Prokopton By Martin Hamiche
HMA: Please introduce yourself and tell us how you started your journey as a musician?
Hello there! I’m Martin, lead guitar and songwriter in Aephanemer. My journey as a musician began in 2004 when I discovered System of a Down which was my first metal band, and actually the first music band I ever listened to! After a few months, I decided that I wanted to get a guitar and become a guitar player, but my parents were not very enthusiastic about it… an electric guitar was something quite expensive for them, and we had no musician in the family so the whole music universe scared them a bit… I’m not even talking about the metal universe! I finally got my guitar on 25th December 2005 and of course, I was more than happy!
HMA: What thoughts did you have around this album? Was there anything in particular that you wanted to achieve or depart from? Or was it just quite an organic creative process?
Marion and I are very interested in ancient philosophy, and especially stoic philosophy. We wanted to create an album around this theme, so I just began writing songs with this idea in mind and it worked pretty well! We could associate each song to a part of the stoic philosophy rather easily.
HMA: What is the earliest memory when you became sensitive to art?
That is a good question, I honestly don’t know. Most of my life I thought that art is not something for me because I have a poor artistic culture compared to most artists, so I kind of suppressed my interest in art. But I always loved drawings, paintings, and also poetry. I often say that music is pure magic because it allows someone to have an impact on the feelings of other persons across time and space, but this is actually a characteristic of art!
HMA: In general what inspires you to write your lyrics and create your music?
We are idealistic, so we write about things that we would like to see different in ourselves or in society. We write about becoming better persons ourselves, about the environmental cause and the protection of animals rights. We believe we can have a positive impact on other persons and bring a real change in the world with our music. Maybe not a huge change, but we have done to our part. From time to time, we receive messages from persons who tell us that our music helped them to handle difficult moments and this is the best reward we could get. More than a reward, this is actually proof that we do have an impact. If it wasn’t the case, we would be more useful doing something else and we would do that.