EMQ’s with VALFREYA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montreal, Canada, based Epic Black/Death Metal band, Valfreya. Huge thanks to violinist and backing vocalist, Maude Theberge, 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 Maude Theberge, I’m the violinist and backing vocalist for the band.
In 2009, vocalist Corinne Cardinal wanted to create a band that mixes the symphonic and orchestral parts of classical music, the festive and authentic parts of folk and Celtic music with the aggressive and energic parts of death / black metal, and that’s how the band started.
How did you come up with your band name?
The name of the band comes from two of Norse mythology’s iconic things mashed together: Valhalla and Freya, the goddess
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We’re from Canada, more specifically Montreal. The music scene is huge in Montreal, there’s a lot of variety! It’s great to have such an amazing scene locally.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is the music video for our song ‘Warlords’ from our last metal album “Promised Land”.
‘Warlords’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
We’re influenced by various styles like metal, but also classical music or folkloric music. We like bands like Wintersun, Septic Flesh, Ne Obliviscaris, etc.
What first got you into music?
The thing that really got me into music was metal! It’s the one style that made me want to start learning an instrument.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
There are so many bands that we would like to collaborate with, but being able to tour with a band like Septic Flesh or Dimmu Borgir would be amazing!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken is probably one of the biggest European metal festivals out there, so that’s the one I would choose. We think our music would be more popular in Europe than here because of the style we play, so a European Festival would make more sense.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
It’s not that weird, but I remember an overenthusiastic fan buying a round of drinks for the band while we were on stage, but it was pastis and no one liked it, so we pretty much all choked on it on stage haha!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you so much for keeping up with us, we can’t wait to play shows for you again! Meanwhile we’re writing our third metal album and we can’t wait to release it already.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
So many great rock stars left us recently, but my personal favourite would be Dio. He was an amazing vocalist and an amazing human!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
What I like the most is being able to play the songs that I love and being able to write my own music. What I hate the most is how much time is needed to do all of this and how little there is time in a day.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Unfortunately, I think that a lot of things about the music industry are wrong, but if I have to choose only one, I will choose to handpick every single toxic/abusive person and remove them completely from the industry.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
One of my many all-time favourite albums is “Midian” from Cradle of Filth.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
With a high quality analog recording, I’d pick the Vinyl, but for anything digital, I really love CDs (and still buy them).
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Personally, my best gig was opening for the amazing Carach Angren in Quebec City.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
My whole life revolves around music so it’s a hard question, but I recently discovered I like modelling so I think that’s what I would do.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
My amazing band mates would be the five people I would invite!
What’s next for the band?
We’re working hard on our next metal album, so considering the pandemic, that’s our main focus at the moment.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I had to google it to find out what this is haha! From the pictures, I would say it’s a biscuit.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for this interview, and please follow us on our social medias for our latest news!
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