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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes. Erwan also plays the bass in a Death metal band, Barús. Anthony holds drums in Anasasi, who is between progressive rock, metal and pop.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Seb, 32, guitar

Vince, 36, keyboards and machines

Erwan, 28, bass

Anthony, 34, drums

Did you make music even when you were young? We all began quite early indeed, around teenage, more or less.

Where are you from? Grenoble, in France.

What year did the band form? In 2011

What's your style of genre? Post rock.

What inspires you?

Cinema, literature and music other people play, of course !

How often and where do you rehearse? We have rehearsals one a week, in an associative place called “Le Ciel”.

How have you developed since you started with the music? At the beginning we randomly chose post-rock just because we couldn’t find a singer. At this time, we started listening to bands such as Porcupine Tree or Archive, who were including some long instrumental parts. With years we learned to deal with the requirements of this genre of music, in order to assume our direction. This means that our albums are evolving accordingly, according to us.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? As we already said this, we are interested by cinema and literature and some of us is also keen on videogames. By the way, music is still our main point of interest.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that?

We really would like to work with a booker indeed. By this way, we think it would be much easier to plan tours. We actually organize everything by ourselves and it requires a lot of time.

Regarding to a label, it would also be a great help, but we don’t especially look for it at the moment… We can presume our music is oriented to a specific public, that makes it sparse approachable. Even independent labels wouldn’t be interested in it.

What are your songs about?

Our first album had no specific thematic and was recorded in a few time. At this time, we just wanted to suggest a spontaneous music. The two following ones do have a theme.

The Fall was inspired by what happened to Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison and other celebrities who met death quite young. They had difficulties to deal with celebrity, as soon as they reached it and ended the way we know.

The Sleep in me describes a whole night of a person who is trapped in a nocturnal terror, a parasomnia.

Have you done any covers live? Actually, we don’t. We already thought about that, by example playing the song Wedding nails by Porcupine Tree, but we didn’t come to terms with playing a cover. We prefer waste time composing.

What language do you sing in? Nobody sings. Our titles are in English, sometimes we also add a speaking voice. For us it is just about tone.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? Most of the time we have a well-diversified public, from ten-year-old children to early retirees.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We use to vary. Beyond this point, we want to offer a live where all the songs are bound each other with no dead time. There is a basic structure in which we put or take songs away, in order to adapt to the time we get.

What was your first gig like? We remember the date, on June the 21st of 2011 in Grenoble. It certainly was a complete disaster lol!

What was your latest gig? Our last gig took place at the “Les pieds dans le plat” festival, on 19/05/2018.

Have you had to cancel a gig? It happened once, yes. We should have to go to a 400km far gig, our car broke after a hundredth km. A really bad souvenir !

Where have you played live this year?

Only in France : Grenoble, Chambéry, Annonay, Chambéry, Bourg-en-Bresse, Lyon, Besançon, Vesoul, Bordeaux, Montauban, Toulouse, Miramas and Fréjus. Where do you plan to gig the comming year?

We gonna try for 2019 to play in Europe (Deutschland, Belgium) ; also, we want to significantly work on the next album’s composition.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale?

We have a basic merchandising. Our three albums are of course on sale in CD, the last album is also available on vinyl record. We also sell The Sleeip in me t-shirts.

If you are interested to, you can find all our products on our official site : https://difymusic.com/collapse, or through our bandcamp : https://collapseband.bandcamp.com/

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?

This is definitely a very difficult subject. We don’t claim to talk about what happens to big labels and worldwide bands, we have no certitude of how all this complex system is working.

At our level, we don’t pretend earning money by playing the music. Considering we have no booker who assures a financial guarantee for example, selling our music during our dates is the best way for us to limit our financial losses (gasoline, consumable gear, etc…). And we don’t even talk about making profit.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? A lot of artists know that they have to be careful of who they can trust. There are good points in this way, because we note plenty of bands are helping each other. Some of them create their own distribution network, in order to be totally independent. However, these are still obstacles to overcome, for example radio stations who are full of commercial and non-qualitative music (at least in France). On the internet, the amazing quantity of bands trying to get into the system is limiting visibility of each of them. We ignore how this is going to evolve, but a lot of bands worry about being able to survive thanks their music.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?

Every music can be inspiring to us. We can equally find inspiration with “great“ bands like The Beatles, Radiohead, Pink Floyd or Nine Inch Nails. Many times we also have been motivated by performance of as (few) important bands as us.

Music is not made to be split between barriers.

What have been your biggest obstacles? The fact that we do not have a singer. Sometimes we just have to say we play instrumental music, and some structures refuse to make us play, saying we are not coherent with what they are looking for.

What are your web sites? Main site : https://difymusic.com/collapse Bandcamp : https://collapseband.bandcamp.com/ Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/collapsegrenoble/ Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/collapseprog/ Twitter : https://twitter.com/collapse_band

What are your plans for the future? We want to follow the way we took. This means working on a fourth album, and organising dates and tours to spread it.

Do you have something to add? If our music pleases you, the best way you can help us without paying anything is supporting us on social networks (facebook, Instagram, twitter).

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