Floor Jansen - ReVamp
I am a fan of most female fronted metal. Therefore, I, could not pass up the chance to talk to Floor Jansen about her new band ReVamp. I soon discovered that like me, she was disapointed that After Forever disbanded. I was however very pleased to learn that she is strongly determined to keep making Metal. With her accomplishments behind her, which include work with Doro, Ayreon, and Star One, this Metal Mistress proves that women not only have a place in Metal, we belong there, and we are leading the way.
MettleMaiden: Thank you Floor for taking the time out to do this interview, given your busy schedule. I was wondering if ReVamp was a project you had in your mind before you parted ways with After Forever?
MettleMaiden: It was for me too. I actually interviewed your former bandmate Mark Jansen about the new Epica album.
MettleMaiden: I am glad that you carried on. I really appreciate your vocal style. ReVamp is on Nuclear Blast, as was After Forever. Did being on this label previously help you to get your new band signed?
MettleMaiden: I find that the choice of the band name is quite clever. Did you choose this name as a reference to all the Vampire movies that are out now, or is it simply because you are "revamping" your career?
MettleMaiden: Oh, I see what you mean, like a tough vixen?
MettleMaiden: I get it now. A vamp can be like a madame, or a woman of the world. She definitely has a stronger presence, and dominant nature.
MettleMaiden: I find that the artwork on the album has a very Gothic look to it. I know the music does not reflect this. You still sing with the classical soprano touch. Why did you choose this image?
MettleMaiden: Well, I agree it does have that menacing visage, and tribal effect, which threw me off, before I actually heard the album.
MettleMaiden: Maybe I am not using the right term to describe the artwork, and your portrait.
MettleMaiden: Oh now I see...
MettleMaiden: I apologize for using this term. If you see it from my perspective, here in America, we are surrounded by Hot Topic poseur Emo kids who paint their face and try to look like vampires.
MettleMaiden: They all watch that horrible "Twilight" Trilogy and try to be like them. I am so glad South Park spoofed this! I appreciate how you are creating an image that portrays women of power, strength, ambition, and perserverance.
MettleMaiden: I am a woman who will not take shit from anyone. The way you have described the method behind the name ReVamp makes me proud. I respect how you are rising from the ashes, of a band like After Forever and you are putting your pieces together, doing what you want.
MettleMaiden: You are the Alpha and Omega. I like the use of the Omega symbol on the cover, as well. The recording musicians in the studio, are not the live members, right?
MettleMaiden: Yeah, because Waldemar Sorychta just joined Therion as their new bassist. One of ReVamps touring members was in a band called Dreadlock Pussy, what a name! How did you go about creating the line-up for the live aspect of the band?
MettleMaiden: That is an interesting way to do it. What about the guests you have on the album, how did that occur?
MettleMaiden: How about George Oosthoek from Orphanage?
MettleMaiden: That must have been very exciting for you. You mentioned Star One, that was also with Arjen Lucassen from Ayreon right?
MettleMaiden: I loved your characterizations on the Ayreon albums. How did the two of you get involved in that project?
MettleMaiden: I also understand that you contributed vocals to Doro Pesch's single.
MettleMaiden: I agree, we have interviewed her before and she is really sweet, and so professional. I am so grateful that with ReVamp, unlike After Forever, you are the one calling the shots, and that this is your band.
MettleMaiden: I feel that this is a good attitude to have. Besides playing Prog. Power a few years ago, did After Forever tour in the US?
MettleMaiden: Do you think ReVamp will tour here any time soon?
MettleMaiden: That makes sense, so that you can introduce your new band to your fans. I assume you would love to play Prog Power again?
MettleMaiden: He is really good at introducing female fronted metal to the fans here, so that would be very apropos for you to start a ReVamp fan base here with that festival.
MettleMaiden: That is definitely true. I find it fascinating that you are not the only musical person in your family, you have a younger sister, Irene, who is also a vocalist. Do you have any plans on working with her?
MettleMaiden: Did she do any work with Metal albums before?
MettleMaiden: Oh, That is right, she was on 'The Human Equation'. Well, I know you are under the gun to continue with your interviews, even being a bit late on this one, so we will wind this up, right now.
MettleMaiden: I do wish you the best of luck with ReVamp, it is a good album. I strongly encourage you to keep showing the world that women can make real metal through their true mettle, we really need that.