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An Interview With Winter in Eden

Winter In Eden have had huge success following their first UK tour and now plans turn to their debut album. Here the band talk about playing live and their up-and-coming slot at the Femme Metal Fest in November.

AvernaX: What are you most looking forward to about playing the Femme Metal Fest?

All: Playing with other great bands in front of an audience that appreciate this kind of music and of course making money for worthwhile charities.

AvernaX: What made you want to get involved with the festival?

Vicky: I lost my brother, Andrew to bowel cancer aged 23 and it was Macmillan nurses that helped him. Each year I try to do something to raise money for cancer charities. I have already done the Race for Life this year but this is another great opportunity where I get the best of both worlds, raising money and performing. Also I wrote the lyrics to "Cry" for Andrew which I will be performing at the show.

Ian- The festival is the place to be for female fronted bands and we want to make sure that everyone involved in this style knows who we are. It’s a great platform on which to get our music heard.

AvernaX: Are there any other bands you are excited to be playing alongside at the Femme Metal Festival?

All: We're excited to meet and listen to all of the other bands.

Ian: Delain who will be excellent I’m sure, Lahannya as well.

AvernaX: Do you think it is important for female-fronted metal bands to get more serious recognition?

All: Yes. Many people disregard female fronted bands in the metal genre just because they have a female vocalist, in some cases before even hearing the music. No one would do that for a band with a male vocalist. Events like this showcase female fronted bands which can only be a good thing.

Steve: There are many forms of metal music but "female fronted" metal is often unfairly segregated or dismissed. More festivals are needed to help raise the profile of female fronted metal, especially in the UK.

AvernaX: You are also playing the Whitby International Gothic Festival- what's that about?

All: Whitby Goth festival is held over two weekends a year in April and Halloween. It’s one of the longest running festivals in Europe and is held in the North Yorkshire Coastal town famous for its Dracula connections. Although we are not a goth band we have gothic elements in our music and style. We're very pleased to be asked to play at such a great event.

AvernaX: You began your UK tour in June this year. How was the experience?

All: This is our first tour as Winter In Eden so it has been great to finally get out there and perform our music. So far the experience has been really enjoyable. At every venue we have had a positive response from the audience and promoters with people continuing to join the Winter In Eden family which is fantastic. Hopefully that trend will continue. Also, we met our promoter Dave at Ravenheart Music along the way!

AvernaX: When it comes to live shows, are there things you can't play without, like rituals or good luck charms?

Steve: Make sure we all have the same running order....

Ian: Maybe Wayne’s sponge bob square pants sticks could become our lucky charm!

AvernaX: Have there been any incidents at gigs where you've had to interfere with a rowdy audience.

All: No, not yet but there was a rowdy support band that security had to remove from the venue! The stage was cleared of empty vodka bottles before we could perform.

AvernaX: Do you have any musical tastes/influences that you think would surprise fans?

All: Because we are all from different musical backgrounds we have a really wide range of tastes and influences from classical to jazz to folk, Latin, funk, rock, pop, metal, prog and loads more.

AvernaX: What have Winter In Eden got planned for 2010?

All: We are planning on recording our debut album in January 2010 and to continue to play many more live dates all over the UK and possibly overseas.

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