If you wanna emerge in the vast ocean of musicians, the only truly effective thing you can do is trying to be honest and create music that completely represents who you are and your beliefs. This is why the emerging Canadian band ASTEROUS caught our attention and stole our hearts: the more you listen, the more you understand the passion and dedication this duo put into their work.
Their debut “SELF-TITLED” EP is a genial mix of metal sonorities and cinematic vibes twisted with captivating melodies and energetic beats. Impossible to resist. Recorded entirely in their house in Vancouver and then remotely mixed and master in Finland, the result is a high-level production that easily stands out from the rest and already shows the incredible talent and infinite possibilities ASTEROUS have in front of ’em.
YMX: Hey ASTEROUS, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?
ASTEROUS: Hello! We are Asterous a band from Vancouver, BC, Canada. We are a creative and out of the box type of band, essentially we are misfits in the musical world looking to make connections with other misfits. We don’t seem to fit into any one particular genre or style, nor do we want to. We simply make the music that we want to make, and have the aesthetic that we want to have without feeling pressured by what other musical acts are currently out there on the scene. We write completely from the heart and love what we do. The fact that anybody wants to listen to it is a total bonus for us, and even if we had zero ‘fans’ we would still be happy making music.
YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?
ASTEROUS: Forever, but we just didn’t know how to proceed. As years have gone by we have become much more saavy with composing, writing and recording.
YMX: You recently released your ‘SELF-TITLED’ EP. Can you tell us how that project came about?
ASTEROUS: Our EP came out of a desire to create something that we could be immensely proud of. It was written totally from the heart, and because it was something that flowed out of us naturally we really didn’t have to force anything. Personally, as the main writer of the music, I was heavily inspired by comic book stories and artwork. When I imagined myself in the shoes of various characters, it became easy to imagine being them, and what they might have to say, and how they might want to express themselves. Some were heroes, and some were villains, and I think that translated to the music where some songs have an aggressive, bitter or even vengeful feeling. And likewise, I have some songs that portray the perspective of a burnt out hero who might be dealing with tremendous post traumatic or psychological issues, because how could you throw yourself into danger and not be impacted? Our aesthetic also reflects the nature of our music. Passionate, feeling, and intriguing. We want our images to tell a story just as much as our music does.
YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the EP?
ASTEROUS: There’s not one specific thing we want people to feel while listening…we just want people to feel something….anything. Anger, sadness, longing, aggression…whatever. This EP is a roller coaster – going from soft and emotional to heavy hitting and brutal at times. There’s bound to be something that resonates with the listener if they have an ounce of a soul inside themselves.
YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you?
ASTEROUS: Remote collaboration is the only way to do things. The pandemic has really fostered a new focus and prioritization of how to work effectively. Working remotely has been extremely seamless, and creating in isolation is our preferred method of working anyway.
YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?
ASTEROUS: Absolutely and completely alone. Even as a duo, we give each other space and write separately and then bring ideas together when we feel they are developed enough to be shared.
YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a livestream concert?
ASTEROUS: Our band was properly born during the pandemic. We haven’t played any gigs. We are not fans of livestream concerts right now. I can speak for myself when I say that I am extremely socially awkward, so the idea of bantering into a camera to nobody in particular is a next level type of cringe that I am not prepared to face yet. lol.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? (releases, gigs etc.)
ASTEROUS: World domination. Of course. Go big or go home.