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Will Hunt: “Synthesis has done is broadened our horizons, but I’m excited about is the next one”

Will Hunt

“When I’ve gone into all these different projects, I’ve always tried to be the chameleon. I feel like… I’ve actually conformed to the music,” Evanescence‘s longest standing drummer Will Hunt admits, struggling for the right phrase. “Whereas in Evanescence, I’m encouraged to be myself, and be okay with that.” 

He’s talking from the perspective of having played with bands from Black Label Society, to Device and Crossfade. But by the time he joined the group – fronted by iconic vocalist Amy Lee and formed back in 1995 – for third album Evanescence, he was ready to dive into the inherent challenges: complex rhythms, classically-based composition, and Lee’s penchant for originality.

The band’s latest release Synthesis from November, a masterpiece re-configuration of past classics with orchestral and electronic composition, is no different.

Ahead of the quintet’s nearly sold-out Australian tour in four days, Hunt sat down to chat about being thrown into the deep end with these orchestral shows, relating to rhythm guitarist Jen Majura‘s initial struggles after joining in 2015, and embracing his imperfections.

Amy’s described getting to play the Opera House as a dream come true for her. Do you feel the same way?

“It doesn’t matter if you’re from Australia, if you’ve ever been there or it’s something you’ve seen in person. I think as a musician and performer… Even in America, I grew up seeing pictures of that place and knew what it was from a very young age. I remember being in Australia back in 2012, and we were staying across the street from there [the Opera House]… I saw it and was just like, ‘Wow, man! What an incredible-looking building’. 

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Jen Majura: “I’m looking forward to coming and meeting all the Australian fans”

Jen Majura

With just a week to go until Evanescence kick off the Australian leg of their Synthesis: Live world tour, their first visit to our shores in six years, the anticipation of Australian fans has no doubt hit an all-time high. Following some time off after wrapping up the two U.S. Synthesis: Live tours, Overdrive sat down with guitarist, and more recently, theremin player, Jen Majura to chat all things Synthesis.

While the rest of the band (made up of vocalist Amy Lee, guitarist Troy McLawhorn, bassist Tim McCord, and drummer Will Hunt) have toured Australia in the past, this will be Jen’s first visit to our shores and she couldn’t be more excited. “Woohoo! I’m so looking forward to that trip. I’ve never been to Australia and I’ve always, always wanted to go and now thanks to Amy and Evanescence I finally get the chance to see Australia – and eat some Vegemite.” This excitement is a feeling mutually shared among the rest of the band, with Jen describing the tour as more like a big vacation-style trip with good friends.

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Amy Lee on The Age: “I was insecure and unsure”

Amy Lee

In 2003 you’d be hard-pressed to find an Australian commercial radio station that wasn’t blasting Evanescence‘s Bring Me To Life.

The band’s frontwoman, Amy Lee, was transformed into a success story practically overnight. Her rock band sold hundreds of thousands of copies of its debut album with its first week alone. Fallen went on to sell more than 17 million copies worldwide, with one of its tracks featuring on the 2003 Daredevil film.

But behind the smokescreen of success, Lee was struggling to cope with fame.

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Amy Lee: “DVD of Synthesis is in production now”

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EvanescenceYou have just released a new album after six years. Your fans got crazy about it and it also got really nice comments from the critics. Some of your fans were surprised with the electro-orchestral adaptations and low-down guitars in your new album. How did you decide to make your new album “Synthesis” which includes your older songs with this new sound? What has been changed for Evanescence in six years? Can you tell us the story behind the album?

Well I really wanted to show a lot of these older songs in another light. The symphonic and electronic elements have always been part of our music, but usually spend most of their time in the background, supporting the band. I wanted to show a bigger picture of what Evanescence is, what these songs are to me. These arrangements give the lyrics a new depth to me, and I wanted the challenge of working in a different way, with some classical legitimacy. There was extra freedom with the older songs than there is when we’re putting out a new song, because the point wasn’t to make it a hit, show all sides of it at once. We already did that. So we could just totally run wild with the classical, film score side of the music.

There is a common question on your fans’ heads; are you going to release anything new that couldn’t make it on to the album in the near future? Like “Weight of the World” that you have been playing at the live shows recently. Continue reading

Amy Lee: “It’s always good for me to make what I want to make, in the moment, because it means I’ll stretch a different muscle next time around”

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In this interview with Amy Lee she talks about the band’s latest record, and the musical evolution.

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Evanescence News: Episode 5 and 6 – “Track by Track” (CC English)

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In these two new episodes of “Evanescence News” we talk again about Track by Track by Amy Lee. This time is the opportunity for the songs “Bring Me To Life”, “Unraveling”, “Lacrymosa” and “The End Of The Dream”.

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Amy Lee: “The pressure comes when you feel like you can’t be yourself”

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Evanescence will be hitting the east coast of Australia in February with their Synthesis – Live With Orchestra tour. We were lucky enough to chat with frontwoman Amy Lee ahead of the tour.

Performing with an orchestra that you can’t have multiple rehearsals with is no simple feat- what’s behind the decision to tour the upcoming album with local orchestras in each city?

It’s an incredible and intimidating thing. With 28 musicians being added to the band, I can’t really imagine how we would take them all on the road with us! Before we began the tour I was more than a little curious as to how well it would work, but it’s been working beautifully. We owe a lot of that to Susie Seiter, our touring conductor. She spends 2 hours with the orchestra every day going over the whole show and working through the hard parts, teaching them the music. We actually only get 30 minutes with band and orchestra together every day before the show that night, so most of our performance is being done for the very first time as a group in front of the audience. It creates this very raw energy during the show that I love.

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Evanescence News: Episode 3 and 4 – “Track by Track” (CC English & Portuguese)

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Welcome to a new episode of “Evanescence News” where the band will present the songs of their new project “Synthesis” which we will call it: Track by Track by Amy Lee.

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Track-By-Track of Synthesis – Part 2

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Through the official facebook of the band Amy Lee is doing a track-by-track of the album Synthesis. Read the second part with four more songs here:

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“The original was based on Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and the movie Amadeus, which is why it was a natural choice to include. It was something I’d wanted to do for a long time before we did it on The Open Door album. ‘Lacrymosa’ is one of my favorite pieces of classical music. I’ve always been proud of the song. To do it now, and get to pump up the orchestra and classical music aspect of it, feels really good. I threw in a little bit of opera in there instead of the choir in the original. I feel like it’s a cool piece of who I am. Not on a corny level, just a teeny-tiny taste.”

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Amy Lee on Lean Forward Podcast Episode

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Amy Lee of Evanescence has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, sells out arenas throughout the world, and has had radio hit after hit in multiple countries, and for some reason decided to sit down with Jay and Jacob to chat about it all. In Episode 15, the fellas dig deep with Amy about all things music including working on her new album “Synthesis” (which debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 20 charts) with David Campbell (Beck’s dad). Post-show, she also sent along her own quick hits with descriptions of why she likes the tunes she picked. And Jay & Jacob included their own Best of 2017 playlists.

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