interview with Witchbound

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, 3 members of Witchbound including me played with Stormwitch, there were also  some other bands and projects we were involved in. 
How is it that you started playing music? I started playing guitar with 15, I learned it by myself. 
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Natalie Pereira Dos Santos – Vocals
Martin Winkler – Guitar
Stefan Kauffmann – Guitar
Peter Langer – Drums
At the moment we try out a new bass player and will announce his name shortly. We are all in the best age- between 39 and 57
Have you had other previous members? Yes, singer Thorsten Lichtner and bass player Ronny Gleisberg
Did you make music even when you were young? I played a little bit flute in early school before I learned guitar.
Where are you from? South Germany, north of the city „Ulm“, that has the highest churchtower in the world. 
What year did the band form? Witchbound was formed in 2014, although some of us played together years before with „Stormwitch“. 
What's your style of genre?
I would call it Melodic Power Metal. 
What inspires you? All kinds of good music, nature, books, my wife and our fans. 
How often and where do you reherse? It depends upon the occasion.  We share our rehearsal-room with two other bands. 
How have you developed since you started with the music? I started writing songs, I learned to play mandoline and try to sing. 
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? I’m working with handicapped and old people. I love travelling, hiking and hearing music and reading books
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? At the moment we don't need a booking agency because we're concentrating on making our new album.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Our label is El Puerto Records from South Germany, which is managed by old friends us. 
What made you decide to make this music? When I saw the Beatles-movie „Help“ for the first time in TV. 
What are your songs about? The dark middle-ages, superstition, witches and demons, crusades, magic, prophecies, pilgrims and the holy grail. On our next album there will be also pirate songs and some modern themes. 
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? The songs for our first album „Tarot's Legacy“ were mainly written by Harald Spengler aka Lee Tarot and me. Harald was my old schoolfriend and we played many years together with Stormwitch. He had the idea to record and release an album together with some of his old bandmates but unfortunately he died in 2013. We all were shocked but then we decided to finish his project and founded Witchbound. Our guitar player Martin Winkler joined the band, who  also made the recordings and arrangements. The songs of our forthcoming album were all written by Martin and me.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics Always with the music.
Do you compose in a certain enviroment? Mostly at home but sometimes inspirations appear in strange places. The melody for our ballad “Trail of stars” came up while I was watching a soccer game - haha. 
Have you done any covers live? With Witchbound not. We play some classic Stormwitch songs, but they are no covers for me. 
What language do you sing in? English
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? With Witchbound from 30 (small clubs) to maybe 800 people (festivals). 
What ages are most of your concert attendants? All generations from 15 to 65.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? There are few songs we play everytime, but also some variations depending on the occasion.
What was your first gig like? It was the reelase of our fisrt album on 30 of  April 2015 at Walpurgis Night! It was a great show with about 400 visitors. 
What was your latest gig?It was a festival near Stuttgart called “Break Down The Mill”, because it took a place in an old mill. 
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? We have a few shows coming up in Germany, maybe there will be more to promote our new album. We hope to release it in summer this year. 
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started with the release of our first album. We sell CD’s, Vinyl and shirts, maybe more stuff soon. 
Where can people buy your merchandise? At our gigs, the webshob of El Puerto Records (https://shop.el-puerto-records.com/) and many other shops. 
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It’s okay if they download or stream songs legally and pay for it.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? There is a big change since the time I started hearing and making music. Now you can get everything cheap or for free in the web. It’s getting harder for bands and musicians to survive. 
What do you think of my work? Respect, I don’t believe how many interviews you have made already! A good thing for new bands to introduce themselves. 
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Maybe some people read this and take the time to check our music and videos. 
Do you have any role models or idols? My great favorites still are the Beatles, because of their excellent songs and melodies. 
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? I’m inspired by all kinds of good music, old and new, even classical music.  
What have been your biggest obstacles? To become as famous as the Beatles or Iron Maiden. 
What advice would you give other bands or artists?Do your own thing and write good songs. That’s what I’m missing nowadays. 
How do you get psyched for a gig? With one beer or two
Do you have any new material?
Of course, we have writtenabout 15 for our new album.
What are your web sites?
Our homepage www.witchbound.com is under construction at the moment.
How can people reach you? Mail: info@witchbound.com or send a message to our FB-Site 
What are your plans for the future? Our next album, nice shows and make music ‘til we’re old and dumb 
Do you have something to add? Thanks for this interview and to all our fans and supporters. Stay heavy and keep the pyre burning!
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