Interviews: Valfreya

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Folk Metal band, Valfreya 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?

Given the type of music Corinne wanted to write, she used two of Norse mythology's iconic things and mashed them together: Valhalla and Freya, the goddess.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Corinne listened to a lot of folk metal back then and really wanted to play that kind of music, just with a more aggressive undertone to what was made at the time.

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

We did not.  Daniel knew the old drummer (Guillaume) when he joined but that's it.

4. Each band member favourite band?

None of us has that one favourite band.  We like many different bands and it'll change if you ask us again in the upcoming 6 months to a year.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We just love playing music and writing is a part of that.  We like to exchange ideas and mix and match our different influences to create something as unique as we can. Collaboration is a lot of fun and takes us to places we never thought we'd go.

6. Where was your last gig?

Quebec City for the Festevil, back on March 7 th 2020.  Pandemic oblige.

7. Where would you like to perform?

Anywhere in Europe would be awesome!  We've done our country of Canada and some parts of the USA.  Our next dream is Europe and then, who knows?

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Sceptic Flesh, Brymir and Wintersun are names that come to mind.

9. Whom not?

Well, that list would be way too long.  Meaning, we like to play with bands that fit our style of music, at least a little bit.  If we're playing with a Metal Core band, for example, the fit is not at all the same and the audience might not like it as much, depending on who they came to see first.

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

Yes, I did (Daniel).  First few shows, I was shaking so much I had a hard time playing my guitar properly.  As for advice, I would say: Don't give up!  The more shows you play, the more “at ease” you will get.  It does get easier.  And, one thing that has helped me, is reminding myself I will have a lot of fun once on stage.  Because, we're doing this because it's fun in the end, right?  Oh, and, own your mistakes and live to learn with them.  We all make mistakes while playing, sometimes really bad ones.  Try not to sweat it and keep going.  I know it's harder to say than do, but it's worth remembering.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

For the band in its entirety, Moonspell, Wintersun, and Equilibrium.  On a more personal level (Daniel), I would say Dimmu Borgir, Death, and Metallica are probably my biggest influences.

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

You should ask Corinne, but I am not sure that you really want to know. 

13. What do you think of your fans?

We love them!  We often see familiar faces and the crowd and some of them told us their stories and how our music has changed/saved their lives.  You never realize how much of an effect your music can have on other people.  Of course, not every fan has a “life-changing” experience and that's perfectly fine.  It's just, humans tend to link music or songs to events in their lives: fun times, sad times, people we were hanging out with, people we miss, etc...  We get some emotional attachments from certain songs and albums and I find that's awesome.

14. What do you think of our site?

A good way to share the news with the public! 

15. Something add?

If you enjoy Valfreya's music, please follow us on Facebook to get some news and let us know your favourite song/songs!  We like to hear from our fans. If you really like a band (and that's any band) and have been listening to an album for free and enjoy it, please support the band by buying some merch or physical/digital copy of CD (ideally directly from the band if possible).  It'll help them in continuing to bring you enjoyable music!!  I know it's easier to take everything for free but keep in mind most bands put a lot of money into an album to make it sound good for YOU, the public.  An album can easily cost from 4k to 20k or more.  Think about it!

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