Interview with eOn
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
(Kader, lead guitar): For each of us it is first of all the passion for music through the instrument itself, then when we started (we were teenagers) and well just to imitate our idols, then you get carried away and playing music becomes vital. If I wasn’t a musician I’d be a weightlifter or a sports shooter, but anyway we’re not professional musicians like most underground metal artists. I am a physics chemistry teacher in everyday life, only our drummer "Ranko" Nicolas Muller is, he produces records, he is one of the best French extreme metal drummers so he makes the mercenary for other musical projects, He used to play in Svart Crown, and if he wasn’t a musician, he’d be a wrestler. Flo au chant has a company for which he makes clips for artists quite famous in France, Romain the bassist mounts turrets on warships, and Olivier the second guitarist works in computer security.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
(Kader, lead guitar): Like I said I just like to do sports shooting and athletic strength, as music brings me serenity and balance in life. Spending time with my family simply, having experienced very difficult moments in my life, I now know how to appreciate simple things but of immeasurable value. So even if my music is vehement brutal and rebellious, it remains basically optimistic.
How long has your band been around?
(Kader, lead guitar): It’s a 20-year story, a real friendship story, it started in high school, partying imitating Sepultura, Pantera, Slayer.
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
We are from the south-east of France, we live on the Mediterranean coast, the local scene in our region is very prolific, this is a region with so much diversity, but also a history rooted in that of humanity, so I think it has just brought us our openness.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
(Kader, lead guitar): It came just like that, I was drinking a whisky with the first singer in his house, he was really older than me and a fan of Overkill, and at that time I was a student in physics and chemistry. On this occasion he made me listen to a track of an album of Overkill, there is a sound transcription of experiments that took place in a particle collider, and from there came the elements of noise: eOn
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
(Kader, lead guitar): The last big one, Marseilles opening for Sepultura, because I remember back in secondary school with my walkman and my Chaos AD cassette or seeing them on TV and suddenly 20 years later open for them but it’s just a crazy thing in my life.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
(Kader, lead guitar): A place focused on rock and metal "La scène Michelet" in Nantes, a great place that unfortunately closed after the covid, it was great because the show was upstairs and the bar downstairs so people just came in droves on a regular basis and people if they felt like seeing the show paid their way downstairs and went up to the live, and so you had great after shows after the live.
For us, it would simply be the Hellfest that we want to play, because we are French, and the French public considers that you are recognized when you participate. It reminds me that at the beginning it’s called the fury fest and in the promo booklet we talk about our first record so it would be a nice loop.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
(Kader, lead guitar): eOn opening for Carcass / Madball / Napalm Death / Hatebreed / Pantera. The crazy show for us.
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?
(Kader, lead guitar): Really make the music you like and surround yourself well, don’t blame others if it doesn’t work, because there’s really no rule. Always indulge yourself and work your instrument enough to serve your music.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
(Kader, lead guitar): I don’t really know because there’s not one song but just a kind of « best of » because on stage those songs really match between us and the public.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
(Kader, lead guitar): those songs: Heads On pikes / Come Down / Legacy Of Shame
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Flo (singer): We compose old-fashioned, local ideas of riffs or drums and we jam, everyone participates.
Ranko(drums): It starts from a riff, then we assemble it in the rehearsal room, like in the past times. Not that much drum programming, and zero Guitar Pro. Then we record everything by ourselves in my studio.
(Kader Lead Guitar): It’s so vast; it ranges from personal experience to collective experience through the news, but also from fiction films or nightmares... Musically I am a real sponge I listen to everything as long as there is guitar with retro or modern distortion.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
(Kader Lead Guitar): Be crazy, do not be afraid, lead the life you want to live, turn off the media that stress you to better manage yourself as you manage a herd, those who are at the controls that they go fuck themselves.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
(Kader Lead Guitar): Nothing important, is it? No? Simply that we are sincerely a bunch of friends that we are all aware of playing with great musicians in addition, as far as I am concerned I feel like I am in the best "metal" team in the world.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
(Kader lead guitar): Right now we play the promo game while continuing to work on the clips of the EP that has just been released and finished writing the one to come. We now understand that the release of a record is just the beginning of the artist’s work.
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