Yeah I know it. A Swiss metal band might not seem that interesting. But it isn’t 1985 anymore. The world doesn’t look like it did. So a Swiss band like MYCELIA is no stranger than an American anymore. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce the band to us?
-Michael Schmid: 1st guitarist, original member of Mycelia and active songwriter
Marc Trummer: Drummer and “Producer”, original member of Mycelia and active songwriter
Marc Fürer: Vocals, original member of Mycelia
Mike Fuller: 2nd guitarist, joined the band in July 2015
Eugen Wiebe: Bass, joined the band in March 2015

When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
-The songwriting process in our band is actualy pretty easy. Mike and me (Marc T.) or mainly responsible for the songwriting, we both have our style that make the songs sound like Mycelia songs. Yet our personal musical development and our differences in genre preferences create a diversity in our sound and songs.

How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-Mycelia are huge underground mushroom root structures. They combine, what seems to be, single funghi/mushrooms to one huge living organism. The idea of such a massive but invisible system impressed us enough to base our band name on it

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-It is very important to us that people can see how much we love having a good time, how much the friendship that we share within the band means to us and in the end how much we love making music. We don’t really care about the stereotypical image a metal band needs to have. Mycelia is a family that wants to share its love, joy and music with the world.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-The artwork have always been really important to us. I guess you could say we’re all asthetes. We love beutiful movies, video games, yes any kind of creative art you might say. Therefore we also want our albums to represent that.

How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-We’ve always tried not to let that hype affect us. But in the end I believe every band fails at doing so. Unfortunately often they are the only feedback or indicator how much the audience likes your music you have. However we certainly don’t let any facebook likes or youtube view counts affect what we’re doing with the band.

When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-To be honest it feels more like we’re providing a massive community

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do
that you cannot so on your own?
-I believe nowadays, considering how globally interconnected everybody has gotten, the role of a label becomes less and less important. However, their experience and connections are definitely helpful in any case and should not be underestimated.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-To be part of an international tour is a hard thing to achieve. Unfortunately we haven’t gotten the chance yet to do so, but we definitely hope for it to happen anytime soon.

What will the future bring?
-Tonight I’m gonna meet Mike to work on our new album. It will be out in 2016 and we have huge confidence in it. What we can say is that it’s gonna be a 6 song LP (approx 50min).
If you have any additional questions or remarks, please let us know!

Swiss Technical / Progressive Metal


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