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Realized at: 28th, March 2017
 
 
 
 

"There will always be stories in our songs, a meaning or a certain philosophical approach behind it, so yes, the lyrics are a very important part of our music.  (...)"

1. What stands behind THE WATCHER name? Is there any special meaning behind it? Who has the idea to use that name for the band? Does this name in a way or another express the music that the band is delivering?

When we had finished writing our first song, "The Watcher", we still had no name for the band. We knew that something like the typical brutality-related names that are common in death metal wouldn't fit for us, as we are not a typical death metal band. Everyone came up with some names, but nothing sounded right. One day our guitarist Pascal had the idea to name us after the first song. We all liked it, so we became The Watcher.

The lyrics of that song are about a being that is looking on humanity from a non-human point of view, watching their cruelty and destruction without being a part of it. You will find this "watching-from-outside" concept in some more of our lyrics, so the name has a strong connection to our music.

2. What are you most proud of achieving as a band, and have there been any defining moments that stand out in your memories?

Writing and recording the EP "A Conscience Removed" is our greatest achievement as a band yet. When we were in the studio, the possibility of watching the songs grow as everyone of us played and recorded his personal part, was important for us as a band, like a transition from "four-guys-jamming-around" to something a bit more serious. And, of course, finally listening to the roughmix of our first song, that was a great and very motivating moment.

3. The lyrics seems quite important for the band and your expression, how do you look upon the importance of the lyrics?

There will always be stories in our songs, a meaning or a certain philosophical approach behind it, so yes, the lyrics are a very important part of our music. If you look at great bands like Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Death and many more, the lyrics were always important in metal. Cheesy, self-repeating radiopop lyrics are not for us.

4. Despite you´re active since 2013, you released your first EP three years after, How much time does it take to put a record together? Do you have extra material that’s left out after choosing what fits you most?

Because we all come from different musical backgrounds, finding a style we all were happy with wasn't that easy. The first two years we were essentially just jamming around, covering some Maiden songs and trying some riffs. When we finally started to write our own stuff, we had the songs ready in about half a year, then entered the studio to record them. Mixing, mastering, artwork and physical production took another three months.

There are a lot of leftover riffs from the rehearsals, but they mostly stand alone and may be used for coming songs. There's also some stuff from the studio, parts of a song, but it did not fit well with the rest of the EP. Maybe we'll release it another time.

5. You have an interesting sound, can you tell us the typical approach you take when composing a song?

Most of the time, at the rehearsals, one of us comes up with a riff and we start playing around with it. If we like it, we try to find other riffs that fit the atmosphere, or sometimes break it on purpose, then we play them in a row, work on transitions, find new parts... This can go on for weeks. If we finally think the raw song is finished, we work on details. The lyrics come last, written to fit the song.

6. The musical structures are hugely complex. Did you proposed yourselves to compose complex music or does it came natural to you?

We all like certain bands that play complex music, like Opeth, Gojira, Dream Theater, Steven Wilson, but some of us are more into traditional metal or totally different genres. As said before, it took us a long time to find a style that we all liked and that left enough room for all of us to bring in our individual influences. When we found that style, writing complex songs came kind of natural.

7. "A Conscience Removed" was self edited. There were no record companies interested? How are sells going on?

About the record companies, we did not really try, to be honest. We wrote to a few small labels, but there were no responses. Maybe the EP was more like something we did to prove to ourselves that we can write and record some cool music. That may change with the follow-up album, though.

It is not easy for a complete newcomer to get attention from media/zines, labels and people in general, even in the underground scene. There are a lot of bands, they are all on the internet and they all want attention, reviews, labels, gigs and stuff. We really would like to get more reviews for our music, but we also understand that it is hard for metal zines to filter through all the new bands and new releases. However, the best chance for us to get more attention is to write more songs and to play them live. And that is what we will do.

Concerning sales, our EP is available on most streaming platforms, but the web sales are virtually nonexistent at the moment. When we play live, people buy the physical CD, but we could not pay a studio production with this. It is our private money that we put into the music we love making, as it is with most underground bands.

8. Would you like to write the soundtrack for a movie? What kind of movie?

Would be a great challenge! If you look at our lyrics, there's quite a lot of sci-fi in them, so a dark science fiction movie would fit best, something strange, like Alien or Event Horizon.

9. With so many death metal bands coming up these days, how do you manage to keep your material relevant? How challenging is it to come up with newer material?

Maybe there are many death metal bands on the rise, but we don't compare ourselves to others. Although our music could be described as death metal, our sound and style are different. We would never change that just to get more attention. And we like to think that playing death metal somewhat different gives our stuff a bit of relevancy. But that is for our listeners to decide.

Regarding new material, of course it is challenging to come up with new music, but its complex stuff, as you said, you would not expect it to be easy. We are working on material for an album, so there is a lot to do for us in terms of songwriting. It's great fun, though.

10. What are your views on the German/European death metal scene these days?

There is an underground death metal scene in Germany, but death metal is not as big here as it is in other European countries. The big bands still come from Sweden, like Entombed, Bloodbath, etc., thats where the heart of the European death metal scene is. A few years ago, there was a flood of metalcore bands, maybe that kind of suppressed death metal a bit. The same may be true today with the abundancy of doom bands emerging. But death metal isn't exactly the style to play if you want quick success. So as long as the underground is alive, there will be enough bands and concerts for death metal fans. One thing to criticise about the german scene, though, is that there are not many people coming to the concerts to check out new bands, that's a bit sad. We really hope that will change, because there are a lot of good bands out there who deserve to be noticed.

11. Could you give us a little insight into the metal-scene in Siegen? Are there many bands that play metal, and especially death metal?

The biggest metal band from Siegen is probably "Accu§er", they were quite successful during the eighties' thrash wave. They are still around, releasing great albums and playing big festivals. If you don't know them, check them out.

About the underground scene: Siegen is not that big, but there are some bands here playing metal/death metal. We'll drop a few names, so if you're interested you should give them a listen. There is "Steorrah", they play proggy/jazzy death metal. While officially from Bonn, part of the band is from Siegen and we have known them since school. Then there is "Mortal Hatred", they play death metal/deathcore. You should try their album "Abandoned/forsaken". "Dead Sun Halo" play thrash metal, and "Skin Harvest" play some brutal tech-death.

Of course there is also a great place to play for metal bands, the "Vortex Surfer Club". They recently had bands like Unearth, Napalm Death and Blaze Bayley playing there, but they are always open for the underground, and they give local bands the opportunity to open for some of the "big names".

12. How does the matter look with concerts in your country at present? Do you play any concerts outside Germany?

Since we don't have that much material yet, we don't play that often, mainly support gigs. If you look around a bit, there are good opportunities to play in support of bands that are a bit bigger. That should be the case in most cities in Germany. With a bit of persistence, you can work your way up and get a good live reputation. Of course we would love to play outside of Germany, maybe we can realize that after recording our album, but, being an underground band, that's also a financial matter.

13. With the change in people’s ways of consuming music how do you go about maintaining a viable economical level to your music/recording?

Nowadays, music is being "consumed" mainly via the internet, but, especially in the metal scene, there are still people who want to buy a physical copy, to support their favourite band and get a collectors item. That really helps underground bands, and it brings up the music more personally. You'll  listen more closely if you sit down with a cold beer and put on your freshly-bought CD instead of randomly choosing music from the infinite offers of the internet, so it serves both parties.

That being said, our music doesn't pay itself. That's alright for us, but we would sure like it if that would change in some (distant) future.

14. And now we have finally come to the end of this interview, do you have some important words for our readers?

Thank you very much for doing this interview with us! We really appreciate how you are supporting the underground metal scene. For everyone interested in what we are doing, please visit us on facebook and bandcamp: 

https://www.facebook.com/TheWatcherBand

https://thewatcherband.bandcamp.com 

We would love to hear what you think about our music, so if you can spare the time, drop us a line! 

Cheers!

The Watcher

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