• Arthur King

An Upbeat Band From Belgium, Papilloon

Updated: May 11

I have never been to Belgium before, though I have dreamed of seeing many countries in Europe, a lack of funds let alone Covid-19 have made such travels next to impossible. But luckily for me this next band that I interviewed, "Papilloon," would at least give me a little taste of what the independent music scene in Belgium is like. I had a chance to have email correspondence, with the drummer of Papillon, "Ruben Goossens", and got a chance to get to know the band a little better.

"Can you tell us a little bit about the history of Papilloon? How did you form the band?"

"Papilloon started in 2015 when 3 guys teamed up and formed a band. They were all playing in different bands and studying in the same area. Somehow their lives were connected so they started Papilloon to bring some new rock vibe music. In 2017 a new drummer and guitar player joined the band. Our sound got a whole new vibe and with our different taste of music and unique ideas put together we created a new vigorous sound for the band."

"We are playing in this formation for 3 years now, and we're doing pretty well locally. Sadly the whole Covid-19 problem came and pushed us back a little. We are not giving up and even started writing new music online."

"If you could travel back in time, in which decade do you think Papilloon would fit best? If you had to exclude the present decade that is."

"Hm, good question. Not an easy one either. I’d say somewhere in the late 80’s. I Think that's about the time that some well known modern bands started or grew bigger. That era of rock music is still one of the best ones ever, and we might fit into that. If we made our music a little more electronic or new wave, we could play alongside Depeche Mode"

"Here comes a question you're going to be asked in every single interview, who are your biggest musical influences and why?"

"We have a playlist where we can all put inspiration or influences for our music. That way everybody can listen to it and maybe find something new to play. I noticed there is a lot of Muse on it. But also Britpop bands like Blur or The Arctic Monkeys, or harder rock music from Foo Fighters, QOTSA, and System of a Down."

"As we all know, we are all living in the streaming world now. Gone are the days of album sales, cassette tapes, CD's, and records... Do you prefer this modern world where anybody can post their music on Spotify and take a chance in an oversaturated market, or do you long for the days of big record deals, and album sales?"

"I think the time where you had to bring out an album and push yourself into record stores was a great time. Right now, everybody can make music and share it online. It is not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong. But as you say, the market gets oversaturated so fast. On one hand, special things can find an audience, but on the other hand, you have to do something special to get noticed. I don’t mind some extra work to put in and try selling albums or records. Plus, who doesn’t love to hold a record in their hand and look at the nice artwork."

"Last question. Can you tell us any plans that you have for both the near and distant future? What's next for Papilloon?"

"Right now, we just want to get through this pandemic and play live. But as far as there are no live shows, we try to write new music and come up with new sounds. We have awesome things planned for the future, so we hope to release that to the world soon!"

That concludes this short interview with this upbeat band from Belgium, I hope you all enjoyed reading it and I wish the best of luck to this extremely awesome band. Make sure to check the links below to find Papilloon on social media, and of course to listen to their music for yourself.

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