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?
(Flo singer): We’re born in the Fury of the dying 90’s, and our band eOn has never been a prisoner of a style. For us, the last release is the perfect mix of punk anger, the precision of thrash, and violence of death metal, band’s music goes further to the extreme, but the hardcore roots still live on. Since the band hired our friend Nicolas Muller as the drummer (ex Svart Crown), with more and more cutting guitar riffs, eOn melts a solid technique with a wide metal culture. A terrifying yet clever music, allied with really impressive live performances that push the band to a high standard level.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
(Romain Bass guitar): Our band is a real story of friendship, we are practically friends since high school, we would not have the band we would still spend time together etc. Besides, this is the strength of our music. We are from the south-east of France, we live on the Mediterranean coast, the local scene in our region is very prolific, we shared the stage with bands like Black Bomb A, Dagoba and opened for Hate breed and Sepultura and now we have a new release Kalash Blood and Bones part 1
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?
(Kader Lead Guitar): It’s so vast; it ranges from personal experience to collective experience through the news, but also from fiction films or nightmares… Musically I am a real sponge I listen to everything as long as there is a guitar with retro or modern distortion.
Our biggest influences are the big players of Hard Core like Madball and Hatebreed, Thrash metal like Slayer, but also Carcass Napalm Death or Pantera as the heavy who keeps the culture of the catchy guitar riff.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
(Flo singer): We want to play everywhere; at the moment it is difficult to get a place at beautiful festivals. We are the kind of band that can be found at a fest of hardcore, death metal, “mainstream” metal, or during an extreme sports competition. We are ready to move everywhere in France and Europe. It would be a chance for us but also for the promoter or the programmer because we would be the cherry on the blast beat of the evening.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
(Kader, lead guitar): The last big one, Marseilles opening for Sepultura, because I remember back in secondary school with my walkman and my Chaos AD cassette or seeing them on TV and suddenly 20 years later open for them but it’s just a crazy thing in my life.
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?
(Kader lead guitar): Indeed, it is very difficult, because social networks are saturated with information which means that the public or professionals have little brain time available to listen to your music and spot you. So it’s hard to have new fans and to refresh our professional networks, but we also have the chance that we’re here for many years with a real fan base who buys merch and records and it’s almost the same for our “old” networks.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
(Kader lead guitar): For now, we do everything ourselves and frankly, it’s very hard, you have the feeling to be in a “game of throne” to have your place in a festival or an interesting set to promote the band on stage, for now, we have dates on our region but we work to play everywhere we sow the seeds by making talk a lot about us, hoping that the dates will fall soon.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
(Kader lead guitar): This is not at all my way of listening to music, but each one his habit. On the other hand, it becomes difficult for the bands who want to be known by the scene because a programmer will rely on your statistics youtube, Spotify, etc. to program you or not… It’s the snake biting its tail.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
(Kader lead guitar): “Holy Wars de Megadeth because the guitar riffs are insane and the solos are just beautiful, the whole setup as well as the vocals are perfect, and the text is so much in the image of human tragedy: it is the metal thrash song.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
(Kader, lead guitar): For me to change the music industry is wishful thinking, indeed everyone thought that with the Internet people would discover underground music, but that only strengthened the mass culture. Besides, at least before there was a selection by the record companies, a budget, and time to develop an artist, now they’re just waiting to see how famous you are on social media and offer you fake record projects, books or movies hoping to make the buzz via followers. So I can’t tell you what to change.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
(Kader lead guitar): Right now we play the promo game while continuing to work on the clips of the EP that has just been released and finished writing the one to come. We now understand that the release of a record is just the beginning of the artist’s work.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
(Olivier rhythm guitar): Every links about us here: https://linktr.ee/eon_metal
Band/Artist location – Toulon, France
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