Herr Nox Interview 11/05/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
Herr Nox: Hey MM! My name is Herr nox, I'm from Quebec, Canada and after being in a few different bands I'm now concentrating on my solo project. I enjoy a wide variety of bands, especially those who have a uniqueness about them. I'd say David Bowie had a major influence on me as an artist. The Sisters of Mercy as well, and a lot of other bands from the 80s. On the heavier side, I'd say Type O Negative, My Dying Bride, Ihsahn and Emperor. Those bands really stood out, not only because they were good, but because they also had their own sound.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Herr Nox: I have a very cinematic mind. So while I'm a music fan for sure, it seems like most of my song writing is influenced by cinema. Especially, David Lynch's work. I enjoy his symbolism and the way he can create something cohesive yet so abstract. That's what I aim for when I'm composing. I like to go venture into unexpected territories.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
Herr Nox: I guess the one I'm the proudest of is the title track from my new album, Where Shadows Fade. The song structure is kind of unusual but it's a great synthesis of the whole album. That said, I think the most effective song on the album might be "Black Butterfly". It's a really catchy tune and it felt like I was catching lightning in a bottle when I wrote it.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
Herr Nox: I have nothing planned as far live shows are concerned. That's the reality of being a solo artist. BUT gathering a couple of musicians for some special "one-night-only" gig is something I might be doing in the future.
MM: What can we expect from you guys live
Herr Nox: When I put my mind into something, I can become pretty obsessive and somewhat of a perfectionist. So I would surely put on a visual show with projected videos and some theatrics. Some kind of a multimedia experience for sure.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
Herr Nox: The best thing is surely the people you meet along the way. Especially when the bands you're with really gel together. The worst thing is the exhaustion.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Herr Nox: I love when bands from various genres get together and there's a cool sense of community and openness about it the crowd. So touring with The Cure, Ihsahn and Nine Inch Nails is something that would really be wicked.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
Herr Nox: Probably Rammstein at the FEQ here in Quebec City back in 2010. I don't know if I really need to say why haha! It's pretty much a rated R Broadway musical with pyros and metal.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
Herr Nox: The release of my new album. It took 2 years of hard work, done pretty much alone in my studio. I was also able to direct, film and edit 2 music videos which I'm really proud of. It was probably the most complete experience I have ever had as an artist.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Herr Nox: I have so many, but among the lot there's The Dreadful Hours by My Dying Bride and Scary Monsters by David Bowie.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Herr Nox: Yes, I remember very well. It was in March of 2008 before a jam-packed crowd in Quebec City. I was incredibly nervous but after a few minutes I really felt like that's where I belonged and I gave it everything I had. The morning after, my body felt like I had been in a car wreck.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Herr Nox: To be honest, I mostly had horror movie posters on my walls. The one from Hellraiser was probably my favorite. Pinhead is such a great character.
MM: Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Herr Nox: That's a tough question. But I don't think you can go wrong with Black Sabbath.
MM : What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Herr Nox: At the moment, it's promoting Where Shadows Fade. But I can't wait to have more time on my hand and get back to writing new music.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
Herr Nox: I have asked myself this question for many years but never found the answer. There was "Gloomy Sunday", dubbed the "Hungarian Suicide Song", that I tried to cover once but I wasn't satisfied with the result. Other than that, I really don't know.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
Herr Nox: If you enjoy goth, metal, synth movie soundtracks from the 80s (think John Carpenter), a hint of glam and 90s industrial I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy on my new album. You're probably thinking "how the hell can he make all that stuff work together"? My answer is simple: Just try it. The album goes into many different places and I think there's something for everyone.
MM: Four words to describe your Band
Herr Nox: Fire Walk With Me. That one is for Lynch fans.
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers
Herr Nox: Thank you for having me and don't forget to support independent artists! And for vinyl collectors out there, there are still a few hand-numbered and signed limited editions of Where Shadows Fade available. So be sure to grab it before they're gone!