The Wizard rock week is brought to you by Poudlard Mag and Wrock-traducteur. Everyday during a week, discover / rediscover a band in an article, an interview. So.... come back tomorow to find out about a another awesome band !
Previous articles :
Monday : The 8th Horcrux
Tuesday : Anvil and the Hints
Wednesday : Undesirable #1
Thursday : Harry and the Potters
Friday : Ministry of Magic
20 years old Eva is the talented artist who started Seen and Unforeseen. Yet she wrote her first wrock songs back in 2009 for the band Ginny and Luna, which she started with her best friend Audrey (to whom she wrote the song Audrey, My Home). In 2010 Eva decided to try doing wizard rock on her own and after being featured in Jingle Spells 4, the success she met with had her going on with Seen and Unforeseen. This is how she came out with her first album this summer and joined the Expecto Patronum Tour along with The Whomping Willows and Lauren Fairweather!
2012 - Worth Fighting For
2011 - My Parents Are Muggles
2010 : Voldemort’s Secret Santa, Jingle Spells 4
2011 : Hermiony the Horcrux Hunter in Gred and Forge's album Up To No Good
2011 : Hermione's Christmas mistake, Jingle Spells 5
Band member :
How did you discover Wizard-Rock?
I got into Wizard-Rock a little bit later than most people did. I'd always loved Harry Potter, but since I didn't know anything about the fandom, I didn't have a proper outlet. When I met my best friend, Audrey, she quickly turned me onto the Wizard-Rock scene by giving me a mix-cd of The Remus Lupins, the Moaning Myrtles, and the Parselmouths. I was immediately hooked and interested in writing my own music.
Why did you start a Wrock band?
When I heard the songs on the mix-cd, not only was I taken by the cleverness of the songs, but I also realized that the bands were singing about something that I was incredibly passionate about… Harry Potter. I'd been writing music at this point for about four years… Mostly about boys and my teenage feelings… So once I sat down and actually tried to write my own Wizard-Rock, it felt so natural and comfortable that I just never stopped. This was about 3-4 years ago.
What was your beginning like?
I first started writing my Wizard-Rock songs while I was seventeen years old. My parents didn't really understand, but continued to support my interest in making music. I originally wrote music for my 'band' with Audrey, who has consistently been my biggest fan, but decided to go for a more singer-songwriter sound after a couple of months. My first 'Seen & Unforeseen' song was 'My Parents are Muggles' and it wasn't supposed to be heard by anyone. After I wrote my first Jingle Spells song, people became more and more curious about my other music. I released a free downloadable version of 'My Parents are Muggles' shortly after. After the song was downloaded over 1,000 times, I decided to continue writing and performing as Seen & Unforeseen.
My first show was in Ypsilanti, Michigan at their 'Duality Ball'. I wrote 4 songs, including 'Hoot' and 'Dobby' so that I could perform them in front of this audience. I played this show with Lauren Fairweather and The Whomping Willows, who were both two of my greatest influences, and they ended up asking me to tour with them a year later.
What are your influences?
My biggest musical influences are Jesca Hoop, They Might be Giants, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Ani DiFranco, and Holly Bernt. I am also heavily influenced by that Mr. Harry Potter, if you couldn't already tell!
What are your plans for your band in the future?
I recently put out a 10 song album and went on tour, but I am definitely sure that I'm not done. I have some plans to work with the Harry Potter Alliance and I'm writing some new songs with some other Wrock bands within the next year.
Tell us about your experience as a wrocker : what is your best wrock memory? What do you like most in being a wrocker?
What I love most about being a Wizard-Rocker is that I get to express myself to people who understand me. Not only have I found a great community who loves what I love, but I've also found people within the community who genuinely appreciate what I do as an artist/musician. My favorite memory, so far, is performing 'Hermione the Horcrux Hunter' (a song that I wrote with Gred and Forge) at LeakyCon 2011… In front of at least 2,000 screaming fans. That was the first time that I had ever felt weightless and fearless outside of reading the Harry Potter books. My other favorite thing about being a Wizard-Rocker is that I get to play at shows and meet a lot of really awesome young people who love to dance and celebrate who they are.
When did you discover Harry Potter?
I discovered Harry Potter when I was in the 4th grade. My brother is five years older than I am, so while he was reading the books, I was intrigued by the cover artwork. Once the first movie came out, I fell in love with the series and knew that I had to give the books a try. I read all of the books that I could get my hands on and started writing fan fictions about my own characters going to Hogwarts. I stuck with Harry until the end, which is when my friendship with the fandom began.
What is your favorite scene and character from Harry Potter?
My favorite characters are Luna Lovegood and Hermione Granger. They are both so smart and self-assured. I constantly use them as my role-models in my day-to-day life. My favorite moment from the books is when Neville wins the house cup at the end of book one for standing up to his friends. I cry every single time that I read it.
Apart from Harry Potter, what are your favorite shows, books, and movies?
I absolutely love reading comics. I'm currently very much into X-Men and the Walking Dead graphic novels. I watch many shows, including Mad Men, Sherlock, How I Met Your Mother, and The Walking Dead. My favorite books are 'Be Here Now' by Ram Dass and anything by Alice Hoffman. My all-time favorite move is 'Singing in the Rain'.
What house are you in?
This is a touchy subject for me… I, along with all of my friends, believe that I am a Gryffindor… But the Sorting Hat has recently sorted me into Hufflepuff on Pottermore… So I am a… Gryffinpuff?
I’d say that you have a hunch
Where we can have a good time tonight
I’ve got a letter in my beak
It’s those hazel eyes I seek
Won’t you come and fly away with me
Why should the wizards have all the fun?
Tonight has only just begun
Partying up in the West Tower
I’ll spin you round; we’ll do the twist
Even do the chicken if you insist
Partying up in the Owlery
We’ll have a Hoot.
Crookshanks is up on lead guitar
Trevor belts it out like a rock star
This is how we owls get down
I’ll dip you low and lose my nerve
Stealing a peck would be absurd
But I see your white feathers sparkle
We’ll bump, we’ll grind, we’ll lose our minds
Macarena, and of course the konga line
We’re gonna have a good time
We’ll have a Hoot.
Darling, you’re fresh and white like snow
And I hope you will not say no
It’d be a Howler to my heart
You are my gal you are my bird
I admire every single word.
But I especially like it when you say… Hoot.
We’ll have a Hoot.