Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Interview with Eclypsis

  1. A symphonic metal band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, that I encountered one day while browsing online. Suffice it to say, I became a fan:

    How did the band get started?

    Guillaume and Anne were the instigators. They actually met on a musician's forum and decided to form a band together. Guillaume recruited the drummer of his previous band, he also got in touch with Mia and forced her to play her bass instead of her guitar, and, well... let's not speak of the guitarist just yet. That position's feeling a little jinxed nowadays.

    How would you describe your music?

    That's not an easy question to answer. It's truly a melding of individuals. Guillaume's keyboards have a lot of emphasis on melody, Anne's singing is mostly classical, Sam's drumming leans towards the more complex (than your average band, seeing as the word complex is susceptible to relativity), and I [Mia], well, I just try to follow along ;)

    I noticed on your MySpace blog that you have Evanescence, Nightwish, and Within Temptation listed as your inspirations. How much of an impact do you think symphonic metal might have on the music industry over the next several years?

    We think it's growing in popularity, but we don't expect it to be the next big thing. And there's some worth to not being overcommercialized, it's how we like it. Evanescence has definitely attracted a lot of attention to the genre in North America, which is always good, for the sake of diversity.

    What's the most difficult challenge to being an independent band, and what do you feel are the perks?

    We fund ourselves, that can get a little rough on the bank account. I don't know that there are that many perks. ::laughs:: We'd like to sign to a label, to find people who have faith in us and what we make. But we are young with a lot of work ahead of us.

    How helpful has the Internet been to promoting your work?

    It's complicated, because there are so many other bands on the internet, it's over-saturated. But on days where we put in the effort to promote ourselves on the internet, we can get quite a few hits to the website. We get some positive feedback, and that truly does fuel us to continue.

    What are your future plans for Eclypsis?

    We're composing more songs, as always. We'd like to return to the studio in a few months to record more tracks. Eventually we'd like to find a label that we could work with to make an album, open for some famous groups, and who knows... maybe even tour.


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