Recently, DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen interviewed Asila.
Hey, how are you?
Hey guys! We’re doing good! We hope you guys are healthy and safe!
Can you tell us something about the history of Asila?
We started out in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. We were initially called Revery, but after many member changes we decided to rename ourselves to Asila in 2018. Musically, we were also quite eclectic initially, but we settled into a more hard rock style sound when we changed our name.
For people not knowing Asila (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?
We’ve got a solid hard rock sound – high energy and powerful songs, but we like to add elements of blues/soul music in the vocals to give it more emotion. Our singer is very influenced by powerful soul singers. We also like to layer our music to give it a slightly symphonic sound sometimes and to add a bit of interest for those who listen deeply.
When someone doesn’t know Asila yet and you can choose one of your songs to present yourself, which song would that be?
Our latest song, Hot Blooded Woman, is a great representation of the band. The song had a great message, it’s a pumping hard rock track and a lot of fun to listen. It’s quite a straightforward song though, so for something more layered and deep, Restore is another of our favourites!
What makes Asila unique?
I’d say the bluesy and soulful topline/vocals gives us a unique twist. Especially with the hardrock backing, we like to call it rock’n’soul!
Any future plans you can already tell us something about?
We’re working on a music video for Hot Blooded Woman and we’re filming it towards the end of the month. So it should be coming out in April. After that we have another two singles planned for the album.
Any upcoming gigs for Asila? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?
We wish we could come to The Netherlands. We might even understand a few words here and there since we speak Afrikaans. But no gigs planned at the moment with Covid. We stream live and play streaming festivals here and there, but that’s about it.
How do you think your life would be without music?
It’s hard to imagine that. Music means so much to us in terms of expression, release and joy. Life without music must be like living without a soul.
What advice would you give to young and starting bands?
Enjoy the moment and enjoy the music. And don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s a long road, but definitely worth it.
Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac’s readers?
Thanks so much for your time. Check out our latest single Hot Blooded Woman. The video is coming out in April so don’t forget to follow us on social Media! Rock’n’Roll!
I’m Tim van Velthuysen and I started DutchMetalManiac back in 2014. I’m 29 years old and I live in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Of course, I like metal, but I can also appreciate other musical styles.
In addition to DutchMetalManiac I also have a personal website on which I’ll post various things that won’t fit on DutchMetalManiac, but might be interesting for you as well. It’s in Dutch though.