Ethereal Void – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

EV: We play death metal from beyond the realm of space and time.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

EV: We’re from Southwestern Ontario. Logan and I have worked on a number of projects, most notably The Design Abstract, but almost anything under the Abstrakted Records label is one or both of us.


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?

EV: Ethereal Void’s lyrical inspiration typically isn’t inspired by anything external, though there are exceptions. Whereas much of death metal deals with gore, torture, and violence on what I would call a “personal” scale, or sometimes with themes of mass murder or genocide on a larger scale, our lyrics simply take that to its logical extreme. Our songs are about the death of everything; borderline worship of entropy, the all-consuming end of all. Death in its very concept.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

EV: With any of our projects, we just want it to find its audience. We generally come up with pretty niche projects, so we struggle with finding a wider audience and getting it out to people who can give it a chance.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

EV: The Design Abstract’s album Technotheism got over 10k plays on Spotify, that was a huge benchmark.


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?

EV: It sucks! We are musicians, not marketing people, so much of the time we simply put it out and get back to work. If we’re able, we will hire Jon to help us out with a release.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

EV: We don’t have any interest in playing live shows, so we can’t really speak to that. Our music is focused on making the most comprehensive and compelling album experience we can.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

EV: In short: “it is what it is.” Yes, it sucks for the artist, but if my goal was to make money, I wouldn’t be a musician. In the end, any platform that can get you more ears is a positive if you’re looking for reach. It’s not about the numbers, but at the same time, accessibility is better than profitability.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

EV: “Call Me Maybe” but I don’t think it would fit our vibe. Personally, I wish I’d written Progenies of the Great Apocalypse by Dimmu Borgir but only if that includes the part-for-part orchestral scoring. If those were written by a dedicated arranger (i haven’t looked it up, sorry) then I rescind that answer.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

EV: All of it. The entire “industry” part. And also the idea that touring and albums are two sides of the same band-coin. They are completely different experiences with different goals, and for some people, live performances are not enjoyable, yet it seems unquestioned that any band releasing music will be touring.


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

EV: We’re going to start spitballing new Ethereal Void ideas, but right now we’re finishing up the recording for the new Loremaster record, as well as laying out the final framework for the new The Design Abstract release. I’m also personally switching between new Voiicide and new Projekt Technophage but don’t worry about that. We always have lots going on.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

EV: is the main place and the one we prefer! but also I try to keep updated. AR doesn’t have an instagram, but my personal instagram is always up to date with the latest projects we’re working on.

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