Hi! Tell me about Prismeria. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Prismeria was born in Lyon, France and its composed of five members (Cyril, Leny, Nicolas, Alexandre, Benjamin). Prismeria is the very first metal band of each members with the very first band experience for three of us. We are all beginners into metal music. We are a band where each member have very different influences. Our project is to make songs that will mix all these influences. The goal for us is to create songs that sound different between them and where you can find different kind of metal music into one song. “Prismeria” is a name with the word “prisme” in the root of the name. The prisme is an object that separate the light into all its components. We symbolize the light as the band made of different influences (the components) and we also symbolize the light as a song made of different kind of metal music (the components). The “prisme” is the link between each other and the genesis of our music.
“Lost Individual Thoughts” album was released last year. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We are very proud of it as a band and personally! It’s our very first EP and our first step into the music world. Since the beginning of the band, it was important for us to validate the work we did. This EP represent what we were at a moment of our life. Now we are elsewhere making something different. It’s like travelling into the world of metal music. We don’t want to change what we were. We are moving all the time into this world and, sometimes, we put a part of that stuff on a record. We want to inject some freedom into our music. We don’t think about category or classification just the liberty to make the music that we want at a time.
Tell me more about “Lost Individual Thoughts”? Album ideas etc…
It’s an auto produced EP, self-recorded but mixed and mastered by the talented Thibault Bernard from Convulsound Studio. It’s a 6 tracks EP including an instrumental track and a bonus track. In this EP, we approach different thematic. A lot is about violence. Physical violence which is really present into our world in different form: war, drugs, sexual harassment etc… However we are not here to say too much about our opinion. We just tell some stories then, it’s for the listener to inquire and make is own opinion about the subject. For M.O.A.B, which is the instrumental track (so no lyrics ah ah), it’s the story of a bomb (M.O.A.B) which fall on a bunch of people somewhere. Just this moment: the beginning, the impact and the following. At the end the survivors expect life, but M.O.A.B is a mother and all of her children’s follow her.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
We take inspirations from Thrash, Death and Core music. We are all influenced by the old and the modern metal. We make or own food with that. For the lyrics we just have to open our eyes and see.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Prismeria’s sound?
An attempt of transcribing what we are on a record with the will of sharing this effort with the crowd in smiling.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We have never stopped working. When we finished recorded our EP, we were already working on our first album, even if our first EP wasn’t released yet. At the moment, we continue working on this album and we plan to enter studio in July. We want to keep the crazy train at its maximum speed.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
It’s very difficult to put a genre or a famous artist on Prismeria style and this is what we want. We are the children’s of 50 years of metal. It’s so hard to say.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
A guest is a good idea but we have not finish making music between the 5 of us. We have to go deeper into the world of metal music together before thinking about a guest.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
To be honest, we are beginner in this world and we have everything to learn to increase our audience. We worked as hard on promoting our music as to create it. We promote our music into webzines and we started a collaboration with a promoter named “Grand Sounds Promotion”.
Also, we know we have to deal with the numeric world throughout streaming platforms as we have to deal with promoters to increase our audience. Any advices are welcome!
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Music takes a very big part in our life. A hobby and a passion. Then we are 5 with our own personality. So, it involve in disorder: sports, science, literature, video games, travel, volunteering, gardening, procrastination and love! So much love haha!
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes, despites big sacrifices we do every day, we know what we want, and we are strongly supported. It’s hard but we hold up. Also, the first great returns we have from professionals of
music push us to keep the philosophy we created.
How’s the metal scene in France right now due to all those strikes etc? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
About the strikes, they don’t impact the world of music as an obstacle. I mean we don’t see that.
Our economic system much more. Making music as a cost. So the first problem is money if you are not ready to put a minimum of X000 to X0 000 euros (as a band) each year for the material, touring, clip, recording etc…it’s hard to do something serious. So there is a selection between people which have money since the beginning and the rest. A credit? Right now a credit reason as a guillotine. Equality as a beginning it’s not a fact. So you have to make it by your own. A lot don’t have this chance. For us we are on a tightrope.
You can play gigs today, there is some goods places alive and well for local bands (if you go to Lyon in France you have to check the “Rock’n’Eat” fever). However right now the state tightens its politic about standard and shut down a lot’s of places. You still have the big scenes but for local band: we have to emerge first. So you can see competition between bands. Then association, manager make the decision about the winner…We let you imagine what can happen here.
Buying records today? You can find some everywhere, but we think people are more on Youtube, Spotify and streaming platforms right now. We don’t say it’s good or bad. It’s a fact. Today, for a band, selling CDs is hard.
In 2020 making music is tough, you have to be strong and believe in your sound. We do and we will.