EMQ’s With Euthymia
Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview with European Alternative Prog band, Euthymia. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Michael: Hi I’m Veneri Michael, I play guitar and synth guitar in the group.
Vito: Here, Vito Tambasco! Singer and guitarist.
Matteo: Matteo De Marco, guitarist.
Vito: The band was founded in 2022, after 1 full year of concerts and after having played important stages such as Rock Castle in the Czech Republic, Meeting Del Mare in Italy, and various clubs between Germany and Italy.
Euthymia found its origin in another band: Men in the Box, where some of our members had been playing. Given the changes that were made, with new members and a new sound, it made sense to us to create a new entity instead of pursuing Men In the Box.
How did you come up with your band name?
Michael: It was a compromise between all members of the group. Euthymia’s name comes from the concept of aponia and ataraxia. This representation is nourished by esoteric lyrics, Jungian psychology, psychoanalysis, and astronomy. We thought that the concept was perfectly fitting with the name.
What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?
Michael: Part of the group comes from Italy, while our bassist is French. In Italy and France, metal and rock don’t have a very specific scene, especially as it is not the type of music that has the greatest popularity unfortunately.
What is your latest release?
Michael: Our latest release is the EP, “Θeοs”, which contains the two main ”faces” of the album which will be released by the end of the year. The EP contains ‘I Am Past’, a song with sounds very similar to the alternative old school and Eunoya. It’s a purely Progressive song with very biting and dynamic riffs.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Michael: My influences are mainly bands like Korn, Periphery, Alice in Chains, Pink Floyd and Polyphia.
Vito: My music concept comes mostly from the sound of the 90’s, so I would say Tool and Nirvana.
What first got you into music?
Michael: I was introduced to music at a young age after a personal journey: it all stems from my need to let off steam through aggressive music to balance all my pure energy.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Vito: Personally, the only artist I would collaborate with is Maynard from Tool: drawing inspiration and understanding the basics by working on a song with him would be the best!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Matteo: Unfortunately, there isn’t just one festival we’d like to attend because, fortunately, the world music scene offers so many beautiful realities. But if you really must choose one, let’s say that due to its importance and history, the WACKEN could give a lot of satisfaction.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Michael: I would say, the singing lessons from one of our fans from the Czech Republic.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Vito: If even just a word or a note derived from one of our songs has left something inside you, spread empathy, listen: not just music.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Michael: I would love to bring Chester Bennington and his amazing voice back to life. Hey Chester, thanks for everything!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Michael: The most beautiful part remains playing our songs that allow me to experience my energy and share it with people. Unfortunately, the difficult thing is to have a balance between adult life and music: living music full-time today is unfortunately impossible.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Michael: A fair remuneration for the artist. Making music as a hobby can already be expensive but trying to make a living out of it is getting more and more difficult as time goes.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Vito: My favorite album? “Lateralus”, by Tool. It is absolutely the only album that opened the doors to musical transcendence for me, making me understand the indissoluble bond towards it.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
Michael: I choose the 5th: listen to live music. Going to concerts and really experiencing music is the only way to get the artist’s message 100%.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Michael: Rock Castle 2022, Feuerschwanz and Guano Apes played after us: it was like winning the lottery!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Michael: It would be nice for me to be a scientist or a science communicator.
Vito: I would probably be bored to death. We currently all have day jobs aside from music, as lawyers, key account managers or sales representatives…
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Michael: The first diner would be Mark Tremonti: a fantastic person who, luckily for me, I had the pleasure of meeting at an Alter Bridge concert. Elon Musk would be an interesting person to talk to.
Vito: I would invite Maynard from Tool (of course) and Junji Ito – I need a drawing to use as an album cover!
Matteo: Jesus. I want to talk to Jesus.
What’s next for the band?
Vito: We are planning a small tour in France this summer, as well as some festivals. We are also hoping to release an EP before the summer, as well as a full LP by the end of this year.
Q. What social media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
You can find us on:
Official Site: https://www.euthymiaband.com/
Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun, a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll, or a Tea Cake?
Vito: Do you have any questions about pizza? No? Nooo?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Michael: Thank you for your time. I hope you enjoyed this interview.
Matteo: Thanks Guys! We hope to hear from you in a few years with new stories to tell. We remind everyone to follow us on our social networks and if you want to support us with ratings, likes and shares.
Vito: Bye guys!
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