The Metal Asylum Talks To… Maufé

Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?

My name is Antoine and I am the only musician in this project. I am 31 and I live in Lille, North of France. Maufé is an old French word that nobody knows and nobody uses anymore. It is one of the names we gave to the Devil during the Middle Age.

Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?

After having tried to create metal bands in vain, one day, I decided to follow my own path. I cannot disband… and I can write the exact music I want.

Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?

I am a great fan 50’s-60’s-70’s, rock, acid rock and hard rock. I appreciate The Beatles, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, King Crimson… as well as extreme metal, especially sludge, death and modern black metal. If we talk about my inspirations, I would say that my main influences can be found in Gojira, Mastodon and Opeth. I love Mastodon’s psychedelism and mysticism. Crack The Skye, their 2009 album, has been a revelation for me. My riffing is very inspired by Mastodon and I’m also a big fan of their strange arpeggios (and Opeth’s arpeggios too). That’s why you can hear arpeggios in my own music. If we talk about the solos, my inspiration comes from Pink Floyd. David Gilmour’s sense of the melody is incredible and when I compose my lead guitars, I always try to create a melodic piece before thinking about speed or technical demonstration.

Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?

I play guitar since the age of 14 or 15, but I was already passionated by music before. So yes, at the beginning, my goal was to play with a band. I also had the plan to write my own music. Composing is certainly the thing that I prefer.

What songs or albums are on your current playlist?

I listen to a French black metal band called The Great Old Ones. Their universe is based on Lovecraft’s novels. Their album “Cosmicism”, released in 2019 is just incredible. When I want a few rest, these days, I listen to Neil Young’s “Harvest” and Rory Gallagher’s “Tattoo”.

Do you sing in the shower?

Of course, everyone does that, no? If you try to know what I sing in the shower I’d answer The Beatles.

Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?

I have just released my first EP on May this year. It has been a long and difficult work. I have many other songs written but not recorded. And because I have a job in everyday life, it’s hard to say when I will be able to unveil new things. I recently began to write something that sounds like a concept-album. This project gives me a great motivation. Maybe out in 1 or 2 years…

If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?

Hellfest, a real pride for every French metalhead.

Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?

Certainly the one I mentioned sooner : “Crack The Skye” by Mastodon. It’s very hard to choose one definitive favourite album. It depends of my state of mind of the day. I could also choose “The Link” by Gojira, “Blackwater Park” by Opeth, “Symbolic” by Death, “Abbey Road” by The Beatles, “Animals” by Pink Floyd, etc.

Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?

Linkin Park first 3 albums. This band made me discover metal music. When I was 11 or 12, neo metal was at the peak of its popularity. Linkin Park had just released “Meteora”. It is the first CD I bought in my life. Today I have 300 CDs!

If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?

Elvis Presley, The Doors, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Death (with Chuck), Metallica, Gojira, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Tool, Opeth, Behemoth, Obscura…

As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?

I don’t know if I have fans but if someone reads this, go listening and be careful because my songs are very… bizarre.

Finally, let us know all your social media sites so your fans, old and new, can find and follow/like you!

People can find me on Facebook, YouTube, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. I am becoming an old person so I don’t understand anything about Instagram!

We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?

Thank YOU The Metal Asylum!

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