|Interview by Burt Wolf with guitarist Christophe, bassist Sabrina, vocalist Alex of the band AQUILON.
Interview done November 9th, 2005.
CAN YOU GIVE THE HISTORY OF THE BAND SO FAR & HOW YOU GOT TOGETHER? ANY
PREVIOUS BANDS THE MEMBERS WERE IN BEFORE?
AQUILON was formed in September 2000, but there have been changes into the line up (bass player &
drummer). It's was only in 2004 that the band got all the actual members. We all have personal & rich
experiences with previous bands (gigs & albums).
WHY WAS THE NAME AQUILON THE CHOICE AS THE BANDS NAME?
AQUILON is the name of a violent north wind, it fits well with our music & sounds good.
WHO OR WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES IN MUSIC & IN LIFE?
Christphe: I listen to several kinds of Metal, but now, some of my favorite bands are OPETH, SYSTEM OF A
Sabrina: The six of us have a quite different musical background, from various kinds of Metal to New Wave.
Even today we all don't quite share the same personal tastes. I personally enjoy RAMMSTEIN a lot. AQUILON
is a good mix of our influences.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE STYLE & SOUND OF AQUILON?
It sounds heavy, electro & melodic. Still melancholic & cold. It's quite hard to give a name to our music. We
think our music can be appreciated by different kind of people, if they give an ear.
YOUR FIRST ALBUM "INTRAMEDIA" (THE ONLY ONE I HAVE) HAS BEEN OUT SINCE JULY 2004.
HOW WELL HAS IT BEEN DOING? WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN LIKE?
"INTRAMEDIA" had a very good response in general. We've been fully happy to see that most of the media &
people get good reactions, so we are confident in our future if we go on working this way!
THIS ALBUM WAS RELEASED ON THE FRENCH LABEL ADIPOCERE RECORDS. HOW DID YOU
GET HOOKED UP WITH THEM? HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH THEM?
The guys from ADIPOCERE enjoyed a lot of our first demo release, "LES OMBRES DE QUATRE MURS".
Then they came to see us for a live performance for the NUCLEAR FESTIVAL & were positively surprised.
They propose to publish our future album & we accepted.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE CD
COVER ART FOR THIS
ALBUM & WHO DID IT?
This cover is a painting made
by our female singer &
keyboard player Anne. The
painting is an illustration for our
song "Intramedia" which talks
about how people get
hypnotized by what they see on
TV. They absorb pictures of
misery & they are dictated by a
fake happiness & a real
WHAT IS SOME OF THE LYRICAL CONTENT IN YOUR SONGS?
Alex: I write all the lyrics. My favorite of them are human feelings as fear, submission & death. I am very
interested in the complex mind of the human being, as well as how he acts. For our new songs the lyrics sound
rawer, I came to a more direct writing.
WHO WRITES THE MAJORITY OF THE MUSIC IN THE BAND OR IS IT A WHOLE BAND
The music is really a whole band collaboration, so it's often a big work to get everybody satisfied, because each
of us can have specific ideas. After many tries we finally find the final arrangements that sound the best to us.
This work makes our music quite original.
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEWER MATERIAL AVAILABLE? ARE YOU STILL WITH ADIPOCERE
We do have new songs, almost enough for a new album. We are preparing a promotional demo CD with 3 new
titles in French language. At the moment there isn't any new deal with ADIPOCERE for publishing a new album.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT AQUILON IS LIKE IN A LIVE SETTING?
We've gotten a very good reputation for live shows. Our music is done to be listened to live.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST & WORST PART ABOUT BEING IN A BAND?
The worst part is that everyone expects something special & have to be satisfied. It's like a couple in life, but
here we are 6. Good part is that our added differences make a big & unique strength. Besides music, each one of
us have a special quality which helps the life of the band.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME
OF THE BANDS YOUR CURRENTLY INTO NOW?
We give our full time only for AQUILON, so we don't have any time to play in another band.
WHAT IS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU REMEMBER BUYING? WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU
EVER WENT TO?
My first album was "KILL'EM ALL" from METALLICA, I enjoyed it a lot!!!
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF AQUILON DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK IN THE BAND?
JOBS, HOBBIES, ETC?
Christophe: Regarding myself, I work as a community worker in social & cultural activities with teenagers &
I'm mainly interested by music & practicing sports. Fabien is light Technician. The others do some jobs here &
WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
A naked calender from us!
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE NEXT FROM AQUILON?
We hope to record soon our next album, because we have new material now.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW THAT IT'S
I've been eating pastas & soup & I'm going to make a card castle to protect myself from the rain. I'm playing to
THANX A LOT FOR ANSWERING THIS INTERVIEW. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE
TO ADD TO CLOSE OUT?
Thank you for your interest & hope your readers will be curious about us & our music.