INTERVIEW: The Devil In Faust
Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello, busy! We’re currently booking shows and getting lots of exciting things ready for our debut EP release, entitled, Come Apart, out 28th April.
Can you talk to us more about your single “Soulmate”?
Soulmate tells a story. When paired with the music video it displays; confusion, frustration, anger, sadness and exhaustion. These are all feelings that we can relate to throughout friendships, relationships and life goals in general. It’s about the pressure on today’s youth to meet expectations of others and how failure is not seen as an option. It demonstrates that no matter how attached you can become to someone, they may not feel the same way. There’s a man, woman and those in-between for everyone. Soulmate is the fastest song on the EP and gets listeners attention, making it the single. A catchy vocal melody, loud guitars, biting drums and a grounded bassline make Soulmate.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
At the time, I was in a really creative place, writing song after song. Soulmate came about as I was fresh out of a relationship and not yet over. I had returned from studying in America and was waiting for another chapter in my life to begin, this was part of that transition.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! We can’t wait to share it with you. It’s directed by Sam Hunter who’s also worked with Cradle of Filth and Dani’s other band, Devilment. The video is blackhearted and abrupt. You shall have to wait and see in April.
The single comes off your new EP Come Apart – what’s the story behind the title?
The title is simple, we didn’t want anything complicated. The artwork and Soulmate’s video ties all the elements together. The title is somewhat the opposite of the EP’s message.
How was the recording and writing process?
Amazing, Antfarm Studios is in Aarhus, Denmark. It’s located in a nice area near a lake. As you can imagine, it was fairly chilled out but very exciting. Particularly as it was our first time as a band travelling outside of the UK. One of the highlights, is that Tue has an awesome indoor swimming pool where the drums are recorded. The only disadvantage of this is having to get in and out of the pool. All the songs had been written beforehand but of course once we were there certain parts were developed which helped us achieve the sound of TDIF.
What was it like to work with Tue Madsen and how did that relationship develop?
Tue was great to work with, he’s a true professional. I had been speaking with Tue for a year before we flew out to him. Initially, I sent him some home demo recordings. Tue enjoyed the songs and sent me some notes for each one. He then suggested that the band fly out to record with him. This took me by surprise and of course, was over the moon to be working with Tue. He knew exactly how to work us hard in the studio, to the best of our ability. More so, Tue understood our vision for TDIF and what direction we wanted to take for our debut EP. It felt like a natural process which made working with him very easy.
How much did he influence the record?
Tue has produced some of my favourite bands and desired sounding records, such as Moonspell, Sick of it All and Dark Tranquillity. It really didn’t take us long to become comfortable with the studio environment. Tue understood how the songs were layered.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I’ve been playing guitar since I was 9 and listening to music from a young age. My parents used to take me travelling everywhere across Europe and various albums would be in the tape player. The songs on our debut EP, just happened to be the first tunes Ben and I began rehearsing. My inspiration for song writing comes from memories and past experiences. I think hard workand taking opportunities helps exhilarate creativity.
Any plans to hit the road?
Our debut EP comes out 28th April, we’re planning a UK tour for May. Leading up to that we play the following:
16th March, The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton
8th April, The Spread Eagle, York
11th April, West Street Live, Sheffield
12th April, The Fiddlers Elbow, London
20th May, Lounge 41, Workington
What else is happening next in The Devil In Faust’s world?
It’s all been a bit hectic recently, getting things in place for the up-coming release and beyond. We’d really like to play as many shows as physically possible and look forward to performing some new material. Other exciting plans are being discussed for later in the year but we’re not saying what just yet as all our focus is going into Come Apart. Feel free to get in touch if you can help us with a show: mailto:email@example.com – Thanks!
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