Absent since 2007, the band Evanescence comes back with a new album and a world tour that will take them to play in Morocco in May, as part of the Mawazine Festival. Interview with Amy Lee, their charismatic singer.
You disappeared for almost five years, just after the success of your second album The Open Door. Why?
After the release of this album, we toured for over a year and a half. It was very stressful, and I felt the urgent need to stop. At the time, I did not know if it was for a few months or forever. There was too much pressure around us, and I felt hounded about my privacy. I got married right after the tour, and then I preferred to put my career in stand-by for some time to see things more clearly.
Did you continue to compose music during this period or did you completely stop?
It had to pass a long time to get back into it. I needed some time for myself, I had to let go completely. But I soon felt the need to reconnect with the music, and also because of the lack of contact with our fans. I never experienced anything more extraordinary than the experience of being on stage, in communion with our audience.
Evanescence, your latest album (released in late 2011) is different from your two previous albums. Were you afraid that your fans could be confused by the first time hearing it?
Honestly, not really. I knew they would enjoy it, because the universe has not really changed, although there are new sounds. Moreover, if the artists necessarily evolve over time, the public does too. This is quite normal. Nobody can do the same for several years.
Your comeback is going pretty well so far. Were you worried that it might be a flop?
You never know what to expect when you come back in the music industry after years of absence, especially when your music is not really "mainstream". But so far everything is perfect! The album was a hit in the U.S. and the UK, and the tour, which began in late October 2011, is a real success.
If you were to describe your music in one word, what would you choose?
Tough question! I would simply say: Evanescence. We had a huge list of names for the album, but none really stuck. This is a disc which required a very big production, its realization was epic ... So I think the title fits very well. It took us several years of work. Besides, I still do not understand how some artists are able to produce an album within weeks. This is beyond me!
Is it hard being a woman in the American metal-rock scene?
Oh yes, especially in the beginning ... The public and other groups were convinced that I do not compose our songs. They thought our music was too aggressive and too dark to be written by a woman. They imagined that the band members were the core group, and they had chosen me only because I had a pretty voice (laughs).
It has been arranged?
Thank God, yes. Over time and with the success of our albums, I managed to impose on me, and I know I've earned the respect and admiration of the American metal-rock scene, but also internationally. However, this has really not been easy, believe me!
Are you still disturbed by the rumors that say Evanescence is a Christian rock band which is scaring away much of your audience?
This rumor has always made me laugh, especially since I am the only true Christian in the band (laughs). Personally, I will not hide it, God has an important place in my life, and without him I know I would not have overcome many hardships. But our music is universal and not talking about religion. It is simply human and touches fans worldwide, from all religions and all backgrounds.
Many times, the American media have announced that you were about to embark on a solo career. Can you confirm it?
This is not news at all. It is true that in recent years I have composed several pieces that I want to share with the public. I haven't done so because the songs do not stick at all with the band, and, for now, I am completely in Evanescence ... Nevertheless, it is not unlikely that one day I sort an album with all these compositions.
Did you know that you were popular in Morocco, before the Mawazine Festival invited you to participate in its 2012 edition?
In recent years, I had actually noticed that we had fans in your country, but I did not think they were as numerous, and most importantly, I never imagined that one day we would play there. I am excited about the idea of this concert ... I do not know much about Morocco, I just know that you have a very interesting culture, and I look forward to meeting our Moroccan fans!
Do you plan to give a "special" concert for this occasion?
Since this is the first time that we'll perform in Morocco, we will not only play the songs from the new album. The public is entitled to all of our biggest hits, even though we're no longer used to interpret them as part of our current tour, because they are too old, and some we do not like anymore. But don't worry, we'll definitely play Bring Me to Life and My Immortal ...
Original article: Telquel-online.com
Translated by: Evanescence Croatia
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