Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Mickael Tamario : Drums
Bruno Blacktard : Guitar/ Back vocals
Valentin Gondouin : Guitar/vocals
Pierre Challouet : Bass/ vocals
For starters, what bands were you guys a part of prior to Insolvency? How long has the band been around?
We are Insolvency a Heavy/Metalcore band from France.
The band was founded in 2012, with a school friend, Jules in our hometown Troyes in France and myself.
We started playing some covers and our own riffs in my room and we decided then to create a band. We’ve found Mickael quickly as drummers, and Pierre joined us few months later. We have been looking for a singer but after few auditions, we found no one who had the voice we liked, so Jules, Pierre and Me started singing.
In 2014 Jules has leave the band and Bruno replaced him. Bruno brought to us the energy and ambition to push the band and its projects it was a new beginning for us.
What’s the origin of that name and have you changed the band’s name before?
Myself found the name; it just came out without thinking about any signification (from French people, it sounds nice with its pronunciation in English). The name has literately an economic signification but that wasn’t wanted! If we can deal with it, we can keep the signification "insolvent" in a philosophical sense.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs and do you think these topics will change over time?
Pierre and myself brought main ideas with structures on this album, and then we checked it all together with guys. We are using guitar pro at these first steps to have a whole view before recording.
It works naturally this way for its all good and us!
Topics we deal with are related to our society rules, and news. We indirectly deal with capitalism, violence, war etc… we deal with these themes around our feels and we don’t aim them directly. Everything can change over time and we don’t know yet what will tomorrow be made of!
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
The bands who have inspired us are mainly the oldschool metalcore band like Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, As I Lay Dying and also Heavy Metal…
We can add also the new wave of metalcore like While She Sleeps, Architects, Wage War… But we have many others inspirations in metal, Death, Black, Prog and others styles of music.
We also listen to pop, indie rock, rap, electro…
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a band?
For me it’s Metallica’s concerts in May 2012 at Stade de France. The band played Black Album entire and it was my first big metal concert. It was amazing, to feel this energy who connected around 70 000 people.
I remember during Sad But True I looked around and I was feeling like “we love each other’s and we love this music”. After this gig I wanted to set up a band to be able to feel this energy with people on my own music!
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, ect …
All of us do warm-up before all shows, if possible minimum 15mins before show, and vocal warm-up to. Sometimes we make some push up and exercises to set up our state of mind to a nice level. We never drink before a show, or a tiny bit! it’s very important to us to be clear on stage to be our top level.
What has been the biggest highlight of the band’s career so far?
The studio experience with Jim Pinder And Carl Bown (who’ve worked for While She Sleeps, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine) was an honor and a crazy experience for us as newcomers with a first album.
Also, we’re glad we had reviews from Galacticalcriminal and TruantReacts, two most famous react youtubers in Metal who did great reviews from us with great feedbacks from the US and UK.
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
I think it would be Trivium, because I started to listen to metalcore with them and it was my first inspiration. If we could play with these bands it would be like a dream becoming reality.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thanks for this interview and we hope you enjoyed it as I did! Check out our album on Spotify and music videos on YouTube!