Cellar Twins – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CT: What we do has been referred to as an “enigmatic style” and more specifically “an intense universe where light and darkness coexist”. If we really had to pick a category, it would probably be modern rock/alternative rock, but there’s definitely more to it than that. We have a clear heavy influence on the instrumental side, but we also have a strong emphasis on melodies, especially regarding the vocals and leads.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CT: Cellar Twins started out as a guitar and drums duo rumbling southern Belgium basements (hence the name), but soon grew to become a full-on rock band. Funnily enough, Jeff (lead guitar) and Francesco (drums) initially met as members of a very soft French pop band. However, the need for high gain guitars and powerful drums soon grew to a point where and they just had to create Cellar Twins. Once joined by Elodie on the bass guitar and Carl on vocals and rhythm guitars, the band quickly evolved and released a first 5 tracks EP in 2017 and recently released a full length album called “Duality” in December 2019.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CT: Regarding music, we listen to tons of bands from very different styles. For example, we all listen to Alter Bridge, Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Korn, Devin Townsend, Bring Me The Horizon, etc. We also listen to electro, classical, pretty much everything! Besides music, we also take inspiration from painters of the Romantic era such as Turner, Goya, etc.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CT: We will go as far as destiny will let us, which will be far.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CT: Jeff writes most of the music, and lyrics are written by Carl and Jeff. Songs usually talk about struggles in life and confrontation, but lyrics are intentionally implicit so that everyone can find a meaning that resonates with them.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CT: We use youtube for all our video content and facebook for all the written information regarding gigs, news, etc.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CT: Every band must move with the times, both with its own challenges and opportunities. On the one hand, music downloading makes it harder for bands to obtain something out of their creations, but on the other hand Cellar Twins is now just a few clicks away from anyone on the planet. The rules of the game are constantly changing, and it’s your job to find a way to win anyways.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CT: There are tons of such songs! But if we really had to pick only one… it would probably be something like “A little piece of heaven” from Avenged Sevenfold, just because of its completely twisted lyrics accompanied by great orchestration.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CT: It’s probably technical problems, like breaking something right before/during a show. Also, we are really concerned about neck injuries resulting from overly devastating headbanging. Friend have been lost and families have been destroyed so please, headbang responsibly…
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CT: When we released our album “Duality” on December 7th 2019. All those people showed up for us and sang our songs. We just had the best time ever. You can check out our youtube page to see the live video clip we shot that night for the song “Molotov Parade”, it’s amazing!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CT: Right now we’re planning the 2020 Duality tour to get our voices heard. We are also preparing new video clips, and we are already thinking about the second album!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
CT: If you enjoy powerful yet melody-based music, with clean vocals and heavy instrumentals, Cellar Twins is what you need! Also, you should be there because ever since Cellar Twins started playing, the size and quality of the gigs has only been going upwards, and your grandkids will probably blame you later for not showing up. Also, you will be able to say “I knew them before they became completely huge”, which despite being hipster-ish is still a cool thing to brag about. So far most of our booked shows will be scattered around Belgium, but as we said, tour preparation is still ongoing so everything is still possible.