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PostSubject: Epica "Ariën van Weesenbeek" Interview   Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:03 am

Interview with Ariën van Weesenbeek of Epica
Interviewed by Jessica Clingempeel




Your previous album, as told, was inspired by Science, mainly Physics. Will this new album take the same journey into the scientific realm as the holographic principle is a scientific concept?

Ariën; I’d say it’s got more to do with science, or rather science fiction. The story, or rather the question, is that it’s not certain if our existence on earth is real for certain. It could very well be that we’re perceiving all of this from a different dimension, or whatever, that we’re living in a dream world. 
 
The Holographic Principle is an interesting title for this album. What made the band want to use it? Did the band go through any other name suggestions?

Ariën; It’s a catchy, powerful title. Mark came up with it, as he’s very interested in those subjects related to physics and science. We didn’t have many other title suggestions.

I read that Heile was the mastermind behind the cover. Did Heile come up with the entire concept or what inspired the artwork? Will the cover be holographic?

Ariën; Heile only did the artwork. We came up with the concept, and we gave Heile a few points of direction, and he worked it out from there, and came up with a terrific cover, which won’t be holographic, but a very nice print.

Will this album keep the same direction vocally and musically or will we see a different side of Epica?

Ariën; I’d say the direction of this album is much more metal, and a lot darker than TQE.
Never before did we sound so ‘in your face’, and the band’s been pushed much more to the front. Plus, we’ve also used a lot more percussion this time, but that doesn’t make the sound less ‘metal’ at all, maybe even heavier.

In regards to the first single, will there be a music video?

Ariën; Only the lyric video. We’ll have more videos coming up, but I can’t tell you much more about them.

Will there be any collaborations on the new album?

Ariën; No, there won’t be any. That didn’t cross our minds.

Were there any difficulties in the writing, production, or recording of the album?

Ariën; Only shifting out the best material and selecting the best songs for the album, haha. That was tough, but we made it.

In 2017, the band will be teaming up with Powerwolf, on tour, in support of the new album. How did this come about and can we expect another live DVD with The Holographic Principle?

Ariën; We noticed that Powerwolf is very successful, and we wanted to join forces and tour together. I think this idea came up last year. We’re always brainstorming how and with whom we could be touring, and it seemed like a great idea to do that with Powerwolf. I’m quite looking forward to that! As far as I know, there won’t be any live DVD plans, yet.

I read Tarja was invited to appear in Retrospect. Due to conflicts, it wasn't possible. Will we see any surprises like this with the current tour? Maybe she will appear on this tour?

Ariën. Tarja simply didn’t have any time. No conflicts at all. She won’t be appearing on this tour. She’s got her own plans and tours. 
 
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Brian: Am I correct in understanding that the orchestra and choir arrangements are going to be the bigger than ever?

Ariën; Yes and no. The parts itself are more imposing, but for this album, the band’s been shoved forward more than ever, and the choirs and orchestra are more of a support of the band than the other way around. Really; the sound and production came out blasting!

Brian: Speaking of orchestral and choir arrangements: as an example, in the liner notes of "Retrospect" Coen Jannssen (and Oliver Palotai) were credited with transcribing orchestral and choir arrangements and providing additional arrangements for both. What exactly is involved for Coen when he provides orchestra and choir arrangements for your albums?

 Ariën; Coen usually comes up with the choir arrangements, and makes the transcripts for the choirs, so that they know what to sing. He knows a lot of harmonics on the keys, and that’s pretty astonishing how he’s translating this to choir arrangements. 

Brian: Is the music played by the orchestra and the lyrics sung by the choir composed and written by the band? Do the orchestra and choir have some compositional input as well?

Ariën; The band comes up with the music and lyrics for the orchestra and choirs. Usually the orchestra and choir members don’t have any creative input – they just do what they do best.

Brian: Did you use the same creative and recording process that worked so well for "The Quantum Enigma": each member developing their ideas and compositions alone and then meeting up and working on them together as a band in person?

Ariën; It was pretty much the same working style. It worked quite well on TQE, and for The Holographic Principle everything went smooth and inspired as well. The thing is; we’re living quite far from each other, so usually we communicate and send ideas through long distance-web tracks, until we have most of the material ready for jamming in person. Then the real fun starts, and before we know it, we’re recording in the studio.

Rick: How about musicians who are covering your songs on social media: would you invite them to play live with you guys?

Ariën; Nah, we wouldn’t. It’s nice that they cover our songs, at least most attempts are nice, but we’d never invite them live on stage.

Emma: Do you have any song(s) on any album(s) that you think you could have made improvements on?

Ariën; Haha, too many to mention! That’s always the burden of being a musician/composer; you’re never 100% satisfied, and there’s always something that could have been done better. But, that’s the drive to make a perfect album, which we’ll never make because there’s no such thing. But as long as we’ve got the drive to do so, we keep on going.

Wayne: How long do you guys see your musical career going forth?

Ariën; Me personally, I still want to play drums when I’m 80 years old. Music keeps you young and healthy, apart from my liver maybe, haha. I hope that Epica will go on for a long time. The way it looks now; we will!

Wayne: It's upsetting seeing the dismissal of Tarja and Liv from their respective bands, so is Epica totally secure?

Ariën; Haha, cool question. Yes; Epica is totally secure, nobody’s being kicked out behind their backs, no worries. 


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PostSubject: Re: Epica "Ariën van Weesenbeek" Interview   Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:39 am

Good interview. Arien is such a character. I look forward to the album's release. They are such brilliant musicians they are food for the ears and the concepts they explore with each album they are food for the mind. 

It doesn't surprise me that those inside the industry are aware of what really is happening and has happened despite the attempts to cover it up (ie. Nightwish of 2005 and Leaves' Eyes of 2016).

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