Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
E: We’ve been called symphonic metal, and though it does have some symphonic elements – strings and piano – really I think you could just call us hard rock, or metal. It’s not operatic like some female-fronted symphonic metals bands. Whatever you would call Evanescence or Within Temptation, I think you could put us in that category.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
E: Evereal was created by our guitarist, Stephen Roberts in 2011 as a studio project. The concept was to recruit musicians to write and record music with emphasis on groove and melodic content utilizing symphonic qualities.
Following the release of our first album in 2017, we went through a lineup change, with a new drummer and new lead vocalist. Alicja Moniatowicz, the band’s new lead singer and lyricist, was the perfect fit for Evereal. Both Alicja and Stephen are fans of Evanescence, which comes through in our writing.
In 2019, we began writing and recording new material. The result is a new four-song EP, entitled Falling Down, and two new music videos, released in 2020.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
E: Our influences are varied and each member brings their own influences to the table. For example Alicja listens to everything from Within Temptation and Breaking Benjamin to pop music, Cristina Aguilara…. Steve listens to everything from classic prog rock to Megadeth, Iron Maiden to Tears for Fears. We find inspiration in artists who are fearless and trailblaze their own directions unbounded by constrictive stereotypes and genres.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
E: Our goals this year is to release more music and work on some new videos. We have a number of songs in the works. Hopefully the world will return to some semblance of normality and we can again look towards live shows and tours.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
E: Stephen is basically the composer – he writes almost all of our music and Alicja writes most of the lyrics, although Alicja has also written a couple of our songs, both lyrics and music melody.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
E: We do a lot of social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — and networking on Spotify. And 7Hard Records has helped promote our music, especially in Europe. We created our own Spotify playlist, and invited other bands to submit their music, so there’s some good cross-promotion there. We are on Bands In Town, which is a good way to know when we might be playing our next virtual concert, or live show, one the nightclubs start reopening.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
E: Online music is both a blessing and a curse. It opens up a whole new market worldwide that might otherwise be difficult to break into. The downside comes in the compensation and pirating of music. It is extremely difficult now to make a living as a musician and streaming sites compensate artists very poorly. Add to that other promotional companies trying to make a buck off artists and it’s easy to see why artists are struggling.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
E: White Christmas by Irving Berlin. It’s the single top grossing song ever written. Seriously though, this is a four-piece band so you are going to get four different answers to that question. Our drummer would probably say 2112 by Rush. Steve says, yes nelson that’s a great one but with so many great songs who can really choose? As far as wish I wrote…. Hmmm I can name 100 but at this moment My Immortal. It’s just such a great song that has so much meaning and emotion that makes it timeless.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
E: Cranky house soundmen. Streaming services that pay shit to the artist. Bar managers who say “turn it down.” And Instagram. Actually, that’s just our drummer’s pet peeve. He still hasn’t figured out how it works. He bitches about it a lot. Steve says musicians that complain no one supports them but then fail to support other artists. Music is a 2 way street….it needs the fans to support the musicians so they can continue to write the music and artists to support each other to grow a healthy music scene.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
E: Again, you may get four different answers to that one. But collectively, I think we were all pretty proud of our single, When You Are Gone and the music video that we produced for it. It got quite a good response and lot of streams on – over 500,000 to date.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
E: We have several new songs in the works. Enough for a full album but may just opt to release them as singles to keep a constant stream of music coming out.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
E: Our first album, self-titled, and our new EP, Falling Down. They are available on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/artist/17mUVDdPEzybiGUGJ0zmBI and Apple Music at
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