France is just across the border from my home country Italy: and from this marvelous country today we present to you WYVERN, a progressive metal band. I chatted with their outstanding bass player Aurelie about inspiration, memories, and music of course.
Hello Aurelie! How are you doing?
Hello! I’m fine, thanks.
The chapters of Radiation have been one more surprising and inspired than the other. Do the events of your latest record take place here on Earth or another planet or universe?
All events take place here on our blue planet (except “Amnesia,” which is about a big tortured dream of Adam, our main character). The world has become apocalyptic due to violent radiation. Some memories of the world before (comparable to the one we live in today) come back to Adam in the series. Of course, this is all fiction! I hope that no radiation will come to decimate our beautiful home! Haha!
Indeed! What is one of the craziest things that you saw when you went to school?
Maybe young students riding their scooters in the middle of the street (since people tend to forget that it’s crazy to do that in the middle of the street with traffic) and then I arrived in front of the school and saw the youngest students smoking cigarettes (so at 11 years old).
Oh wow! Creating music is definitely not easy. Do you find it motivates you when things get challenging?
There are many things that can motivate me to compose; if it becomes more difficult, then yes, I think it would inspire me! I find that challenges bring a lot of craziness that you wouldn’t normally do.
That’s a good attitude! What is your favorite place to eat?
In the outside! When the weather permits, of course. It’s always nice to be with the essence of nature, the birds singing, the wind breeze that clears the mind.
Are you good at imitating accents? If yes, what are your best ones?
To be honest, not at all, haha! But Julien (singer-guitarist of the band) is pretty good with accents in general.
Would you say that women in the metal industry receive a different treatment than men? Have you ever experienced an episode of discrimination towards a female colleague (or yourself)?
I think people are asking too many questions. In the progressive rock/metal world, people listen to the music more than they focus on judging the women in the scene. I consider that women have a good image in the industry. In fact, I have never received the slightest discrimination. Of course, there are exceptions, but I’ll take, for example, the hyper-sexualized image of women; I really think that is also due to the numerous female singers who only increase this idea which has repercussions on the image of women in general and which moreover incites young people to follow this path more and more, “female singers/influencers.”
Being the only woman in the band sometimes can be funny. Would you like to share a hilarious moment that happened with the other members?
I would love to share a moment like this with you! But I can’t find anything really interesting at all, really sorry.
Not a problem! Let’s play a game: which pet from tv shows/movies/cartoons/anime/etc. would you like to have in real life?
I immediately think of Alf from the American TV series. I think his character design is great! All the joy he gives off is only beneficial! Haha, If not, there would also be Remy, the rat in the movie Ratatouille. I love to cook, and I thought that the representation of his ratatouille was very tasty!
Yummy! Thank you for taking the time to do this interview! Would you like to add anything to FemMetal’s readers?
Come and listen to the new Wyvern album Radiations; there is something for everyone! Hope you’ll like it!
Hi! My name is Benedetta, I’m 29 and I live in Northern Italy. My passion has always been music: I started taking guitar lessons when I was 6. Now I work as a sales representative, but in my free time I interview talented people, I spread the word about my favorite band (MoonSun), and I go to concerts or travel around Europe.
I am a huge collector of anything Tolkien-related, autographs, merchandise, and CDs. I am quite an original person and don’t mind being the voice outside of the choir (even though I play in the church’s choir!).