EMQ’s with VISIONS OF DYSTOPIA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montpellier, France based, Cinematic Progressive Metal band, Visions Of Dystopia. Huge thanks to Damien Maurel and Eric Juskewycz, 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, I am Damien, the keyboard player of the band. Visions Of Dystopia was created in 2018. At that time, I was composing music for films and was looking for a musician to collaborate with for upcoming projects. I quickly thought of Eric (guitarist and composer), as I met him a couple years before, on projects that unfortunately all aborted… Since 2018, Eric and I have mainly composed for audio-visual projects (horror films, Sci-Fi animation films…). Thanks to all these rich experiences, we were able to progressively define the musical universe we really wanted to develop, a universe associating our metal roots and cinema. That’s how the album “A Nightmare On Dystopian Street” was born.
How did you come up with your band name?
We are concerned about the world that surrounds us and we early found in science fiction a gateway to the questions raised by our society and to its possible excesses. So, we looked for a name that referred to all these issues and “Visions Of Dystopia” seemed to be the right choice.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We come from France, more precisely from the South, in a city called Montpellier. In Montpellier, the metal scene is very diverse but with a tendency for post-hardcore and modern metal.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is an album called “A Nightmare On Dystopian Street” available on digital platforms and Digisleeve. We are supported by M&O Music label for the promo and digital release of this album.
‘The Call’ (Official video)
‘Shapeless Dreams’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
For the metal parts, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend or Slipknot and for the creepy music parts, Charles Bernstein or Charlie Clouser, among others.
What first got you into music?
Damien: it was a long time ago. When I was around 13 years old my brother listened to a lot of metal and wanted us to form a death metal band. So, he told that I should play drums (he played guitar) but he also has the misfortune to tell me that I will have to work a lot to play drums well… I was maybe a bit lazy…so…I decided to play keyboards! Why? I don’t really know!
Eric: it was during my teenage years when I realized that it was possible to associate music as far apart as Prokofiev or Stravinsky and metal music. I realised at that time that music will become my way of life…
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
Eric: Meshuggah without hesitating!
Damien: John Williams (it’s ambitious I know ah, ah).
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Eric: at the Hellfest because this is the place for live metal music in France.
Damien: At the Boston Symphony Orchestra with John Williams of course!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Until now nothing weird.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Stay tuned and be careful!
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?
We both enjoy to compose. Composing music is for us a way to share our feeling and emotions.
What we hate? when music is repeated all day long so that it imposes itself on you, even if you don’t like it. The best way to avoid this, is to choose what you listen to and especially where you listen to it!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Leave more space for originality and for musical projects that go beyond the constraints imposed by the music industry.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Eric: Metallica – “Master Of Puppets”.
Damien: It doesn’t matter which one but composed by Ennio Morricone.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Something you can touch, something real…
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We are 100% sure you don’t know the place ah, ah!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Family and friends are the most important…
What’s next for the band?
Continue to compose music we like, try to renew ourselves as much as possible. That’s all we can do right now…
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Mainly Youtube, Soundcloud and Instagram.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Oh my god! We never heard about Jaffa Cakes!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for this interview!
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