EMQ’s with FADING AZALEA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Gothenburg, Sweden based Symphonic/Melodic/Progressive Metal project Fading Azalea. Huge thanks to multi-instrumentalist Olivia Bing 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 Olivia. I am guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter for the symphonic metal band Fading Azalea. I play drums too, not on the album though. The band was created in 2013, finding musicians was a hard time. When Johan (bass, guitar tracks 5&6) and Alexander (drums) joined the band later we played a couple of gigs but mostly worked on writing material. Then Johan left the band and I had a session musician from Italy, Gianluca Di Francisca to record the rest of the bass. He recorded the guitar solo for track 3 too. Kristoffer Jonassen (ex- Irrbloss drummer) replaced Alexander on drums in 2017. Joachim Van Zoelen (bass) joined the project after the release. The band only writes music for the time being.
How did you come up with your band name?
I was thinking about Azalea, the flower… Tried to think of something a bit different, as the name was already taken. Fading Azalea is a withered flower. All our music is melancholic, so a fading flower is quite symbolic for our sound.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I am originally from France but got mostly influenced by the Swedish Metal scene where I live now. Melodic Death Metal is the main sound here. That’s also what got me to play the guitar.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Maze Of Melancholy”, full album.
Who have been your greatest influences?
In Flames, Epica, Nightwish. I don’t know if my black metal influences are noticeable in the CD, but maybe they will be in the future: Dimmu Borgir, UADA and Mgla.
What first got you into music?
I always wanted to play the piano since I was a kid. I never got one, but at the age of 18 I got a guitar from a friend, and then In Flames got me to switch to the electric type, and then Pain Of Salvation’s “Pluvius Aestivus” got me to play piano. And Amon Amarth got me to play drums. And someday I want to learn to play cello…
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I have some collaboration plans with UADAs talented lead guitarist for a coming track. I am very happy for that! I would quite like a collaboration, like a gig or a duo with Epica’s vocalist too.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I liked being in Wacken but in the public! I have good memories from that one. If I were to play there as a musician, I’d rather hide behind the drums…
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I have never received a gift from a fan, but I received a gift as a fan from UADA. I got a ride-cymbal which I am making a good use of!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I thank my fans so much for their support! That means a lot to me!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Kurt Cobain. But I’m not sure, it’s dangerous, bringing people back from the dead…
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy the feel of the adrenaline pulse trying to play drums to 200 BPM! That is… a true challenge.
I hate all the administrative work, so many files have to be sent throughout the world to make a CD but me, I only want to be playing…
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I wish the free downloads music sites that illegally put our music online were all to close down. If we musicians were to make enough money to cover our expenses, we could be making more music for our fans. The ones who truly support us by buying our stuff.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
In Flames – “The Jester Race”
Mgla – “Exercises In Futility”
UADA – “Cult Of A Dying Sun”
Epica – “The Phantom Agony”
Amon Amarth – “Fate Of Norns”
Dimmu Borgir – “Godless Savage Garden”
Evolvent – “Delusion”
(I will let Olivia off for choosing seven albums as there are some crackers in this list!! – Rick 😊)
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I have mostly CD’s.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would be a farmer
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Darkside (Mgla), James Sloan (UADA), Josiah Babcock (ex-UADA) and Fredrik Andersson (ex- Amon Amarth, now Netherbird & A Quinorous QUintet). I think those five people reunited would make the best metal track in the world. Only problem, we have three drummers here! Haha.
I have had the honour to spend time with the last three and they have all been very kind to me. They have helped me on my music way. And even Darkside did, though I haven’t met him in person. I am very thankful for that. That keeps the motivation going!
What’s next for the project?
Keep writing on material. Release a single. Then, we’ll see!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Facebook, Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube…
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They’re not to be found in Sweden… Please give me a box and I’ll tell you!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Original and amusing questions! I’m thankful I had the honour of answering this interview for you. Be safe in these Corona times.
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