:

Well, I tried my best. I would be lying, if I said it wasn´t hard, but music did for sure help.

How positive are you feeling now we are in 2021?

Jero:

I think things are getting better at the moment. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Stella:

Damn, I´m ready!

Whats the latest covid restrictions like in Vienna?

Jero:

We’re slowly lifting a lot of restrictions regarding events and , so that is something I’m excited about!

Stella:

The stores just opened again, and the number of vaccinated people increases, which is awesome. In about a week, it´s also going to be possible again to visit a restaurant. Yay!

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

Jero:

Not really. In my opinion, critical thinking is important for everything, but I think there is way too much harmful misinformation floating around and I prefer not to delve deeper into any alternate theories about the world.

Stella:

Not really. I´m for sure not thinking that Covid just doesn’t exist.

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on the circuit?

Jero:

Very tough question. I think right now it has to be New Found by Gojira.

Stella:

There are so many. I just can´t decide.

What support is out there for new artists in Vienna ?

Jero:

I think at the moment there has been a greater support for local artists because of the pandemic than before. In my experience, it is very crucial to already have a somewhat significant amount of fans/followers before you get some recognition. But, when you do find support, it is awesome.

Stella:

In my opinion, there is quite an awesome support base of young Viennese musicians. We love to push each other.

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Vienna unsigned scene?

Jero:

The first name that comes to mind is Greyshadow! (Technically not unsigned, but his music is great!)

Stella:

My friend Eli Preiss is really inspiring in every way. 

If your fans could remember one thing about you what would it be?

Jero:

Never thought about that! But I’ve heard some times that my use of the piano is very characteristic for me, so probably that.

Stella:

The sound of my voice of course, my ginger-ish hair and my special character.

What useless talent do you have/ party trick? 

Jero:

The first think I can think of is I instinctively try to guess the song that’s playing at a party and then I talk with people about that song. That’s a party trick…right?

Stella:

I can juggle. Is that cool enough? 😉

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Jero:

Our second to last band concert before covid has to be my favorite concert we’ve had so far. We played perfectly and the atmosphere was incredible.

Stella:

I always have the best time when I´m on stage with friends or family.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Jero:

There was one time where I completely went overboard with my voice, and we still had some songs to play. It felt like torture having to keep on singing, and that was the moment I learned that I need to be careful not to damage my voice.

Stella:

I really had a hard time when I was performing an opera as the leading role, and I was ill like crazy. Pain killers made it bearable, but after it I kind of had a breakdown.

What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?

Jero:

Be consistent. Consistency is the key.

Stella:

Be brave, be adventurous and try not to think that much about other people’s opinions. 

What makes you stand out as a Artist?

Jero:

I think my music is very dramatic. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that my songs sound like from a musical. I really like mixing orchestra with rock instruments, and that is my niche I would say.

Stella:

I guess my voice is unique and I think that I´m quite versatile.



Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂 

Jero:

That a day only has 24 hours. Way too short!

Stella:

Sometimes I´m pissed of by myself. I should take my own advises more seriously. haha

Whats your favourite song to play live and why?

Jero:

My band has a song called ‘Free’. Every time we play it it’s such an ecstatic moment. Love it.

Stella:

It´s a german song called “Der größte Schatz”. I wrote it with my Dad when I was a kid and I just love to perform it, cause it feels so natural. 

I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?

Jero:

Our new single is called ‘No Apology’. It’s about two people talking to each other in the aftermath of their failed relationship, how they didn’t cherish one another, and they grew apart. There are still some things unsaid, and although there are some good memories, that chapter is now closed, or as we say in the song, all those pages are now torn away forever. I think a lot of people can relate to that feeling, even if it’s not about a relationship. Even when a friendship is ending, you know that there were some pretty good times, but at the end, the bad experiences outweighed them, and now there’s nothing more to do than keep moving forward without that person in your life. But many times, you don’t get to have that very last conversation, even if you would like to. It just ends. And this song represents that very last talk before they move on with their lives.

Stella:

It´s called “No Apology” and my good friend Jero Rest composed and produced it. It´s a beautiful soft rock duet with a bit drama in our voices. You just have to check it out, cause I can´t explain all the great things Jero created. 

How was the recording process given the various restrictions have all been under of late?

Jero:

I have a home studio, so we had absolutely no problem regarding restrictions! It was more difficult actually scheduling a day where we both had time to record, because of our separate music projects.

Stella:

We didn’t have problems, because the recording process took place at a time when the situation in Austria was a little bit more calmed. Of course, we took care and got tested before.

What are your plans for the year ahead?

Jero:

Keep making a lot more music and finally playing as a solo artist onstage!

Stella:

I´m working on writing and sharing more songs with you guys and I just can´t wait of all those awesome live shows coming up. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Jero:

Stay humble, love yourself, and be kind. Even if the world seems to be messed up all the time, there is always something to be happy about. Appreciate what you have and work hard to achieve your goals.

Stella:

Music and love is all that matters.

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