Interviews: Self-Deceiver

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Blackened Death Metal band, Self-Deceiver from Colombia. 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?

The band name came from the song Selfdeceiver (The Purest of Hate) by the Swedish Melodic Death Metal band A Canorous Quintet. We liked the name because we think it is an expression of human existence to deceive yourself constantly to find meaning in life.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We both enjoy metal music, but we also listen to bands like Pink Floyd and Deep Purple. To be more specific, Jorge listens to Heavy Rock, Groove, Thrash Metal, and Florida's Death Metal (more riff-driven metal) while Sergio is more of a fan of Scandinavian Black and Death Metal (lots of atmospheres), then it was clear to us that we wanted to play metal so we combined our tastes given our skills as musicians. We never thought of a “target” genre or a particular style, we think music is an intimate expression of being, and our way of creating music is just to grab the instruments, start playing and experimenting, and let what our mind express itself through music. The result of this unconscious process is generally heavy melodic and dark musical pieces, that characterize us as blackened, melodic death metal bands.

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

Yes, we have known each other for a long time since we were College classmates and back then we used to spend quite some time listening to music and drinking. 

4. Each band member's favorite band?

It’s difficult to pick one so:

Jorge – Sepultura, Pantera, Dimmu Borgir, and Behemoth.

Sergio – Enslaved, Dissection, Rotting Christ, and Mörk Gryning.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We get inspired by listening to a lot of music, both new releases that surprise us and bands that we used to enjoy and were forgotten for a while, then when we pick them up again and they inspire us so much to write music.

6. Where was your last gig?

Self-Deceiver has never performed live. First, we have concentrated on writing, rehearsing, producing, and recording Across The Styx, so now we are planning how our live performances would be since we are only two members and for the moment we intend to continue like this. In March or April 2023, we hope to start performing live shows.

7. Where would you like to act?

W:O:A of course is the dream we guess. But to be more open, we would like to have the opportunity to perform at any location where people enjoy our music and want to see us play live.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

There are many musicians with whom we would be interested in collaborating, but the truth is, we haven't thought much about it so far. It will be an honor to have the opportunity to play with Andreas Kisser from Sepultura since we like to play a Sepultura Cover in our rehearsals.

9. Whom not?

We do not have a specific name at this time.

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

We have played live with our other band In Veins. We believe at the beginning of each presentation there always be nerves and anxiety (due to technical and psychological factors), however, the first presentations of a band are the most difficult, thinking about not making mistakes and hoping the people will respond to your music. We would say the best way to deal with that is to rehearse hard and to stretch and breathe properly before you enter the stage (some people chew gum also). Once people respond to the first song, enjoy!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Nowadays we could say we are inspired by Sepultura, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, Enslaved, Emperor, Burzum, Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Gaerea, Mgła, Kreator, Dimmu Borgir, Dissection, Windir, Mistur, Mastodon and Pink Floyd, among many others in no particular order.

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

We are just starting out, and so far there is not much to tell in this matter

13. What do you think of your fans?

We are lucky enough to have people around the world who have listened to our album and send us feedback on the songs they liked and gotten in touch with. We hope when we start playing live these people and many others come and enjoy our shows and be able to have contact with them in person.

14. What do you think of our site?

It is a very well-organized site, It is notorious for the dedication put into it. We believe that any site dedicated to exploring, reviewing, and presenting the musical movement around the world has our admiration and gratitude. For us as a band, it is very motivating to have these opportunities to put our music out and to know that there are people who support emerging bands from anywhere in the world.

15. Something to add?

We appreciate your dedication and the excellent website you have developed, we also appreciate the opportunity to present our album Across The Styx album to your readers and visitors. We hope you like our material and keep track of us!

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