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Interviews: The Altruist


In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Metalcore/Djent/Electronic band The Altruist from Canada. 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? 

We were first called Disroot, back with our original singer. When he left the band, we decided to change, but didn’t really know what we wanted. It took quite some time before we came up with the word Altruist. The word sounds nice and we all connect to the concept of altruism. It also feels good to have a metal band that isn’t related to the stereotypes of death, violence or other abstract dark themes. Even though some lyrics can indeed seem darker, they always connect to altruism.

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

It hasn’t really been a choice. We just create music that we like, inspired by our backgrounds and preferences. To the root, we’re all metalheads, but are all inspired by all sorts of other genres. Our songs generally have a more pop structure, electronic landscapes and moods. We like mixing that with the metal genre. Metal has this intense energy that just lifts the whole thing up. It makes everything more contrasted and powerful.

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

Kind of. Jay used to play in a prog band with Frank between 2008-2011. Maurice was in our friend circle for years. Sergio and Jeremy got in the band later when we were looking for band members. Jeremy was actually found on YouTube with his Sumerian audition for the band In Motive (https://youtu.be/32K64w13JkM)

4. Each band member favourite band? 

Jay : Periphery, David Maxim Micic, Karnivool
Maurice : Polyphia, Architects
Sergio : System of a Down, Tesseract, Karnivool
Jeremy : Bring me the Horizon, Architects, While she Sleeps
Frank : Periphery, Veil of Maya

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

New music that we discover, random melodies/rythms that can sometimes inspire full songs and just whatever that strike us in our day to day. Creating music that we like and pushing our ideas collectively is a great accomplishment. People's response to our music is a great inspiration as well.

6. Where was your last gig? 

We played in Jonquiere, Canada with the Slipknot tribute band « Maggots » and Sever the Voices. Great party!

7. Where would you like to act? 

Open for touring bands that we like. Play the big festivals of our area like Heavy MTL and Amnesia Rockfest

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

Any of the bands mentionned above. We want to reach out to fans of those bands that inspire us.

9. Whom not? 

Can’t think of anyone we wouldn’t want to play with

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

There's always a bit of stress before going on stage. Being scared that some equipment breaks, that something doesn’t go as planned or that you screw up some parts. In the end, it’s about being as prepared as possible and roll with whatever happens. Being able to adapt to the situation is very important.

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

All the bands stated above but Periphery and Tesseract are probably the biggest influences of the band. Great riffs, clean vocals and some electro, more modern aspect, to spice it up.

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

Nothing weird so far!

13. What do you think of your fans? 

Getting their feedback is the greatest thing ever. People who express their like for our music pushes us to continue and provide even better content. They are fabulous!

14. What do you think of our site?

Great platform for small bands to get exposure. Presentation is clean and the music featured is great! 

15. Something add?


We're currently wrapping up the recording of our debut EP « Aegis » planned to be released during Spring 2019. Our first single « No Guiding Light » is coming out very soon! Thanks a lot for reaching out to us and we wish you success in the future!

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