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Denis Stoff (new singer of Asking Alexandria) interview for Michael Shchur

Denis Stoff (Shaforostov) has become a new singer of Asking Alexandria in 2015. He is my compatriot (both from Ukraine), and he could break away . My respect for Den \m/ Here is one of his recent interviews, originally in Ukrainian and Russian. I translated it to English. Video included. Watch, read, and make your dreams come true too! To read full interview, become my subscriber! \m/


M[ichael] – Denis, thanks for coming to my basement.

D[enis] – Of course.

M – So, you’ve got an invitation to join a British band as a vocalist.

D – That’s right.

M – You’ve already recorded a song together, haven’t you?


D – Yes, it’s been released recently, at night June 27. So, the track got over 600,000 views for a first day.

M – On Youtube, right?

D – Yes.


D – Now the track is the number one of the charts around the World. So far so good.

M – Super. And why have they turned just to you?

D – Probably, I am the man they should turn to [laughs]


M – How old are you?

D – I’m 23.

M – So, you’re 23, and you’ve got a proposal from a band with millions Youtube views and which tears everyone on gigs in Britain, yes?

D – Yes.

M – And you become a British rock star, don’t you?

D – Well, yeah [laughs]



M – And now you involves in concert activity, World tours, and stuff, right?

D – I’m getting a Schengen visa just in a few days, and then I go to Czech Republic for a fest, where we will play for 45,000 people. Then I’ll fully get acquainted with guys as a member of the band, shake their hands, then we’ll try to figure out a set list for today, and just do our first gig straightway.


M  – Why are you so confident about your first performance?

D – Because we are good musicians. Be sure, we’ll cope with that [laughs]

M – That’s quite immodesty [laughs]

D – You know, it’s rock-n-roll [laughs]


M – I know that you had two band before. But they were popular rather abroad, then in Ukraine. Would you call those bands?

D – Yes, the first band was “Make Me Famous”, and second – “Down & Dirty”.


M – Denis, how did you start? How did you get in this rock showbiz, become a metalcore star, etc?

D – Probably it had begun from the time I started to shoot small cover videos by cheap camera in my bedroom at home in Khartsyzk (town in Donetsk region, Ukraine – translator’s note)

D – Youtube had just born, and I saw people made covers. I liked they and thought: “Why not to do it? I’m musician too, play guitar, try to sing”. So I took action, and over some time I admitted increasing amount of views and subscribers, people liked it and wanted more. I just continued to do that.


D – Most of my views came from USA and Europe, and that helps me to bring my music out. I uploaded my first song on Youtube. I’d already have people to watch it, and they just spread the video. I started to get massages from record labels, management companies… So that happened.


M – All right. Den, thank you for dropping by. I wish you and your new band success. Come to Ukraine with megaconcert in Sport Palace or Olimpiysky stadium, that not just Vakarchuk (frontman of outstanding Ukrainian band “Okean Elzy” – translator’s note) could gather people for it.

D – Thanks! Hopefully.

M – Super. Thanks!


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Tags: Denis Shaforostov, Asking Alexandria, new vocalist, new singer, Denis Stoff interview, 2015, metalcore, Make Me Famous, Down & Dirty, Ukraine