Monday, March 9, 2015

Evolvent Interview

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
EVOLVENT: Since the recording of the new album, we have made and released a new music video on our single “Love doesn’t love me”. I was our very first professional video. Now we are working on promotion and   preparing our first European tour with many rehearsals. We have a new set, some new musicians, and we particularly focus on giving ourselves a strong identity.
LUDO: What has been going? A new bassist! Fuck yeah

Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
CLEMENT: Well, our style is considered to be between Melodic and Symphonic Metal. The symphonic orchestra can provide either strong and rhythmic patterns or smooth ambiances and can easily enhance the power of the Drum/Guitar/Bass base. The voice comes to link these and highlight the emotions from the music.
Compared to our previous album, "Whatever Happens" is really more powerful. The drums are a lot more aggressive, coupled with the guitar and the bass for heavy riffs. The musical pace is also higher, and the whole album really more dynamic. Check it out to hear by yourself!
EVOLVENT: All musicians have changed since the released of Delusion in 2011. We had to adapt at first the style to Emma’s lyrical and powerful voice. But also to the new musicians’ influence which were closer to symphonic metal.

Originally the band started out as a doom/death metal band but has evolved into more of a melodic and symphonic gothic metal band over the years, what was the decision behind going into this direction?
SEB: Emma‘s arrival accelerate the direction taken by the band after Delusion’s. We wanted to make heavier music and with Emma’ powerful voice and energy while singing it was an evidence. As a fan of symphonic music, it was a new challenge I took up with pleasure!

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
EMMA: For the first time, lyrics are now written by its singer. The album is full of different atmospheres, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes energetic and deals with themes such as unconditional love, passion and rebellion. It’s full of my experiences but will probably touch to everyone. I try to give a positive message through all songs and hope I will give courage to people listen to them.

 What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Evolvent'?
SEB: Evolvent is a mix of two French words “evolution” which also means “evolution” in English and “vent” which means “wind” in English. Evolvent would refer to something in constant evolution, light as the air, always travelling. Special isn’t it?

Originally the band was a studio project, when did you decide to take the band into more of a live direction?
SEB: After many goods reviews of “Spiritual Confession” from media and requests of fans, we finally gave in to the call of the stage!

What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
EMMA: We have done so wonderful shows! I will remember all of them with their good and less good moments that still make us laugh today.
The concert in Paris with Elferya in September 2013 was a beautiful moment. With receive much support from the public and we spend nice moment with the band. It was also the best stage with play on.
Our first show in Switzerland was also memorable. It was in November 2014, with the cover band, Alkemy. There were very few people, but we there was a fan who took the train from France for two hours only to see Evolvent on stage. It really upset me!
I think the upcoming tour will bring us unless as much emotions as the last one.
EVOLVENT: Now the lineup is stable, we are starting to build a real show. It’s easier now that the songs are made of all of us and that they are more dynamical. Live shows will be better and better with time. As we are a young line up, we need to learn from each other, to spend time together which will reinforce our complicity in real life and on stage.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
EVOLVENT: We have some shows in France of course and in some other countries in Europe as Italy and the Netherlands the first part of 2015.

The new album was released on Bernett Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
EVOLVENT: That was the case on the album Delusion, today our partner Dooweet fulfills promotion and distribution.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of metal?
EMMA: The first EP with Emma a lead singer called “Human instinct” and released in May 2014 has the aim to show the shift taken by Evolvent. We received both good reviews and less good. It’s understandable as we have totally decided to leave doom metal, which of course have displeased to some people. Fortunately, we have managed to convince many followers who love our new sound! Moreover, whatever S├ębastien compose, his style is clearly identifiable and full of emotion.

Are any of the band members currently involved with any other musical projects or bands these days?
SEB: Since 2011 I have been working as an arranger for Monolithe which is a funeral doom project.
Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
EMMA: it’s quite difficult to know, I hope we will evolve into symphonic metal music, but we will never keep quiet what we love to fit the genre.

What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
EMMA: I am still a big fan of symphonic metal band and singers especially Tarja and Nightwish, Amy Lee and Evanescence. I admire as well my singing teacher Soanny Fay. Today I also listen to other kind of music, for example London Grammar is for me the band of 2015!
FRED: I am found of heavy metal, grunge and rock music, like Metallica, The Foo Fighters, Porcupine Tree, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Audioslave…

What are some of your non musical interests?
EMMA: Great cuisine!
FRED: My wife and my children, motorcycle, mountain bike, movies and series.
LUDO: I love airsoft, movies, video games, nature and animals.
CLEMENT: Informatics, cooking, video games...

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
EVOLVENT: Thanks a lot for this interview. A little note for those who read this and like our new album: don't hesitate to write to us on our Facebook page: EVOLVENT OFFICIAL, we love to know what exactly our fans like in our music! Like every band, we need all the support possible! we are really looking forward to meet our fans on the 2015 tour, and have them discover our new album!

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