Could you please introduce the band to us?
-First of all, thank you very much, Anders, for this interview. Bloody Melody is, above all, a family project. Born in 2008 with Chloé (singer), Manon (drums), Noël (bass) and Morgane (rhythm guitar), the band, made of two sisters and their father, had no real ambition at that time. After several years of evolution and technical improvement (the girls had never had any musical training before), Bloody Melody began to gain reputation at a local level, and the project started to take its actual shape, despite of the geographic distances that stood between us. The band initially played a slightly Celtic influenced rock/folk, similar to The Cranberries for example. But when I joined the project in 2012 as a lead guitarist, and following the leaving of Charlotte (keyboard) in 2013, we began to question ourselves about the aim of our artistic approach, and also about our expectations towards the band. This has led to the writing and the recording of our EP called « Gates Of Mind », that has been funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign. This is the starting point for our new musical direction, a mix between melodic rock, symphonic metal and post-rock.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-It’s an interesting question because this is nearly the one we’ve been asking ourselves for many years. For a long time we were wondering what should be our artistic approach, because we didn’t want to limit our scope to only one musical style. We all have different tastes in the band, and we have always been convinced that this was a strength we must preserve. But we also had to find a clear identity, a guideline really defined: we wanted to follow a both personal and artistically relevant direction. That is exactly what we’ve been working on for the last two years, and this has led to the release of our EP, on which you can hear the synthesis of this work. Today, we are fully satisfied by the musical direction of the band, and the last song we’ve already composed strengthens us in this way.
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-Our name is born from the fascination we always had towards the concept of duality. That is why we are constantly searching to associate things that are opposed in appearance. First, by this name, we wanted to symbolize our musical universe, torn between the raw power of rock/metal (the « Bloody » side) and the sophistication of the female voice and symphonic orchestrations (the « Melody » side). This name also evoke the meaning of our lyrics, that often turns around humanity in its more paradoxical way, whether it is its destructive instinct or its infinite creative wealth. Somehow, this name sums up our whole artistic ambition: to break down the artificial walls, including in music, that we have built for years. We don’t like to categorize or prioritize: for us, reality is forged by the multiplicity of all the viewpoints, and this multiplicity is probably our greatest wealth. Everyone can find in it what he is seeking.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We’re living today in a world of images. Obviously, for a band, music is no longer enough: musicians must mainly captivate by their songs, but they must also print their mark in the mind of their public, visually speaking. For sure, image is an important part of our artistic project: it has to be, somehow, an extension of the universe we try to create. For example, as our members are mainly women and rock is a male environment, we often underline this specificity in our photos. We don’t do this in a “commercial” or tacky way – on the contrary: we wish to focus on the fact that, despite the physical criteria that could divide us, we are all united through the same passion: that of creating music, together.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-The artwork of an album is probably the first contact that the public can have with your music. This first impression is crucial and must be eye-catching enough to attract the attention. But it must also invite the listener to discover our musical universe: therefore, it is a very important in the development of an album. We are blessed to work with a very talented graphic designer who has worked with us for many years now, and with whom we have conceived the different components of our visuals. She has created the cover of our EP, and we are delighted of this collaboration. The butterfly on this cover also became our logo, because it symbolizes at the same time the metamorphosis and the flight, two notions that always had a special place in the artistic evolution of the band.
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-To be honest, we have never really thought of that before. Social networks are now an essential showcase for artists because they strengthen significantly the interest of the public. Nowadays, a band renown can’t only rely on his gigs, it as to be boosted by an active presence on the Internet. We needed to conform to this, because whatever our opinion is on it, this is a reality we can’t change. But of course, for us, the most important is the music we create, and we clearly prefer to expand our audience by playing our songs rather than by staying behind our computers. To be clear, even if we don’t use them too much, the social networks grant us a larger audience and enables some people to discover our music while they would probably never heard of us otherwise. This is even more true for the people abroad, because we can’t really export our music out of our borders for the moment.
When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-It’s a bit complicated for us to answer this question because were are not fully a metal band. Our songs are clearly influenced by this musical style, perhaps even more nowadays, but we also pick many elements from rock, folk or post-rock… Coming back to the question, of course we appreciate the fraternal aspect that is typical of this community, united by the sharing of specific musical values, and a particularly remarkable creative dynamism. But as we have already said, we are above all fond of discovery and sharing, whether it is in the metal universe or not. We don’t want to lock ourselves in a particular style, so I don’t know if we can say that we are part of this community more than another. Indeed, we are searching to follow our own artistic way, and if the people appreciate it, whether they are coming from the metal community or not, we will be delighted!
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot so on your own?
-We are not signed for the moment, so we must do everything by ourselves. On the one hand, this is an advantage: we can keep the control on our musical direction and we don’t have to be subjected to the pressure of short time limits. On the other hand, if a label wishes to work with us tomorrow, we will no longer hesitate. Now that we have clearly defined our artistic project, we really want to spread our music as much as possible, on stage as well as on albums. Today, we feel the need to be helped by professionals, because we don’t necessarily have the time, contacts or skills to achieve all the wishes we have for Bloody Melody. Playing in a band often needs a lot a work, involvement and money for a few results, and this doesn’t frighten us. But for sure we would appreciate a lot the support of a label for the years to come.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We already have a solid live experience, we played a lot during the past few years. But most of these concerts were located in Little Brittany (a western land of France), and we now wish to extend our audience in the rest of our country, and maybe – who knows – tour abroad if possible! We made a kind of break the last two years because we needed to determinate our goals in the long term. Also, as we are not professional musicians, it is sometimes difficult to tally our respective schedules with the time requirements of the band. But today, we are decided to do our utmost to get many concerts in 2016, because we really want to defend our EP in front of an audience. For the moment, we don’t think that we will be able to play abroad soon, because it is already complex for us to find some gigs in France, and we don’t think that we will be able to tour without the support of a label for example. But we are open to all suggestions !
What will the future bring?
-Many good things, we hope! We are actually searching for tour dates, because the success of our crowdfunding campaign really invites us to share our music with as much people as possible. We also hope to catch the attention of a label that will enable us to share more efficiently our future work. At the same time, we are writing new material and we hope to release one day our first album in proper conditions. Meanwhile, we are trying to develop our video communication, with maybe release a video clip next year. If you want to stay aware of all our projects, check our website www.bloodymelody.com !