NOVEMBER 13th 2014
OBEY THE BRAVE EXCLUSIVE
Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Metal entertainment worldwide. We are here with bassist Miguel Lepage from OBEY THE BRAVE, from Montreal/Ottawa, Canada. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us.
1. Tell us how you came up with the name “Obey The Brave” ?
To be honest we tried looking for so many band names. We just couldn't come up with anything that was decent enough haha. So we ended up thinking about choosing the band name from one of our song titles from the "Young Blood" record, "Only The Brave", but then decided to go with something slightly different and chose "Obey The Brave".
2. After only 2 weeks of being on facebook you gained over 14,000 fans, how did you manage to do this, because you didn’t even have any music out there for people to hear ?
I guess the first thing would be that the whole band used to be in previous bands before doing the OTB thing. Alex was in Despised Icon, myself and John we're in Blind Witness, Stevie and Greg we're in Darkness Rites. When people heard that all of us we're doing a band together, they probably got curious to hear what we could come up with. The word got spread and people we're sharing our band name and image around. It all started up pretty quickly.
3. Now you have 193,192 fans on facebook, what has brought you to this level, the promotions, your music, just always out there … what is it ?
I think we're a loyal band to our fans, we love when they come out to our shows, and we love to meet them, talk to them, interact with them. What can I say? They're the reason we're doing this and we're glad to have such a solid and loyal fanbase. We also try to tour as many places as possible. Even if it's Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, we've done it and met fans from there too. Pretty mind blowing.
4. What age were you when you decided that being in a band was something you wanted to follow ?
On my end, I've always liked music. My parents bought me a guitar 14 years ago, and since that time I held it in my hands, I knew this was gonna be a big part of my life. Eventually grew on me and lived the dream I guess haha
5. Did you take any classes in school to help you with establishing yourself to become a band member ?
No. I guess it's about meeting up with friends, jamming in a shitty garage and write your first songs, then you meet more people from playing shitty shows and then your band name gets spread around and you start playing outside the city and then you get your name out there. That's it pretty much.
6. You classify yourselves as hardcore and metal, is it easy to become noticed in Canada with that genre ?
Kind of, I mean, there isn't a thousand label names out here that will release metal and hardcore albums, same with bands too. When a band from here gets signed, you know about it and we all end up playing shows together anyways.
7. What made you decide on that route compared to maybe death metal, symphonic, or extreme ?
Beforehand, like I said earlier, we we're all playing in Deathcore/Death Metal bands. Starting something new for us was also the meaning of starting something fresh in any way. New sound, new meanings behind songs, etc. All of us grew up listening to Pantera, Madball, Sick Of It All, etc. I'm sure you can hear influences of the bands we love put into OTB.
8. Can you tell us how each of the band members came to be in Obey The Brave:
Being on the road through Canada a lot, I ended up meeting Alex and playing shows with Despised Icon. When both of our bands crapped out, I went up to him, talking about the idea of starting a brand new band with John Campbell. Alex wanted to try out the real life thing, working in an office and doing the 9 to 5. It took him 2 years to message me back and tell me "Hey man? Still wanna do that band? Let's get it going". Then called John to let him know this was finally happening. As of for Stevie and Greg, both we're people that I knew playing in another band called Darkness Rites. When I played in BlindWitness, our drummer was named Eric Morotti, and that's how I met Stevie, because he was his older brother. So we hung out a few times before even talking about him drumming for us. When we got Stevie to play drums, the natural thing was for us to ask Greg to be part of it too.
9. September 15th is the release date for “Salvation”, your 2nd, you must be excited for this release, tell people what they can expect to hear ?
Frenchness, Heavyness, Bounciness and Melodies.
10. How did you come up with Salvation for the title ?
Salvation is about the deliverance of the things that made you upset in life. Get away from all the bad stuff and put it behind.
11. Is there anything on your 2nd album that is different from your first ?
A lot is different, in our opinion. Salvation is a catchy, yet still heavy record. It's got everything you need!
12. Of the 12 tracks on your album, do you personally have a favourite ? And why that one ?
I would say my favorite would be Back In The Day, because that song is such a catchy song, it's got a lot of harmonies in it, sing alongs and beats to bang your head too.
13. What was the first video released from Salvation ? Why did you choose that one ?
The first video that got released was "Raise Your Voice". We just thought that song was the perfect way to show people what the new record would be like.
14. You are about to start out on a very intense tour starting Sept. 11 in Sherbrooke, Canada, and ending off in Koln, Germany on November 29th, two and a half months, do you like tours that are non stop like this ?
I mean, sometimes it can get too much. It can be very hard, but it can also be the best time of your life. We all try to make the best out of it and look at it in a positive way. We have a new record out and we have to spread it everywhere, the best way to do it is to tour as much as possible!
15. What do you think is going to be the best part of such a tour ?
I think it'll be a great line up for us! Touring with Terror, Comeback Kid, Stick to your guns, no bragging rights and more is right up our alley! I think it's time to make new fans and make our old ones stoked even more!
16. How do you find European fans compared to North American ones, more calm, more excited …. ?
I think that most of European fans are great fans, they don't get as many tours so when a good tour comes to town, they show up and cheer for the band that they like. I feel like it's something that's missing in America.
17. Do you remember the first time you stepped up on stage ? How did it feel ?
Oh man, I think I was 14 or 15... It was probably the most stressfull time of my life and I probably played in front of 20 people. haha, but look now, i'm enjoying it and it's my life.
18. Do you ever feel like you might be missing something in your life, we all know how much time and hard work it takes to keep a band together, creating …
Beside the band I tattoo. So when I'm not on the road, I'll be working at the shop. I got lucky and found a great place to work at with some of my best friends. I feel like I can do both things I like at once and I'm the luckiest motherfucker.
19. If being in a band, was not an option for you, what do you think you might be doing right now ?
Thank you Miguel, for taking the time to do this interview with us here at Metaltitans, and we wish you all the success with Salvation, and on your upcoming tour.