Interviews: ENDVS

We have had the opportunity to interview the Metal band ENDVS from Australia. 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?

Danny: The band debated the idea of rebranding and releasing the music we’ve been working on under a new name and press the reset button. The name came about through brainstorming ideas that were original and can relate to the music. 

Amir: The band name was decided after a lot of discussion in the band. We had 3 criteria we wanted to meet – Firstly, we wanted a name that was visually appealing as you tend to recognize band names. Secondly, we wanted a name that others wouldn’t typically come up with as with our previous band Anno Domini, there were many bands with the same name which made it incredibly difficult to break through. Lastly, we wanted the name to represent the music and ENDVS or “End-Verses" represents the finality of a creative vision, ending of the sound and all of the components coming together.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Amir: Metal is one of the most versatile genres with a large spectrum of styles, sounds, moods, colors, etc. The technical aspect was always one I admired metal musicians pushing the boundaries of what a person can do with an instrument. 

Andy: Metal has always been able to make me feel something from the very first time I heard it as a child. There are no boundaries to what you can create or express and it’s limited only by your imagination. As an art form, it requires skill, passion, dedication, and sincerity. It takes a certain type of person to be able to appreciate the intricacies and complexity of the music.

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

Danny: No, drummer Amir and Guitarist Danny have known each other since high school (2003)

Amir: Danny and I have known each other since high school and met Dan in the later years of high school, looking for a bassist to join our band. Andy we always knew in the metal scene, playing shows together while in different bands and always wanted to work with him to make music!

Andy: I crossed paths with these guys many times, either playing or attending shows. We always got along well and it still blows my mind that we ended up being together in a band.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Danny: Katatonia, Evergrey, Devin Townsend, Nevermore, Soilwork.

Amir: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Closure in Moscow, Pvris, Shadow of Intent

Andy: Too many to mention, but top 4 are Children Of Bodom, In Flames, Scar Symmetry, Metallica

Dan: Sentenced (RIP), Mors Subita

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Danny: Wherever my mood takes me, big fan of catchy hooks and memorable choruses but I write what comes naturally. Songs often come from simple ideas on the guitar and building and working on them.

Andy: Films, nature, emotions, dreams. Other bands and musicians of course, from all genres. Inspiration can and ideas can come from anywhere. I want people to have the same feeling that my favorite bands have given me over the years, so in a way, it is also about returning that energy back into the world.

6. Where was your last gig?

Danny: Wacken Open Air Battle which was February 2020.

Andy: A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away

7. Where would you like to act?

Danny: Any Summer European festival.

Andy: Finland, Sweden, Japan. Anywhere outside of Australia.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Danny: Inflames, Dark Tranquility, Scar Symmetry.

Andy: Maybe some bands from other genres too like Born Of Osiris or Killswitch Engage. Some variety could be nice.

9. Whom not?

Andy: Any band that could put me to sleep!

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

Amir: Everyone suffers from some bout of anxiety when on stage but that feeling wears off quickly once you start playing and the adrenaline kicks in. For beginners – My suggestion is to take a deep breath and zone into the music. Always great to have some type of intro before you play to amp you up. Don’t forget – stage lights a bright and most times you won’t be able to see the crowd anyways!

Andy: Yes! So often but the strange thing is that I tend to feel it more when there’s less people. The most important thing is to be well rehearsed. If you know exactly what you are doing, then you have nothing to worry about. Another useful trick for me is to look at the back of the room. It lets you stay focused without being distracted by something in the audience. It’s all about trial and error and everyone will learn through experience what works for them. Dan- I think it's useful to have a routine before you walk out on stage or something that can ground you and get your head where it needs to be. Before every show I have my own ritualized things I need to do and a brief 20 second zone out before “go time” which always helps steady any nerves from creeping in

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Danny: Inspirations are constantly changing although the one band that has inspired me the most throughout my musical career would be Katatonia.

Andy: Metallica was my introduction to heavy music as a kid but in the later years I would have to say Scar Symmetry. I love that they have so many elements to their music. Death metal and clean vocals, crazy guitar solos and synths. A sound that's both modern and traditional at the same time. Hard rock singers like Dio, Sebastian Bach and Jorn Lande as well.

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

Andy: We can’t say there’s been anything weird so far but who knows what the future holds?

13. What do you think of your fans?

Amir: We love our fans. We have had some crazy fans while in previous bands who got tattoos of our band logo, traveled crazy distances to see us play and blood pouring out of their faces from being in the pit going berserk.

Andy: It means a lot to us if our music can bring happiness to people. We are grateful and appreciative of everyone that supports us in any way or form.

14. What do you think of our site?

Amir: Super cool site! We are big fans of sites that help promote bands and get their music out there!

15. Something to add?

Amir: Stay tuned for a lot more coming from us, including our album launching on the 24 th of September call “Cessation”! We can't wait to share the album with everyone! Pre-Order "Cessation", out September 24th via Octane Records -

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