BAND ON THE RISE~HEEDLESS ELEGANCE

May 1, 2021

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HOMETOWN

Budapest, Hungary

YEAR FORMED

2018

BAND MEMBERS

Mátyás Erős – Bass

Albert Csobán – Drums

Dani Varga – Guitar

Zsolt Forgó – Guitar

Samuel Konter – Vocals


*Samuel Konter answered these questions*

BASICS

YOUR MUSICAL PAST AND PRESENT IN ONE RUN-ON SENTENCE.

  I started to play on instruments like piano in kindergarten and I finished it when I was in the elementary school, in high school I started to play on the drums, and started to jump into the heavier stuffs, after I started to practice the screaming and growling technique in the shower, in the meantime I was in a few bands as a drummer, I moved to the U.K. for one year and when I came back we formed Heedless Elegance.


SORRY, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK ... WHERE DID YOUR BAND NAME COME FROM?

The name of the band Heedless Elegance is kind of an inside joke of us, when we founded our band with Zsolt we always said when someone asked us how we are going to accomplish something or how we can get there where we want to be, in Hungarian language: “ hanyag eleganciával” which means: “ with heedless elegance”.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

It is a good question, as much as I know our music deeply now I would say it is that kind of music which hits you hard with it’s heaviness but in the same time could make you very emotional with it’s melodies. We are paying attention on making this two motives balanced in our music.


IF BANDS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SLOGAN ... WHAT WOULD YOUR BAND SLOGAN BE?

Emotions hits you hard!

MUSIC

WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST SONG YOU EVER RELEASED, AND WHY?

Now the whole new album “LIBRA” is my favourite from the beginning till the end, it feels like all the songs from this material are my children, I love to play them all. I can’t choose from these songs.


PICK ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOUR REHEARSALS ARE LIKE. WHERE DO YOU REHEARSE?

Naughty! It is hard for us to be serious when we do the rehearsal, we are like those little children who pulls the hair of a girl, and run away after, cause he/she likes her.


LET’S GEEK OUT FOR A SECOND ... TELL US WHAT YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IS RIGHT NOW.

Our Lights! We have 6 led strobes now, and I’m in love with them, they make our shows much better with the game of colors and effects.

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INFLUENCES

WHICH ARTIST OR LIFE EXPERIENCE INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

To be honest it just happened. Of course I was playing on instruments when I was a kid and loved to listen to music, but when I first got into a band I didn’t realize that I was, you know, in a band, that I’m a “musician” from now. I never intended to became a musician, I just liked to play with the friends and get drunk every time. Years after these happenings I started to feel like I wanted to do this, and the first time I ever felt that maybe it is gonna be good when we formed Heedless.


AN ALBUM THAT’S HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOU.

I would say System Of a Downs Toxicity, that album is a masterpiece and it will always be relevant in the future, it really changed my life, and I think it will do the same for the further generations of little metal heads until music exist!

PERFORMING

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SHOW RITUALS?

Not really, 15 minutes before the show I start to get dressed and in the meantime I just try to focus on what is gonna happen, close everything out and just go out to the stage with a different state of mind do the show than switch back to normal mode.


FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON STAGE OR ON TOUR.

We have an “agreement” with the band that we sell our t-shirts when we have a concert for the price I get the weed that day, so one day it happened that I got it for free, so I told the audience that the agreement is an agreement so I started to throw t-shirts from the stage to the people.


IF YOU WERE SECOND ON A THREE-BAND BILL, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE SUPPORTING AND WHICH BAND WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO OPEN FOR YOU? [GOOD CHANCE TO PLUG A NEWER BAND YOU REALLY LIKE]

I would love to play before Gojira, would be amazing but I think we’d be the opening act, and if it’s on us who is the second one, than the slot would be reserved for our friends from LAZARVS. For me this three would be a dream come true.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR FANS GET FROM YOUR MUSIC? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE THEM TO KNOW?

To be honest, I hope that if someone is listening to our music, especially the new album “LIBRA” they will feel something different when they are hearing it, something that makes them say this is not just another metalcore-deathcore something, and they want to listen it again and again, and find new moments in it every time they are hearing it, and maybe in the future the name will grow on the style and someone will say instead of “This is so metalcore”, but “This is so Heedless”.



PERSONAL

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST SURPRISE SO FAR ABOUT MAKING MUSIC YOUR CAREER, OR A BIG PART OF YOUR LIFE?

Simply that I’m able to do this, that I can write music. If you tell this to my 12 years old self I would laugh into your face.


WHAT CONCERT DID YOU ATTEND THAT YOU’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET?

Serj Tankian’s tour I think in 2009 at Sziget Festival. That was my first “big” concert ever and Serj was my childhood hero. I’ll never forget what I felt there.


SHARE ONE QUIRKY THING ABOUT YOU OR YOUR BAND THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW.

I know we look extremely handsome and super intelligent like you mixed Brad Pitt with Steven Hawking, but please don’t tell anyone that we are just smelly old dumb fucks pretending to be young to pick up girls!


BEST BAND NAME YOU EVER HEARD?

Gutalax


WHAT’S YOUR BENCHMARK FOR A GREAT MUSICIAN?

Everything what Tyler Joseph from Twenty One Pilots does!

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