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Interview with Marcel "Chubby" Roemer | AEVERIUM | Germany | Guest Band

© AEVERIUM Vanessa Katakalos | Marcel "Chubby" Roemer | Michael Karius | Lars Dannenberg | Andreas Delvos | Bodo Stricker

RK : First of all , thank you for accepting our invitation for an interview.

Chubby : You´re very welcome, thanks for this opportunity to talk with you!

RK : Share with us what is the story behind the name AEVERIUM. Why did you decide to pick this name for the band?

Chubby : Well actually there is no deeper meaning. I just created this name in the middle of a sleepless night on my mobile phone, just put some letters together....fortunately this is the Latin word for "the Beast"...I could imagine worse names.


RK : Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? How did you all first meet each other? Has anything surprised you about it all so far?

Chubby : At first sight, the band was supposed to be a studio project with musicians from all over the world. But as the first pre-productions were finished we all thought that it´ll be a good match to form a live band as well. Michael (guitar player) asked me to sing along to one or two of his songs which he has written together with our keyboarder Andi. Michael was my long time neighbour but I never knew that he was an overwhelming I gave a listen to his songs and for me it was more than clear, that we have to found a band with this. So I used my best contacts in our home based music scene and we´ve found Lars on bass, Klaus on drums and Aeva on vocals. First time we met was in my house to check out the possibilities of rehearsing, writing songs and also how to promote it efficiently. I was surprised that it all worked out!

RK : What was the first song you played as a band?

Chubby : I think the first song indeed was "Heaven´s Burning" followed by "The Ground Beneath Your Feet".


RK : How strictly do you separate improvising and composing?

Chubby : We compose our songs very efficiently. The basic of the song is composed by Andi and Michael. Then we have a pre pro session with me and it comes to arrangements and polish up the song. Then we do the vocals, which Michael does the lyrics for. So as you see, we work really efficiently since we all have limited time space. We are all into families and daily (part time) jobs. The only thing where we change stuff could be in the studio when we produce the album or at this point when your rehearsing the new stuff.

RK : Let’s talk about your album, “Time” released in 2017, which is already a massive hit. Tell us something about the album.

Chubby : For us it was a next step into more modern sounds and the continuation of being just Aeverium. Always a read thread through the album regarding the lyrics....On BREAK OUT we also had the element "Time" in our lyrics, so we decided to continue with this one. It was a hard process of composing, but absolutely worth it!

RK : What was it like putting this collection together? Did anything surprise you about the overall process?

Chubby : Unfortunately we had some time issues during the process of vocal production and the mixing process. So our nerves were very strained...but also here: In the end, absolutely worth it!

RK : Your debut album Break Out became popular immediately after the release. How did it feel when you got so much support from your listeners?