Perseide [Musician Interview]

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Who inspired you to make music?

Julien (vocals / rhythm guitar): Before a being band, we were childhood friends. As we were teenagers, we were passionate about rock music and we dreamed about getting our own band. We were in high school when we saw a metal band play for a local event in our hometown. I remember myself being blown away by the energy that could be given by a band on stage. That was the moment we did “We want to do that”!

What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?

Adrien (lead guitar) and I usually write a basic framework that we propose to the other musicians. Then, they make musical arrangements to fit everyone’s taste and we play the song in rehearsal. Then we play it live, and if the song pleases the audience, we keep the final version for recording and drop it right to your ears!


What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?

The first single of our album, “Sell Yourself”, is a true love story because it was the beginning of a new chapter for the band with the release of our first album. It has a strong meaning for us because it deals with the paradoxical relationship that we’ve established with the screens. We love it as far as they allow us to keep in touch with our relatives, but we hate it when it isolates us. This song means that we have to enjoy life and stop focusing on the fake relationships that are brought by the screens.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

The shame is to be ashamed. We you give 100% on stage or on record, you don’t have to be ashamed, you have to be yourself, and enjoy, no matter if you don’t please everybody. The few ones you will please will enjoy with you and truly live the moment.

If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)

We understand the matter of this question, as food and drinks […] are really important for us too. I will answer: chocolate chip cookie (classic but inevitable).

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

As a (soon-to-be) twenty years old rock band, we have known the pre-Myspace era… At this time it was difficult for a band to share its music because you had to enter the music business by the big door. It was nearly impossible for a nonprofessional band to achieve a breakthrough… Nowadays, if you’re doing a good job, every music lover can enjoy it via the music streaming and you can reach a large audience if your music is awesome!


If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

More music, less deceptive appearances.

When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?

All that we want for our listeners is to enjoy. To feel free to love the music as we love it, no matter the style or influence. We have a lot of music influences and we always wanted to enjoy them together even if they could be contradictory. In a day of your life, you can be happy, sad, angry or crazy. The best way to live these emotions is to let them flow through you and to express them without holding back… That’s what we want to share with our music and live shows: you can be all these things at once and the music helps us to escape; even for the time of a song or a concert. Living and sharing this with our listeners to make them live these emotions with us to feel better is the more important thing for us.

What is your most recent project/upcoming project?

We just released our first album “The Only Thing” with a bunch of singles, which the last one is called “Siren In The Distance”. It’s a song about the feeling of fake reality that you can encounter when you’re high, or locked in the prison of social media… You can crave for more as far as possible, but the siren of reality will always sound in the distance… We share the message that happiness is possible to find in real life without fighting useless struggles. Some people are less lucky: seize the day!

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Check out my album review of ‘The Only Thing’ by Perseide for my thoughts on the band’s music!

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