Shoi Sen, guitarist of London-based heavy metal band De Profundis that opens for Iron Maiden in Bangalore next month, talks to Nishant Goyal.
How did you guys come up with your band name?
Craig (Vocals) came across the words in the Abruptum song De Profundis Vas Mors Cousumet, and discovered that it is Latin for ‘from the depths’. He thought this phrase embodied various meanings without being too obvious at hinting at the style of music we play. He suggested it to the band and everyone loved it!
In this day and age when Metal as a genre isn’t as big as it used to be, what makes De Profundis different?
Metal still has a very loyal following.
De Profundis is different because we all come from different countries, and all have varied influences which we include in our music. And as the French would say a little ‘je ne sais quoi!’
You’re going to be opening for Iron Maiden in Bangalore. Is this a first?
Yes, it is, and believe me, this is a huge honour and a big responsibility. We are going to ensure that we deliver a powerful set.
Will this be the band’s first time in India, either as visitors or performers?
First of many I hope. Apart from myself, this will be the first time in India for everyone else in the band. Needless to say, they are eager to experience the magic.
The Bangalore audience is very well-informed. What’s going through your minds before your first concert in India?
We are not nervous, not yet at least. But I am sure there will be a little bit of nerves before getting on stage for this gig, but once we are there and the music starts, we will be ready to crush.
Tell me about your new album scheduled for release this year.
About 85% of it is written now, we will finish the writing after the gig in India. Then we will start recording around June with up and coming French producer Fernando Perrera-Lopez. Nick’s (Drums) addition in the line up has been a godsend because that guy can just do anything we ask him to do on the drums! The album should be out in September.
Indian rock and metal bands are gaining in popularity. Word of advice for them?
I saw Parikrama two years ago in Bangalore supporting Maiden. They were great and I was really pleased they got to come to the UK. Great achievement, I hope the expansion of Indian metal continues. We heard a bit of Kriptos and we dig it. Would be nice to hook up with these bands and do a tour of India.
A message for metalheads attending the Bangalore gig.
Bangalore, we can’t wait to play for you, De Profundis will deliver a crushing show. Make sure there is a sea of devil’s horn when we get up there on the 15th! Stay METAL!