Interviews: Omnivide

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Progressive Metal band Omnivide 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 plan it or come out just like that?

We were trying to find a band name that hadn't already been used and sounded cool/original, so we scratched our heads for quite a while. Eventually, we came up with Omnivide because in French, “omni” means the same thing as in English (totality/everything), and “vide” means void or emptiness. So put together, Omnivide means everything and nothing all at once, or the totality of emptiness if you prefer. Since our music goes from clean and quiet sections to grandiose and heavy riffs, we thought the name was fitting.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We’ve always been huge fans of death metal, prog (ranging from 70’s prog to modern progressive metal), and classical music/symphonic elements infused in metal, so we’ve essentially tried to put all of those musical influences together with this album. We love the freedom of expression that prog allows, and even though a lot of our riffs have a clear death metal sound, we don’t intentionally confine ourselves to that genre only.

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

Yes, we’ve all played together in other bands at some point except for our guitarist Nicolas and our drummer Marc-André. Some of the members played in an Opeth tribute band together, and local death metal bands such as Dischord and Malixiria.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Samuel Frenette (Guitarist & Vocalist): Wintersun

Nicolas (Guitarist): Obscura

Alex Cormier (Bassist): The Black Dahlia Murder

Samuel Lavoie (Keyboards): Symphony X

Marc-André Richard (Drums): Defeated Sanity

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We’re very much inspired by the infinite possibilities that the creation process brings - we’re all very imaginative people, and writing songs is a perfect vehicle to let out that creativity. We also want to write music that is unique, intense, and that people feel on a deep level, so the quest of achieving that combination in an album is something that will likely keep us writing more material for a very long time.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was in Halifax at the Radstorm, a really cool DIY all-ages venue. We played with Necrohol, Helsreach, and Johnny Deathwish to a crowd of roughly 75, so it was a really good show!

7. Where would you like to act?

We would love to play some bigger festivals shortly such as Gaspesian Metal Fest and Trois-Rivières Metal Fest in Quebec, or anywhere else really. We’d eventually like to go to the west coast of Canada, and the US, when the time is right.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

If we could pick any band, we’d love to play with some of the modern bands that we’re huge fans of such as Obscura, Wintersun, The Black Dahlia Murder, Inferi, or Rivers of Nihil. Those opportunities are definitely very far out of our reach right now of course, but we like to dream big!

9. Whom not?

That’s a difficult question… I suppose any band that really wouldn’t fit our sound?

The fans of any country or pop artist would likely not enjoy our music, so we’d avoid playing with any acts of those genres if that was somehow suggested.

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

Of course, we always get those jittery feelings before hopping on stage, but they do dissipate very quickly once we start playing. I think having practiced enough and being overall prepared for your live set so that there is no uncertainty helps a ton, the anxiety will probably be there regardless but at least you’ll feel confident at the same time and can remind yourself that you did the work.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

We’re inspired by the great bands that have certain aspects of the same kind of music that we aspire to write. Bands such as Obscura, Wintersun, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Opeth just to name a few.

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

That our music was good. Just kidding, honestly, fans have been pretty normal towards us so far!

13. What do you think of your fans?

Everyone who’s told us that they enjoy our music seems to really mean it, and we see the same faces at shows when we play in a city we’ve played before, and that means the world to us. Knowing that people genuinely enjoy our music is the most rewarding thing at the end of the day, and all our fans seem to be people who enjoy music on a very deep level just like we do.

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s a great place to find out about new & upcoming bands! It’s awesome to see a platform where artists can get some exposure and a foot in the door.

15. Something to add?

Thank you so much for the interview! If anyone is interested in our music, our first single Holy Killer should be out on all streaming platforms by the time this interview comes out, and our first album will drop on March 22. Follow us on social to keep up with the releases!

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