Interviews: Evereal

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metal band, Evereal from Canada. 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? 

Nelson: The name is basically the rhetorical equivalent of crossbreeding -- like when you cross a Labrador Retriever with a poodle to get a Labradoodle. Steve was tossing words around that he thought sounded cool and ethereal. He liked the sound of “forever” and “surreal” and so he combined them into “Evereal” and it sounded like an actual word. A quick Google search revealed no one else was using that name because, of course, he had just made it up.

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

Nelson: For me it was a nice change -- and a challenge -- from what I had played most of my musical career, which was classic rock and hard rock. I was just so tired of playing in cover bands playing the same old stuff. So when I saw this ad for this band Evereal, which was looking for a drummer, I listened to their first album and I thought, wow -- this is really thoughtful, well-orchestrated stuff. I was thrilled when I got the gig. It’s a bit more challenging to play than standard rock, and I always did like progressive music. Steve’s music has these classical flourishes -- strings and piano and choral passages -- but with aggressive metal guitar, drums and bass underlying it all. I really love Nightwish and Within Temptation, and Evereal is kind of in that space, so for me it’s challenging and fun to play.

Alicja: Vocally and musically this is where it’s at for me. I can rock out and sing awesome melodies, you can’t beat that.

Steve: For me it was an evolution of style. I always wanted to utilize strings with heavier music but this was previously quite difficult. technology has allowed this to be feasible within the context of a small band.

Gord: It was different from anything else I’ve played. I like the mix of pianos, synths and chugging guitars.

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

Nelson: Alicja and I had actually been in another band together before we both joined Evereal. And Gord and Steve have been together for years. They played in a Rush tribute band together before forming Evereal.

Gord: I only knew Steve before the band was formed.

Steve: What they said.

4. Each band member favourite band? 

Nelson: Led Zeppelin.

Alicja: I think “Breaking Benjamin”

Steve: That’s a tough one….not fair…...but ultimately I have to say Rush.

Gord: Rush

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Nelson: A lot of the lyrics I write borrow heavily from what I read -- so everything from history to current events and classical literature.

Alicja: Sometimes just a word or phrase gives me an idea for a song or theme and then I try to develop that.

Steve: Inspiration comes from the strangest places. It could be a drum beat or guitar riff. The song “Veil” was actually inspired by the Looney Tunes old cartoon “Ali Baba Bound”.. Porky keeps singing this phrase in a stuttery middle eastern flavour which inspired the theme for the song. Couldn’t get the damn thing outta my head until I hit the studio and layed down the guitar tracks. That song came together very quickly for me thanks to Porky.

Gord: Seeing guys that I grew up with in high school doing very well in the music industry.(Devon Townsend)

6. Where was your last gig? 

Nelson: In the cloud. No seriously -- it was literally in the cloud. It was a virtual concert that we recorded in Mission BC for broadcast later.

Alicja: Yes and it was awesome. The project was filmed for the charity event Full Wattage to help raise funds for ALS and the Karl Watt Endowment Fund. People can tune in from anywhere with an online streaming pass.

Gord: Downtown Vancouver at a Fundraiser

Steve: Our live event filmed at MNET Media studios. It will avail for pay per view in March on Vimeo.

7. Where would you like to perform? 

Nelson: Wakken.

Alicja: I just looked up Wacken and have to second what Nelson said. That would be pretty sweet. For me also, it would be pretty sweet to go back to my hometown in Poland, Krakow or Warsaw.

Steve: Any of the larger festivals would be good with me. Germany, U.K., Poland, name it and I’ll be there. Gord” Festivals.

8. Whom would you like to perform with? 

Nelson: Nightwish.

Alicja: Evanescence, that would be a dream! Oooh and “In This Moment” Steve: Any band that is big in our scene and a great group of people. There’s nothing like playing with bands you admire and finding out they are great people you really have fun with. So...what Alicja said, Evanescence, within Temptation, Epica etc... 

9. Whom not? 

Nelson: Ritchie Blackmore. The guy’s a genius. A giant. But I’d rather watch him from a distance. Apparently he does not tolerate imperfection among bandmates.

Steve: BTS…. while they may be huge i don’t think their audience would dig our music.

Alicja: Good question...just anybody that is not good to work with really.

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

Nelson: When I was younger I did because I would go out on stage without being properly rehearsed, without warming up and, often, just a little too high. But I don’t drink or do drugs anymore, and I try to be well-rehearsed and always try to warm up with some rudiments before going on stage. If I start getting anxious, I practise square breathing. This is a breathing technique that Navy Seals use: it lowers your heart rate and reduces adrenaline.

Alicja: I for sure did and still do sometimes. I got over it by just doing it, and being PREPARED. So knowing my songs and lyrics and having a small back up cheat sheet with a few starting lyrics in case I freeze and BLANK on stage. Usually if I know the first word or so I’m fine.

Steve: Yes of course.Practice and be prepared and consider anything that could go wrong and have a backup plan. Like Gord says… pick someone out of the audience that is enjoying the show and interact with them to keep the energy up and minimize distractions.

Gord: Yes, when i was younger. Practice and stay confident. I also picked somebody I knew out of the audience and kept more focus on them.

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

Nelson: Rush. And not just because I’m a drummer. Neil Peart showed me that a drummer could not only contribute to the music by writing lyrics, but that those lyrics could be very literary. Peart was quite the bibliophile and his subjects can be quite literary. 

Alicja: I’ve been inspired by big vocalists of our time such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera for the first part of my life and when I fell in love with rock music it turned to Amy Lee, Lizzy Hale and such.

Steve: As a band I would agree with Nelson, Rush takes the cake. Musicality, lyrical content and longevity. As guitar players go, Lifeson, Rhoads, Howe, Satch, Belew, Fripp, Emmett were all early influences.

Gord: Rush, Iron Maiden (Epic bass player bands)

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

Nelson: To be introduced to one of the other guys in the band. Kind of ego-deflating.

Alicja: Hahaha I’m laughing at Nelson, I’m going to have to say...a ride home. LOL.

Steve: What happens on the road stays on the road. I plead the fifth on this question.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

Alicja: I think they are great and so nice to see them and chat with them! Hoping to be able to interact more with them on our social media pages, check us out! 

Nelson: It’s always humbling when you have people tell you they really like what you are doing. So fans are what keeps you going.

Steve: I am thankful for every one of them. These are the people that take time to listen to your music and come to see the shows so they deserve your full attention and best effort.

14. What do you think of our site? 

Nelson: Good, clean layout. Very navigable. And comprehensive. This is like the ultimate repository for all things metal. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Math Metal.

Alicja: I was going to say! I now feel educated with how many genres and sub-genres there are of metal music, so cool!

Steve: legit.

15. Something to add?

Nelson: I’d be interested to know what YOU -- Breathing the Core and its readers -- think: Is Evereal symphonic metal? Melodic metal? We kind of struggle with this. How would you classify us?

Alicja: We are working on tonnes of new music right now so please make sure to check out our social media pages for the latest and greatest!

Steve: I like the above comments...But we would love to see fans more interactive with us particularly on Social media. The more they inquire the more driven we become to deliver them content and answer their questions. so come to our pages and say hi and ask questions and interact with us! 

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