Before the debut in Beijing，Guitar China had an interview with PERSEFONE！
GC: First of all thanks for taking the time to do the interview.
Q1: Could you please introduce yourself to metal fans in China?
Persefone: Ok, hello we are Persefone, we are from Andorra, this is the first time we come to China, and we are very happy being here.
Q2:Your band formed in 2001, and you have been playing for 12 years, what musical genre influenced u the most ?
Persefone: We are 6 members band,and we have been together playing for 12 years, so the influences has been changing through the years all the time,with new members coming and all the years playing, but at the end we try to mix every kind of music we like with this kind of metal style, because we really love performing metal live ,this is very delicate and positive for the people, so we try to get influences from all kinds of the music.
Q3. Can you name some your favorite bands and some records you have been listening to lately?
Q4. As we know, Persephone is the goddess of the dead, a character from the greek myth and wife of Hades, at the beginning I heard the name, I thought your band had a female singer, but unexpected u r all guys, so where this idea came from?
Persefone: When we just formed our band, we needed a name, and we struggled several ideas and most of them sucked so one I was watching the the tv series, someone mentioned persephone, a female from underworld, I read the whole story and I like this idea so finally we got this name. And we made an album for this story, the second album “Core”.
Q5. You are from a small country Andorra, the population is 76,000. since you band got big success, have u become the pride of nation? like a national treasure?
Q6. How’s the metal environment in Andorra? Could you recommend some other good bands in you country?
Persefone:In fact metal isn’t very popular in Andorra, a few people like metal music. Of course we have some artists as well like the other places in the world, we have another metal band is called Nami, and they are doing well outside the country, they have a great album “Fragile Alignments”. Besides we still have some little bands going to record albums. And the shows, people usually go to the shows, it’s not cultural but generally the shows are free and people go there because they have nothing else to do. Not different from other places.
Q7. So far you have released 4 albums, which one is your favorite ?
Persefone:Last one is the best and the third one “Shin-Ken” is good too.
Q8. Your third album ” shin-ken” borrowed elements from traditional Japanese music. would u like to put some more exotic elements in your next album?
Q9. You toured with American metal band Obituary in 2010, that was a remarkable tour in your band history, and the tour inspired you making the fourth album Spiritual Migration. so could you guys talk about this?
Q10. Let’s talk about the new album “Spiritual Migration”.
Persefone:Our drummer Marc joined us in the third album, when we made the Shin Ken, we were in a rush, we wrote the songs and record them really fast because we’ve been told by the record company that if we could finish it in time we could be labelled. So everything was so quick, Marc wrote the drum part only as the first time working together with us. With this new album, he worked as a musician and a producer, because he can play guitar and sing as well, so he took on lots of the work. This album is the first album that completely cooperated by all band members, we did our best，we tried something extreme, we tried to write some lyrics with meaning, not only screaming,like stories, something can give a positive message, this may be our best album because it allows more emotion,feelings and our spiritual lifes inside, and we had more time to produce, so everything is better. Normally we write the lyrics together, put the ideas on the table but in the end Marc had good skills to fit the right word on the right timing in every song, he took the most credit for it and he is the genius.
Q11. And after released the 4th album in March, what are u going to do in the rest of this year? any other tour plans? Which place you want to go if possible?
Q12. What equipment you guy are using?
GC:Thanks again for taking time to do this interview! Anything you want to say at the end？
Persefone:Thank you too. We really enjoy this tour in China, the schedule, the promotion, everything is outstanding and perfect, and we are with the Silent Hell all the time, it’s really good to communicate with them. And we like chinese food here, it is more delicious than in chinese restaurants in Andorra. We hope we can give fantastic shows and rock china ！