EMQ’s with ENDSEEKER
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German Old-School Death Metal band, Endseeker. Huge thanks to vocalist Lenny and drummer André for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi, my name is Lenny and I am the vocalist of Endseeker. Today I got a reminder from Facebook regarding our first photo session back in July 2015. But for me it feels like yesterday. The band was completed in March 2015 after a few months of searching for band members. Jury (Guitars) had the idea to start the band for many years and wrote the first Endseeker songs in 2014. I added the lyrics. This is on our “Corrosive Revelation” EP from 2015. For the release of this EP we got a label-deal with FDA Records just before our first ever live show! That was pretty cool! Two years, and a whole bunch of great and crazy shows later, we released our first full-length – “Flesh Hammer Prophecy”, again via FDA Records. And now, just over two years later again, we signed to Metal Blade Records (yeah!) and released our second album, “The Harvest” on September 13th 2019 worldwide.
How did you come up with your band name?
When we started the band, there were a few possible band names. Finally, Endseeker won, because of its strong symbolism. We have a lot of experience playing in different bands, and different genres so we were already old and tired when we started playing together! This band will probably be our end! Another way to see the name is in the context of transience. In the nature of humanity, the end of things disappears from people’s consciousness, but in death metal there is another philosophy; We celebrate the end.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Germany. The metal scene is strong here. Big acts are supported as well as the underground. However, the amount of underground metal shows seems to increase, so not every concert is sold out. But if you want, you can visit metal shows every single day. Also, the festival scene shows how strong metal in Germany is. Healthy environment!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
We released the first single of our album as video and a limited 7 inch vinyl of only 333 pcs. You can watch “Spiritual Euphoria” on YouTube here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxbDKvkRkiI
The album “The Harvest” was released September 13th via Metal Blade Records.
Who have been your greatest influences?
As a band our greatest influences come from Sweden. Just to mention a few: Entombed, Grave, Dismember. My personal influences are Bands like Rammstein, Cannibal Corpse and Krisiun. But for sure, there are a lot more influences.
What first got you into music?
I started playing violin at the age of 7. So, I’ve been an active musician for a long time. Metal came later, when I was about 14 or 15. I remember my dad gave me “Herzeleid” and “Sehnsucht” from Rammstein as a gift with the words ‘this will be good for you, son’. And he was right! When I was 17, I started my first metal band, Prophet, playing heavy metal, then shortly after I started Devastator, to run free in brutal death metal!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We already collaborated with mighty Marc Grewe who was the vocalist of Morgoth, and kind of a hero for us. We do a duet on “Flesh Hammer Prophecy” on the song ‘Black Star Rising’. There is also a video on YouTube where we performed the song live together. It was really cool! On “The Harvest” Mika Lagrén from Grave plays the solo on our cover version of ‘Symphony of Destruction’. At the end of the year we played some shows together with our goat-brothers, Milking the Goatmachine! This could’ve been called tour-collaboration, because we love the same food. I’d like to see us release a split with a befriended band in the future, but there’s nothing planned yet.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I am a huge fan of the American Kitchen and have had many road-trips there. A dream would be to play the Maryland Death Fest or the Las Vegas Death Fest. But it’s not so easy for European bands to play in the U.S. In Europe we have several festivals I want to play, too. Wacken, Hellfest, Rockhard, Rockharz, Obscene Extreme, just to mention a few!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Haha! Unfortunately, nobody sends us gifts, but to receive a bra on the stage (happened Summer Breeze Open Air 2017) is always a nice souvenir! I am happy that nobody gives us body parts, or dead animals! But someone once gave us a vintage looking usb telephone receiver – we never found out why…!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Be yourself. Stay true to yourself. Don’t believe everything someone tells you. For example, what I write here! And of course, don’t behave like an asshole! Life’s too short. And thank you so much for your support! We highly appreciate it! You rule!
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy that I have a reason to travel the world doing what I love. When there are people in the audience in a bad mood, I enjoy the transformation into a positive mood while we are playing. Hate is exaggerated. But it would be cool, when playing in a metal band could become more than just a hobby. This is so difficult these days.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
More appreciation for everyone! Creating music should not be like chicken breeding. And the fans should not only be consumers. Band and fans should grow as a family.
Endseeker’s drummer, André then answered the rest of the interivew.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Of course, there are several albums I could mention. I would spontaneously say “Burn My Eyes” by Machine Head.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I’m still one of the dying breed that buys physical records. Mostly CD’s.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
For me personally, this was our gig at Summer Breeze Open Air 2019. We’ve never played in front of so many people before and the atmosphere was fantastic!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
As a teenager I was a pretty good athlete. But then the metal came along and that was the end of my sports career, haha!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Good question. Definitely not my band mates; They drink all the beer away!
What’s next for the band?
First and foremost, we want to play as many gigs as possible in 2020. Some shows are already fixed and several more are in the planning. We also want to work on new songs in the near future.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Neither. I consider them a crime of taste!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for your support! We hope to see as many of you as possible somewhere at our merch stand and have a beer together! See you on the road!
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