EMQs with OVERSENSE

EMQs with OVERSENSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German Modern Melodic Metal band, Oversense. Huge thanks to lead guitarist, Jasmin ‘Jassy J.’ Pabst, 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?

Hey everyone! My name is Jassy. I am the lead guitarist of OVERSENSE. The band itself started as a studio project of Danny, our singer and rhythm guitarist, and our drummer Paddl, back in 2012.

They both wanted to get the songs live on stage so that they searched for fellow musicians. Bassist Vau joined very soon, he played guitar before though. In 2014 the first EP “Dreamcatcher” was released, followed by the debut album “The Storyteller” in 2017. In the end of 2017 I joined the band (small fun fact: the guys searched for ‘metal girl’ on YouTube, found me, and wrote to me to ask if I wanted to join) and after some lineup changes OVERSENSE consists now of Danny (vocals, guitars), Paddl (drums, backing vocals), Vau (bass, backing vocals) and me, Jassy (lead guitar).

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s rather funny. Danny lives in a village called ‘Obersinn’. If you translate this name roughly into English you get: ‘ober’ = ‘over’ ‘sinn’ = sense. OVERSENSE.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Germany. The Metal / Rock scene here has been getting smaller over the years, but we still got some very big festivals like Wacken (W:O:A), Rock am Ring , Summer Breeze and many more. You might have heard of them! Especially club shows are very popular for underground acts and music enthusiasts!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release is “EGOMANIA”, the second OVERSENSE album in total. It came out on September 17th 2021, via Dr. Music Records. With Love being our most recent single, featuring a horror-ish music video, directed by Mirko Witzki. We already plan to write more heavy stuff for you people!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can just speak for myself. Including also my bandmates’ story would totally take a full page, haha. My interest in music is very vast. Sum 41 got me into playing guitar! I count Michael Paget, Synyster Gates, Alexi Laiho, Guthrie Govan, Jen Majura, Yasi Hofer, Django Reinhardt, Jim Root and indeed Kirk Hammet as my biggest influences. When it comes to bands, I listen to Equilibrium, Children Of Bodom, Slipknot, System Of A Down, Disturbed, The Birthday Massacre, Amorphis, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dark Tranquility, In Flames, Nothgard, Trivium etc. concerning the heavier genres and to The Beatles, Cage The Elephant, movie / game scores and Neo Classical stuff.

What first got you into music?

Actually it was my father! He is a huge 60s, 70s music enthusiast. I got my first cassette from him with songs from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich, The Kinks, The Honeycomes, Slade, Sweet and many many more! I was about 2 years old.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

That is a tough question as there are so many amazing artists out there! I recently collaborated with one of my favorite bands – Equilibrium. I guess I would choose Slipknot this time. Even if some people might roll with their eyes, haha.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

WACKEN! It has a great atmosphere with great people – it’s a legendary festival! Also you get to meet many of your own idols there to exchange ideas, or just to say hi.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

If we stick to gifts you enjoy – (I had ‘special gift pictures’ from male people… yikes) – it’s a Texas shaped guitar pick and a PAC-Man mini-amp! Thank you Rebecca again! =)

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Music connects people and shouldn’t be a playground for hate and jealousy. We are all one big family, so treat everyone with respect.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Actually I don’t like this question whenever it’s asked. No one should be preferred to be back from the dead as every loss was tragic.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Playing for people and seeing the joy in their eyes, inspiring people to pick up the guitar might be the most amazing aspects. I do dislike stalker fans who claim all your attention, being creepy and disrespectful. Also receiving dick-pics and sexist comments is a burden you need to carry. It sucks. Additionally, as a female guitarist, it feels like you get a lot more criticism for the same skill level compared to a male guitarist. Because your looks and your seductive movements give you the success! Your boobs and you ass. Sure! Just leave me alone with this shit… Yep, I hate that! Hahahaha!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Less sexism please and more chances for smaller bands. There are close to none post 2015 big bands out there rocking stadiums and festivals. Make it possible these people can actually live from their art.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Equilibrium – “Sagas”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CDs!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Also a tough one. Maybe it was during our 2018 tour as support act for DORO in Memmingen. But Wiesthal Open Air and Darmstadt – Goldene Krone this year featured amazing crowds that totally tore up the ground!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I studied maths and physics and up to now I am still a teacher as dayjob! On a more, less boring side, I might have become a gamer, hahahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

With or without family? If I don’t include family because that might be the intention of the question: My boyfriend, my best friends. Yeah. Friends! Why should I invite people I never met or talked to?

What’s next for the band?

Playing some shows and recording new music of course!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.oversense.de
www.facebook.com/oversensemusic
www.instagram.com/oversensemusic
www.twitter.com/oversenseband
www.youtube.com/oversensemusic
www.tiktok.com/@oversense.music
www.twitch.tv/oversense
http://bit.ly/oversense_spotify

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are disgusting hahahaha, sorry xD Biscuit otherwise.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for having me / us ! Guys, don’t let metal and rock die! Support your local bands, go to shows when it’s possible again, have a great time, get inspired by everyone and everything that brings you joy! =)

Stay safe and healthy!

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Oversense – Egomania

Egomania Album Cover Art

Oversense – Egomania
Dr. Music Records
Release Date: 17/09/2021
Running Time: 54:39
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Oversense have been working their particular brand of Melodic Modern Metal for the best part of a decade and after what appears to be a somewhat successful crowdfunding campaign have pulled together their sophomore album “Egomania”. I’m not previously familiar with this Bavarian band, but the first point that strikes the ears is that this is an incredibly well-produced and sophisticated sound for a home-produced record. The studio recording was all done by band front man, guitarist, keyboard player, band leader and general all-rounder Danny Meyer at his own studio and subsequently mastered by Avantasia’s Miro Rodenberg. The sound is quite beefy and richly layered with a deep sensitivity for melody and timing, helped enormously by the inclusion of one woman YouTube phenomena Jassy J., who adds some complex layering and subtlety to the musical dimension. Meyer’s voice is capable of a broad range both in pitch and style and he works his best when he runs the gamut between the more sustained clean sounds and the more in your face tracks like ‘Tear Me Down’. But to be honest this guy is clearly an incredibly talented chap and the range this record displays in that regard is phenomenal.

Unusually this album is not slated for release until September (I am reviewing this in June), which is a long lead time by anyone’s standard and at this point only the ‘Be’ single is available to hear. Judging by the number of hits it has already garnered on YouTube this slow burn approach may yet pay off. Single ‘Be’ absolutely stands out as one of the strongest contenders on here, with its catchy keyboard riff, up-tempo pile-driving delivery, sophisticated time changes and is vocally led by a duet from Meyer and Sick N’ Beautiful vocalist Herma Sick. The only problem I have with this song, is that’s it’s the only one to use this particular collaboration. The mix of male and female voices works really well and leaves the listener wanting much more. Fortunately we do get a little more, as ‘Faith’ also has a guest turn from Ulli Perhonen, which adds a positively Symphonic touch to this particular track, which the musical framework stands up to meet the challenge of. Having those dual voices more frequently might be something to think about when touring becomes an option, as it adds a real depth and maturity to the sound…

The musical tone and variety within the overall Melodic Metal framework is really rather broad to boot, taking in both the up-tempo to the downright Gothic in the down-tuned ‘Love’, which melds the mood, anger and melody together in an incredibly catchy way. If ‘Be’ is the leader, this is definitely the tailgating follower.

There’s no shortage of anthemic fist-punchers too, with ‘Rave In Hell’ being a great example of this, showing that despite Meyer’s technical capabilities, sometime what you need is simplicity and a track that gets people jumping. The positively Thrashy introduction to ‘Antisocial’ follows, before settling into high tempo Power Metal territory, which tells me that this band could manage pretty much any style of Metal if they chose to, although the distinctive high energy rests that frequent the music like an arrhythmic heart beat are such a distinctive signature of their songs. The record slows down for its finale, with the ballad ‘Memories’, but it’s the lengthy closer ‘Extinction’ that holds the attention. It’s got power and depth in its low tempo piano introduction, but then comes belting in with high tempo and energy, creating an epic and complex journey that showcases many of the high points the album has shared to date. The talent in here is formidable, from a bunch of musicians capable of depth, variety and a blisteringly time-tight delivery. One to watch for sure…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Toast To The Devil
02. The Longing
03. Be (feat. Herma Sick)
04. My Eden
05. Tear Me Down
06. Love
07. Faith (featuring Ulli Perhonen)
08. Rave In Hell
09. Antisocial
10. Memories
11. Extinction

LINE-UP:
Danny Meyer – Vocals, Guitar & Keyboards
Jasmin ‘Jassy J.’ Pabst – Guitar
Marco Volpert – Bass / Vocals
Patrick Lippert – Drums / Vocals

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Oversense Promo Pic

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