Interview w/ Vynce Leff &
Clementine Delauney, Vocals
Vynce Leff, Guitar, Orchestration
Xavier Corrrientes, Bass
Nico Chaumeaux, Drums
Regis Morin, Guitars
Marc Ruhlmann, Keyboards
Country of Origin: France
Daughter of the Night (2008)
From the Brink of Infinity
1. Tonight it is my
pleasure to be speaking with founder and guitarist Vynce
Leff and Vocalist Clementine Delauney of the powerful and
dynamic band Whyzdom. Thanks for speaking with us my friends. Vynce
in 2007 you decided to embark on this journey that is Whyzdom.
After building your reputation in production work, what
made you decide to start your own project?
was involved in several progressive rock projects at that time, and
on the other hand, I was also working on arrangements for symphonic
orchestra. Then I discovered the symphonic metal scene, with many bands
mixing orchestra stuff with heavy metal riffing... I instantly fell
in love with that idea, and thought it could be a great opportunity
to express both side of my musical
2. Within 6 months
of the bands creation the first EP "Daughter of the Night" was released with
high reviews. Did you expect such rave reviews for the EP?
When you release anything, it's impossible to guess reviewers
reactions... We did the best job we could, and were all in love
with the songs, so it was a priceless reward to see all that buzz
growing. Maybe the best memory we have from that period is that we
saw more and more people coming to our shows - that's how we knew
that it was "real"... not only a "virtual internet"
3. Looking more
into the heart of the band, you obviously draw influence from other
bands, but what do you feel really sets Whyzdom apart from
other similar styled bands?
course, we are not precursors of the genre. As I said before, the
idea of mixing orchestra with metal belongs to great bands which
started this a long time ago. But we wouldn't have started
ourselves if we hadn't the conviction that we could bring something
different. The first thing lies in the use of the orchestra: it is
really part of the band, not only "on top" of the music if you see
what I mean. It is intertwined with guitar riffs, with instruments
responding to each others, with a distinctive rhythmic role - and
not only "beds of strings" - by the way, we use many articulations
that are seldom heard in other bands, like agressive staccati,
pizzicati, Bartok pizz, etc... The other important thing is that we
pay close attention to harmonic and melodic content, and that we
always try to forbid ourselves to use too evident chord progressions - we
even sometimes make use of contemporary music, which is rarely
found in symphonic
metal music. And we hope to push all this even further in
our next album.
listen to our first album, we really feel that it resembles us and
not any other band. That's eventually the most important thing for
4. After the
EP release, we see Whyzdom playing some big shows and winning such
honors as the Metal Female Voices
Fest Contest and opening for our friends Delain. What were
your thoughts during these events?
something really started at the Metal Female Voices Fest Contest.
It was the first time we did play abroad. Since there were several
excellent Belgian bands, we honestly thought there was no chance to
win the contest... so we came just for the pleasure to play in the
Biebob as openers for Haggard. We were surprised by the audience.
It sounded like madness, and they voted for us. It was really a
great moment for us and it gave us the opportunity to play at the
Metal Female Voices Fest VI which was also one of the greatest
memory of the band: so many people were at the show... and so many
people at the signing session. This was really also a big
tour with Delain was fantastic too. They are amazing and
people, really. Travelling through France and Spain with
them allowed us to meet many new friends. We owe them a lot for
that! We hope to share the stage again with them one of these days.
Who knows ?
5. Now looking to
the future of Whyzdom let us introduce the new vocalist for the
band Clementine Delauney. Please tell us a bit about yourself, and
how did you come to join Whyzdom?
am going to turn 24, I live in Lyon and started to sing very young
and always enjoyed it ! I took classical singing lessons at the
Maitrise of Lyon Opera in 2004. I discovered symphonic metal with
female vocalists later
on and I realized it was the kind of band I wanted to be part of
myself, the kind of music, powerful and yet sensitive that I would
love to sing. I joined a first melodic band in 2005 which I made my
first experience with for a year. Then for many years I tried to
create my own band but musicians in my town, were pretty hard to
find. So when I was thinking of joining an existing project that
would need a singer, I saw that Whyzdom was looking for a new front
woman. Since it was one the greatest French bands and I would have
loved to be part of, I sent Vynce recordings of my voice right away
! Then, after several recordings and auditions they made their
6. Now that you are
part of such a talented and upcoming band, what are your thoughts
for the bands progression?
It is always hard to know how people would react
to a new member especially when it’s the singer who has been
replaced. So far, I am very pleased to see that reactions are very
positive. Then, as we are working on the second album and playing
the songs during the rehearsals, I can tell that Whyzdom’s music is
going further. I think this new album could help the band getting
more known and renowned in France and Europe and help us play abroad more often.
That would be awesome !
7. Is Whyzdom your
first band or have you worked with others in the past?
said I shared the stage for a year with a melodic metal band then was part of
several emerging projects, even a black metal one as keyboard
player! But nothing did really work out.
8. What are you
most excited about as far as the new band is concerned?
wait to be on stage with Whyzdom !! I am very excited about sharing
the energy that the music carries. I'm eager to meet the fans as
well, as they have been all very nice to me.
9. Vynce, you have
built a very powerful and massive sound with this band, was it the
original intent to have such a big sound?
Definitely yes ! ha ha ! We wanted to sound as big as
other big names - and sound production is one of my activities, so
there will never be any compromise about sound
10. One thing that
catches me about the music of Whyzdom is the passion it relays,
what is the driving force behind this amazing sound?
you've got the right word : "passion". It's all about passion and
intensity. Passion when we compose music and write lyrics, passion
when we play live, passion when we record. Passion always and
everywhere. Intensity on the other hand : each and every melodic
line has to be intense, every orchestral interpretation has to be
intense. That's how we do it and that's what we try to express
11. So I know there
is a new album in the works, when can we expect to see this
release, and what can you tell us about it?
don't know the release date yet - hopefully in 2011. The
composition is over, and we will start the recording sessions
probably this winter. It is a heavier album, with even more
orchestra. It's also musically more coherent than "From The Brink
Of Infinity" and some might find it a bit more complex -
progressive. We all already love it, even more than "the Brink" and
that's what counts the most for us !
12. In closing,
please leave us with any final thoughts or comments, and thanks for
First of all, thank you Jason for this interview.
We want to thank all our fans who support us and spread the buzz,
and we hope we'll have the occasion to see you all at one of our
concerts - we'll try to play abroad as often as possible