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Interviews: Anthea

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Symphonic Metal band, Anthea, from the USA. 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?

Diego: Honestly, I wish the name was more thought out but it was a bit random. See, I had originally written some symphonic metal songs on the side for fun while I was playing in the band Cellador. I figured I should get the songs recorded, so I got some talented musician friends of mine, including our now drummer Peter Vasquez, and we put together a 4 song EP. When it was all done, I didn’t just want to just use my own name and instead decided to make a quick band name. I had been playing the God of War video games at the time which deals with Greek mythology so the name Athena came to mind. But I thought that was a little too on the nose so I went with Anthea instead. The whole thing was intended to be a one time EP however, Peter and I thought it would be fun to play these songs live, so we recruited some official band members, played our first gig in 2017 at the Whiskey a Go-Go in Hollywood, and thus Anthea was born.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Diego: I’ve been into metal and heavy music for as long as I can remember. I’ve also always been a huge movie buff and a fan of film score composers like Hanz Zimmer, John Williams, and Danny Elfman. In high school, I started discovering a lot of European bands, many from Finland, and I fell in love with the sound. Especially with symphonic metal, it felt like the perfect blend of heavy music and cinematic orchestral music that I loved. I played in a lot of local power metal bands but I always wanted to experiment with a more symphonic sound. That's why I created Anthea as a fun little side project, I never expected it to become what it is today. I couldn’t be more thrilled, this is the music that I have always wanted to play! I also couldn’t be luckier to have bandmates that are all completely on the same page when it comes to our collective taste in music, everything has been happening so naturally.

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

Diego: For the most part yes, we go way back! Peter and I actually had our own power metal band called “Ice Storm” back in high school. Marcos and Juan also had their own black metal band called “Harpokrate” at the same time. Back then, there was a huge underground metal scene in East LA. Every weekend there would be tons of house parties with local metal and punk bands playing in the backyard. Ice Storm and Harpokrate played so many of these backyard gigs together. Great times! Years later, we created Anthea but needed to fill the empty spot on bass. We put an add up on Facebook and Eric was one of the first to respond. He seemed like he could be a good fit so we invited him over to audition. What we didn’t expect was how naturally he fit right in with the group. It was like we had all known each other for years. He also learned the material impressively fast, we knew immediately that we didn’t need to hold any more auditions.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Diego: Nightwish

Peter: Angra

Marcos: Blind Guardian

Juan: Evergrey

Eric: Ramstein

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Diego: It could be any number of things. It could be a sudden lyrical inspiration while at the top of a hike, an interesting piece of art, books, movies, something that has just been on my mind that I want to express musically, or a random melody popping into my head while doing something mundane like washing dishes. When I feel like I have something that has potential, I will sit down at my home studio and demo a full song before sending it off to the rest of the band where they can expand on their parts (making the bass more interesting, adding a guitar lick, etc.). Lyrically I tend to write about either personal experiences or just a topic that I personally find interesting.

6. Where was your last gig?

Diego: Our last gig before everything shut down was at a spot called Bricks Rock Bar in Maywood, California. It was actually a really awesome show! The crowd was amazing, and we were able to get some great footage that you may just see in an upcoming music video. That was our one and only gig of 2020 and we’re glad we were able to go out on a high note! We can’t wait to be able to perform again in 2021!

7. Where would you like to act?

Diego: We would love to play all over Europe and Japan someday!

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Diego: We all love so many of the European bands. Nightwish, Epica, Sonata Arctica, Wintersun, we could go on all day!

9. Whom not?

Diego: Honestly, just anyone who’s going to be a complete nightmare to be with. We’re lucky to be able to get to do what we’ve always dreamed of, don’t spoil the fun for the rest of us.

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

Diego: Oh we’ve all suffered from stage fright! I remember the first time that I ever got on stage, my leg just wouldn’t stop shaking! Everyone was a beginner once. Just keep in mind that you’re doing what you love with your friends on stage. Have fun, don’t take things too seriously, enjoy these moments with your friends, and play the hell out of that song!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Diego: It depends on how far back we’re going. For this project in particular, definitely bands like Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Adagio, Kamelot, and Devin Townsend. But it definitely started with bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth and all of the legends.

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

Diego: Probably the time that a fan asked Peter for his sweaty shirt after a show. I honestly have no idea if he actually did, I’ll bring it up on our next zoom happy hour!

13. What do you think of your fans?

Diego: The fans have been incredible! They have really shown us a lot of love at our live shows! Some of them have even hung out with us after gigs and they are always some of the coolest down to earth people you’ll ever meet.

14. What do you think of our site?

Diego: It’s honestly really cool! I love discovering new bands and the site seems like a pretty awesome tool to do that. I like the fact that you include so many niche sub-genres on the sidebar so you can easily find something new in the style that you're into. Also, you can get to know more about the band than you would have if you just heard a song on some random playlist.

15. Something add?

Diego: Just want to send out a huge thank you to the fans for all of the love, all of our friends and family for their continued support, and our label Rockshots Records for everything they’ve been doing for us. And of course to you and Breathing The Core for having us. We hope you’re all staying safe out there, see you in 2021! Answered by Diego Valadez of Anthea

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