Gallia – Interview

Interview with Elyn Vandenwyngaert  vocals with Gallia and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

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

EV: Gallia is a cinematic metalband with some great combined talents. We call ourselves cinematic metal, because we felt like symphonic didn’t cover it. We go a step further, we create epic orchestral music that would suit a dark fantasy film on the big screen, which is then spiced with metal elements.

Yannick is our lead guitarist and mastermind behind the music. His music writing talent takes our music to the next level. Elyn, the vocalist, is great with words, so her lyric writing reads like a fantasy novel, with whole backstories and genius twists. Laurens, our bassist, has an incredible live presence. He entertains the crowd like no other, and is not afraid to jump off stage and go play in the middle of the fans watching! Ties is our drummer prodigy – besides absolutely rocking it on the drums, he has incredible musical insight which is a big help during the writing process.


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

EV: Yannick and Laurens are the founders of the band, which started out as a musical project writing powermetal that cover topics from WWI. When Elyn joined, the band moved towards symphonic metal, as the genre suited her voice better and Yannick started discovering his orchestral writing talent. Ties joined in 2020 and has really elevated the Gallia sound.


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: We are equally inspired by great film music, by composers such as Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman, but also by other symphonic metalbands who define the genre, such as Nightwish, Epica, Blackbriar, Xandria, Twilight Force and so on.

We love songs with dimension, meaning it’s not just great music, but there’s a story behind it. Our lyrics tell stories from a fantasy world we created ourselves, called Terra Nova. The stories of our new album, Obscura, are being written out into a short fantasy novel as we speak. Allowing our listeners to dive even deeper into this world and fantasize of new worlds together with us. It’s another layer to add to the music.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

EV: If we’re allowed to dream big, we would love for our music to be featured in a movie someday. We also wish to reach a large audience, maybe tour the world one day. And of course, play on all the biggest festivals!


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

EV: Releasing our new album Obscura – by far! We have worked on this album for 3 years, writing and rewriting it to perfection. If you listen to it, you’ll hear the love and attention to detail that went into it. We have had so many people reach out to us saying how much they love the album, which is all we ever hoped for.


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: Music is a place that will never be too crowded. The age of the home studio has opened up opportunities for talented musicians and artists to share their music with the world, which would otherwise go unnoticed 50 years ago. Our music started from a home studio as well and we’re grateful to live in a day and age where this is possible.

Promoting your music might feel difficult because of the increasing noise on social media – but all it takes is some creativity and trying different ideas out. If you want to stand out, you need to find a different approach than everyone else.


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

EV: We have a huge release show coming up that we’re organising ourselves – so we have all the creative freedom to work out any cool ideas we have. We’re playing the release show on October 8th in Club9, Koersel (Belgium). Tickets can be bought on our site. From September to November we’re doing a release tour through Belgium, playing our new album in different cities. The details you can find on our site as well:


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

EV: Spotify has made music accessible to everyone, which is a wonderful thing. It also allows small artists to share their music with the world. It’s a wonderful concept that can really help your music reach the right crowd.

It has, however, killed the CD-sales, which used to be a big source of income for artists. We now have to find other ways to raise money and be creative with finding an income source. Spotify and other streaming services raising their artist payouts would already be a step in the right direction.


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

EV: Wintersun – Sons of Winter and Stars
It is such an cleverly written and musically genius piece, with an epic sound that we also try to reach with Gallia.


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

EV: Maybe the trend of the public becoming hesitant to pay for music. With Youtube, Torrent and streaming services, music is for grabs at all times, and the general public has gotten used to the idea of not paying for music. But for artists, it’s very expensive to produce good quality music, and even the whole promotion around it (creating artwork, website, music videos, merch) costs a lot of money. Awareness in that area would already be great. And streaming services paying their artists a decent wage would be the best solution!


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

EV: We have just released our album, so right now we’re very busy with promoting it and doing shows. But in our heads, we’re already writing the story for the next album. Obscura did end in a cliffhanger…


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

WEBSITE and MERCH: Gallia – Belgian Cinematic Metal (







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