PRESENT YOURSELVES OUR READERS...
Amartia is a melodic metal / progressive rock combo. We are very open minded, listen to many kinds of music and we all have other musical experiences than Amartia.
WHO ARE AMARTIA AS BAND MEMBERS?
Britta : lyrics and singer – I’m member of Amartia since 2004.- I sing since many years in very different styles of music. The music of Amartia resum my different experiences and give the possibility to me to express my various musical desires.
Vince : Guitar player and backing vocals. I am the band founder and main composer.
Nico : I was hired in 2004. I play the drums since 10 years now. For me, this band was a complete discover, I've never played this style of music before.
Anthony : Keyboards. I’m in Amartia since one year. I replaced Cyril (who recorded the last album) and since there, I play in Amartia with an increasing pleasure each time.
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
Vince : The band was founded in 2000 by me and former bass player, Nicolas.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
Vince : At first, we recorded an instrumental demo « In the meantime », which helped us to find our first singer, Marielle. Together, we composed our first real full-length « Maieutic », released 2002 by Thundering Records label. Marielle and Vincent, our drummer in this time left the band one year after because of musical and personnal divergences. In the beginning of 2004, Britta and Nico came into the lineup to give birth to our second full-length « Marionette ».
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
Britta : The album has been recorded in the home studio of Vince. We worked song by song. Vince presented to me the musical arrangement and I try to catch the atmosphere of the song to write the lyrics. After that we adapted the lyrics to the melodie or the melodie to the lyrics and we started to work on the next song.
Nico : The recording of “Marionette” lasted for 1 year and a half. We really took time with Vince to see which part was the most efficient give the tracks a good souding. The goal was not to record a pure technical album. We just wanted to create a music which reflected our personnal feelings.
Vince : Producing Amartia by ourselves allows us to take our time and to get back on the little things that we are not satisfied about after some listening. I have enough knowledge of the band to do this job. The album was mixed by Bruno Levesque from the band « Silence » http://silenceprod.free.fr who did a really good job on the sound and arrangments. Working with Bruno allows to have an external opinion and improve things a bit.
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
Britta : We just started to work on it. As I’m waiting for the birth of my second baby previous date in the end of November we ‘ve praticly stopped the concerts for the moment and profit of the time to create new songs.
Nico : We are starting to work. I just received a track from the forthcoming album. Antghony and Vince are working on the basis ideas that we will develop together in rehearsals.
Anthony : This album will probably offer a complete view of what Amartia is able to create.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
Britta : Concerning me it is the pleasure to work with the members of Amartia and to keep in my hands a first fruit of our work : the album ‘Marionette’, this is a very beautiful reward !
Nico : The story of Amartia is just beginning, we are just on introduction ! However, we already had some great times on stage, but also on our lifes. The best memory we have so far is the gig we made with Epica.
Vince : Same thing ! The beginning of the Splendid concert was incredible. I also want to talk about the Raismes festival in 2003 where we played with Freak Kitchen and The Gathering on the “Maieutics” promotionnal tour. What I felt this day was simply incredible ! Well, each album release if incredible to libe to...
Anthony : The show! Nothing is better for me than to be on stage. To share these moments with both the public and my friends on stage, it’s fantastic!
HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR NEW ALBUM TITLED "MARIONETTE"?
Britta : ‘Marionette’ is a mixture of the different experiences of the musicians. Every one of us has brought a part of his personal history in the different songs. This is the reason why you cannot classified the album in only one music style.
Nico : “Marionette” is an album which cannot be categorized in one style. I would say that it is a style melting-pot coming from each member of the band.
Vince : This is especially a pleasant album to listen, very atmospheric. There are some very strong moments like in “Chosen one” or “Revolution der Marionette”. Amartia can satisfy an audience into Atmospheric, Rock or Progressive.
I NOTICED AN INTEREST IN HIGH SKILLING STRUCTURES...
Nico : This is Vince warped mind ! Why make simple when you can make some impair bars or weird things like that ? The resulting tracks are easy to listen, however, but not so easy to play !
Vince : Amartia's music is not so complicated. The tracks do not feel very complex perhaps because they are long. I like to develop ambiances on a same theme, a bit like Mike Oldfield or the most progressive tracks from Iron Maiden whom I am a big fan.
Anthony : We enjoy this way of creating music. A very simple idea can be worked and declined in many different atmospheres. It enables us to develop our musical potential, to give each musician it’s place and to give our creations its own sound.
YOUR SOUND IS ELEGANT AND POWERFUL...
Anthony : Thanks ! We try to give metal some sweety notes ;-)
Nico : The goal of this album is to be efficient. Why play 50 notes where 4 are enough ? This brings power to the tracks.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF ALBUM?
Anthony : Vincent worked a lot on this album. He put his “heart” in this album and I think you can feel it when you listen to Marionette. The mix and mastering where made by Bruno Levesque (from the band Silence).
Vince : Producing an Amartia alabum cannot be dissociated from composition. I try hard to emphazise each instruments to make everyone happy !
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
Britta : There was not a real concept but it is true that after finishing the recording we constated that in all songs you can find a relation with the pocket of our album ‘Marionette’. The songs talk about personal feelings of person who need to be in harmony with their environnement and with themselves in different ways. The pocket shows a person, a marionette of the life, who cut his attaches / wires and who take his independance to make a new beginning.
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
Anthony : I think it depends on which title you listen. Some of them are absolutely prog (Ignorance and Surprends-moi), some others are atmospheric ( NDE, Chosen One). We try to be open minded in our way of creating music and probably our public have also to be open minded to like all our songs. We don’t want to make only “this type” or “that type” of metal, of rock or whatever…
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
Anthony : Maybe the fact that Britta sings in three different languages (English, German and French). Some people seems to be shocked by it. I think they should read the text and try to make better ! I really think Britta is full of positive feelings and ideas in addition to her fantastic voice. That’s salient I think!
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
Vince : The French press gave a very warm welcome to this album. We had the chance to have a very good promo work from our label Thundering Records (Reviews, Interviews and adverts everywhere !). We just signed an endorsement contrat with Tama and Ibanez too ! This is great ! The album will soon be distributed European-wide. The people who discover us through this album are charmed. Some other people, more into Metal didn't like it much because of the style melting. These differents feedbacks are very positive, that means that we are a serious band now. « Marionette » is very progressive, much more than our previous album « Maieutics ». Some people were waiting for a « Maieutics part 2 » and this is absolutely not the case ! We will never record twice the same album. Well, the lineup will be the same for the third full-length and the difference between 2nd and 3rd release will certainly be less flagrant compared to « Maieutics »