Monday, January 16, 2017

Hypocras Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

The recording process has been made during September 2016. So we've first released the digital format of the EP on our Bandcamp because we didn't receive the physical ones yet. Few weeks after the release, there were a lot of people purchasing it (I mean at our level...). So it has received a heartly welcome from the public. We also received a label offer, but unfortuntely it didn't fit with our own production schedule. The fact is that we had already ordered  and paid the print of the EP on our own and we were supposed to transfer some money to the label for that and we couldn't afford this extra expense. Many great reviews have already been written on the new baby and it's always a great pleasure to read something positive on your musical endeavor. It means a lot. But for us, the most important thing is to play shows because we all think this is the soul of Hypocras. The real Hypocras is on live in my opinion and we're still un-labeled so this is also the best way to meet people and have new fans. So we're actively looking for new gigs !

2.Recently you have released a new ep how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The stuff  of the past was really flute oriented. The other instruments were there to support the flute. On the new EP the flute supports the other instruments. So it's quite the opposite but I think it was a logical forward in our musical path as a band.

3.I have read that the band originally started out as an instrumental project, what was the decision behind adding vocals into your music?

   It started as an instrumental project because it was a project for his final exams so he had not expected to make some shows in the future. The fact is that even after he had graduated, the band continued to make rehearsal and worked on new music. Step by step, the idea to perform live has born and it became consistent to add vocals on the musical score.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Like the music, the lyrics have evolved. If on our first EP and full-length album, the lyrics were definitely oriented on the fantasy and viking themes, the new ones are directed on more philosophical, psychological concept. Actually on "Implosive" I'm trying to explore the constant dialog you have with yourself during on the critical times of your life. Which place the cognizant "I" is supposed to take ? What are the best way to keep this "I" aware ? I supposed these kind of questions only reflect my own interrogation at a time of my life where I have to make crucial choices. The bond between my lyrics and my life is strong.

5.I have seen the band being labeled as a death/viking metal band, do any of the band members have an interest in Paganism?

We have some during our early years but no longer...

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hypocras?

There are not a lot of meaning or inspiration behind the name. It's an unique word so easier to remember and we like the medieval wine called Hypocras. Sorry, there's no conceptual inspiration behind the band's name :)

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

I think that the first one on a big stage with a big crowd in front of us was an unforgettable time ! It was on 21th May 2011 at Les Docks in Lausanne (CH). We received a proposition to open for the band Eluveitie (CH) which was already a big name in the metal world. There were us and them ! It was the first time we were playing in front of more than one thousand people... For a little local band it was nearly obnoxious. We were quite impressed by the space on the stage but I think we managed to do it well because we did again at the Palladium in Geneva (CH) in 2012 and at L'Usine in Geneva in 2013. The show at the MetalCamp 2012 (SLO) was also a big highlight ! In front of more than two thousand people ! The first real tour with six followings shows in Japan in 2013 was also mad.

Our stage performance is very powerful and we try to share a lot with the crowd. Maybe too much for the crowd sometimes... But that's the way we like to do it. We like to see the smile on people face or something in their eyes which says : "I feel something right now". Like I said before, the live performance is the soul of Hypocras.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Well, we subscribed to the Swiss Wacken Metal Battle this year so we hope to play at Wacken this year. We also have a Spanish/Portugal tour scheduled for May. We also have two shows in Berlin and Hamburg (DE) during the summer. Maybe we'll try to book another european tour in October but nothing sure.

9.On the ep you had done a 'Djizoes' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

Djizoes is a band from Geneva so we're friends. They change their name in "The Erkonauts" now and we're playing with them tonight ! We choose to play this song in 2015 when the bassist and leader of Djizoes was celebrating his birthday and invited us to play in a local venue in Geneva. Our ex-drummer thought it would be a great gift to play one their song for the show. So we worked on it and two years later, we choose to record our own version of this song.

10.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We are a little bit lazy about that because if we had dreams about signing with a big label, now we don't have anymore. So even if the things are slower to set up when you're unsigned, you have a the feeling that your band owns you. Plus, we didn't receive a lot of offer so the choice was not a real choice.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?

It depends of the kind of fans of extreme metal... Some of them are not listening only extreme metal and they often like or not dislike our music and performance. The ones listening only to extreme metal are more sceptical : "The flute is so gay","This is too gentle" or "Not enough blastbeat"... Well, I think it's more about the open mind than about being fan of extreme metal.

12.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I don't know where we're heading in the future. Probably on the same line we're doing now. And of course, we would like to record a second full-length album but before that, we need time to write the materials. And we also have our jobs, family and this is not going to happen before 2018 I think.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Hopefully we became very, very eclectic. Jazz, hip-hop, rap, blues, bluegrass... Everything works if you feel something. I don't really know how these styles have an influence on our music but it has some. Only the future will tell us ! If you want some really good jazz : Hiromi Uehara Trio, Mammal Hands, Matthew Halsall, Avishai Cohen...

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Probably reading and video games for myself.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for the nice review and for this interview ! You're doing a great job !

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