Interview with Born Divided
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I’d probably be a construction worker. Always liked working on stuff around the house!
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I like to ride motorcycles and during my rides, I often have riffs that come to mind and it has often happened that I stopped on the side of the road and recorded my idea on my phone while singing the riff that popped into my head while riding.
How long has your band been around?
Born Divided has just seen the light of day a few weeks ago officially with our first album IMPENDING DOOM. We have been working together for 2 years.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We come from Quebec City in Canada and the metal scene here is very much alive. We had as a motivator several bands that succeeded here like Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, Get the Shot and many others. There are several local shows and international shows which attract many spectators. The scene is alive and strong in Quebec.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
We had “Divided” in mind because of the division we saw between human beings becoming more and more pervasive. During a meeting for the research of the name, I proposed Born Divided which was in connection with the division which often comes from the cradle. We all liked it and we adopted this group name for our band.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
With Born Divided we only had a single gig with Augury and Valfreya. But with my previous band Blinded By Faith, it was the show with Cradle Of Filth. I also loved our farewell show at RockFest Montebello in 2018 on the same bill as Rammstein.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
It is always pleasant to play at the Imperial of Quebec. The sound is incredible and the room is beautiful. Hoping to be able to play it soon.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
The biggest shows for me would be Symphony X, Haken and Lorna Shore. It seems to me that this show brings together all possible styles of metal and would be totally Epic.
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?
Always do what you love and don't try to play for what others will think. Just play what you feel like playing. If it works and your band explodes, fine, and if it doesn't, fine. It doesn't matter what the goal is and do what you love!
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Don’t eat too many donuts …
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I love The Scars That Unite Us because it shows the breadth of Born Divided styles. It goes from Melodic to Thrash…. To Death Metal… To Prog Metal…. Then it’s back in force with an Epic solo. Also, Maxim also shows the extent of his vocal talent in this piece.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
We love playing Human Masquerade and it's also the track for our first music video. At the same time, it is the piece that our fans know the most. It’s really fun to play with its IRON MAIDEN finale.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
The creative process comes from myself (Tommy) and Michael Beaudoin. For my part, when I compose riffs come to mind in connection with what I listen to at the moment. It's not uncommon to do a symphony X beat when I've just finished listening to one of their albums. We are constantly inspired by what surrounds us.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
We don't want to be a message band but just remind people that division is killing our humanity. If I had one message to say it would be this one…. Otherwise, well…enjoy life and have fun!
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
The problems will come with time but we have had a good team recently. We get to know each other and try to respect each other's differences as much as possible. Not always easy but the most important thing is to leave egos aside when you're in a band...
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Our goal for 2022 is to start talking about our band as much as possible and to introduce our music to as many people as possible. We are already writing the next album so that we can bring more songs to Born Divided fans. Stay tuned!
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Music Video – Human Masquerade -