Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? I’m Grégory Sandoz, vocalist and founding member of Septris. Nathan Storni is the other founding member and actual rhythm guitarist, Yann Baumberger is our drummer, Johan Måne is our bassist and producer and David Perret is our newest member and solo guitarist.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? We were originally calling ourselves “The crusaders” or something like that, but it sounded bad and we didn’t really like it (plus it was already taken), so we tried to find a better name. We didn’t have any ideas and we were getting quite pissed because of it. At the time i was playing a lot of Final Fantasy XIV and my character’s name was “Vendia Septris”, so i said “If you guys really want to have a shit name let’s call ourselves Septris.” They loved it and here we are now.   Where and how was the band founded? The band was founded in 2015, but it wasn’t really a band yet, it was more like a way to play music and drink beer. We all met one day at the bar and said something along the lines of “Hey guys, let’s make a metal band” and we created the band.   Have you played in other bands before? Yes, i’ve been the drummer of Keys of Anarchy and the rhythm guitarist of Blackout. None of these bands went beyond the practice point though. I also have kind of a solo project, i do orchestral stuff on Youtube. Johan, Yann and i are also members of Ryndmat, it’s a cover band but we might do original songs one day.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Finding members wasn’t hard per say, but finding the right members took a long time. We went through a total of 10 members before David joined (in early 2018).   What does the band name mean? It doesn’t really mean anything actually, but we found out that there was a game called Septris made by Stanfors University and used as a training tool for identifying and managing Sepsis (Which is a life-threatening condition). And I think it’d be cool if that coincidence could help raise interest in Sepsis and its treatments.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? The lyrics are all written by me, they’re about wars in a faraway land. I try to cover all the faces of war when writing the lyrics, for exemple “Blood Moon” is from a general’s or commander’s point of view. “The Storm” is about a soldier writing letters to his pregnant wife and “Warriors” is about soldiers coming back home and celebrating victory.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Our music is heavily influenced by each member’s favorite genre, I absolutely love bands like Sabaton and Powerwolf, Yann loves Behemoth, Nathan listens to Eluveitie and Slipknot a lot, Johan is our prog guy and is influenced by Plini, Periphery, Meshugga and bands like that and David is an absolute fan of Metallica and Iron Maiden. You can find influence from all of these bands in our music.   Why should people listen to our music? I think our music is great for people who like to sing along and party while listening to music. We want people to enjoy the moment and have fun.   Warriors is your debut demo from 2018, how long have you been working on it? That’s hard to say, “Blood Moon” and “The Storm” have been our first complete songs and were ready in late 2016. “Warriors” on the other hand was written about   two months before the release. We decided to make a demo EP during the summer, so I guess we worked on it for about   four or five months.   You have released the demo exactly for christmas, christmas has a special meaning for you and why just this date? It doesn’t really have a special meaning for any of us, we wanted to release it before 2019 and we figured Christmas was great so we could play it during family dinners and get reviews from a lot of people.   How far have you been with new songs and how are the plans for your debut album going? All the songs are written and we’re currently in the midst of recording the album. Everything is going well and we’re applying everything we got from “Warriors”’s reviews to make it sound great.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? My first concert as a metal fan was Sonisphere festival in 2012, the first show of the day was Eluveitie, followed by Gojira, Mastodon, Mötorhead, Slayer and Metallica. It was an awesome day. I remember Mastodon had terrible technical problems and couldn’t play because of it. I’m extremely thankful that I got to see Lemmy play live once, he was drunk   but it was great.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? The favourite live i played was a tribute to the Paris attacks’ victims, we were about 80 musicians playing Angel of Death Metal’s “I love you all the time”   Have already resulted in friendship ? I’ve kept contact with most of my former bandmates and some of the musicians from the tribute band, we’re all friends and we see each other from time to time.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? Personally, I’d love to play with Sabaton, Hammerfall and Alestorm. They’re all great guys and I’m sure they could share a lot of valuable advices. Also they’re some of my favourite bands so only being able to play before them would be a huge honor for me.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? Some of us are still students, some others are looking for jobs and some others have a daily job. Personally i’m doing some part time jobs as a IT tech.   How important are social media for you as a band? Social medias are extremely important for me. Not only are they great (and free) promotional tools, but also they allow us to keep in touch with the fans, and being close to our fans is extremely important for us.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? We’d love to tour and be able to live off being musicians, we know how hard that is but that’s our dream. We have tons of places we’d love to play, like Wacken Open Air’s mainstage for exemple.   What do you think about the Switzerland Metal scene in general? At first glance you could think there isn’t a lot of bands around here, but if you look closely you can find a lot of great bands here, there are also a lot of great venues who host local bands as well as big international ones.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Sure! Silver Dust is a great, extremely great live band from Porrentruy, they play Hard Rock/Heavy Metal with a horror theme. Then there’s Morgarten, a band from our hometown of Neuchâtel, they play folk black metal. There are many other great bands but these two are my favorites.   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up and still live in Neuchâtel, my childhood was average, i had great friends and was overall an happy kid. My grandma was the one who introduced me to the world of music and it stuck with me.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I was a good student for a very long time, but eventually i became bored with school and started to become the break clown. It went on like that until highschool, where i realised I wouldn’t be able to graduate if i didn’t change my ways. But i ended up dropping out anyways.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? At first, they didn’t really like it, and that was understandable because our rehearsing place was my room and we played very loudly and very badly. But now they actually like it (at least they say they do) and support me.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? I hope so! I love making music and i’d love to make it into my full time job. But it’s hard and I know full well i need something else in case something goes wrong.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I enjoy both actually, i love crowds and meeting new people, and there’s this electric atmosphere that only big cities have, and I love it. On the other hand, i really enjoy the calm and beautiful nature and being able to look at the stars at night without having 300 lights hiding them.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I’ve always hated sports when they don’t have a meaning or a goal, for exemple i would not go and run a kilometer just for the thrill of it. But these day i find myself doing more and more sports, I guess time changes how i feel about it.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you Oh i love to cook, and honestly i am a great cook! My parents have this thing where they would make lunch for us but we had to make our own dinner, so i learnt to cook pretty early.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? Most of my friends are metal/rock fans as well, plus they’re pretty objective when it comes to criticism, and that’s a very good thing. My family on the other hand isn’t really fond of metal, but they still take the time to listen to my stuff and tell me what they think of it. I like when people honestly tell me what they think about me or my stuff, it helps us understand each other.     How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? I don’t really care much, if they have fun doing it that’s great for them. I usually ignore them because there’s really no way of knowing if they’re being serious or just trolling.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? The internet is a two edged sword, it’s a great and powerful tool that can be used for both good and bad. I’ve met a lot of awesome people on the internet and i got to work for my favorite band because of it. I think people need to be educated on how to use the internet though, not on a technical level but having an “Internet 101” class at school would be great to help the young generation not to be fooled by other people on the internet.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? I actually have no idea, i like to discover things on the go. So for this i’m gonna copy Usurper’s Rick Scythe: What do you honestly think about the Warriors EP, and what is your favorite track on it? I’m asking you Haschi’s, please answer this!   (now i found someone who reads my interviews thank you man! First of all, I think the cover artwork is very successful. The three songs that are on the demo are not bad for a first release! I would have to listen more to make a judgment and my favorite song on the demo is the storm good power metal song Haschis metal corner) What would you personally like to do in your life? By all means i want to continue to make and play music. I also want to travel the world and meet people.   Switzerland Land of chocolate and watches! It’s a great place, even though it’s kinda expensive. I love it, I love the people in it and i love the landscapes.   Austria I never went there actually, but i’d love to visit Vienna!   Fête des Vendanges Aaaah our wine festival, how do i put it, it’s a great place to have fun, if you don’t mind forgetting about all the fun you had when you wake up.   Philippe Suchard This guy made some mean chocolate, honestly one of the best i ever tasted.   Manga Manga are a nice thing, they provide stories halfway between the usual (French) comics and books. I used to want to draw one, but i’ll keep to making songs!   Ski or Soccer Ski definitely, I hate soccer.   Castle Neuchâtel That’s where we took Septris’ first pictures, with all the founding members. So many important things in my life happened there, i hold the castle very dearly.   Beer The drink of the warriors! My favorite is Grimbergen’s triple amber. (Drink moderately kids!)   Absinth Our regions’ pride, it hits pretty hard but it’s pretty damn good!   Fondue I’m not a fan of fondue actually (Don’t tell that to swiss people, they’ll ban me)   Movie or Series Series i guess, it really depends. I’m a big Star Wars fan.   CD or Vinyl Both, CDs because i can play them almost everywhere, Vinyl because I love that retro feel.   Family My actual family, my friends, and my band are my family, and i owe everything to them.   Your top 10 all time album faves Oh that’s a hard one Sabaton – Carolus Rex Amon Amarth – Jomsviking Hammerfall – Legacy of Kings Æther Realm – Tarot Rammstein – Reise Reise Powerwolf – The Sacrament of Sin Eluveitie – Helvetios Hammerfall – (r)Evolution Myrath – Legacy Helloween – 7 Sinners   your top 5 albums in time   ! Æther Realm – Tarot Silver Dust – House 21 Bad Wolves – Disobey Alestorm – Captain Morgan’s Revenge Powerwolf – Blood of the Saints   The closing word is yours? Thank you for interviewing us! Be ready for our debut album!
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