worselder-07French metal has had a strong hold on me since the 80s. so whenever I get the chance to check out a new French band I jump on the chance. WORSELDER interview answered by Guillaume (vocals)

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Hi ! First of all, let me thank you for this interview. It’s great to know that you have some interest in our band !
Worselder comes from the very south of France, near Spanish border, in Pyrenées mountains. We started to play together in 2008, but all of the band’s musicians began playing more than 20 years ago. Formerly, we had two bands called “Gunslinger” and “Arclite”, that we decided to merge to have a complete line-up. The structure of the band is quite classical (two guitars, drums, bass guitar and vocals and is stable since the beginning (we are over all a group of very close friends !).
We play a kind of “melting-pot” metal, with huge groove-metal and stoner influences. Our music permanently evolved since the beginning of the band. We have now reached a good degree of musical maturity and have feeling that our style can be easily recognized by listeners. We have only one rule when we write music : think it not for studio release but only to be played live ! This leads us to write crushing songs, built for live experience !
Our first release was a self-produced album “Where we come from” in 2010, that was distributed for free on our website. The latest work of the band is a 3 titles EP called “MMXIV”, that was recorded in 2014 and that is also available for free on our bandcamp page. We had great feedbacks from all over the world for this release.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-To be honest, the name of the band has really nothing to do with our music style ! The only thing I can say is that “Worselder” is linked to the place we come from, and reflects our affection for our origins… and of course we also feel it sounds good !

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
-I could quote for example Coroner, Testament or DevilDriver, but it would be hard to be exhaustive. In facts, I think we could be influenced by any artist, any kind of music, any kind of artistic expression. When you listen to our songs, you can easily notice that we try to assimilate various sources of inspiration, that are not necessarily coming from metal music.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of digital?
-The digital format offers plenty of advantages for emerging bands like us. When you have no label and no physical distribution to have visibility in stores, distributing music on the web is the only possible communication channel. For sure, we would see it quite differently if we earned money from our music, but it is not our situation at the time. On the other hand, there are so much bands today that raised thanks to internet that it is very difficult to be visible, even when distributing our music for free…

Is digital killing the album format?
-Yes, for sure… but isn’t it the logical evolution of music business ? First, music fans rebelled against the big international labels and created illegal channels of distribution. Today, many artists themselves use these means to provide directly their music to the fans. Businessmen made really too much money and are now bypassed, that’s natural !
For metal music, the problem is slightly different : metal has always been distributed by small labels owned by fans, that had no real financial ambitions but just wanted to promote metal bands. This is really unfortunate, but today these small labels pay for the big ones…

What part does art work and lay out play?
-Artworks and appearance always had a huge importance in the metal culture, sometimes more than the music itself… paradoxically, it did not occupy a special place in Worselder; we focused on the music overall and we used very classic artworks. I think that we will have to work some more on this topic for the upcoming album !

Is it a whole different way to promote a cd today with social media playing a huge role? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Honestly, we never had to promote some stuff without using social networks. So I’m totally inexperienced with the old promotion ways, and so unable to answer you…

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Of course, we feel like being a part of the metal scene. But people have to understand that the musical scene in France is not the same as in the rest of Europe, especially for rock or metal. We come from the south west of France, and our land submerged by some kind of shitty world music; there is no place left for metal bands. A few associations try to make the metal scene live, but there is no massive interest for it… So our music is much more appreciated abroad than in our own country ! Following the release of the “MMXIV” EP, we had many fantastic reviews from all over the world (Germany, USA, Brazil, Greece, UK and many more), but only one from France… So you could find it a bit strange, but we feel more like being a part of the world metal scene, than a part of the French metal scene.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-The reason to live of Worselder is playing live gigs ! When we write music, the only rule we follow is thinking the songs for live experience. Over the time, our music became less complex but more adapted for gigs : crushing and melodic at the same time.
For us, studio recordings are just a way to promote the band and find some engagements.
Worselder is a live band OVER ALL !

What will the future bring?
-By the end of the year, we will enter the studio to record our second album. I think it will be in the same vein that the “MMXIV” EP. Almost all songs are written at the time.
In parallel, we have some touring plans to present our new songs to metal fans ! Maybe a Spanish tour during the autumn.
Everyone that reads this interview is invited to download for free some audio stuff on our bandcamp page : www.bandcamp.com/worselder

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