JULES MITCH (SETYØURSAILS): “It Was Important To Me To Address All The Topics That Concern Me And Not Lose Our Usual Toughness”


German Metalcore outfit SETYØURSAILS are set to release their second album entitled Bad Blood on April 12th. The band’s singer Jules Mitch took the time to talk with Metal Express Radio about their upcoming album, working with Adrian of the band Zebrahead on the album’s title track, their upcoming first ever co-headlining tour, and more. Check out the chat below!

Metal Express Radio: Your band, SETYØURSAILS are set to release a new album entitled Bad Blood on April 12th, what can you tell fans about the upcoming release? 

Mitch: With Bad Blood we’re taking a new direction. We wanted to move out from the Metal-core corner and become a little more accessible. The new album may seem a little poppy, but we don’t think that is a negative thing. Like its predecessor Nightfall, it also has some crisp breakdowns and heavy riffs that will still make one or two heads bang.

MER: How was the writing and recording process having this being your band’s second album?

Mitch: Since we only had about three months to write and record, the album was only written by our producer Julian Breucker and myself. Since it has fewer songwriters than Nightfall, it seems a little different than its predecessor. Overall, it was important to me to address all the topics that concern me and not lose our usual toughness. When I was writing it, I paid particular attention to making sure that the choruses were strong and opened up nicely. I am now very satisfied with how it came out.

MER: What are some of the differences you’ve noticed since the first time you got together to write and record?

Mitch: I’ve found that it’s easier for me to write songs with fewer people. Working with just my producer Julian Breucker, made the songwriting process really pleasant and effective for me. I was able to start writing the songs with the vocals and didn’t have to adapt to predefined instrumental structures.

MER: How was it bringing in Adrian of the band Zebrahead on the album’s title track?

Mitch: Adrian was a real asset to our first single. I am a huge fan of his voice and felt very honored that he lent it to us. Working with him was totally relaxed and fun. He is a great singer and we couldn’t be happier with the result.

MER: You’ve released three songs from the album so far, what kind of feedback have you been able to receive?

Mitch: The feedback has been great so far. It’s so nice when the hard work pays off!

MER: You’ll be kicking off a tour with Rising Insane and Vinta the same day as your album release, what are your expectations on the upcoming tour?

Mitch: Our expectations are very high because it is our first co-headliner and ticket sales are very important to us. We put a lot of effort into the pre-production; thinking a lot about how we could put together a great headliner set. I can definitely say that we have given it our all and I can’t wait until the tour finally starts.

MER: What do you see as plans for you and the rest of your band after the tour?

Mitch: We still have a lot of festivals coming up after the tour. We’ll also have some great news in the summer, which I’m afraid I can’t reveal now, but we have a lot planned and it’s going to be a very busy year for us.

MER: Who do you hope to tour with and why?

Mitch: AC/DC would be my personal dream simply because it’s been my favorite band since I was 6 years old, haha! But more realistically speaking, a dream would be to go on tour with Beartooth. Beartooth simply plays one of the best and biggest rock sets I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. That would be an absolute honor.

MER: Germany is known to have a strong Heavy Metal scene, do you feel your band stands out with the music scene there?

Mitch: Over the last few years we have been able to build up a strong fan base, which we are very proud of. Personally, I don’t think we really fit into the heavy metal scene, but we still have fans in the audience who are real metalheads. I am really happy to see that labels and genre are becoming less and less important and that people are celebrating music because they simply like it.

MER: Where do you hope to play live and why?

Mitch: I would love to play in the UK and the USA. I think that’s every European musician’s dream. That would be really great.

MER: What are your hopes for your band’s future?

Mitch: I just hope that we have fun with this whole thing for a long time and that we will eventually be able to live off it, so that we can concentrate fully on the music. Until then, we will work as hard as we can to keep the band functioning. It’s not always easy, but without it, life would be boring.


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