Egeria – Interview
Interview with Nicole, Joris and Maurice of Egeria and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Joris: We are a band that makes symphonic metal, but we consider ourselves to be an artist that combines different types of sounds to create our own niche within the specific metal genre. Among other things, these consists of prog-metal, old school gothic and also classical music, that is known to fit this type of music so well.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Nicole: We are a female fronted symphonic metal band Egeria from the Netherlands. In 2013 we started as a coverband, but after a while we began writing our own songs. Some band members preferred playing cover songs and decided to leave the band. Soon after new band members joined the band our first song ´Requiem Draconis´ was created. We released our first EP ´Requiem of Shadows´ in 2017 and played our first gigs. After the release we began writing our own music with influences from progressive and classical genres. In October of 2019, we released our second EP ´AS Night Falls´ followed by our first music video of the song ´Dawn Breaks´.
Like most bands we had some change in the lineup over the last couple of years. Currently our band has three members, with a drummer as a regular session musician. Hopefully we can give you some great news very soon 😉
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Joris: As mentioned earlier, we try to combine different styles of music when writing songs, to create our own unique genre. Some other bands we get inspiration from are Nightwish, Epica, Xandria, Stream of Passion and Kamelot. We sometimes get feedback about our music that these influences can be heard and that people (like reviewers or fans) might be able to compare us to other artists in the genre, but not fully because we do our own thing. Thematically we try to be inspired by as many sources as possible, some more obvious than others. Besides music, we get inspired by movies, novels and even sometimes art. Fun fact; our song ‘A Night At The Mansion’ is inspired by ‘Tales From The Crypt’, that was broadcasted on television from 1989 till 1996.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Joris: Like most bands, we aspire to write new and innovative music and preform cool shows. We think this is and will be our main goal. We currently play all our shows in The Netherlands, but it would be very cool if we at some point in time can expand our musical boundaries and play shows in countries like Germany, Belgium of France. A short international tour would be even more awesome. Maybe a show in the UK would one day be an option, so if you know any bookers that might be interested, surely let us know!
While we’re at the subject of dreams and ambitions we strive to continuously improve and expand our stage performance and add new elements to our shows to make them theatrical and memorable. Like decors, audio-visual effects and acted intermezzos, who knows 😉
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Nicole: Normally our former keyboard player wrote the outline of instrumental arrangements for the songs after Nicole provided a thematic idea or story. Our guitarist and bass player used this outline to write their own parts. Nicole writes the lyrics and her own vocal and choir parts. If needed we rewrite or adjust the instrumental outline. The song ‘Dawn Breaks’ was completely written by Nicole herself. Now we try to write our new songs with the whole band and hopefully soon with a new keyboard player.
The themes of our songs range from depression, hope, legends to ghost appearances and taking revenge by an evil queen. We like to tell stories about the darkest depths of reality, where our emotions are combined with fantasy.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Joris: For the release of our first EP ‘Requiem of Shadows’ in 2017, we kept the promotion fairly low-key and underground, because at that time we were still looking for our own sounds. For this we used common methods such as our social media channels and website and managed to get a small amount of media attention and reviews. For the recent release of our newest EP ‘As Night Falls’ we decided to take a more bigger and serious approach. We’ve joined forces with the wonderful Mike de Coene of Hard Life Promotion. He does an amazing job as our press officer. This resulted in lots of positive reviews, radio shows and interviews over the last months. For live shows, we do the promotion ourselves.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Maurice: I think it’s a positive thing as it gives people the opportunity to explore new music. On the other hand, for supporting artists, people should buy CDs, merchandise and visit concerts as there are quite some costs involved in rehearsing, recording, making music videos and so on.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Maurice: Personally I don’t write music, but I admire people who do, as in most cases this means exposing your inner self and makes you vulnerable to criticism. I don’t want to restrict myself to just naming one song, because there’s lots of great music out there, but do want to mention one person I think is a true genius in creating music, Tuomas Holopainen. I think he is really the mastermind behind Nightwish, one of my most favourite influences.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Maurice: Having a good monitor sound on stage is a major contributor to enjoying the show. We are investing in equipment to achieve this, so we will no longer be dependent on the sound engineer. The sound in the venue however is not in our hands and only afterwards you rely on people telling you whether the sound was good or bad.
Another one is that for a symphonic metal band it´s quite difficult to get shows. It helps to team up with similar bands, so you can offer a complete program. Currently we are not yet in the position that we are asked, however sometimes we are invited to do support shows by bands we know.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Nicole: For me there are several things of which I’m proud of. One of the things is I wrote the song ‘Dawn Breaks’ completely by myself and we play it also on stage. Recently we released our music video of it. Have you already seen it? The second proud moment is our second EP ‘As Night Falls’. It was fantastic to work with the members of the choir again and Matthijs Quaars (MQ-audio), who recorded the EP and also took care of the drumming. When I listened to the EP the first time when it was finished, I felt really proud of it. I still do when I hear one of our songs on the radio or read an enthusiastic post from a fan. But I’m also proud of my band members who develop themselves further with every song we write and last but not least when we are playing a gig and the audience really likes our music.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Nicole: At this moment we began writing new songs for a full length album and hopefully we shall release a lyric video very soon. So stay tuned.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Maurice: The first shows after the release our latest EP last year will be this February. The first one will take place in the city of Wageningen on February 25th. We are recently selected to compete in a metal band battle for a spot at the Freedom Festival on May 5th. This is a big thing in our country, to commemorate the end of World War II. Our second upcoming show will February 28th at the Willemeen in our hometown of Arnhem. Both will be a good opportunity to see us live, meet us and get your hands on physical copies.