DEAD SEASON

DEAD SEASON is another cool band that I just had to interview, so read what they have to say and then check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Nicolas Sanson (Bass) : To quote Pink Floyd, I would say a feeling of quiet desperation. We’re on a sinking boat and are doomed, so we might as well enjoy the show!

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
– It was actually very easy. Guillaume, the guitarist and main composer of the band, came up with that name quite quickly. It was the first one he proposed, and we loved it right away. It captured the disenchanted spirit of our music really well. It is important for a band name to match its music’s atmosphere.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-Well, the main influences are Nevermore, Testament, Shining, Carcass, Martyr. That being said, everyone in the band has a different musical background. Julien is a huge fan of Annihilator, Death and Iced Earth, Guillaume grew up practicing Joe Satriani and Alex Skolnick’s licks and old Metallica riffs, Gregoire plays in a Jazz/Metal trio and digs Meshuggah quite a lot, and I was more into Black Metal. Not long ago, we recruited our new guitar player, Eerik, who’s more into newer stuff, with bands such as Animals as Leaders for example.
Concerning the inspiration, our musical tastes broadened as we grew up, so there are a lot of bands in different styles that can have an impact on us. I talked about Pink Floyd at the beginning of the interview, well their music is often really poignant, that’s something that we aim to do as well. Same thing could be said about Mark Knopfler, a guy that Guillaume and myself consider almost God-like. And apart from Music, we draw inspiration from everything that affects our daily lives : our relationships, our surroundings, etc… Guillaume and I were raised in a former industrial region, and the scars left by the downfall of the industry are everywhere to be seen or felt, so this heavy atmosphere obviously inspired us.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
I would say the latter. We knew quite precisely what we wanted to sound like, and as I said before, our band’s name had to match the music.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-That’s a very tricky question. I, too, have the feeling that people nowadays have the attention span of a goldfish, due to the massive amount of information available on the internet, and that they’re always just one click away from being distracted. To see if a band suits my tastes, I have to listen to a whole album. It is just not possible for me to dismiss or love a band after listening to just one track. But I grew up in the pre-internet era, and you had to buy the cd if you wanted to hear the music, so, you just had to listen to the album, otherwise your money was spent for nothing! But well, times are changing, as they say. Not necessarily for the worst, as the social media allow certain bands to devise their own business plan and deal directly with their fans. A Canadian band, whose name I don’t remember, asked their fans to subscribe a little fee per month for which they could download a song a month ( the band uploaded a newly recorded song each month ). I found it brilliant, since the band was self sufficient this way and had the obligation to propose good stuff to maintain the interest amongst its fans.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Well, the artwork, like the band’s name, has to fit the mood of said recording. We worked with the same photographer, Florence Longuépée, on our three releases, because she has a knack for conjuring haunting atmospheres in her pictures. The lay-out is carefully planned, too. The artwork has to enhance the musical experience.
Concerning the best way to catch people’s attention, I’m quite at a loss as what to answer… We design an artwork we love, and I hope that people who share the same cultural background will be drawn to it!

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Not really. Promoting music has always been a painstaking work, no matter what the era. It’s always a matter of hard work and meeting the right persons at the right moment.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-I will only speak for myself, but no, it does not make me feel like being part of a scene. I just try to do the best I can to deliver quality music, and if I get to encounter cool guys and bands along the way, well that’s great!

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We love to play live, it’s the best way to sharpen your skills and, most importantly, have a ball! We’re working hard on the tourdates that will promote “Prophecies”. Our best memory is a gig in Lörrach, Germany, where the crowd was nuts! Touring is obviously a great way to spread your name, especially if you deliver solid performances. If you don’t play live, you do not exist.

What will the future bring?
-Hopefully, more tourdates to spread the disease, and when we have enough material, working on the follow-up album. But right now, we are really focused on playing this album live.

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