Nephylim – Interview
Interview with Kevin van Geffen (Guitar, B Voc) with Nephylim and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Kevin: Nephylim (Den Bosch, The Netherlands) is a Melodic Death Metal band with small hints of other genre’s like Doom/Black/Progressive Metal. We are inspired by bands like Be’lakor, Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Enshine to name a few.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Kevin: Nephylim started out in 2015 with 3 members which included Martijn Paauwe, Rens van de Ven and Kevin van Geffen. The musical connection was from the beginning there and we knew which way music-wise we wanted to go.
After we had our line up completed, we already had material to record and so we decided to bring out our first EP ‘Torn’ which we released in December 2015.
Unfortunately, the line up did not work anymore and we decided to take a step back to look for new members which would take the band to a new level.
In 2018 we found our new line up which included Cezary van der Veen, Ralph Lentink, Rens van de Ven, Martijn Paauwe and Kevin van Geffen.
However, in the summer of 2019 Cezary passed away due to a tragic accident and the search for a new frontman begun.
Close friend Tijn Bosters took the spot as frontman and completed the Nephylim line up.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Kevin: My biggest musical influences are Be’lakor, Insomnium, Enshine, Foredoomed, Shadecrown, Eternal Tears of Sorrow just to name a few (the list would go on and on if I would have to name every band which influenced me haha). Besides music, things that inspire me is the beauty of nature; every season of the year has its own vibe which inspires me to write new music.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Kevin: I have a lot of dreams and goals in life but the thing that tops it all is music. I really hope the big Nephylim adventure always will be full of surprises and proud moments as it has now. It’s hard work however it is one of the most satisfying things to do in life: to chase your dreams and actually move forward with it, step by step.
I’ve been a Wacken visitor for 9 years right now and this is the first year I’m actually competing The Metal Battle with Nephylim, trying to achieve my biggest dream: playing on Wacken.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Kevin: Initially I start writing the first guitar riffs and record it right away to send it to the band to have their opinions about it.
That is how all the songs usually start out. As I’m writing, I try to vision the song as a full band formation so I can actually hear new parts in my mind to have a sort of guideline where I need to go with songs. Martijn always has great ideas to fill the gaps so we work closely together to finish songs completely. The lyrics are written by Ralph, basically the lyrics are about the most devastating historical tragedies like the Mississippi flood and Chernobyl disaster, used in a metaphorical sense to describe personal experiences in an abstract fashion.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Kevin: Our promoter (Hard Life Promotion) mostly takes care of all promotions, the announcement of shows is what we do ourselves through social media (Facebook, Instagram) and our official site.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Kevin: I have no problem with people downloading music online, I see it as bands having more chance to actually getting a bigger name in the scene. However in my opinion, if you really like a band I think you should always support them by buying merch or buying it digitally, it’s a lot of hard work to create and bring out new music.
For myself I can state that I buy CD’s and merchandise from the more unknown bands in the metal scene as it is the way to keep the metal scene alive.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Kevin: Good question, there are so much brilliant songs I wish I had written, but on the top of my list it has to be Enshine – Above Us.
The small synth intro is already an epic introduction to the song and man.. when those guitars and drums kick in with it is absolutely stunning.
The whole song is really moving and it has a real doomy feeling to it: the Synth’s, Vocals, Guitars, Bass and Drums, everything is just perfect.
After the piano part in the middle you will hear the most epic, beautiful, moving guitar solos/melodies.
This always has been the part of the song that I put on repeat just to hear it again because I was so blown away by it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Kevin: When going to a public restroom and finding out the person before you did not flush..why are people this horrendous?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Kevin: My proudest moment in music is actually the moment we released the debut album of Nephylim. The responses and reviews are beyond my wildest dreams, it’s still overwhelming to see how much people enjoy our music and I hope this will keep on growing overtime.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Kevin: Currently I’m writing new music for Nephylim, but we are very busy rehearsing for our upcoming gigs. Next to this I am a student at Metal Factory in Eindhoven which is the first Metal based Music Study in the world, so I’m quite busy with this as well!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Kevin: To experience the emotional voyage Nephylim offers to the fullest, we highly recommend you to come to one of our shows.
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