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Interview with All Life Ends
Hello there, nice to have you on Volatile Weekly! What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music, what would you be doing today?
Thank you for inviting me (David, vocals) to the interview. To the first question. I got into music through my parents. They listened to Vinyl records daily, to bands like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, etc. This music just fascinated me.
I bought my first Iron Maiden record when I was 9 years old. Namely Somewhere In Time. One thing led to another. I wanted to make music like this myself, but wasn't skilled enough to play an instrument, so I looked for other people who could do it. I can't even imagine not playing in a band. So it's not possible for me to answer this question, what would I do if I wasn't making music.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music, and how does that influence your creativity?
Besides music, I like to read fantasy or science fiction books. Or I continue to draw on my comic. I've been working on this since I was 16 years old. This is a never ending story. I'm interested in post-apocalyptic stories that involve different races and creatures. Because of these stories, I am certainly influenced when writing my lyrics. And I also like H.P. Lovecraft and the whole Cthulhu myth. Dies versuche ich dann auch in den Lyrics zu verarbeiten.
How long has your band been around?
At the end of 2006 I looked around for suitable people who shared my idea of making music. We've had a lot of line-up changes over the years, which has always set us back as the band has progressed. But currently we have a stable line-up since 2016.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I live in the country in a small town. Musically, this doesn't affect me either.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Since I'm a big At The Gates fan, I was influenced by the song ALL LIFE ENDS. As explained above, I like post-apocalyptic scenarios. With this name I imagine a devastated and destroyed world where the last survivors have to fight for their lives. That suits for me very well for a Death Metal band. But the name also has something final. Everything has an impermanence, everything will die, nothing is forever and therefore this is the only truth: all life ends.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
We just had the album release show for our 2nd album "Miscreation". The concert was just great. Many good friends and fans were there. So I would say that this concert will be remembered for a long time.
There were always shows that were incredibly fun. Be it with well-known greats like Belphegor, Thulcandra, Sinister and Enslaved or with local acts we are friends with, such as Requiem, Vomitheist or Disparaged. Each concert had its own potential to be mentioned.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Since Switzerland is a small country, the choice of venues is modest. Every location has its charm and advantages. Personally I would mention the Met Bar in Lenzburg and especially the Gaswerk in Winterthur, where we had our album release show. As a band we would like to perform in other countries. But there isn't one specific country that we really want to play in. As long as this is fun, it can be any place.
If you could play any show with any line-up, who would be on the ticket?
I would love to perform with Dissection in Sweden. Unfortunately this isn’t possible. Otherwise with Hour Of Penance and Hideous Divinity in Rome, Italy. That would be great.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
I would give the same advice to my younger self or someone just starting out in a band: pick the right people and stick to your own idea of what you want your band to sound like.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
That I'll quickly fire people who get in the way of the band. These people bring their problems into the band and prevent them from moving forward. It's just exhausting. It doesn't matter if they are very good friends or not. You have to have the courage to tell a friend that you don't want them in the band anymore. But that's not as easy as it sounds. Still, you have to do it if you want to take the band further.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I think the songs that suit each band member and are the most fun to play also have the most meaning for the spirit of the band. There aren't any single songs that have a special backstory or anything. For us, the new songs for the album "Miscreation" are particularly important. Because they present ALL LIFE ENDS best and we are also a little bit proud of it.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Again, I have to say that every band member has their own favorite songs. We like to play "Curse" or "How The End Begins" from the last album "The Plague Of Man". We like every single one of the new songs. So far we have only received positive feedback for "Pandemonic" and “Gardens Of Imperfection, the songs we’ve already released yet. So I think the rest of the songs on "Miscreation" will also be well received.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
On the last album "The Plague Of Man" Claudio (Guitars) did the riffs and a basic structure. We then sat down together in the rehearsal room and continued writing until we were satisfied with the song. With "Miscreation" the process was completely different. Claudio and I wrote the complete songs within a short time during the lockdown in Switzerland. The others then practically only had to contribute their part on their instrument. Although the others weren't that involved in the songwriting, they are (still) enthusiastic.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
We don't have a specific message that we want to spread with our music. In principle, everyone can and should think for themselves, express their opinion, as long as it does not harm anyone and can live as freely as it is possible in our system. This is the message: be yourself, but harm no one.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Of course there are disagreements between us. But since we all have some life experience, we can also solve the problems like adults. It's really uncomplicated with the band members. Everyone is a personality and has their own character. But we complement and support each other. Especially when making music. Everyone knows that you can rely on each other.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Our plan is that we can promote our new album "Miscreation" to get as much attention as possible.
Of course, concerts are also planned. We would like to make up for the mini-tour through Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany from 2020, which we were not able to carry out at the time due to the global pandemic.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?