Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life bring you an interview with apocalyptic blackened death metal band, I, Apokalypse.
1. Hello! Thank you for taking the time to chat to us. First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started.
We are I, Apokalypse from northern region of Quebec, Canada. We are a 4 piece band that are together for about 5 years and are all passionate about extreme metal music. The band started when the 3 (Minos,Amarük and Marthyn) reunited after a couple of years without playing together and Audeath joined us later. We had played together in past project, but we wanted to start a band with another energy. The goal was to play music that each and every member of the band would like, without compromise.
2. Someone comes to you and asks you to sum up what kind of music you play – what do you tell them?
We are a blackened death metal band who focus on delivering extreme, fast and violent music.
3. What’s currently going on in your camp? New releases? Tours? Etc.
We are pretty much back from the dead from the last 3 years. We started to do some live gigs in the last months and have a next one in September. We are starting to rehearse to record a single before the end of the year. 2024 will be a bigger year for us, we are planning to release new music, format not decided yet and for sure we are looking into playing live as much as possible during the year.
4. What has been the most positive experience of making music to date for you?
I would say it’s pretty much he contact with the people as much as other band than fans. It’s always special to make new friends because of the music. People that come to you to tell you how good your music makes them feel.. that is awesome.
5. Likewise, what has been some of the more challenging aspects and how have you overcome them?
For us, I would say is to get known outside our region. Since we are in a northern region far from bigger cities, we have to work very hard to get some live gigs there. The way we overcome right now is to deliver the best performance we can when we have the chance, so we can create a need for our music.
6. How do you handle the modern expectations of being in a band? Always online, having to put out content constantly, your success measured in likes and follows?
I’ll be honest it’s kinda hard. It’s very time consuming, on top of that we are not of that generation of social media so it’s not as natural for us than for other young people to be constantly online and posting stuff. Right now we are more on a learning curve and try to be present as much as possible, so it’s an ongoing thing.
7. What’s something that really ‘grinds your gears’ about the industry/business these days and what would you propose is done to combat it?
I would say the need for this social media grind and the race for likes. I think that you know, as a band if you got more likes you will get more chances with a big label and/or management compagny. But that doesn’t mean that you can deliver live..doesn’t mean that you master your art..your music.. That’s what it sad from my point of view. I think the industry should go back to the basics and focus on a band that can play their music and gives a good show. From there everything can just come as positive.
8. Speaking directly to listeners – what would you ask they do to help support your music?
Same as everyone I think, buy merch directly from the band, buy a physical copy of the album when you can or go on bandcamp to buy it. That is the best way to help us for sure.
9. Outside of the music, what’s do you do to relax?
I would say that, it may differ from some people in the band, but we are a couple in the band that likes gaming. It takes most of my free time.