Leading up to Emalyth Arts Expo INFINITI I spoke to Envious Despair:
1. What are you most looking forward to at the Emalyth Arts Expo?
Mike: The look on peoples faces (you’ll see)
Kyle: Beer and playing my guitar
Ruan: Jamming alongside NervoChaos and all the local acts, kicking off the New Year
Thys: The metal, the beer, the pure euphoria
2. What are your thoughts on the local metal scene?
Mike: I’d like to think that the scene is busy expanding personally. Bands realise that we are still a young scene and we should support each other. As for the fans I’m always glad to see the same familiar faces at gigs, those fans are the backbone of the scene but it would be really great if they could bring friends along every once in a while.
Kyle: No comment
Ruan: Way too little support, to be honest, and a lot of fakes
Thys: Support is needed, we need to stand together to improve what we already have built. But my main point is WE NEED MORE DEAFMURTAL!!
3) Do you have any favourite gig experiences?
Mike: It’s gonna be a tie between Xmas in July and Botswana the crowd was just insaaane!
Kyle: Yeah, Botswana defos and the Metal Xmas in July at Rumours
Ruan: Botswana has to be at the top of my list
Thys: Metal Xmas in July!
4. What does 2016 hold for Envious Despair?
Mike: Hopefully the finished product of our first album
Kyle: An album the rest is classified
Ruan: Bigger gigs, maturity in regards to our music
Thys: Time will tell my Padawan, time will tell
5. What advice can you give to people wanting to start a band?
Mike: As with anything in life persistence is key just keep at it. And don’t think you’re gonna make a ton of cash even if you make “girlfriend metal.”
Kyle: Have alot of money
Ruan: JUST DO IT, MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
Thys: Nike, just do it! Go in guns blazing and enjoy every second of it!
6) If you could go back in time to any musical period, what would it be and why?
Mike: When death metal started I would have loved to see DEATH just once
Kyle: 70’s prog rock is king
Ruan: Probably between the 60’s and 80’s because firstly Pink Floyd, and the musical movement developed so much during that period
Thys: The 1960 peace movement