Theophagist – Interview
PD: What type of artist are you?
T: The band was founded with pure Death Metal in mind, which still holds true to the core; nonetheless, you can hear the many influences the different members bring into the mix ranging from old classics to newer modern types of Thrash, Black and Death Metal as well as Grindcore and Slam.
The members of Theophagist are: Jo Conter and Tiago Perdiz on the guitars, with Tiago also giving it all on the background vocals; Ben Schreiner on the Bass; Michel Conter on the drums; and last but not least, Sven with his powerful vocal cords.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
T: Theophagist has its roots over 10 years ago, when most of the members – Jo, Michel, Ben and Sven – were playing under a different name. Actually, Apocalypse (Redux), the last song on our album “I Am Abyss” was written during that time.
After a few years break and other projects in between, Michel and Jo got together with Yannick Gaasch in 2015 to build something new; Tiago joined soon after – Theophagist was born.
As any musical project, the band underwent a few changes until most of the former formation found their way back together; it is the reason why Theophagist is today considered a reincarnation of a project long believed dead.
Seizing the opportunity, we’d also like to give a big shout out to Bob Wintersdorf and Jacques Biver for all their contributions along the way.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
T: Musically, influences range so widely it’s difficult to just name a few. Looking back at those that stuck the most in defining our music today are probably: Decapitated, Vader, Dying Fetus, 1349, Belphegor, Cannibal Corpse, Schammasch, Behemoth, Katatonia, Slipknot, Anaal Nathrakh, Kataklysm, Pantera, The Black Dahlia Murder, Slayer, Entombed, Bloodbath, Darkthrone, Gojira, Hypocrisy, Satyricon, Animals As Leaders, Orange Goblin, The Faceless, At The Gates, Opeth, Metalocalypse, Beyond Creation, Nile, Immortal, Sepultura, Benighted, Led Zeppelin, Strapping Young Lad, Hate, and many others – the list is pretty endless.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
T: Metal is for us, like for so many others, a big part of our life. You could even say it’s a lifestyle and the very nature of a lifestyle is to pick up bits and pieces from the community to incorporate it into your own work so that you can give back and inspire others – that is what we dream to achieve.
Subsequently, goals are having the pleasure to share the stage with some of the above-mentioned bands, growing our experiences internationally, and share a few beers with other metalheads!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
T: It usually starts with an idea during our jam sessions; a riff is brought up, and the others join in. Sometimes these ideas evolve naturally, other times heated discussions ensue. Either way, the good ideas get recorded so that everyone can continue to work and refine them at home.
Only once the more detailed song structure is complete, lyrics are finally written by Sven. His approach, up until now, has been a bit more unconventional as he experiments with different themes when the song is already played live. It is only for the final recording session that he decides for a definitive text. Because of that, there is no actual overarching topic.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
T: For announcements and news, mostly social media. On stage however, it’s very important to us to perform with passion so to show and share our love for metal with the crowd.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
T: As an independent band, it’s a very effective way to promote and share our work. Even so, physical copies still hold their value with the community today. Both mediums are important.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
T: Tiago: Walk by Pantera, because of the groove, simplicity, and solo of the song.
Ben: Beginners Guide To Suicide by Orange Goblin, because it was at the start of so many good memories.
Michel: Stabwound by Necrophagist, because it’s a technical masterpiece for its time.
Sven: Evidence by Katatonia, because of its dark lyrics and tone.
Jo: Left Hand Path by Entombed, because it’s dark and brooding and Metal as fuck!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
T: Online Advertising!
By the way, have you noticed you can find our new album “I Am Abyss” with most of the major distributors? More info at www.theophagist.com – Bandcamp is preferred!
And don’t forget to share, like and follow us on social media!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
T: Our first release, because of the long backstory it seemed often unlikely that it would ever happen.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
T: The next steps. 😉
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
T: We have a show in May at Metalfestival Kopstal! It will not only be us but also 8 other great bands from Luxembourg!
In other news, we’ve currently a few leads for gigs in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands – Stay tuned for more!