For some reason I find that there is a romantic shimmer to the name ELTHARIA. That alone made me want to interview them. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-The name of a band can make you feel a lot of things, sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way. But after all, it’s just a name we chose for the band, like parents would a name for their child. Are you Evil because your parents gave you the name of a bad person? It is the same with music!
The name gives you a first feeling but if you really want to know a band, you have to follow it, listen to it, see it. The design of a band’s name is important to give you an idea of the kind of music they play. For example, if you look at black or death metal bands, you see the name, sometimes (often?) you can’t read it, but you know if you are black or death metal listener that it could be your style.
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Like every young music fans, you play music, you have idols and want to do the same. Then you start finding people until you find those you were looking for. It’s so much better to play music with friends, sharing things. It’s like a new family you can create with this common love for music.
What is your definition of the metal you play?
-It is a kind of power prog metal, with symphonic influences and sometimes death metal influences.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Jean-Yves and Benjamin usually write the songs. Once it is written, we program drums, record guitars and bass. Then, Laure and Jean-Yves write keyboards parts and record it before we send the song to Pierre, our singer, and Vincent, our bass player. One brings his vocals and chords ideas, and the other can bring his bass technique to make the song sound deeper. That’s a really cool teamwork that allows anyone to do what he wants. And we are rarely disappointed of everyone’s contribution!
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-From several kinds of music! Each member has his own influences. Some members listen to bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X and more widely symphonic metal while others listen to more extreme metal bands, like death and trash metal. If you put all of this in a blender, you’ll get something that looks like what we are: a power prog band with a pinch of heavy metal, growl, …
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-To be honest with you, we mainly focus on music because that’s something we all agree with! Finding our own identity with regards to music was our top priority. It’s been a few years now that we all work well together, but we all think that there is still something to do with our visuel identity. But I can’t say more and keep it secret until our third record is released. Anyway, we’re very happy with the artwork of our first album, as well as the second one, that is very sober and out of the ordinary. Our idea is to release something new, possibly uncommon in metal and we will work hard as hell to achieve it!
Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-Well, working with digital allows you to spread you music worldwide and that’s a good way to start! But it is a mean, not an end. One mean to be heard. If you are a bit ambitious, no doubt you’ll have to be able to put into your listener’s hands a finished product, with a physical CD, a nice (or not) booklet layout with lyrics to read…
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-Yes you can pretty do a lot of things for sure! You can (try to) sell your record through digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Deezer and spend your entire life to do self-promotion. But when you have no name, that’s not an easy game! And then, what can you do more than trying to convince labels, webzines with a simple email? They probably receive hundreds of thousands of emails, so you need to try to have something more. We worked with a press agent and gave him around 300 CD’s to send and I think we would not have had the same impact by sending only links to Facebook or Bandcamp! So definitely, you have to combine digital and physical to expect something in return.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Bands like Eltharia are a part of what we could call emergent bands. It includes bands that start to get interest from medias, e-zines, radios … The ideal place for us at this time would be to open for bigger bands and start playing in some festivals to be known by more people. Fortunately, we’re glad that our last album Innocent found a few fans around the world. We truly hope to be able to be seen on stage and to conquer the heart of new fans!
What does the future hold?
Well we never know. We already have some contacts for some fests in France next year, and have some shows too. We are still looking for European stages, fests to and why not more! We had more than 40 reviews on the europeans medias, and that let us think that we have a chance to find those things. And to conclude, there’s gonna be a third album not so far.
Thank you for your interest in our band, see you on stage.