EMQ’s with SEPSISS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manchester, New Hampshire based Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band Sepsiss. Huge thanks to vocalist Melissa Wolfe 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?
My name is Melissa Wolfe and I am the lead vocalist for Sepsiss. The band formed back in 2011 when I met William Savant (guitar player/backup vocals). I was searching for a band to form through Craigslist at the time and stumbled upon his ad. So, I met up with him in a small creaky basement in the middle of Manchester, NH. I did a try-out and from there we just clicked. There was supposed to be another girl to try-out that same day (her name was Ashley), but she never showed up. So ultimately, I took on the position.
How did you come up with your band name?
Sepsiss is a word of its own. Contrary to popular belief, we do not base it on the blood disease. We added that extra “s” at the end of the word on purpose. This makes it easy to find and super google-searchable. You can find us anywhere.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from New England in the good ol’ United States of America. The metal/rock scene is definitely not what it used to be out here. But we are wave-breakers…so we are going to break that wave.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We came out with our EP “Badd Blood” last year (2019) and released it independently with 8 songs total. Now those physical copies are sold out, and we are waiting to release our first Full-length album through Pavement Entertainment in 2020. The full-length will be titled “Almost 11” and it will be released this August 21st with a total of 11 songs (this includes the original 8 songs from “Badd Blood” which sound even better now due to mixing and mastering + 3 new songs nobody has ever heard before). If you really can’t wait, and you would like a 4-song demo download in the meantime, you can pick that up here:
Who have been your greatest influences?
I can speak for myself on this one. My personal influences have been…
Evanescence, Halestorm, Epica, Axxis, Alesana, Asking Alexandria, Michael Jackson, Heart, Bullet For My Valentine, In This Moment, Avenged Sevenfold, and so many more.
What first got you into music?
I’ve grown up around music and musicians my entire life. My father is a guitar player and he had his own band when I was just a kid. So of course, growing up, I wanted to start a project of my own.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I’m so focused on my own growth, I still consider this a brand new career and I have a lot of personal goals that I would like to complete before I would be ready. With so many people piggy-backing off of features, I truly wanted to do something different. If and when the time comes, it’s not a matter of top tier or lower tier collaborations. It would truly have to fit my art style.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I would love to play the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. I’ve been going to these ever since my teenage years, and it would just be a dream come true to actually have the chance to play it.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I truly haven’t received anything “weird” yet. We get a lot of fan art and gift cards, which is pretty cool. Real shit though, William Savant got free dental care just for being in the band…does that count? lol
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Never give up on your dreams! Negative thoughts only brings about more negativity. Have a positive mental attitude, put in some effort, and you will go far. It is the doing that does.
If you could bring one 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?
Being a musician is a real love/hate relationship. I LOVE that it’s such hard work and when you’re actually successful, there’s no better feeling then that. However, hard work is exactly what it is…hard work!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I wish it were possible to change the act of piracy in the music industry… Due to today’s technology, it is far too easy to illegally download music. Acts like this is what is killing the music industry and it makes it hard for your every day artist to make a paycheck.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
I’ve got a few that I could honestly say I will listen to the entire album with no skips.
Alesana – “The Emptiness”
Asking Alexandria – “Stand Up And Scream”
Bullet For My Valentine – “The Poison”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I absolutely love CD’s! The quality is still better than a download. Some cars today will still allow you to play them. It’s not as big and bulky as vinyl. It’s not yet nearly impossible to find something to play it on, like cassettes or Vinyl. Call me bias, but I will always be a CD collector.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I really enjoyed playing for some bigger names last summer such as David Ellefson (Megadeth), Static-X, and Puddle of Mudd.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I suppose it would have to be modelling and art. I really enjoy both, and I happen to do both on top of music as it is. I am an alternative model and when it comes to art I do a lot of digital design work (photoshop, clothing designing, and website designing), painting, and drawing.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
What’s next for the band?
We are planning to release our first full-length album “Almost 11” this August 21st through Pavement Entertainment. We are also hoping to release our next music video around that time.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
You can find us absolutely everywhere. But here’s a few to start with…
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I’ll be honest, I’ve never had one. I looked it up though and they look delicious! I would love to try it.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks so much for reading this interview! Don’t forget to tune in to our live stream “Swarm TV” every Sunday on Facebook through the Sepsiss Facebook page. Please also check out our merch, artwork, and music at:
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