The Invict Interview
Interview with Teun van der Boom | Vocals | The Invict
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
When I found this band where I could make the music I love the most!
Who are your musical inspirations?
I started out listening to Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Korn back in the old days and later I found inspiration in bands like: Devildriver, Chimaira, Ektomorf, Sepultura, Soulfly, Parkway Drive, Thy Art is Murder, Whitechapel, Meshuggah, Gojira etc.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I was the frontman of Blood in the Ink
I love Belgian beers
I find inspiration by listening to different kinds of music, sometimes it’s the heaviest kind of metal and other times it’s very relaxing music.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
I personally think ‘Our Dying Chance’ and ‘Floating Arrows’, because these songs describe my frustration of how we are treating our precious planet full of beautiful nature, and also how our careless governments act on these severe problems. They keep waving and smiling it away for their own good.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
We played this festival called ‘Helvoirts Weekend’a few years ago, that was definitely one our best ones, we played on a huge stage for a big crowd. Also, the release show of our debut EP ‘This Cracking Shelter’ in Little Devil at Tilburg was epic! The vibe there is always awesome.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
We would love to play a bigger stage someday as a support act perhaps, and also we would love to play bigger festivals (such as Graspop, Hellfest, Fortarock, Download).
What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?
Our upcoming album ‘A Sun That Never Sets’ which I think people are going to love! Also, the video review by ‘Infidel Amsterdam’ from his ‘Best of 2015 video’ was pretty big for us. We got a lot more recognition as a band.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
What happens backstage stays backstage!
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
The love of music and being a part of the music/metal community.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
Hopefully I could be doing vocals and be the frontman of The Invict full-time and actually make a living out of doing music.
What has been the best gig you have been to as a fan and can you tell us about it?
In the laste couple of years it was definitely the club show of Gojira at ‘Tivoli Vredenburg’ in Utrecht. I believe that was in 2017, the 4 of us went together. The whole vibe of the evening was great because these guys really know how to play some serious good metal and bring their music to life when you see that they really feel their own music.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
Lamb of God, Gojira, Machine Head, Parkway Drive, DevilDriver, Trivium, Entombed A.D. , Thy Art is Murder, God Dethroned.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Always live and feel your music on stage. Don’t fake it, convey it over to the crowd.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Well, the old school metal community makes me happy because there used to be more respect and let everyone be. Unfortunately more and more of the new breed kind of metalheads are just interested in what kind of metal you are listening to and put bands in boxes instead of enjoying metal in general if that makes sense. Personally I think most of them (Dutch bands) come across as arrogant.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
My personal life, sports and gaming.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry and how do you cope with using social media to build a profile in music?
I think social media and internet are crucial these days for bands, because you can easily share your music with the rest of the world. We mainly use Instagram, Facebook, Spotify and Bandcamp to share our music and those work great for us.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
In metal it shouldn’t be a huge thing. We believe that the most important thing is that you show you have a good time playing music and it’s definitely about the moments you have together on stage, while sharing your music with the crowd.
Can you tell us about any tattoos have and the significance of them to you?
I don’t have any tattoos.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I would make sure the people would treat everyone equally like you would be treated yourself. Because there’s already too much hate going on in the world.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Playing an awesome stage at a sick festival!
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
We love each and every one of you and want to thank you so much for you support! Check out ‘A Sun That Never Sets’ when it comes out!
How would you answer the questions who are the Invict ?
The Invict is a very ambitious band, who absolutely love to create metal music together. We want to convince the purity of our music to our fans and the crowd in general.
Can you tell me one thing about each member that people might not already know?
Our bass player Jesse has a savagely erotic sober character. Tim and Bas are actually in another project together!
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
I believe the first ever record I bought was DevilDriver – The Fury of Our maker’s Hand. Because they’re badass ofcourse!
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Love the music you create. Work hard and expect nothing.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
I would collaborate with Dez Fafara from DevilDriver because he is one of my biggest insprirations as a frontman.
Their live shows and his stage presence is really awesome. He’s respectful and kind towards their crowd and he definitely has an interesting way of doing vocals.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
I think it would be Final Exit by Fear Factory, I can’t quite fathom this song completely but somehow it is one of those songs that evokes a feeling of understandment. Ofcourse everyone has his own interpretation of a song and feel different emotions to it.
What things make you uncomfortable?
People who envy you!
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
How personal struggle can inspire you to write new songs and feel these songs every time you play them live. And on the other side ofcourse how beautiful it can be to be part of a band, like The Invict, where things are going the right and when there’s a good vibe in the band as it should be.
I would also include All Metal Agency and our label Profane Records who believe in us and gave us the recognition as a band.
What has the rest of year got in store for you?
After joining forces with ‘All Metal Agency’ and ‘Profane Records’ we hope to play more shows, share our music with bigger crowds. Hopefully we can reach out to more people and continue to grow as a band in experience.
At the moment we have three shows in Holland ahead of us: 15th of September at Café The Meister in Geleen, 28th of September at Fuizenfest in Riel (with Spoil Engine) and 27th of October in W2 at Duketown Rebelfest in ‘s Hertogenbosch. However, more shows are in the works and of course the release of ‘A Sun That Never Sets’ will be huge for us too after working on it for the last year so definitely keep an eye out for that!