1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
Antoine (Guitar): Hi, the band found a new bass player just after the recording and he worked hard to learn songs before the release. Since we toured locally and also went to Netherlands in hope to defend this new ep. We actually are working on new stuff.
Djul(guitar&vocals):We all do by ourselves so it took some time to have a bigger view of what people and medias think about "black flower field" and be exposed in bigger medias but it works, we had a good review in Rock Hard France last month and we're on several national compilations.More shows,radio airplays and reviews are coming.
2.Recently you have released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the ep, you had released 2 years back?
Djul:when we started The Witch, We already had the material for our first Ep because I wrote it alone the year before we started playing together...All we had to do is practice the songs and then record it.It differs a lot with the 2nd because we wrote "black flower field" together , with all the guys influences so we didn't proceed the same way,we had to send each other the riffs and ideas we had via the net ,then work it at home and after put it together in rehearsals.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
Djul: I often find inspiration in things that piss me off...like the act that humanity don't respect our planet:they forgot that we need earth way more than she needs us... I try to transform these feelings in something full of imagery ,not something obvious.I won't tell you the meaning of the songs,it's just stories that can be interpreted in different ways,find yours.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Witch'?
Antoine (Guitar): This remind us the people who were hunted and killed because they didn't follow the crowd and acted differently. That's still unfortunately relevant in other proportions.
Djul:Most of the people that were called Witches and were burned were just atheist or pagan people,with different states of mind from the majority , the others called it witchcraft because they didn't want to understand what was different of them.It was biggotery. In our modern days it's still the same but under different forms :you don't follow trends ,you're burned...fuck that.
That's where we stand: We don't follow trends and never will, whatever happens.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Djul:I don't have a particular show in mind but a good show for me is when the crowd is crazy about the music, when you saw people getting nuts in front of you, that's a great show !
Our stage performance are intense, we give no rest to the audience !
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Djul:we are currently booking some shows in France and germany for 2014. we came to netherland last month and we will go back there next month !
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Djul:We didn't find a label interested in a "debut EP",in general people want an album...We are working on new stuffs now,for a "debut album",we'll see for labels at the proper time.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
Djul: Really great !Everytime someone listen to The Witch there's a great feedback !Our main problem is the promotion, we have to do all by ourselves, so it's a very long way !
There's more and more radios playing our songs,people talking about us and there's a bunch of reviews and interviews that are coming for black flower field, that's a good sign ahaha. When you do that kind of music you have to learn to be patient !
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Djul:I don't know, it's not my call.All I can say is that we'll be writing/recording/playing live the music we love until we can't, but I don't know when that day will come!
I just want to put good records out and playing good shows,that's all.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
djul:there are so many bands!!! We like sludge bands like Mastodon,High on fire,crowbar,Baroness; trash bands like Slayer,Revocation or Gwar ,grind bands like Nasum,Magrudergrind,old stuffs like ac/dc,black sabbath,deep purple, pantera ...We even listen to classical music.The list is way longer than that, we are very eclectic people.
11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
Djul: In the band we don't believe in God or Satan or things like that,you can explain everything, it's called science...I think humanityshould be more focused on the real things of life and not praying/acting in hope to be rewarded (often in death)...how stupid is that when you just live once?
you can misinterpreted everything and be scared of everything...some people see signs everywhere ,everytime where there's nothing special tosee.Some people see a light in the mirror or through their window or ear a scratch in the basement during the night and they immediatly think "it's a ghost !" or whatever instead of being rationnal...They don't know what they see or ear but they believe "it's a ghost!"... really???It's the same story for the Gods, it's freestyle.
For us it's just crappy fake beliefs mixed with fear and a big waste of
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
watching good movies,skateboarding, video games, working out, smoking weed and drinking beer, hanging out with friends !
Thank you for this interview!
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