Most people outside of Israel don’t think of it as a vibrant, functioning society but bands like FERIUM show us that it is. Interview answered by Tiran. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Could you please introduce us to the band?
-We are Ferium, a 5 piece metal band from Israel, we’re all about aggression in the music we listen to and write, I am Tiran Ezra the vocalist for the band, Elram Boxer and Guy Goldenberg are the guitar players, Ron Amar (Drums) and Yoni Biton (Bass) are in charge of the rhythm section.
What has been the greatest catalyst in shaping your sound?
-That point was definitely the joining of Elram Boxer our guitar player/producer to the band, his approach took the band to an extremely professional and perfectionist place, It had a good root talent to base upon, and from there his songwriting skills and his own studio took over and created a tight product that has unique sound and a personal touch to the Metal genre with honest brutality.
How hard is it to record and release new songs? When do you know to stop fiddling with the songs?
-We have lots of something and that’s a muse – luckily we have the privilage to have our own studio, just to throw in a little fun fact, there’s almost enough to fill a third full length release, but we know that this is a matter of time so people can relate to our general concept one step at a time, so releasing songs would be only before an album or release has been announced.
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-It certainly has made it more comfortable ,sometimes manufacturing in Israel can be a pain in the butt, we were always old school about going through a booklet while listening to the songs so now even with a digital copy that you buy you have a digital booklet, which is cool.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-We tend to map all the points in which we will release singles until the actual release of the physical copy, luckily the sound process happens in house, which helps keeping everything on time.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-Positive, mostly, but also some negative ones of course, in our reality where there are so many bands out there it’s hard to stop and appreciate the art, and that is the way we approach it, people say that you can feel the emotion portrayed in professionality and we appreciate that very much, we want to get constructive criticism as much as possible.
We live in a world were there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-A Danish camgirl flashing on Skype, kidding, probably talking to a few fans from different parts of the world that’s always a nice surprise.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater conmunity playing in a metal band?
-Definitely do, we want to place ourselves in a community that respects our approach to it, we try to help the most we can out of our experience to other artists, and of course we’re all living our life for music, especially Metal.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live definitely helps people feel more comfortable knowing that the band they like works hard for their passion, today, that’s the real factor because you eventually have to play for people’s attention, there is no shortcut to this kind of success, having a following that wants to support your way, that’s huge, so you have to be there physically, and the road there might be tough but these will be memories for a lifetime.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We plan to release lots more good music for you to listen to, we have an upcoming album called Behind The Black Eyes that is coming out April 21st and it’s already available for purchase digitally in it’s entirety, and these daya we are independent so hopefully we could start planning tours on our own.