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Interview with Lizzy Siebenhofer and Patricia Gschier (Adiant)
Benedetta Baldin | November 15, 2021
Here at FemMetal, not only do we support artists and bands that have a long history of releases, but new bands as well. In fact, I have to admit that those are my favourite to interview. And we had the luck and pleasure to interview the lead singer and guitarist of Adiant, a symphonic melodic death metal band from a country that I’ve recently visited, Austria.
Hello Lizzy, hello Patricia! How are you doing?
Thank you the weather is getting cold again but besides that, I’m doing good. 🙂
Can you share with us how Adiant was formed?
In Summer 2019, I decided I wanted to play in a band again. Since nearly none of my friends were playing an instrument, I looked up on the internet. I found an insertion that they (at this time Patricia, Mex and former guitarist Thomas) were still looking for a bass player for their new band project. So I wrote to them. We met up and played our first 2 songs. We searched for a lead guitar player and found Rene. Later Thomas left us and again we searched for a guitar player. At this time, Felix joined the band as 2nd singer. Since he was also a bass player, we decided that I switch to guitar. Our lineup was finally complete after nearly 1 year.
That is great! This pandemic has revolutionized our lives and our habits. Was it complicated to create art in these times?
For the band, it wasn’t complicated at all to create music. We all practised a lot. My brother wrote three songs during the first lockdown in Austria, and I did our album cover while I got ill with Covid-19. I don’t know if our upcoming album would be the same without the pandemic. We even wrote a song about it; it’s not hard to guess which one.
If you had to describe “Adiant” to someone who doesn’t know anything about you, how would you do it?
I would describe it as melodic metal with strong classical female vocals combined with death metal vocals.
I’m so excited and can’t wait to hear “Killing Dreams”. Is the outcome what you were expecting?
No, I didn’t even expect we would record an album so early, but I really like the outcome, and I hope you will like it too 🙂
The world of music is still unfortunately dominated by males. Were you a witness or a victim of a sexual discrimination? How did it happen?
Most women and men have experienced sexual discrimination. It’s a serious matter, and I’ve found myself in a few situations where I felt helpless and angry. But these situations didn’t have anything to do with music. Most musicians I’ve met, especially those who play metal music, are very kind and open-minded people. It’s a pity that sexual discrimination still has a place in our society. The subject concerns me a lot; that’s why the lyrics of „Hiding Place“ and „Give us a Voice“ are about sexual abuse and discrimination. This topic is still present and cannot be ignored. I’ve always wished that people wouldn’t look away when they see that someone experiences those things, but they do. Nobody should have to put up with something like that.
I never felt discriminated yet, but I saw and experienced sexual harassment by myself a few times.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It has its pros and cons. I think it’s good that artists can reach many fans around the world and share their music and upcoming lives hows; while it is bad that it has become even harder to earn some pocket money as underground musicians due to music streaming companies and piracy.
I’d like to play a game with you. Would you rather….fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
I’m a huge fan of ducks and I can’t imagine that one of them would be so rude and try to fight me. As for the horses, I don’t want to imagine that scenario. Lizzy, what do you say?
100 duck sized horses all the way!
…. be blind but be able to hear any kind of sound or be deaf and see even invisible things?
Being blind; I’m not sure I want to see invisible things, especially in the air of Graz.
… have a time machine to travel in the past or in the future?
As for the band, I think it’s great where we are now. We are very happy that our album will be released soon and we are looking forward to playing concerts, writing songs and making music together.
Thank you so much for taking the time for this interview! Would you like to add anything to FemMetal readers?
Thank you for the interview, we hope you had fun reading it and that you are enjoying our music.
Thank you and have fun listening to our first album. 😉