Autor: Richard Constantinidi
Etichete: The Crow, The Last Temptation Of Christ
Eufobia (from Sofia, Bulgaria) tours regularly across Europe, being very active since their debut on the Death Metal scene in 2009.
So far, Eufobia has toured through: Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Moldova, Romania and of course their motherland, Bulgaria.
They are taking part in the 2016 GBOB Romania competition, in Râmnicu Vâlcea, at the Aby Stage Bar, on Saturday, April 9th, at the Oltenia region's Semifinal.
RiCo for GBOB Romania: How did the members of your band get together?
Niki (band leader, guitar, frontman, Eufobia): I had known the bass player Steff for some time, when I decided to start this band and he was the natural choice for the position. He had known the drummer Blago from another band he had played in, so as we needed a drummer he brought him to the band.
We continued as a trio for a long time after that, but as the music got more complicated we realized that we needed a second guitar player and then we invited our good friend Ivan to join the band.
That's the story. A quite typical one for a band, I would say.
RiCo for CZB.ro: How did you chose this name for your band? What does Eufobia mean to you?
Niki (guitar, frontman): The name Eufobia has an ancient greek origin and it literally means fear of good.
Some people think that it means fear of the European Union and we often joke about it.
What does it mean to us is a hard question to answer, but I believe that this is what defines us.
CZB: How many gigs have you had; what cities have you played in?
Niki (Eufobia): We were lucky enough to have the chance to be able to tour regularly across Europe.
So far we have performed live more than 160 times in countries like
Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Moldova, Romania and of course our Motherland Bulgaria. The places we played in are just too many, so the list would be simply too long and boring to quote, but only in Romania we have played so far in Bucharest, Timisoara, Baia Mare, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Petrosani, Deva, Galati, Oradea, Targu Mures, Iasi, Constanta, Suceava, Brasov, Rasnov and Târgu Jiu and we have made many friends in the country. Hopefully I'm not missing a town...
CZB: Tell me about an interesting situation you had on the road with the band?
Niki (Eufobia): There are many interesting stories. Once for instance, being the support band for Malevolent Creation in the town of Varna, some 500 km. away from home we went there in separate cars taking just one guitar. Everybody thought that the others had taken the missing ones, so we traveled a great distance to share the stage with a great band and at the end of the day we couldn't do our best because of that. It was rather stupid.
CZB: How do you write your music?
Niki (Eufobia): We write our music following just a single rule. We never twist an idea in order to fit a cliche style, so therefore our music sounds a little bit weird, and this surely decreases our chances to become a popular band, but we'd rather stay true to ourselves. We don't really try to transmit any message through our music. We try to describe the dark feelings that come straight from our twisted souls.
CZB: What is the Bulgarian music scene like in 2016?
Niki (Eufobia): Being an underground musician is hard everywhere in the world, but especially in Bulgaria. There are a lot of good and interesting bands here, but only a few people are interested in the music those bands play. Going to concerts I see mainly familiar faces, but that's just how it is. Not only here of course. Ten years ago it was far better. People were different back then and they seemed to care a lot more. But of course we'll never give up.
CZB: Is there anything that you think should be done better in Bulgaria to better promote metal bands?
Niki (Eufobia): Maybe the bands should try to be more united and should try to promote not only themselves but the underground scene as a whole and the way of life related to it as well. I believe also that the musicians should try to do everything professionally. There shall be no compromises with the quality, no matter how hard and costly it might be.
CZB: If you could have a superhuman power, what would this be?
Niki (Eufobia): I'd choose the power of knowing everything and speaking every language of the world.
CZB: What is your favorite book and your favorite movie?
Niki (Eufobia): My favorite book is Nikos Kazantzakis' The last temptation of Christ and my favorite movie is The Crow with Brandon Lee. This movie tells all about the rock music, by the way. If I had to show somebody what my way of life and thinking was, I would have shown him this movie.
CZB: What is your aim as a band?
Niki (Eufobia): Our goal is to create a good music the best way we can, to travel all over the world and share it with the underground community. We would spent our lives traveling and performing and I firmly believe that that would be the most meaningful thing that one could ever do.
CZB: Why did you sign up for GBOB România 2016?
Niki (Eufobia): Simply because we wanted to be a part of it, accepting the challenge to show to the public what we can do in just eight minutes.
Interview conceived by: RiCo
- Niki (chitară, voce)
- Steff (bas, voce)
- Ivan (chitară)
- Blago (baterie)