Our Band – by Stefan
Children Medieval Band began four years ago, on May 16th, I came up with the idea of starting a band, inspired by Rammstein and Beatles great songs, I wanted to make great compositions too. So I came up with Clouds in Space, I hired Olga as the Drummer and we recorded a video of us playing. That was the humble beginning of our band. Originally named The Crudeles, it changed soon into Children Medieval Band. The name was well chosen because we have always tried to fusion medieval music into rock. CMB is one of the very few neo-medieval bands in USA.
Throughout these four years we’ve had many experiences, some good and some bad. The best one was when we met Rammstein themselves! At their concert we opened for them and played in front of people for the first time – ten thousand to be exact. One of our fortunate events was when we put Sonne on Youtube, expecting just under 500 views, but instead we reached over one million views in less than one hour! We still don’t know how that happened…
We’ve had lots of great moments, but we’ve also had our fair share of failures as well. Before releasing our album, Treasure Underground, we worked for almost a year, composing, recording and mixing. But when we finally put it out for everyone to buy, less than 10 people were interested enough to give three dollars for a good cause.
We’ve played at several fairs, at all of them the managers congratulated us, some even wanted us for next year. But as you would expect, because of the continuous rise of the number of bands in the world, we were put on the waiting list..
A major problem for us is that we don’t have much audience. A few years ago many R+ fans cheered us, but as we grew up, our band is not so cute anymore, so the former fans, 20-40 years olds, lost interest. Also, unfortunately, those from our generation don’t care about us. It’s sad to see that almost all kids our age listen to garbage, this is their parents’ fault.
In spite of all that, we keep doing what we have to do. And yes, we have an agenda. We don’t want to be part of a generation entirely fascinated by those stars so popular, and also so irritating. We try to create a bit of an influence and change the taste of some youngsters, here and there. Although it seems to be almost impossible, we like to try.
And as we said in our CMB March song:
Even if we won’t succeed
We’ll be standing tall
Plans: we still want to release a better medieval music cd, maybe a couple of videos, and also we’ll start writing new songs for a new rock album, due probably for next year, hopefully. There is some uncertainty though… We may have to move from California and this will impact our activity – hard to tell how much, hopefully not too bad.
Children Medieval Band
On May 16, 2011, I was only 7 years old and life wasn’t very interesting,
until my brother said: “Hey, let’s start a band! I made a composition, but, I
need a drummer.” I then quickly accepted, because I loved the drums, and
I wanted to be a drummer. My brother showed me the composition and
gave me instructions of what to do. I was also supposed to be the vocalist,
because my brother couldn’t sing while playing the guitar, back then. We
were rehearsing our song, and our dad came in and asked what we were
doing. “Well, we just made a little song , because we want to start a band.”
Stefan said. My dad then went and brought the camera and we filmed our
song. It was very weak, and the lyrics were silly, but our dad encouraged
us to continue. We did continue, but we gave medieval music a try.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t be the drummer, because keyboard and violin
were too hard for my little sister. So the first video, and many others, were
filmed with me on the keyboard or violin. After our first video, we posted
other videos that were also medieval. Then, we did something different.
We started posting beatles and other songs around that era, and a few
rammstein videos! Well, it happens that one day we did a cover of Sonne,
and we thought we wouldn’t get any success, but our dad brought us to
the park for icecream as a reward, anyway. When we got home, to our
surprise, we almost had 1 million views on our cover! After that things got
succesfull and we were invited to play the opening for Rammstein! We
went to alot of concerts at different places also, and had a few fans who
were really kind. Now, we’ve released a new album, and I can’t wait until
we do more concerts and covers for this year!
Children Medieval Band’s 4th Anniversary
(by drummer Cornelia)
4 years ago, my brother Stefan decided to make a band. He wrote a composition, called Clouds in Space. Olga, my sister, played the drums and sang. Though I didn’t participate much (only a few simple notes on the keyboard) because Stefan thought I was too young. This first song was quite a failure because well, this was our FIRST composition. But our dad filmed it and agreed with the band. Next, we started with medieval. There are a bunch of funny videos on Youtube of us! My favorite was when I dropped my rattle stick
. We did medieval because we were young back then, I was 4 and it would’ve been REALLY weird if we played rock headbanging.
And well, that’s where our band name came from! But, we changed things a bit. We started playing Rammstein songs and Beatle songs. My favorite part of my life was when we were invited to play onstage
. Rammstein invited us, I was really excited! We had 10,000 people in front of us. It was amazing! Then, Rammstien got to play, too, but there was huge amount of sound and I got a little scared (I was 4, so DON’T call me a scardey-cat).
We started making lots of videos on Youtube. We lived in Colorado, and then we moved. I went in the airplane with my mom and the others in the car. My grandpa and grandma came along, also, because they visited a week or so before we moved. We moved to San Diego, and we rented a house. We bought a new set of drums for me and started making more and more videos a few days after we moved and unpacked everything. We went to lots of concerts, My two favorite concerts were San Diego Fair and the Dinner Party at the PalmSprings hotel. Unfortunately, we came back home at 3:00 AM.
During the month of April 2014, we thought of making our OWN compositions. We had made too many covers, it started to get boring and we decided to make 10 songs. I thought it will be amazingly easy. Well, I know the answer next time! We pronounced the release of our album to be in August, but it wasn’t. A year passed by and we tried everything to make it sound better, but it came worse and worse! It was February, the same. March, also, the same. April, we promised to release it at the end of the month. Now it is May. Our Album was released, but we’ve rarely got any costumers. Anyway, that will be it, for now.