Interviews: Breaky Boxes

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock  band Heruin from France. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Well Breaky Boxes stands for “Broken Boxes” actually. With this name we wanted to show people how to think outside the box. That's why we turned “Broken” into “Breaky”. For us, it is really important to break the codes and find your own way to go forward, indeed there is no such thing as a universal path in life. At least, this is how we feel about it!

I won't say that we really planned it, but it surely didn't come just like that. We wanted to be as meaningful as possible with the less words possible, then “Breaky Boxes” came out.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Folk music is for us the best way to express life as we live it, and let go everything that can bring you down for a minute. We've been listening to bands like Mumford and Sons, Needtobreathe, or guys like John Mayer for a long time now, and there is nothing compared to the emotion they can share. Our goal is not to copy what is already made but to share something beautiful with the people. Folk music is the key to this amazing bound we can create with a crowd.

3.Did you know each other before the band was formed?

We all know each other since high school and university. It became obvious that we needed to play music together, and this, really quickly. When we talked about what we wanted in life, and how we felt about music, we wanted to try something together. We met to rehearsal and then we never left each other. It's a true story about friendship, and even “chosen brother ship”. Indeed, when you choose your brothers, there is something really strong in that particular bound.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Jeff (lead voices, acoustic guitar, piano, kick): Needtobreathe and John Mayer

Valentin (back voices, electric guitar, mandolin, tambourine): Queen and Led Zepellin

Brice (back voices, bass, tom bass, harmonica, keys): Mumford and Sons and Linkin Park.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We always feel more honest when we talk about things we actually live. We mostly talk about what we go through as a band, and as three young men around 25. The idea of travel is a big thing for us, because we spend a lot of time on the roads, touring. We talk about the moments we can share, the people as well, people who support us every day, the close ones and even the ones who just send us lovely messages on our social media. The main theme of our songs are the travel and the brotherhood we feel when we live and play music together.

6. What bands have inspired you the most?

Mumford and Sons is our biggest influence for sure. We really try to keep our touch on our composition, but it is certain that unconsciously, we tend to sound a little bit like this kind of band. Like I said before, we are not trying to copy something that already exists. We try to put a little more modernity to folk music as we know it by adding some keys on it. We also use the drum kick almost like an electro kick.

Anyway, Mumford and Sons is an example for us, and it would absolutely amazing if one day, we could work with them. Who knows? Let's think outside the box...

7. Where was your last gig?

Last time we played was for a contest in order to win the chance to play on the Europe Stage of the Sziget Festival this august. A contest that we actually won, which is amazing for us. To play in this festival is pretty much a dream coming true and seeing everyone trusting us to do something great there, is one of the best things that ever happened to us yet.

8. And your biggest one?

A few weeks ago, we were announced on the first big festival of the band's history, the Imaginarium Festival. We played on an enormous stage in front of two thousands of people. The mood of the day was filmed by our video guy, Edouard Lefort, and turned into a video clip by our bassist Brice which is called “I Feel Good”. No need to tell you how big our smiles during this show were!

9. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

None of us ever suffered stage fright. We may be a little anxious sometimes when we play in big venues but nothing that we can't overcome. Pleasure always come first, along with adrenaline, and we love being on stage. Since the beginning of the band, we are touring pretty much all year long. This is something really important for us. Meeting the people who follow us and sharing a great moment with them is precisely the reason why we do what we do.

10. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

A kind once asked Brice to sign his Iphone case... We stared at his parents for a while and everything seemed normal for them, so we did sign the case.

Also, when we are playing, people always asks for Jeff's hat, which he never gave!!

11. What do you think of your fans?

More and more people are getting concerned about what the band is doing. More and more are following us every day and seeing that our music can mean something to this people is the greatest gift they can ever offer us. We feel really grateful to know that some of them are willing to help us to make it to our dreams, this is seriously amazing...

12. What do you think of having a website?

Well in this days it is really important to be able to show everyone who you are and what you are doing. And you have to make it easy to everyone to access to your music. Everyone wants everything as fast as possible. A website is a great tool to give what people ask for, our music, our pictures, our touring dates, our videos... It feels like we managed to do something creative and fun for people to discover us as a band.

13. Something to add?

We wanted to thank you for the attention you're giving us by writing this article. Music is a big circle made of sharing. We share our music and a piece of our heart to people, people share their joy and support with us. And you make the sharing bigger by talking about us, so for all of this, thank you!

We hope to see you and the readers as soon as possible at a future gig, maybe share a great moment all together.

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