Hi, Voidhaven. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Simon: Hi, greetings from Hamburg. After the release of our debut EP, we are currently writing and rehearsing new material for a full length. Some stuff is already finished, but overall, we are still at the beginning of that process.
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
Simon: Alright, we are Voidhaven from Hamburg in northern Germany. Our band consists of five people and we play Doom Metal with some Death Metal elements. You should
check us out not only, but especially resulting world weariness. Sort of a classic doom topic.
How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
Simon: We can gladly say that the overall response was positive until now. But there could still be a little more publicity for the EP. As for new songs, like I said at the beginning, they
are in the making.
When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
Marcos: We played our first gig October the 4th in a place called Bambi Galore in Hamburg, Germany. It was a honor to share the stage with Hamferð from the Faeroe Islands and Egonaut from Sweden. Playing live is always the main drive that connects us as musicians.
What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
Phil: I did not know that this band already had success. Simon, where is my fucking money??? Haha!
Simon: Like every successful rockstar I already spent it for useless debaucheries, haha.
OK seriously, since we are just at the beginning and haven’t had that much impact or success yet, I understand that question as a more general one. As such it is a complex
question, which I have no final answer to. But I think, investing the right amount of work and money in songwriting and a good production to fit the style you are playing is one part.
Building a network with contacts to other bands, promoters and bookers to be able to play supra-regional gigs is another. Finding a good label and/or promotion agency and
distribution is a third. But in the end, even if you do or have all those things, luck still is a huge factor for success.
Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
Simon: Oh yes, several! Although not with Voidhaven, but with one of my other bands. For example, we were playing a show in the Netherlands and this gig seemed to be cursed
somehow. It started on the way, where our van broke down and we had to continue with a much too small rental car, stacking our equip on our laps. During the first song of the gig,
the beater for the bass drum broke and it took some time to fix it. Fortunately, our singer could bypass the time by intoning Maiden’s “Wasted Years” with the crowd singing along.
When we could continue, during the next song, an overhead mic from the drums fell over and crashed just inches besides me. Some minutes later, the other one fell over too, hitting the singer in the head. In hindsight it is funny, but in the very moment it was absolutely not.
Phil: I remember a show where some part of the drumkit broke down, and to fill the time, I asked the audience if someone could tell a great joke. A guy jumped onto the stage,
grabbed the microphone and started slurring out anti-semitic jokes. We had to grab the mic away and push him off the stage. Definitely not a good idea on my behalf.
If asked to differentiate Voidhaven from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
Phil: There might be quite a few Doom bands, but this style we are approaching is actually extremely rare here. I could not spontaneously mention another German band which has a
very similar sound to Voidhaven (unlike in other countries). We also look prettier than most bands.
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
Simon: Although we all listen to a more or less broad range of music, I think that for Voidhaven the bands that leave the most traces in our sound obviously are other (Doom)
Metal bands. But on “The Floating Grave” for example, at least for my ears, there’s also a little Folk touch. In general, being influenced almost always happens unconsciously. It’s not
as if you sit down and decide “OK, let’s make this song sound like XY”.
My favorite contemporary band from Hamburg are perhaps our mates from B.S.T. They play a cool mixture of traditional Doom and Crowbar-like parts garnished with german
lyrics. I also like some classic “German Metal” from Hamburg like the middle period of Running Wild.
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
Marcos: Since we all have different tasks and jobs in our daily lives, we try to book gigs as far in advance as possible, so that everyone can arrange their schedule.
Simon: I have to admit, that the “just for fun”-meetings used to be more often in the past and I sometimes miss that. But as Marcos said, it is not easy to manage all the daily
duties. Making room for frequent rehearsing and songwriting is hard enough.
Voidhaven is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
Martin: I’m quite content if we still make music together in five years. Everything else would just be a bonus.
Phil: In the almost 20 years I am playing in bands now, I learned one thing: I stopped doing predictions. Whenever I had big plans with a band, they failed. Whenever I expected nothing to happen, I had sudden success. Ophis is definitely the most successful band I ever played in, and even there we only ever plan one year ahead, because everything else does not make any sense.
Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
Simon: Thanks a lot for doing this interview with us. And a huge thank you of course to everyone who supported us so far. We really appreciate it!