(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case the badass metal band NightShade) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.)
Q.Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.
A. I have written the songs since the beginning and Fabien Letren joined me in the writing process after our first album.
About lyrics, on the new album, Trevor wrote many of them too.
It’s about our living experience, what happen in our life and affect us.
It was produced at my studio “Nalcon Studio” and Joey Sturgis did the mix/mastering and it sounds amazing!
Q. What are you working on right now?
A. Promotion of the album coming out in few days, finalizing the booking of some tours, working on some contracts for the label and answering this interview of course 😉
Q. How often do you work on your music?
A. A lot, around 12 to 20 hours a day between promotion, practicing, booking…
Q. What is your philosophy? Motto?
A. Live the life to the fullest, do your best and work you ass off for what you believe in! Because nobody gonna do it for yourself.
Q. What’s the stupidest thing you have ever heard someone say?
A. One time, I heard a rumor saying that I wasn’t on tour in USA but hide in a cave in France…
Q. Which band member are you positive is an extraterrestrial and what does their planet look like? Details!
A. Vincent for sure haha he’s always smiling, in a good mood, joking, motivate… his planet probably looks like a giant pair of boobs!!
Q. How long could you live without money?
A. As long as I need to… I almost live without money because as soon as I get any I invest it in the band.
Q. What was the last song you listened to before this interview?
“The Hills” by The Weeknd
Q. Any tours planned?
Yes, and they all gonna be announce soon! Europe, USA, Canada, Asia… we will be busy this year!
Q. Top five favorite albums?
A. Blue Blood – X-Japan
Stand Up And Scream – Asking Alexandria
Allegiance – As Blood Runs Black
The New Reign – Born Of Osiris
The Pinkprint – Nicki Minaj
Q. Would you accept 1 million dollars now to give up any and all music forever? If not what is your price?
A. NO WAY! I love being on the road too much! I couldn’t accept any money to give up music.
Q. What really pisses you off?
A. I would say people who breaks a word. Telling you something but then not doing it, I fucking hate it.
Band Line Up
Trevor Birnie : Vocals
Bastien “Frenchie” Deleule : Guitar / Clean Vocals
Alex Stap : Guitar
Andrew Loeppky : Bass
Vincent Vidal : Drums
Active for more than 6 years now in the French scene and recognized more in the international scene, after touring Europe, USA and Japan with bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Hester Prynne and Fleshgod Apocalypse and also playing festivals like Euroblast Fest, NIGHTSHADE, French/Canadian metal band, are proud to announce their 4th studio album to be released in February 2016.
After three albums released through Rising Records and Bullet Tooth Records, they have had reviews in the international press, music on samplers and even in video games such as Rock Band.
For this new album called Predilections, NightShade have signed with Marked Man Records, a new label owned by guitarist and clean singer Bastien Deleule, with the help from Energy Zombie Management, High Road Publicity, Mercenary Management and H.I.M Media. Music structures which already prove their success by working with bands such as Black Label Society, As Blood Runs Black, Architects, or Bring Me The Horizon.