I have had many a great French death metal experience in the past and with bands like French/American ASHES ARISE Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Our band name originated during a brainstorm session between Emily and I. The lyrics came from our song “Summoner”, it reads: “from ashes arise” the album is about rising above obstacles and trauma and it fits the lyrical content and theme of the album. A resurgence from oblivion.
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
Amy : «Each of us individually were seeking to start a band and I was seeking strictly female musicians to start a metal project. We all found each other through online forums for musicians and linked up over the internet to create the project. »
Stéphanie : « I am already managing my own band playing with male musicians since more than 20 years and I wanted to play in another one with only female members which is very hard to find in metal music here
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
Amy : «Each song is unique from the next. Some are fast paced, some more melodic and others have a symphonic feel. Since all of our styles and influences are different each of us bring a unique element to each song to make it all our own. But it starts with the foundation of guitars and builds from there, adding each members addition to the song. »
Stéphanie : « Amy’s guitar songs and ideas fits well with the style I am be able to do at drums programming and vocals. It inspires me a lot.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
Amy : «Yes, It feels to me to be part of a larger community. There are so many different styles of metal and we are doing what we love to do and that is creating art and expressing ourselves through each effort. »
Stéphanie : « Being in a band, going to shows, talking with people that share the same music tastes is for me very important and is a big part of my everyday life. However métal music is not yet a popular genre in my country, some people can still see you as a weird person when you say you listen to metal music.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
Amy : « I always feel awkward doing promo shots to be honest! It is good to have a cohesion especially with each member being hundreds to thousands of miles away. Putting together images of us all is a bit tricky! As far as the graphic side goes, I love album artwork and personally love seeing images that portray the artists depiction or idea and feel for what the album will be, conceptually as well as thematically. »
Stéphanie : «Promo is a very important part of the release of an album, making photos, videos, cover albums, band logo … is the way you communicate with people and make them be interested in your music too. It’s a whole.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
Amy : «The lyrics are written by Emily and influenced by the musical undertone of each song. These songs become stories told through the vocalists. They are mainly about overcoming struggles emotionally and rising above. Facing your demons and confronting critical voices. They are important in order to express oneself, and that in itself is very therapeutic.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Amy : «There is nothing more powerful than seeing and hearing a band that you like, performing a song that you’ve heard on one of their albums. You capture the true feeling and effort made by each musician and that cannot be replicated without a proper live session in studio recording. »
Stéphanie : «I think it’s still important to make some physical copies of an album as there are still some people that wants to have it in their collection. I have many cd albums and i am still buying cd albums, no digital ones. But maybe we are not so many to go on doing like that, however there is a revival for vinyl albums, the digital is not yet ready to kill the album !
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
Stéphanie : « it’s hard to say, I just hope there will still be some choice. It’s very interesting to have the album in vinyl format for the cover artwork and the quality of the sound when you listen to it on good material ».
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
Amy : «A live experience with us involves us recording at our home studios individually and piecing it together! As we are many many miles away from each other, we must work online to create our music and orchestrate it by many hours of communication and team work. We haven’t played a live session together, our collaborations are all online.
What lies in the future?
Amy : «Ashes Arise is currently preparing to record our second album, which will continue to be an online project including original members Stephanie and I. The future holds many more opportunities for us to share our music with others and continue to do what we love to do! ». Stéphanie : « Many days of recording, mix, learning new things about how to improve our music and progress in making an album by ourselves from the beginning to the end ! ».