EMQ’s with THE FALLEN PROPHETS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cape Town, South Africa based Death Metal band, The Fallen Prophets . Huge thanks to lead guitarist Francois van der Merwe 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 Francois van der Merwe and I play lead guitar for The Fallen Prophets, The Band officially started in the fall of 2014 in a small town in South Africa. We launched our first album in 2016 called “Slaughtered At The Altar”. From there we launched an EP in 2017 called “Death Conquers Life” We then did some tours of South Africa and Europe and then came back to release a full-length concept album at the beginning of 2020. We also released our first ever music video at the end of 2019 which was a great success. We now are releasing a 6 Track EP called “No End In Sight” that was written and recorded in South Africa’s lockdown.
How did you come up with your band name?
The concept behind the band name is that there were 4 Prophets that were killed in their church and they came back to haunt their killers and make it a living hell for the living.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
From South Africa, The metal scene is not that big here…we get big International bands here about twice a year, if we are lucky. The local scene is dead and awaiting revival due to Covid there are no more clubs left.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Latest releases are “Relentless Killing Motivation” full album and the music Video ‘Nothing To Kill Nothing To Feed On’ the links are below:
‘Nothing To Kill, Nothing To Feed On’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
There have been so many. It started with Hypocrisy and Bloodbath and grew into something faster and angrier like Cattle Decapitation and Aborted.
What first got you into music?
Playing guitar basically got me into music.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
There are so many, so to list a few – Mendel Bij De Leij, Travis Ryan, Peter Tagtren, Ola Englund and Julian from Benighted.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
It would definitely be Wacken in Germany, I think that one is on all bands bucket list. It would truly be a dream come true.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A Neck Brace covered in blood.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Life is tough but never give up.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Not a very metal artist but I would definitely bring back the Rock and Roll Legend Freddie Mercury.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love writing music and playing shows for our fans.
I hate the most how this small industry got so saturated.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Better marketing Strategies and making it more accessible.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Nightmares Made Flesh” – Bloodbath
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Best would be Rockstadt in Romania.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I am not a full-time musician; I have a day time job as well. I’m a VOIP Engineer.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Pieter, Dayna, Zariha, Pieter, Anekke
What’s next for the band?
We are releasing a 6 Track EP called ”No End In Sight” on the 11th of December 2020 via MMD Records. After that we will see what happens as COVID-19 has not been kind to us.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
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