Epica

With: Simone Simons [Vocals]
Conducted by: Malcolm
Published: 04.11.2003

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Epica
I took a little chat, with the precious young singer from "Epica" and talked about "Epica" as well as everything around "Epica", such as Mark Jansen, Tours and the album "The Phantom Agony".



01) Your debut, "The Phantom Agony" was released in June; can you describe the album a bit closer? Background, theme, recording etc.

Simone: We record our album in Wolfsburg, Germany with the famous Sascha Paeth. For me it was the first time recording a whole album. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot of it. Sascha is a great guy to work with and he made me feel comfortable. We spend 3 months in Germany to record the album, a wonderful time!!!
The concept of 'The embrace that smothers' continues. The rest of the album is just individual songs, with their own content. Mark writes a lot about political issues, believes, I write mostly about things that happen in your life that people can refer to.


02) "The Phantom Agony" is selling very well in your home country, Holland and not to bad around the world either, what is your reaction of the fans and the press?

Simone: Their reaction is GREAT! We love them; we had no negative critics at all. Of course our main goal was to make an album, to think that everyone would like it is just wonderful!


03) How does it feel to so young and fresh and enter the Metal world? And with someone like Mark by your side? I mean, it's no mediocre band you are singing in.

Simone: I didn't know what to expect. I was going to record an album, after that I did not know what was going to happen. We didn't expect to get so successful. I am still not used to that. In the beginning it was hard sometimes, but now I am more experienced because of the many shows that we have done in such a short period.


04) I guess you have answered this question a thousand times, but how is it to work with Mark?

Simone: A lot of fun But don't think that because of the fact that I am his girlfriend he doesn't get mad at me


05: How did you become the Lead singer in "Epica"? I mean, did someone tip them about you or did you take a shot and went to an audition?

Simone: I met Mark in the summer of 2001 on the After Forever chat. We got along great and I told him that I sing. He was looking for a singer for his side-project, perfect When we met we not only became musical partners But after a while Mark was getting very busy with After Forever, but then suddenly he was kicked out in April 2002. I supported him in everything but it was wise not to become the singer of his new band, because I was too young and unexperienced to be in a professional band. After a long search for singers, and me taking singing lessons I finally became the singer of the band, which made me very happy


06) I know that you have Tarja Turunen in Nightwish as a big idol, at least she was. Do you ever think that you can beat her? And became a big idol yourself and win the boys hearts?

Simone: It is not about beating I respect every talented musician. But I have already received mails of boys But making music is about feeling happy. Music makes me happy and it makes me even happier when people like our music. I love it when the crowd is singing along with Cry for the Moon


07) How does the future for "Epica"? Do you have some material for a new album? Any bigger tours? Outside of the circle around Holland, like to Sweden or the rest of Europe? And is there any solo project planed?

Simone: We are already working very hard on the new album. We are on schedule We are planning a tour through Portugal, Spain and France in 2004. Which I am looking forward to!!!


08) This is a hard one, I think. What is your favorite track on "The Phantom Agony"? I know it maybe can be hard, because it's your album and you sing the Live and so, but try. Mine is "Cry for the Moon", by the way, damn good song.

Simone: Sensorium, it is a song that sings a long A big bang when we come on stage, this song contains a lot of energy and wisdom.


09) What is your biggest dream? This is a very interesting questions I think, but with a to obvious answer.

Simone: To have a big house with lots of animals and Mark of course. And concerning the band a big tour in Brazil, Mexico, and Sweden Everywhere, I love to travel and we as a band are privileged to do it.


10) Do you have something to way to all your fans out there? And to all the readers on Metal Storm as well.

Simone: I hope that you will enjoy The Phantom Agony, as well on the album as with us on stage


11) And last, is there anything that you think I have forgotten? Something you want to add?

Simone) Thank you for this interview, it is my first Swedish interview Thank you for having interest in the band!!!! Many kisses and see you one day in Sweden!!!!!



A big thanks to you, Simone, that you took some of your precious time and answered my questions, I appreciate that. Thanks and good luck to you and the rest of the band, I hope to see you in Sweden some day.


 




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orionproyect - 08.09.2008 at 18:11  
When you read this interview after all the success they have right now, is difficult to think that a band with a young girl like Simone can make all those excellent songs... But they were humble before and they're now... I think that's a very important thing...
Elodie Artour - 09.08.2010 at 02:26  
@orionproyect: You're absolutely right about Epica having excellent songs from the beginning of their career. However, I disagree about all of them still being humble. That interview makes me damn sad because Simone isn't the sweet little girl she used to be back in the day any more. Previously, I used to really love her but now I don't. I simply can't. In this interview, she shared her biggest dream was to have a big house with lots of animals and Mark and nowadays, she says stuff like: "I'm not arrogant, I just know what I want." Simone acts like a total diva and that's irritating. She disappoints fans very often, as well. Too bad she changed so dramatically...

P.S.: I'm starting to really get the whole idea and concept of Tuomas Holopainen's "End Of Innocence" ...
4look4rd - 18.11.2010 at 20:16  
Written by Elodie Artour on 09.08.2010 at 02:26

@orionproyect: You're absolutely right about Epica having excellent songs from the beginning of their career. However, I disagree about all of them still being humble. That interview makes me damn sad because Simone isn't the sweet little girl she used to be back in the day any more. Previously, I used to really love her but now I don't. I simply can't. In this interview, she shared her biggest dream was to have a big house with lots of animals and Mark and nowadays, she says stuff like: "I'm not arrogant, I just know what I want." Simone acts like a total diva and that's irritating. She disappoints fans very often, as well. Too bad she changed so dramatically...

P.S.: I'm starting to really get the whole idea and concept of Tuomas Holopainen's "End Of Innocence" ...


I wish I knew everything that was going on between Simone and Mark (ha! I'm such a creeper but I love those background stories) and how their relationship affected Epica. I saw them live last night, and their stage presence was amazing. They all seem to be very happy with what they are doing and how big Epica has become.

I'm not asking this to be rude, but just to be informed since I don't know the band as well as I would like.... How is Simone acting like a diva now?
Elodie Artour - 19.11.2010 at 00:19  
Well, first of all - it's good to know we share the same weird interest!

Simone's behaviour has changed dramatically over the years. She used to be a nice and naive girl but she unfortunately grew up and became a diva who doesn't care that much about her fans...
SymphAlchemist - 01.07.2011 at 07:58  
Written by Elodie Artour on 19.11.2010 at 00:19

Simone's behaviour has changed dramatically over the years. She used to be a nice and naive girl but she unfortunately grew up and became a diva who doesn't care that much about her fans...


...Just to add, who doesn't even look at their faces while singing. It's like she was possessed by her hair.
Elodie Artour - 02.07.2011 at 01:02  
Written by SymphAlchemist on 01.07.2011 at 07:58

Written by Elodie Artour on 19.11.2010 at 00:19

Simone's behaviour has changed dramatically over the years. She used to be a nice and naive girl but she unfortunately grew up and became a diva who doesn't care that much about her fans...


...Just to add, who doesn't even look at their faces while singing. It's like she was possessed by her hair.

Exactly! I don't hate on her or anything but she used to be such a nice person back in the day...
SymphAlchemist - 02.07.2011 at 06:52  
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Exactly! I don't hate on her or anything but she used to be such a nice person back in the day...


Neither do I. I love that bitch the way she is. We all do but if she doesn't stop looking down on her fans, she'll lose space to others. She's an awesome singer, but let's be honest, there are better ones. Tarja, for instance, isn't the most sympathetic person in the world, but she gives attention to the fans, 'cause she knows they're important. Sometimes I think Simone will only be humble when she get very old and all wrinkly.

And looking at these old interviews I can realize that at that time she was so nice because they needed to disclose the band. She needed fans, but now that she's got too many, she can disdain. Sad but true.
Metal_4Ever - 30.08.2011 at 17:14  
Epica <333
SymphAlchemist - 08.09.2011 at 22:36  
I need an interview of Consign To Oblivion >.<
Metal_4Ever - 09.09.2011 at 00:26  
Written by SymphAlchemist on 08.09.2011 at 22:36

I need an interview of Consign To Oblivion >.<

Is there an interview for that album?
SymphAlchemist - 09.09.2011 at 07:41  
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Written by SymphAlchemist on 08.09.2011 at 22:36

I need an interview of Consign To Oblivion >.<

Is there an interview for that album?


I wish there'd be.

Or Google god's left me behind. >.<
SymphAlchemist - 11.09.2011 at 02:17  
I found it, I found it! o/
Metal_4Ever - 11.09.2011 at 05:53  
Written by SymphAlchemist on 11.09.2011 at 02:17

I found it, I found it! o/

You can post it here in metalstorm
SymphAlchemist - 14.09.2011 at 07:15  
Written by Metal_4Ever on 11.09.2011 at 05:53

Written by SymphAlchemist on 11.09.2011 at 02:17

I found it, I found it! o/

You can post it here in metalstorm


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