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Eluveitie interview

INTERVIEW WITH: SIMEON KOCH Eluveitie is the best Swiss folk metal band from city of Winterthur. Their sound can be described as celtic folk influenced by melodic death metal. They sing in the long-extinct Gaelic language and in English, while the themes of the songs are mainly Gaelic myths and legends. Their name comes from the etruscan word meaning Eluveitie which translates Helvetia=Switzerland today. The band was founded by Christian Glanzman in year 2002. He's also their main vocalist.

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First of all, welcome to our pages.
You are coming from Switzerland, county with not such a big metal scene, globally. Do you agree with that?

Well, I wouldn't say it's that small. We have many big Metal Festivals with thousands of visitors. We don't have lots of "big" Metalbands from Switzerland, I agree.

Does having 8 people in the band create logistical difficulties when touring and traveling?

Yeah, especially when we fly for example to the United States. We have so many different Instruments, which we can't order from the local endorser. I mean, no Problems for the Guitarplayers or the Drummer. We can order our Instruments to the first Venue on Tour. But that does not work with Violins, Hurdy-Gurdies, Bagpipes, Mandolas or Whistles. So that gives us immense costs for overweight at the airports.

How did you get started in music?

I grew up in a Family of Musicians. I could learn the Instrument of my choice, which I did. I learned many different styles, like Bluegrass (I still love to play that flatpicking stuff), Funk, Blues, Pop and of course almost all kinds of Metal. I played in a unknown Hardrock-Band before I joined Eluveitie and i played Bluegrass for a couple of years together with a good friend.
Was there a song or album that inspired you to want to perform music?

Was there a song or album that inspired you to want to perform music?

No. Music was always part of my life. I played in school together with my History-Teacher, I just love to play live.

Your music is described as folk metal with big influence of melodic death metal. How do you manage to combine those two different musical directions?

That is mostly Chrigel's work. He had the wish to combine traditional folk music with melodic Death Metal ten years before he founded Eluveitie. He just tried it and obviously it works ;-)

Speaking from the view of the fact that you use traditional instruments such as bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, mandola, whistles, pipes, gaita, and you sing on a Gaulish language.

Exactly. That was also Chrigel's idea. Personally, I don't understand a single word in gaulish but it sounds great ;-) We work with Professors and Students from Universities in Switzerland and Austria to manage the gaulish lyrics.

Hm, the fact that gaulish is actually a dead language makes it very difficult to translate the whole thing. There is no complete "Translation-Programm", it's just not possible. But the fans will find most of our gaulish songs translated in the booklets or of course in the Internet.

The lyrics, the Gaulish language, it's not easy to find anything on the internet to use to translate your lyrics. Most of what I found where Eluveitie fans writing to websites asking for translation resources! Do you think about providing translations or is it something that even comes up for you?

"Helvetios" tells the harrowing chronic of the Gaulish war. But it's not just a chronological account of this terrible war, the album tells the story from the viewpoint of the Helvetians, a Celtic tribe. This wasn't a very simple task, since history is mostly written by those who triumphed in war which in this case was the Roman empire, Gaius Julius Caesar to be exact. Most of what we know about the Gaulish war nowadays stems from Caesar's transcripts and that these do not convey the full truth is pretty obvious and also confirmed by historians. His scripture "De Bello Gallico" is political propaganda for his benefit to a great extent in which home and family defending Gauls become "belligerent barbarians" and sheer genocide over Gaulish tribes become "glorious battles" that were fought by Roman legions "heroically to protect the Roman people."
So you can see it's not an easy undertaking to portray the Gaulish war as Helvetians (Gauls) would have. We still tried and cooperated with scientists to question historiography and let historical and archeological findings influence us in writing the album. But we also just let simple emotions and feelings speak by imagining what it really must have been like back then.

Helvetios is the name of the new album, the fifth full-length album. Tell us something more about it. It is your first concept album, right? What is it about?

I really like the Metalcamp Festival, it's well organized and the area is truly beautiful. It's a very chilling place, almost like holidays ;-)

That would be an Australian Tour (including New Zealand and Japan) together with Lamb of God and Coroner ;-)

You are going to US tour, and after that you are coming to Europe. In August you will be playing in Slovenia, at Metalcamp festival, where you already played before. What is your opinion about Metalcamp and it's scenery. People say that it's the most beautiful festival area in whole Europe.

You're welcome ;-)
Cheers to all our loyal Fans in Croatia! Stay folky and see you all on tour! Croatia rocks!



Kalendar

FUL KUL BUVLJAK, 06.06.2020., Boogaloo, Zagreb

06.06.2020. - subota

FUL KUL BUVLJAK, 06.06.2020., Boogaloo, Zagreb

Zagreb, Boogaloo
Besplatno

MYSTIC FESTIVAL - Poljska, Krakow, Aviation Museum, 10. – 11.06.2020.

10.06.2020. - srijeda

MYSTIC FESTIVAL - Poljska, Krakow, Aviation Museum, 10. – 11.06.2020.

Krakov, Krakow Aviation Museum
279 / 479 / 799 PLN

SYSTEM OF A DOWN - 17.06.2020., Papp László Sportaréna, Budimpešta

17.06.2020. - srijeda

SYSTEM OF A DOWN - 17.06.2020., Papp László Sportaréna, Budimpešta

Budimpešta, Papp László Sportaréna
15 900,00 Ft - 33 900,00

OH SEES, 08.07.2020., Vintage Industrial Bar, Zagreb

08.07.2020. - srijeda

OH SEES, 08.07.2020., Vintage Industrial Bar, Zagreb

Zagreb, Vintage Industrial Bar
100 kn/120 kn

HEADBANGER'S HOLIDAY - Pula, Vallelunga, 5. – 9. 08.2020.

05.08.2020. - srijeda

HEADBANGER'S HOLIDAY - Pula, Vallelunga, 5. – 9. 08.2020.

Pula, Vallelunga
210 / 430 / 580 kn

PIPSCHIPS&VIDEOCLIPS, 12.09.2020., ŠRC Šalata, Zagreb

12.09.2020. - subota

PIPSCHIPS&VIDEOCLIPS, 12.09.2020., ŠRC Šalata, Zagreb

Zagreb, ŠRC Šalata
85kn/100kn7120kn

STANLEY JORDAN - Zagreb, Tvornica kulture, 20.10.2020.

20.10.2020. - utorak

STANLEY JORDAN - Zagreb, Tvornica kulture, 20.10.2020.

Zagreb, Tvornica kulture
120 kn pretprodaja / 150 kn na dan koncerta

ZUCCHERO - Zagreb, Lisinski, 29.10.2020.

29.10.2020. - četvrtak

ZUCCHERO - Zagreb, Lisinski, 29.10.2020.

Zagreb, Lisinski
210, 280, 350, 420 i 490 kn

ONE REPUBLIC - Slovenija, Ljubljana, dvorana Stožice, 09.11.2020.

09.11.2020. - ponedjeljak

ONE REPUBLIC - Slovenija, Ljubljana, dvorana Stožice, 09.11.2020.

Ljubljana, dvorana Stožice

SKUNK ANANSIE, 19.11.2020., Dom Sportova, Zagreb

19.11.2020. - četvrtak

SKUNK ANANSIE, 19.11.2020., Dom Sportova, Zagreb

Zagreb, Dom Sportova
200 kn / 230 kn/ 260 kn

Lipanj / 2020

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