Interview with EUTHYMIA
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
I believe it was for all of us a way to escape boredom first. Music offered a way to have a creative outlet from our teenage years to today, and to forge our identity as people. For that reason it’s kind of hard to say what we would be doing now without it…we all have day jobs aside from music because the current state of the music industry does not allow us to only live from it, but our lives would surely be less interesting without music
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
We are regular dudes, we like to go out, get a drink and have a laugh! On a creative level, movies and books in generals are major inspirations
How long has your band been around?
The band itself is quite new, as we have formed last year. But Vito (singer), Michael (lead guitar) and Matteo (guitar/synth) have been playing together for since they were teenagers.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are a band that has roots in France and Italy, two countries where rock music is unfortunately not currently dominant in the national music scene. Our countries have therefore had no value in our background, except in having invited us to a greater search for music that is more suitable for us.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Our name Euthymia (from the Greek word euthymia composed of eu- = good and thymos = soul) derives from the Greek concept of state of mind of serenity/tranquility opposed to the states of melancholia or mania that you can find in our songs.
We believe that in the end that is the state that our characters want to reach freed from their passions. So we thought it was a fitting name.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
Surely our best show remains the Rock Castle 2022 in the Czech Republic where we still played with our former name Men in the box
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
The Stage that we tread most often and that we currently prefer is the Rock Bar in Casal Velino , a Cult place on the Italian scene.
If instead we had to choose a specific place, we would love to play on the stage of the RockHall in Luxembourg.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Our ideal lineup includes would include bands like Tool, Porcupine Tree, Alter Bridge, Alcest and Jeff Beck
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?
Not to give up and believe in him and in his adventures, even if there are many obstacles, when you find the right willpower and the right band, even playing on big stages becomes possible.
For our younger selves, we would advise them to go out and play as much as possible, whenever, wherever.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Eunoya is the song that really defined the sound of the band and where we could go from that. It really is the blueprint of everything that came after.
Which songs are your favorite to play, and which get requested the most?
Acceptance and Eunoya are one of the tracks that stands out, Acceptance is a 7 min progression that brings you to different states, while Eunoya is the song that really defined the sound of the band.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
We do not have a magic formula, one of us can come up with a riff or a melody and we will build together around it, or it be can also full song, but in the end, we are all in our own way bringing some input.
Our lyrics derive from intrinsic research of the human psyche and self-awareness.
Each song is consequently a sort of inner monologue with still unknown parts of ourselves.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Our lyrics talk very explicitly about how important it is to empathize with ourselves and the people around us.
We would like our music to convey a message aimed at learning how strong or destructive emotions can be and how much power they can have over our lives and the lives of others by not internalizing them.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
It does happen, we are 6 people, and as much as we are trying to take collective decision, we sometimes butt heads with each other. The most important is too put aside our egos and do what is best for the band
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We are currently planning a small tour in France this summer, as well as some festivals. We are also recording our first Album that we want to release during this 2023.
So stay tuned, a lot of nice things will come!
Euthymia - Eunoya (Live)