Interview with Francis (Floor Jansen and Anneke van Giersbergen)

This interview is part of the Interview with the fans FemMetal did with fans of different female fronted bands in Metal!

BandFloor Jansen &
Anneke Van Giersberge
Other Bands Swallow The Sun, Katatonia, Silverchair, Darkher
P.S. She’s my favorite

Jad: Hello girls! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves?

Francis: Hello, my name is Francis and I am currently living for one year in South America, working and exploring when i can.

Jad: How did you first start listening to the band you support?

Francis: The first time I met Floor was with After Forever between the years 2006-2007. I was a teen  and I was transitioning to the world of metal music, first it was rock. I do not remember the first thing I saw or listening but  I do remember having downloaded the live concert at the Pinkpop Festival 2004. From that moment I have never stopped listening to them and I have always followed Floor’s career. I love her presence on stage, she is the only one doing headbangers with passion and not just “because she is in a metal band”! With Anneke I met her around 2010-2011 clearly with The Gathering listening to the first album “Mandylion” I love it! And I was  surprised that  Anneke with her beautiful voice at the same time so happy and sweet in the world of metal, and that until today has not changed.

Jad: Why did you decide to make a fan page dedicated for that band(s)?

Francis: More than anything it is a page dedicated to the two artists of metal music that I like the most, I wanted to share photos and videos that I like about them, remember the past and enjoy it together with the present and future. Also I have always felt that they have not been given so much importance in social media because they are quite normal (which i love it), they are not “attention seeker”  or  pretending  they have a perfect life, they are the most down to earth artist.

Jad: Did you see your band(s) live? Did you get to meet any of the members?

Francis: Unfortunately no, I have been in the wrong place the few times that they have been touching the same land as me.

Jad: How does the front-woman of that band inspires you to be a better person?

Francis: They help me to remember that there are still people who, being famous, do not believe themselves to be divas and they are the same as me; to enjoy music, to not feel ashamed if I want to dance a bit with metal, to be myself and not imitate anyone.

Jad: What other bands do you like to listen to?

Francis: To name some: Swallow The Sun, Katatonia, Silverchair.

Jad: What lyrics from a metal song would you think of in the following situations:
If you’re depressed?

Francis: I am kind of nostalgic so I can’t name just one song, but bands like Draconian, Swallow The Sun, Trees Of Eternity.

Jad: If you’re happy and having a good time?

Francis: To name a few: The Gathering, Arch Enemy, Revamp, Swallow The Sun, Katatonia, Theatre Of Tragedy… for brevity’s sake almost all the bands I have in my playlist.

Jad: What is your favourite new-comer band?

Francis: An artist called Darkher.

Jad: In your opinion, what is the difference between Metal and Rock and any other music genre? And why are the fans of artists in Metal more dedicated than other fans?

Francis: The main difference I see between rock and metal is that the latter is heavier, you have several types of genres within the metal but all have a heavy sound that makes you want to head-bang at some point. More than dedicated would say that not being a style of music in general not as massive as Pop or what you always hear on the radio, it is more valued.

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