Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
AMIR – The way that I would describe ENDVS is a melting pot of a lot of different styles of metal, all coming together. All the members of the band are inspired by different genres of music and those influences come through in the music. Our desire is to make music that fans can appreciate, but also have something for different type of listeners.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
AMIR – We are all members of different bands that have been on the scene for many years – most notably Anno Domini which we were all members of in its last line up. Most of the members have been playing together since high school which I would say was what brought us together, to make music together and turn our individual passions into a collective artform.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
Danny – I wouldn’t say I draw inspiration from any particular band but I enjoy the creation of the music and the process in general. The idea of creating something out of nothing and having people around you and the fans love and enjoy it is very motivating. I also want to give people that feeling of goosebumps when they hear our music similar to what my favourite bands do to me.
Andy – All the metal greats that have come before us and also the ground breakers that are pushing the genre forward. All types of music can be inspiring in some way or another. My taste in music is very eclectic so I try to take inspiration from all artists.
I started writing lyrics about 7 or 8 years ago when I joined Anno Domini as a vocalist. I write about things that interest me such as philosophy, the universe and the human condition. On the upcoming ENDVS album, there are some darker and depressive themes as well to balance it out.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Amir – To play WACKEN!
Danny – To be able to create music till I can’t play guitar anymore and to be able to regularly perform at all the European festivals and support some of my favourite bands.
Andy – To play a big festival. To have badly drawn pictures of the band sent to us from people we’ve never met in real life. To travel and perform in foreign lands. To have a signature edition instrument. To incite a big wall of death. If an audience could sing one of our songs, that would be really cool.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Danny – Performing with Sybreed as they toured Australia.
Amir – Having people tattoo logos of our previous band on their arms!
Andy – Completing this album and releasing a kick-ass video to go with it! I am originally a guitarist so recording this album as a vocalist is something I never would have seen myself doing 10 years ago. This is the 2nd album I’ve recorded vocals for with these guys (the 1st was with our old band Anno Domini), but we’ve definitely raised the bar this time around.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
Amir – We are very fortunate that we have a team who have been amazing to help up promote the music. The team at Hard Drive Agency have been amazing to ensure we are doing everything possible to promote our music and a great label – Octane Records to get our music out there!
Andy – Promotion is not something that comes naturally to us and as Amir mentioned, we are grateful to have found an awesome team to work with. It gives us a bit more room to focus on our music. The act of making music itself can be quite time consuming and when you throw in promotion, networking and everything else, it’s like having a 2nd full-time job (that you don’t get paid for)!
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
AMIR – We have help from “Destroy All Lines” to help us book and promote shows which we are very grateful for. We may have a launch coming up and maybe a tour….but who knows considering we are back in lockdown at the moment.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
AMIR – They are the best and the worst at the same time. Nothing could possibility give you the scale to reach as many people as these platforms. It is incredible to be able to easily get your music out there for people to enjoy what you made on demand. The downside is that the income generated is non-existent…
Andy – It’s unfortunate that such a big piece of revenue was taken away from artists but it’s just a natural progression of technology. It has its pros and cons and I guess the best we can do is to make the most of what’s available to us. I used to be someone who loved collecting CD’s but now I would rather just use a streaming service. It’s convenient and doesn’t take up physical space. I can listen to whatever I want, instantly at any time. It doesn’t change the way I appreciate the music at all. I don’t even know what to do with my CD’s anymore because I don’t even have a CD player!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Danny – Enter Sandman by Metallica because its so iconic or Particle by Pyramaze because it has the catchiest chorus ever and is all around an amazing song.
Andy – The Divine Land by Keep Of Kalessin – one of the most epic and memorable songs in extreme metal. Truly a journey from start to finish. In terms of catchiness, I would have to say Amaranth by Nightwish or Morphogenesis by Scar Symmetry. Both songs have amazing chorus sections that you just can’t get out of your head.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
AMIR – Where does one start with that question? I can certainly say that in our genres especially, we do this truly for the passion as a lot of the time, this costs more than what one could make. The digital economy has certainly changed the landscape for artists and their ability to break even with streaming music, video etc. The dream is to make enough money to make the best possible content for our fans to enjoy.
Andy – There’s not as much value placed on music these days. We live in an era where our product has become an advertisement for merchandise and live performances. I don’t know what I would change, but I do know that we’ll always keep making music for ourselves because we truly enjoy it.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
AMIR – We have been putting a lot of energy in this album that we are about to release on the 24th of September called “Cessation”. Even though the music is done, there is still lots to do and hopefully we can share all of it with everyone very soon!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/endvsofficial
Instagram – https://instagram.com/endvsofficial
Watch & Stream – lnk.to/endvsstorm