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In Words: A Vanishing Self

- A Vanishing Self - Nov. 2011 - Claudia Ehrhardt -

A Vanishing Self - November 7th 2011 (by email)

A Vanishing Self is a French band which isn't jumping on the band wagon. They go their own way and Mirror gives you an idea about the band. To learn more about A Vanishing Self, we shot them a few questions... Here is what they have to say!

First please tell us about the beginning of A Vanishing Self! And why did you choose this band name? I guess it's not about an article / study about Alzheimer disease...

No, it's not! ;-)
This name came from our desire to make only music. Our sound will take you back in the mid-90 between the death of grunge and the peak of neo-metal. But it's not only about the sound. With A Vanishing Self we're also looking for the authenticity of the grunge era. Today music is overwhelmed by artists themselves, their costumes, their character, their extravagance. We prefer to stay behind our music. We're not entertainers! Only musicians.

When did you start writing the songs for Mirrors?

Songs of Mirrors are pretty old in fact. They have been composed in 2009. Since then It has been a long and tricky path to find the good singer. We started working again on Mirrors in November 2010, When the singer joined us to complete the band.

Which bands / artists inspired you when you started playing? And which bands / artists do you listen to nowadays?

We are more inspired by 90's bands and producers than modern bands. For those tracks we wanted to go back to our roots, get emotionally involved while recording the songs and make a very natural and straightforward sound as bands used to do in the 60's, 70's and until the start of the 90's, especially with producer Ross Robinson when he discovered Korn, Limp Bizkit, etc...

Where do you find inspiration for writing lyrics?

The lyrics of Mirrors are very close to the concept of A Vanishing Self and our desire of authenticity. It's about how people can be a mirror for each other and reflect personalities and human beings. Being ourselves in this world of communication and consumption is nearly impossible even if we try hard.

When and where did you record the EP?

We started recording Mirrors in January 2011 in our home studio. We did everything ourselves. It's great to be completely independent. We have time to do whatever we want.

The EP is available as a free download... The only way to get attention for a new band these days?

Probably. But for us it's more than just a way to get attention. We think it's a nonsense to pay to listen music. Music is our passion, we want to share our passion with as many people as possible. Selling it would be a barrier.

Did you get some feedback for Mirrors so far?

A lot of good feedback. Our music is out of fashion today. But a lot of people want it back. And there's only a very few bands left to feed them with these kind of groovy and heavy rock.

Would you like to do a video? Which song(s) would you like to visualize?

Videos, photos, ... this is really not our thing. It's quiet boring for us. We prefer making music. In fact we would like to compose for videos more than making videos for our songs.

Do you have the chance to play live? Or is A Vanishing Self a studio project?

We're waiting to have enough songs. For now we are writing for the next album. After that we will think about playing live. But it's something we love and we are looking forward to it.

What are your plans for the rest of 2011?

We released a second album few days ago. It's a special one because it's the OST of an upcoming video game planned for smartphones in 2012. You can download it for free here.

You can also play to the html5/Javascript demo of the game here.

Composing for films or video game is something we like very much. If someone need music for some project we will be happy to contribute.

Sounds interesting, but I still would like to see a video with them...

Claudia Ehrhardt


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