w/ Joe by Laurent Bouquet
Enertia is a young band. What is your goal? What do you plan for
To have our music heard by as many people as possible, either in
the live setting or on our CDs. We will play anywhere &
everywhere that will have us & have the means to travel all
over the Northeastern USA at this point,& we hope to make it
all over America & to Europe & Asia before too long.
It's incredible to see that you're not signed yet. With the help
of "Momentum", your last album, have you got some
contacts with labels? Which ones? Can we expect to see you signed
There have been a couple people that have expressed interest in us
as far as helping us to get a licensing deal & we are
seriously considering some of the offers we have received. On our
own, we have sold over 2000 CDs & having a company that can
get them in stores worldwide & ads in magazines would
definitely help us to reach the next level. If nothing comes of
these offers, we will just continue to put our music out
You released in 1996 "Law of Three", your first album.
What's the difference between it & the new ones. Where do you
The songs on "Law.." were just the starting point of the
band & while we are still very proud of the songs on that
disc, we have all improved as writers & musicians in the last
year. The new songs on "Momentum" are how we are feeling
& thinking in 1997 & we feel the newest material we've
written for CD #3 is even more powerful, so stay tuned! There has
to be a natural progression in the music every time a new CD is
released or it wouldn't feel as though we have accomplished
You described yourself as a progressive power metal band. What 's
your definition of progressive metal. What's the difference
between prog metal & heavy metal for you?
We consider ourselves to be 20% progressive & 80% power metal.
The difference between prog & heavy metal is shorter songs
that are more "song" oriented & not based on how
well the musicians in the band can play. I would say that we are
more of a metal band for that reason, as we take so much time
& pride in the writing of our songs as we want them to appeal
to people other than musicians. We all listen to a lot of
different music ranging from classic stuff like Thin Lizzy &
UFO to Dream Theater, Nevermore & Machine Head & about
You have got a high technical level. Do you practice a lot? Did
you take some lessons? Do you still take some?
We rehearse several days a week & everyone in the band
practices on their own, & we are also playing out almost every
weekend too so that helps to improve our technical abilities.
Myself, I am totally self taught, only learning from all my
favorite musicians from the front row at the hundreds of shows
I've attended in my life. a couple of the other guys have taken
lessons & know enough theory to choke a horse, but we all
agree that the best songs come from the emotion that draws out the
riffs & lyrics more so than a particular arpeggio pattern!
Does it need a special technical level to play heavy metal, power
metal or prog metal ? Is it an absolute condition to offer a good,
Yes, I would say that it does, but I don't necessarily feel that
it takes a high technical level to write a killer song. We have
some parts that are very complex, & then we have other parts
that just pound, although there is nothing too challenging going
on at the time.
In your bio, you said that your influences are bands like Flotsam
& Jetsam, Armored Saint, Dream Theater, Nevermore, ...All
these bands are American ones. But I think that yours influences
come more from European bands (new wave of British heavy metal,
particularly). What do you think of that?
I agree w/ you that there are tons of European bands that have
influenced us, starting w/ Thin Lizzy & UFO, Motorhead,
What means Europe & France for you? what are your favorite
European bands? Do you also know some underground ones?
some of the newer Euro bands we are into range from Morgana Lefay,
Narita & a lot of others. I am sort of familiar w/ the
underground bands such as Snailbooster
thanks to the net, & have Lps in my collection by French bands
such as Trust, Ocean & Voie De Vait . You are very lucky as it
seems as though metal never went away in Europe. We grew up
listening to metal & never turned our backs on it even when it
A lot of people says that heavy metal is dead or old fashioned.
Now, a prog metal wave has come. What do you think of this
I think the only problem w/ this is that there is already a Dream
Theater & Fates Warning, who have helped to make this prog
metal movement so popular & as good as some of the clones are,
they are never going to out do the originators, so hopefully, some
of the bands will try to be original as possible so the scene
doesn't become stale.
Don't you think that sometimes, some bands described themselves as
prog metal ones & in fact it's just heavy metal?
This is the case w/ ENERTIA!! We could play any style of music we
want, from country to reggae to Dream Theater style prog metal,
& we play power metal as that is what comes from our hearts.
Don't you also think that you're also an heavy metal band that
uses all its abilities to compose the best songs as possible?
Again, that is exactly it! we just write & use our
instrumental abilities to write the best possible song.
What are your next projects? What are also your goal for the
career of Enertia?
Look for our next CD in late 1998 & if we get backing, we will
strive to make it our best sounding CD to date. We will be doing a
couple promo videos from "Momentum" They will be
available through us in early spring (in PAL format for everyone
in Europe!), & along w/ that, we will 8 track demo our new
material to see what we think of it on tape & this will also
help for when we go into the studio as we don't have to do 100
I'm sure that you would have a great success in Europe &
Japan. What's your situation in these lands? Do you expect to come
here to play or to promote your CD's?
I agree as we have sold over 2000 copies of our CDs to date &
about half of them have ended up in Europe & Japan. We would
love to play overseas & really hope to at some point in the
next year. We just played the Powermad festival in the US &
there were a lot of Germans that came over just to check out the
show & it was good to know that a lot of them were familiar w/
us before seeing us play. It is flattering to see how well known
we have become in the underground & we hope to get to that
next level by getting a company that believes in us enough to give
us tour support.
May be some words to convince metal fans to get your CD
It is very powerful & listening to it will remind you just of
what you liked about heavy metal the first time you ever heard it!
If you have a question to answer that I don't give to you. What
would it be?
think you covered most all the bases & it was a pleasure to
answer them. I guess I'll use this to say thanks to all the people
that have supported us so far & what your doing is a great
thing too, so keep up the great work Laurent!! Your page is great
& it will help to expose some of the new underground bands!!
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