Interview with Matthias Behringer, Vocals, Guitar of Void of Animus and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
A: I’m a musician, just a musician. I can’t draw, I can’t write poems nore I understand the beauty of art. I just feel very connected to music.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
A: I grew up in a small village, full of conservatives. I got my first piano lessongs when I was in 3rd grade and soon became the model example for new students, since that was everything I did after school, besides video games. When I was 15-16 I completely lost interest in the Piano because as I’ve gotte more and more into metal, I started hating the beautiful sound of the Piano. I got my first guitar on Christmas in 2016 and started learning it by myself. The only help was youtube and my theory knowledge from the piano lessons. Some years later I discovered playing drums through Guitar Hero. The playing itself is actually very similiar to a real drum set, so one day I hoped on the drums of my friend Manu. Without ever touching a real drum set I was able to play all the songs, from Avegend Sevenfold to Megadeth, Rush and so on. At the age of 18 I bought my first recording equiment and bass guitar and started writing my own songs. From there I worked myself up to writing full songs with all instruments included and recording them. I didn’t had many musician friends so I had to record everything by myself, same goes Vocals and basically that’s what I’m still up to this day.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
A: Avenged Sevenfold and System of a Down are my greatest influences. For me they’re just writing fantastic songs. They know when and how to use their instruments to make them work the best in each song. Besides that Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan and Daron Malakian are really good at feeling the music and let people participate in their enjoyment.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
A: My dreams are nothing special, playing big shows, making a living of my music, who doesn’t want that? But my goal or wish is, that I’m still as excited about making music in 10 years or more. For me it’s like the only thing I’m good at, so I hope it will keep me company in the future.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
A: Stefan and I write the songs, well Stefan only is writing instrumentals and I do the vocals for him. For us the song is 50/50 about the instrumental and vocals. Because good vocals are very cool and important, but we kind of miss the old days, where a song was about the guitar riff or a cool bass line. For us it seems, that it’s not that important in modern music anymore, so we try our best to keep that up. The lyrics are usually about finding your path and get rid of the things that keeps you down. Everyone deserves to be best best version of yourself and your environment is the biggest part of your development.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
A: Mainly through social media. We’re not a big fan of it, but there aren’t any as easy and effective ways, then posting it on our channels. Of course we got our friends, which we always invite personally, but 10-20€ in a post can make a huge difference.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
A: If you bought it, it’s cool for me. Never download illegaly, same for movies, programms, online courses and so on. The downside is, that everyone is overfed with music, obviously. Which just makes it harder writing songs that live up to their expectations and hopefully last longer then one day.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
A: I don’t have an answer to that. There are so many good songs that are giving me my inspiration and if I really like a song I try to understand what makes it so good. For me it’s the best way to adapt those vibes to my songs and I can have my own version of it.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
A: I’m never really satisfied and it’s never good enough. I only know when a project is finished, when I reach the current limits of my knowledge and abilities.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
A: When you’re playing live, take a look in the crowd and you see someone smile. It’s the best thing ever and I hope to experience that many more times, because that’s all I’m doing it for.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
A: We have to get 2 videos ready for this year and write about 3-4 songs, so we have content for the next year. It doesn’t sound much, but we really like to take our time.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
A: Our next show is a actually support slot for Doro, so it’s going to be big. But if you enjoy a variety of music, from melodic over to blast beats to beautiful clean parts, we would love to have a party with you. We tried our best to create a live set, where you can actually hear the difference between one song and another, so hopefully you’ll have a good experience with a small local band.
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