Selene are a Symphonic Metal band from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, bringing together a mix of soaring operatic vocals, infectious hooks and hard hitting metal. Selene was founded in March 2013 by John Connor (guitar/keybords) and Shonagh Lyons (Vocals) and have drawn favourable comparisons with bands such as Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, and Evanescance. Guitarist and founding member John chats to TBFM’s Mucka Jay…
What was the last album you purchased?
I think it was probably Symphony X’s new one “Underworld” and before that it was Haven by Kamelot. So far I have been pretty lucky this year as everything I bought turned out to be great albums.
If your music could be used in an advert on TV, what would you most like it to be advertising?
Probably realistically a video game advert, maybe for some RPG or something, but the ideal would be to get a song on an extreme sports advert, I don’t think our music would fit that kind of advert at all but it would be badass and totally rock n roll.
If you were to do a cover of a song, what would it be and why?
I actually pitched to the band a slower dark version of “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift but they would not go for it at all haha, I personally thought it would be a lot of fun to do and a bit weird.
Dead or alive, which band would you most like to co-headline with?
Definitely Sonata Arctica, they have been my all time favourite band since I started listening to metal.
What has been the most memorable moment in your musical career so far?
Probably the first time I saw people having a conversation about the band on twitter amongst themselves, I was being a Narcissist and searching for the band. Its easy to live in a bubble when you have an international fanbase.
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Probably the perception of labels to be honest. They are seen as a big thing and that if a band gets signed the assumption is they are doing really well and making a fortune, when the truth is they might not be. Anybody can call themselves a label these days when they might not actually be doing much more for a band than the band could do themselves. I think it would get rid of the stigma that comes with the idea of an unsigned band.
For more information about Selene, visit www.selene-theband.co.uk
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