EMQ’s With AKIAVEL
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Aix-en-Provence, South of France based Melodic Death Metal band, Akiavel. Huge thanks to vocalist, Auré, 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?
I’m Auré, vocalist with the Death Metal band Akiavel. Akiavel was created in 2018, between Chris (guitar), Jay (bass) and Butch (drums), with the idea of creating a band that would play the music we like, say a mix between Thrash, Death Metal and Hardcore. We wanted to remove the boundaries that exist too often between these different styles of metal.
How did you come up with your band name?
The name Akiavel comes from the famous humanist and political Italian thinker Nicolas Machiavelli, mainly known for what certain might call cynical or amoral political theories… and the name was modified so that it sounds more “metal”, plus keeping the “EL” sound at the end of the word, which means “She” in French.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from the South of France, next to Aix-en-Provence. The metal scene is pretty active here in France, with a lot of good bands, the main one being Gojira (laugh).
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We released our first full-length album “V” in February 2020. We then had 4 different music videos taken from this album, you should definitely check them out if you want to discover Akiavel’s unique world. More recently, we also recorded 2 live songs for the February edition of the Slay at Home Festival, by Metal Injection, you should also check them out (laugh)!
Our second album, “Vae Victis”, was released on the 23rd of April this year. With this album, we dug further and deeper into Akiavel’s style. The fact of knowing each other way better has helped the writing process. There are 2 videos which have been shot for this album, and a third one is to be shot within the next weeks.
‘Frozen Beauties’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Our influences are very different, all 4 have different tastes and musical backgrounds, it encompasses metal music at large. It ranges from classical Heavy Metal like the great Iron Maiden to pure violence like Benighted or Aborted, but also Thrash like Slayer or Testament or even Hatebreed. Our music is deeply rooted into every and all metal styles!
What first got you into music?
I grew up in a family of musicians. Later, I went to a lot of concerts and the opportunity presented itself to me.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
There are many of them, I would say Gojira, they are at the top of the metal world. I know Jay (bass) would add Hatebreed, and that Butch (drums) would answer Testament (laugh).
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Probably the Wacken Open Air, because it is probably one of the biggest and all big bands have played there, that would be a dream to us to play on such a stage.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A portrait of me drawn. A very nice surprise!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for your support, it means a lot for a fairly young band like us to receive support from so many countries, and especially from the US.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Without hesitation, Peter Steele…
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing live and sharing our passion for good music with the public. I do not hate anything about being a musician!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The Covid crisis so that we can go back on stage!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Heartwork” from Carcass!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
For the sake of the music industry’s survival, I’d say CD’s (and Vinyl)! In terms of modernity and efficiency, I’d say streaming platforms.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
As Akiavel, we played the off festival of the Hellfest, in 2019. That was really cool, and one of the only live concerts we did as a band. A few months later, we released our first album, and then came the first lockdown…
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Wow! Probably a hermit… I will live in a shack and adopt animals… (laugh)
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Jeff Walker, Bill Steer, Devin Townsend, Einar Selvik, Chris Barnes.
What’s next for the band?
Now that our album is out, we will be getting ready for the coming back of concerts, onstage or on a livestream!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Facebook is a very efficient way to get in touch with our fans. Then we use YouTube for our music videos (we have already six of them available right now!) and, of course, all the legal platforms for streaming.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Both, of course. (laugh)
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for your interest in our band! We hope we can meet you all and play live once all this crazy situation is behind us!
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