Diese Woche haben wir Symphonic Metal aus Großbritannien für euch! Pythia spielte bereits auf zahlreichen Festivals, meist in UK. Mehr wird vorab nicht verraten, Gitarrist Ross hat sich unseren Fragen gestellt.

Who is behind Pythia?
(Guitarist) – myself – and Marc (Drummer) started the project back in 2007 as our previous band had ended and we wanted to try doing a musical project which would incorporate our thrash and gothic metal background along with big symphonic keyboards and a female soprano singer. We enjoyed what bands like Nightwish and Within Temptation were creating but felt it would be interesting for us to see how our heavier musical background and writing style would blend with that more melodic and bombastic style. Once we started writing songs we quickly found that it worked well and became our main musical focus. We handpicked the other musicians we wanted to complete the band line-up and got to work writing and recording our debut album. Four albums and a few line up changes later, we are still here and still very much enjoy writing and performing this music.’

Forget about genres for a second – Pythia’s music sounds like …?
A mystical journey through an ancient dark forest where magic, spirits, demons and heros reflect the experiences, emotions, struggles and triumphs of the real world.

Which sort of mood produces the best songs?
I feel that any mood can create a great song, whether it be a sad, happy, dark or uplifting song. The main thing is to be inspired at that moment and be in a creative frame of mind. I think you can hear when a song is forced or uninspired.

Which person, artist or incident inspired you when you first started making music?
From a young age I discovered from my father’s record collection that rock music gave me goosebumps. Once I got a little older then bands like Guns ‚N‘ Roses and Metallica became my first bands that I really loved and listened to all the time. From there I discovered bands like Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Paradise Lost etc and once I had the chance to play around on a friend’s guitar at a party I immediately knew I wanted to get a guitar and learn to play some of those cool metal riffs I loved.

The Fairy-Godmother pops up in front of you and grants you a wish. What do you wish for?
I would probably wish for everyone in the world to hear our music. As an independent group it is very challenging trying to get your music out to potential new fans, especially in these social media times where we are all bombarded with so much online everyday. Trying to get people’s attention for three minutes to listen to your band is very difficult. Lots of great bands out there that are still largely unknown unfortunately.

No alcohol is no solution either. What booze combination will definitely dissolve all your troubles and issues?
Well I guess that very much depends on the individual. For me personally I do enjoy a few beers or a couple of whiskies while at a live show or listening to music at home etc. Some people can act crazy after some alcohol though, so that’s no good. Fortunateley I don’t have a particularly addictive personality, so it’s not a problem for me to have a few drinks and still feel good.

Who was the hero of your childhood?
From a music perspective I would say guitarists like Slash, James Hetfield, Dimebag Darrell, Dave Mustaine, Kerry King etc. were players I admired and tried to learn from.

What is the most embarrassing/surprising record on your CD-shelf?
Oh I have all sorts of music on my cd shelves. Mostly metal, of course, but I also own cheesy pop stuff like Erasure, Go West, Huey Lewis, Phil Collins, Duran Duran etc. I am a child of the 80’s so will always have a soft spot for some of that stuff.

What’s next? Tour? Studio? Vacation? Something completely different?
We have finished demoing some new songs and so will commence recording them soon. We have a few live shows in the UK booked for this year and will keep our eyes open for any good opportunities to add to that. After a weird last few years for everyone it will be good to get some new music out and get back to playing live shows.