Interviews: Pridian

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metalcore/Modern Metal band Pridian from Estonia. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, did you plan it or came out just like that?

We were looking for a more unique name than our last iteration of the band, which was called AEONS. After having realized that there are a lot of bands with a combination of the word “aeon” in their name, we started looking for something more specific and easily identifiable. I think it was Laur, our vocalist, who found this word during one of his brainstorming sessions. The meaning behind the word pridian itself is “of or relating to a previous day or to yesterday”. I think this also kind of relates back to our previous band in a fun way, meaning that we did not forget where it all started.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I guess most of us just grew up being exposed to metal music from a very early age and that is usually how it goes. I also think that there is a certain kind of magical energy and mystery to the metal world, where the artists and music are quite ominous at times and everything you are hearing is not really obvious or clear at first listen. This keeps bringing us back to relisten and rediscover older songs over and over again, which in turn makes it very intriguing.

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

The short answer is no, we didn’t. The longer answer would be that, in Estonia, everyone knows each other within the metal scene. Robert (our drummer) joined the band through a forum back when we were still under our old name AEONS. Martin joined later when he discovered our first singles and hit us up when he wanted to get involved. We invited Laur as we felt he was the best fit for us after our last singer departed.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Laur - Static-X

Robert - Skrillex

Martin - Sleep Token

Jörg - Silent Planet

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We try to take inspiration from as many sources as possible, be it movies, books, other artists that we listen to, lore from the gaming world, or even just everyday life. Sometimes it’s just regular everyday stuff that just rubs you the wrong way, and putting riffs behind frustrations is very liberating and cathartic.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was a local show in Tallinn, Estonia in Club Tapper on 24.11.23. We played with cool local death metal bands. Whilst a little bit away from our genre, it went really well as we made a bunch of new fans.

7. Where would you like to act (play a show)?

Short-term, international festivals are something we are working towards. If we’re looking further out into the future, the main stage at Rock Am Ring or Download Festival seems appropriate. Plus Wacken & all the other great metal festivals.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

It would be awesome to share the stage with some of our favorite bands like 3Teeth, Spiritbox, and Silent Planet, however, it’s also cool being a bit of an outsider genre-wise in a line-up because that’s how you reach new audiences and meet new musicians with a different perspective on things. Collab-wise, there’s so much music we dig and it would be amazing to work with any inspiring artist/band, no matter the genre.

9. Whom not?

People who don’t use the turn signal on their cars.

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

All of us have experienced the feeling of stage fright at some point I am sure. It’s a very natural response when you step onto a stage with hundreds of people looking up at you. They say you should imagine that everyone in the crowd is naked - this didn’t work for us... However, what truly helps is if you feel proud and confident in what you’re presenting and who you’re presenting it with. Practice and experience are huge factors.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Each of the aforementioned favorite artists of ours is our biggest influence and inspiration overall. Each one brings a very different kind of aspect to our arsenal. All four of us listen to quite a handful of different genres and this in general brings a lot of varied aspects to our music.

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

There was this girl who wanted me to impregnate her. This did not happen.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We are very grateful and fortunate to have the support that we do in our small metal corner of the world and we thoroughly appreciate each and every person that has found some kind of interest and meaning in our music. Without the fans, we would still be writing this stuff in a basement somewhere.

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s great that you feature up-and-coming artists like us. Thanks for doing an awesome job and giving much-needed exposure to anyone trying to make a name for themselves!

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