interview with Elysium.

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, every member of Elysium, before playing in this project, played in other bands and some of us still do! Marco, the bass player, played in an italian prog/metal band called “Gerico” , Christian, the violinist, plays in an irish/folk band called “La Tresca” and our front woman Daphne sings in a vocal quartet called “Baraonna”.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? We are six in the band: Daphne Nisi, on voice, Simone Moratto on guitars, Christian Arlechino on violin, Marco Monetini on bass, Flavio Lovisa on drum and for our coming record we have Silvia Vazzola and Marco Sinopoli on keyboard. Age? From 25 to 47!
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes! Most of us started playing when we were kids or teens.
Where are you from? We all come from Italy, specifically from the center of Italy! Marco, Christian and Flavio come from Orvieto, a small city placed among Umbria’s hills. Daphne, Silvia and Marco come from Rome and Simone from Piombino, Tuscany.
What year did the band form? The project was thought by Marco as he started to compose some of our songs and on may 2015 the project saw the light. When all the members were chosen, we started to rehearse and continued to compose the songs together.
What's your style of genre? Nice question! Different people and journalist listened to our first EP “Symphony of A Forest” and they found it hard to categorize our music. I myself find it hard to categorize us and maybe I don’t even want to, but I can tell you what the other people feel when they listen to our music. There is primarily a rock sound that goes to metal sometimes but after this first impression you will immediately realize that there is something more: the rock and metal sound is not so hard, and it doesn't cover the progressive part; if you keep listening the violin will take you sometimes to the Celtic world and, with the keyboard’s sounds, everything melts into a symphonic and gothic atmosphere. But behind everything there is also a pop music side that helps you (and us) to stay focus on the song!
What inspires you? So many things are inspiring in life that are worth to become music: people, stories, nature, sad or happy experiences, feelings, books, movies, questions..
How often and where do you reherse? In the beginning we rehearsed one time a week for at least 6 hours because we needed to arrange the songs and most of all because we needed to “musically” meet each other and understand our way to play together. We rehearsed in Bolsena (a city near Orvieto) and in Rome but then we decided that the sound in Rome was much better. We also use to work separately at home and then send parts of songs to each other to create new stuff before we rehearse.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We now work with our manager, Monica Atzei, but we are also interested in collaborating with a booking agency..the best would be outside from Italy..to have the opportunity to go abroad!
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We signed with LionMusic of guitarist Lars Mattson for our upcoming Cd. For us it is a great pleasure to work with him! The human being is such a complex universe, every one is so different by language, mentality, character and culture..but then in the end what is it that makes us so unite if not feelings and relationships? “Labyrinth of fallen angels” is a journey in the deepest part of our mind and soul inspired by Ulisse’s Odyssey. Like Ulisse experiences every kind of adventure, dangerous and amazing ones, falls in love, faces death of beloved ones, has to win challenging temptations and finally comes back home and reunites with his family, we are going through our lives, our complex inner universe and relationships and we all can learn from each experience, even the worse!
What made you decide to make this music? We believe that the symphonic, gothic and celtic music is very evocative, almost magical. This specific kind of harmony and melody can bring you to a not really defined past, into a world placed between fantasy and reality and we didn't find this same feeling in the classic rock music or other music genres. Most of the songs are composed by Marco, the bass player, who writes chords and finds the mood of the song, and by Daphne, the singer, who composes the melodies and also writes the lyrics. Not less important are the riffs created by Simone, the guitar player, all the changes in rhythm during the songs applied by Flavio, the drummer, and of course the voicing of the piano and keyboards complete and fulfill the arrangements!
What are your songs about? For this particular album first we wrote the music and then the lyrics, but it always depends from song to song.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Not yet, but we’re arranging some!
What language do you sing in? English for now, but who knows!
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We travel most of the time from place to place.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? Very exciting..we didn't know how people would react to our music, but when everybody started taking videos of our songs, well that was a great feeling!
What was your first gig like? We played in different places in Italy: we had a concert in Foligno at the Rockeggiando Metal Fest, in Alatri at the Satyricon Music Club. Then we played a few dates in the north, one in Milan during the FIM (Italian Music Festival) at the Auditorium Testori and in Travesio at the Metaltrave Festival with other great bands!
How do you get psyched for a gig? For certain we will do a Cd release in Rome and in other cities in Italy and we hope ther will come more also abroad!
Do you have any new material? We are now working on many items, like t-shirts, posters, jewels, phone covers and much more stuff!
What are your web sites? https://elysiumgothic.bigcartel.com/
How can people reach you? You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and website..just look for “Elysiumgothic band” !
Do you have something to add? Thank you soooo much for this interview! We hope to meet again after the upcoming album will be released!

interview with Doc Rotten

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes we have all played in various bands over the years,  most of them in our local town of Trenton, NJ. 
What are your names? / Who plays what? 
Wes - Vocals/Guitar
Andy K - Guitar
Scrotes - Bass
AJ - Drums 
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes, we all have played in bands since we were young. 
Where are you from? Trenton NJ
What year did the band form? Doc Rotten formed January 2017
What's your style of genre? Punk Rock 
How have you developed since you started with the music? We are a hard working band, since forming we have released 3 EPs and have toured the US, Just finished Touring Japan, and we set out to tour Europe in October, then touring the US and Canada. 
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? We like to clown around and laugh, we don’t take things too seriously. 
What made you decide to make this music? Creative expression, since I was a kid I always wanted to play music. 
What are your songs about? We write about anything that is going on/has gone on in our lives and personal experience.. anything from relationships to politics, it really is a blank canvas in terms of what topics to write about. 
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? We all contribute some songs are totally written by one member others are collaborative.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? both, have started with a riff, a melody or even lyrics. 
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? no not really, songs usually come out randomly and then we bring them to the table and work on them.
Have you done any covers live? Yes we like to pay homage to the legendary bands that we’ve loved and influenced our musica interests, such bands are: Cock Sparrer, The Clash, The Ramones, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid.
What language do you sing in? English 
What ages are most of your concert attendants? It’s a wide range from teenagers to people in there 50s
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Generally we have a fixed set list but we’ve changed it up over the last year a few times 
What was your first gig like? our first gig was really fun, I believe it was at the mill Hill basement in Trenton NJ
What was your latest gig? our last Gig was in Tokyo Japan and it was amazing! So much fun. Great people. We loved every minute of it.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? yes we just finished 17 shows in Japan, next is Germany, UK and the Netherlands, the US dates and Canada dates coming as well. We will be busy on the road for the rest of 2018 and majority of 2019
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We’ve always sold merch at shows since day one. We have stickers, patches, shirts, hats, and CD’s at every show in North America. Shirts and CD’s at foreign gigs. 
Where can people buy your merchandise? Right now merch can be bought at shows, we are about to launch an online store at www.docrottenmusic.com, should be ready in November. Until then anyone can reach out to us via our Facebook or Instagram for merch and shipping information. 
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I think the convenience of downloading or streaming music is the most popular source of listening now a days, but if people like the band or the music, they tend to buy an album for the tangible item. 
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? This interview spreads the word of our band and we are honored that you have taken the time to interview us.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? i say both, most bands are successful because they work hard, and love what they do. But I have respect for any band/artist that is touring their asses off and making music and getting out there. 
What have been your biggest obstacles? Time! There isn’t enough time in a day! 
What advice would you give other bands or artists? work hard, don’t give up. Everything is earned you aren’t entitled anything, and stay humble.
How do you get psyched for a gig? I (Wes) tend to stay quiet and focused before the show. Then give it 110% once we get on the stage 
Do you have any new material? we have new material in the works might start tracking some new tunes summer of 2019
What are your web sites?
How can people reach? email from website, Facebook, instragram, Twitter 
What are your plans for the future? our plans for the future are to grow the band, and continue touring and making music 
Do you have something to add? thanks a lot for interview us!

interview with Darkaeon

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes we have! Some of us have played in Frozen Death, Distorthead, Aquarian, Hidden Skeyes and some cover bands.
How is it that you started playing music? Personnaly, I saw Mötley Crüe on the Dr. Feelgood tour and i knew right away that i wanted to do the same. All the people singing along, the pyros, lightnings and Tommy Lee doing is solo beneath a rail up in the top of the arena was just mind blowing.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Alexandre - bass, Émile - lead guitar, Michael - rythm guitar, Hugo - singer, Yanick - drums
Have you had other previous members? Yes, one singer!
Did you make music even when you were young? We all started when we were teenagers.
Where are you from? Montréal, Quebec, Canada
What year did the band form? 2011
What's your style of genre? Prog metal
How often and where do you reherse? As a band once a week or two, but we all practice on our own.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We’re not currently looking for one, but i guess very useful to get gigs.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Neither, but for exposure and promotion they can be very helpful.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Emile compose the music, Hugo most of the lyrics and we do the arrangements all together.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music first and then the  
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? At home
Have you done any covers live? Yes we have played Sad But True (Metallica) once, but we are not huge fans of playing covers. 
What language do you sing in? English!
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Least, i think it’s a dozen lolll and most a hundred or so.
What ages are most of your concerts? I’d say mid-twenties! I can’t really tell.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Having not a lot of songs, we play often the same ones but yes we love to change from time to time.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? No! Often in Montreal but no regular places.
What was your first gig like? It was Ok! Really thrilling but not alot of people lolll
Have you had to cancel a gig? Yes once, for a broken toe. Hard to play drums with a painful toe.
Where have you played live this year? So far, Sherbrooke and Chateauguay. We haven’t played much because of the recording of our upcoming album. 
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Everywhere where they’ll invite us
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started when we have released our first album. We have three different t-shirts of our first album and our first cd as well « Nihilism »and coming soon the new t-shirt of our next album « The Shattered Monolith » and the cd of course.
Where can people buy your merchandise? At our shows and we are working on an online store.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It’s sad for all the time, effort and money we put in this, but i guess this is how it’s working nowadays. So we’re getting use to it even if we don’t really appreciate it. On the brighter side, it’s easier for people all around the world to hear about your music.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Less record deals. They know they won’t sell like back in the day even if the bands are great. It’s business, they don’t want to lose money. So bands record more on their own because they can’t afford studios, promotion and all the stuff. 
What do you think of my work? You’re doing great!
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I don’t know if it will help but can’t be wrong for sure. If it makes more people to listen to our stuff, this can only be good!
Do you have any role models or idols? All the bands that inspired us from Metallica to Dream Theater, Symphony X, Evergrey... and the list could go on and on. They all make a name for themselves, so we are hoping to do the same.
Why do you think that they exist? Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Older or new, every band can be inspiring. 
What advice would you give other bands or artists? We don’t give advice, we take advice. We still have so much to learn.
How do you get psyched for a gig? Always exciting to play our stuff in front of people.
Do you have any new material? Our second album « The Shattered Monolith » is due for December 4th 2018 here are the two first singles https://youtu.be/Qq7toOgY6UE
https://youtu.be/edfGUvX1u1I
What are your web sites? We don’t have an officiel website but everything is our Facebook 
How can people reach? Via Facebook! 
What are your plans for the future? Promote our second album « The Shattered Monolith » Release a video and play as much gigs as we can.
Do you have something to add? Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be heard more. We may meet someday! Take care! Stay metal! \m/
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