BLACK MIRRORS is a Belgian band that has a really cool doomy sound. Check them out. Answers from Marcella and Pierre. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
Marcella: Actually, it is even better than what we expected! You know, going outside of Belgium is not that easy for the Rock scene here, at least bands who come from the french speaking part. Even though we have very good Rock bands here, a very few cross the boarder. So, we consider ourselves being very lucky to have signed with Napalm Records and have this incredible interest abroad.
Pierre: Basically, we created Black Mirrors as a jam band with some friends, we didn’t had any ambition but playing music as we were already involved in others bands. But Marcella and I had the feeling that something great was growing so we became more and more dedicated to the band to create something stronger.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
Marcella: Yes, completely! We are very proud of what we did and we are really looking forward to show it to our fans. We recorded it ourselves together with our sound ingeneer Ulysse Wautier. To be sure to have the album we wanted, we wrote about 30 different songs to pick up the best ones, to make the album we are proud of.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
Pierre : At least, we found something that works for us on these tracks. To define it, I would say it’s a heavy sound with heavy blues and stoner influences mixed with strong melodic vocal lines. But for the next songs, we really don’t know. As an artist, I want to evolved as much as possible. So, maybe, our next album will be a full acoustic one. We never know… Let’s see what will happen!
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
Marcella: Of course, to me, it’s important. All the artist we are influenced by had a message, so, it make sense to us to have ours. When I’m writing lyrics, I try to talk about thing which I care very deeply. For example, in Inner Reality, I’m talking about expressing gratitude to the universe. Despite the dark atmosphere of the music, lyrics are really positive. The chorus speaks for itself «you want it, you got it». That’s my daily life philosophy, you just need to realised that you are completely responsable of what you are living. What we vibrate, we create. That’s a simple message that I wanted to cover.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
Pierre: In the heavy-rock scene, it’s still important as a lot of fans are buying vinyls after the concerts. As a band ,we also need to catch the eyes with a nice cover. In a magazine or webzine, our album review can be lost into thousand of others reviews. A beautiful artwork is a possibility to get the head above water.
Marcella: It’s one of the first thing you see when you discover a band. A cover always says something about the music you’re about to listen and I guess, for some bands, can even refer to a message.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d
like to achieve?
Pierre: Maybe it’s because the heavy-rock scene is still stronger in the countries you named than in others coutries. Three days ago, we’re talking with Marcella that we’re already super happy with what is happening to us. To have a nice record, to play in front of people outside Belgium, to tour, to meet such incredible others bands during gigs is already a succes. We’re just hoping we’ll have the chance to continue the longer we can, to evolve as musicians and as human beings and to meet a lot of new fans. But the fancy side of succes, I really don’t give a shit about it ahah
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where
everything but the music is blind to the listener?
Pierre: It’s always a tought question to answer as I don’t want to be in a competition with others bands. Maybe I’m kind of blind, which is not good because, yes it’s true, there is a lot of really good bands on the market and there is a competition even if I don’t want to be part of it. By spending our time thinking about that, we loose too much energy and being a musician is already difficult to add some shit to this. As a band we just want to be truly to ourselves, dedicated to our music, to our philosophy than anything else. That’s more important.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
Pierre: Our local scene is separated in two parts. First, we have a lot of really good heavyrock bands especially in the flemish part of Belgium. We’re are from the south part, the french speaking side. Then you have the audience and the profesionnal sector which are not really into rock music especially in Wallonia… It’s really difficult as a band to make you a name here. Since the beginning of Black Mirrors, or at least when we started to have some ambition for the band, we wanted to play and to find partnership outside of Belgium.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
Pierre: It’s not easy. Metal and heavy rock surely aren’t the mainstream genre here… Even if there’s an audience who likes it, the musical culture in Belgium is more about electronical music and «fresh» pop songs here. The main audience is not really into heavy-rock and metal a part for a few clubs or festivals. But the genre is not dead, like blues or jazz are not dead. I think it just because the media don’t follow and promote these styles that it seems dead. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of heavy-rock and metal good bands who deserved to be known.
What does the future hold for you?
Pierre: We’ll have our release party the 27th of september, then we have two European tours. One with The Vintage Caravan and another one with The Night Flight Orchestra. We hope to meet as many fans as possible during these shows to share our music with them.
Marcella: We hope to play to many festivals as well! I love to play open air gigs because I feel more close to people and nature! And we are already composing new songs for the next album. So, a second album would follow.