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Interviews: Depraved Will

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Melodic Deathcore band, Depraved Will , from the Netherlands. Check out the interview and follow the 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 have spent quite some time coming up with a suited band name: our current name is the result of series of deliberations. Ultimately, we felt that the name Depraved Will is an adequate reflection of the general content of the majority of our songs. Moreover, it reflects in a sense the current state of society.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Tim: I always wanted to play heavier music, since instrumentally it’s quite challenging and therefore more fun to play. Besides that, I simply love this style of music! The blending of heavy music and melody is a perfect combination for me.

Niels: I myself am a really big fan of this genre. It’s also the one I get the biggest kick out off when playing or writing it. The aggression and technicality of this genre is just something that always appealed to me.

Reinier: Personally, I have always had a preference for the heavier genres of metal-music. For me, these heavier genres such as djent, metalcore and deathcore have way more to offer considering the more complex rhythms and techniques they use. Hence, I enjoy playing this genre most as I feel our music just has so much to offer and always challenges us in thinking of new instrumentals and vocals.

Rivelino: For me, it is because I simply love the heavier styles of music, it seemed like a perfect fit to me.

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

Tim: Niels and I played in a band before. When I started studying, I met some fellow musicians, among which Rivelino. Altogether we came up with the idea of starting a band, and naturally I asked Niels to join as well. After a period of writing music and some changes in line-up, we met Reinier whom responded to a flyer at the place we rehearse. After his audition we found him to be the perfect last piece to complete our puzzle.

4. Each band member’s favorite band?  

Tim: Shadow of Intent.

Niels: Gojira

Reinier: I do not have one favorite band, but I love August Burns Red, Betraying the Martyrs, Whitechapel, Meshuggah and Volumes.

Rivelino: At the moment I would probably say Shadow of Intent or Thy Art Is Murder.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Tim: Simply the joy I get out of making music together with some close friends. The ultimate dream is ofcourse to inspire people with my music the same way the people I look up to inspire me! Additionally, seeing some of my favorite drummers play really gives me a drive to get better at what I do.

Niels: All the bands that I’m a fan of inspire me a lot. I have always enjoyed the process of creating music with my bandmates, and as a collective to be satisfied with the result.

Reinier: In writing vocals I do not have one specific source that inspires me. Rather I come up with some general idea for a series of songs, like a theme, and I try and write a cohesive set of lyrics that meet this theme. I am inspired by Whitechapel, Carnifex and Parkway Drive when it comes to my technique of grunting and screaming.

Rivelino: Making music with close friends and just having fun while doing it.

6. Where was your last gig?

Unfortunately, we have only made our debut in early May and we were confronted with the COVID-19 outbreak in the Netherlands. Our initial plan was to follow up on this debut with a series of gigs. However, as soon as the opportunity presents itself, we will most definitely enter the stage. Up until then we will primarily focus on getting people acquainted with Depraved Will by maintaining our social-media and timely releasing music.

7. Where would you like to act?

For now we would already be incredibly thankful if we can enter any stage at all! However, our ultimate dream is to play our music throughout the Netherlands and possibly Europe, for instance, via a small tour.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Tim: Honestly a feature with any artist I look up to would be great! But if I had to pick it would be again Shadow Of Intent.

Niels: I would be happy with any opportunity, but to go on a tour or open for the bigger bands of this genre would be the dream for me.

Reinier: I feel like it would be an honor to basically feature any well-known artist in the scene, but if I have to pick one then I would love to feature Whitechapel, Meshuggah or Volumes.

Rivelino: To feature with any of the artists I look up and listen to, that would be a dream come true. If I really had to pick one, then I would love to feature Thy Art Is Murder.

9. Whom not?

I don`t think there are any bands which we pertinently do not want to feature. However, genre-speaking it could be that we would not want to feature in any genre that stands too far from our music.

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

Tim: In my early years for sure! The only thing I can really say is to try to keep calm and just do what you enjoy do on stage, and after some gigs you’ll feel the stage fright getting less every time.

Niels: Yes, but the most important thing is to be prepared and not to overthink, and if a gig goes bad then try to learn from it for future experiences.

Reinier: I have had my periods of stage fright in the past. I think one general point of advice would be that anyone who stands on stage should realize that a performance will look professional, despite you feeling like it is going bad and making mistakes. The audience does not know what it should exactly sound like and if you just focus on experiencing joy, then they will not notice any of the mistakes you might make. Just have fun, stand there primarily for yourself and try not to overthink things.

Rivelino: At first, I definitely had a lot of stage fright. My tip would be that you should try to keep calm and have fun when you’re on stage.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Tim: That would be Gojira. The musicianship within that group is simply incredible.

Niels: Gojira, Parkway Drive, Fit for an Autopsy, Thy Art is Murder. Besides enjoying their music, it also inspires me to see how they got where they are now. Especially Parkway Drive. Their documentaries are sick! Reinier: Considering my vocal-technique and sound I would say Parkway Drive and Whitechapel.

Rivelino: For me, those are Parkway Drive and Architects.

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

Unfortunately, we have not had the possibility of physically meeting any of our fans yet!

13. What do you think of your fans?

It is so amazing that on such a short period of time people are already listening to our material and staying in touch with our band page on Facebook. It is always nice to see people engaging and taking a liking into something that you as a group invested so much time into. We sincerely hope that people will keep enjoying Darkened Horizon and that they will like our future material even more! We appreciate every single person that has or will support our band!

14. What do you think of our site?

Breathing The Core is such an amazing platform, if not THE platform for local music. We are honored that you provide us with the possibility of reaching out via an interview. You are doing amazing work with the best of intentions!

15. Something to add?

We really appreciate your invitation to this interview within the first month of our band’s debut! We thank you once more and to anyone taking a liking in our music: stay tuned as much more will come soon!

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