Julien Dottel (bass)
E-mail interview – Friday March 2nd, 2018
“In this kind of furious festival, we have to let it go!”
So how does it feel to get the call to play Hellfest?
Woh! Each time the same feeling! It’s the second time for us (Mainstage 1 in 2012), I could say “little bollocks”! I would say that I would never have, but really, ever thought of playing on such festivals and with such groups. I think we worked well in the cellar.
What do you think of this year’s lineup?
Awesome! Alice in Chains, Converge, Meshuggah… You know, we are sons of the Seattle years – Soundgarden and all the scene that changed the world of Rock. And first of all, great fans of metal and hardcore, like Pantera or The Dillinger escape Plan. This is the first I will see Maiden! Huge. Incredible.
Are you planning anything special for the festival?
Oh no… In this kind of furious festival, we have to let it go! Everyone in the band has his own reference. I think we’re gonna lose each other in the crowd for 4 days! For me this is Alice and Meshuggah.
What are you most looking forward to at the festival itself outside of performing?
Being like children who are playing with Legends, and do our best to meet many more people and fans!
What do you love about the French metal scene?
It’s like a Hydra: many styles. Gojira broke the walls to show that there’s a real living metal scene even if we are the worst English speakers ever!!!
I know you just finished preparing a new record, so what’s next?
Touring all around Europe, and received smiles, sweating and beers!
Where is the tie with Bukowski the writer? How do you feel that is linked to your genre of music?
Hum… The way of life, free, nihilist but with a hint of hope. He hated rock’n’roll music, so I think he would scream in his grave!
Bukowski obviously is an American but you’re a French band. Do you feel his viewpoints translate to French culture?
No. It’s not possible. The American way of life is terribly scary and amazing for a French guy or girl. Everything is higher, louder, more dangerous and paradoxically always ahead. Flower power!
I saw on your Facebook page that you were reading Redfield while recording – what other authors influence your lyrics?
Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, Robert Desnos’ Fortunes, H.P. Lovecraft and many more…It could be long!
Aside from Hellfest, what are you most looking forward to in 2018?
What do you love so much about music?
It’s been 25 years that I play music with my brother (Mathieu Dottel – vocals and guitars), because we have been rocked in since our earliest childhood. Thanks to our parents. Dancing with them on the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding…
Do you have any final words of wisdom for me?
DO NOT BE WISE! Thank you! And hope to meet you in this huge Hellfest!
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