Interview from Lebanon band Phenomy
“Phenomy’s style is not out and out thrash metal as one might expect. Instead, they deliver a much more hybrid style, incorporating groove, thrash, and even industrial elements,that varies in intensity, power, and aggression..”
“With two previous albums, numerous tours across Romania, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia and beyond, and major festival appearances at the likes of Wacken and Metalhead Meeting under their belt, Phenomy are excited to be heading into 2022 with an even bigger future ahead of them, fuelled by ‘Syndicate Of Pain’”
A few months after organizing themselves into a live act, PHENOMY were invited to perform at the Persian Rock and Metal Fest in Çanakkale, Turkey alongside regional and global established acts.
"South of Heaven open air"
Brand new festival in South Bohemia!
Which is taking place in Zbytiny (Prachatice, Volary, Vimperk) for the second time, and we are happy about it.
Bands from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Polandand ... will perform here, and maybe... well, let yourself be surprised, but that's just a possibility.
Genre-focused on rock and metal, a few punk groups will also perform, so that the festival is varied.
We asked some questions to the bands that will be playing at this festival. "South of Heaven open air"
Alan - Yeah, a bit of a corny question, but we'll ask it anyway. How are you looking forward to the festival?
Rudy - Hi, this is Rudy Bejjani, the drummer of Phenomy. We are extremely thrilled and eagerly looking forward to the upcoming festival where we will have the opportunity to meet our fans from the Czech Republic once again. It's always a pleasure to share our music with our fans and we can't wait to play our unique blend of Beautiful Ugly music for them. We hope to give our fans an unforgettable experience with our performance at the festival.
Alan - Where have you had your best gigs? Concert, festival? During its existence.
Rudy – One of my favorite festivals was Ostrava V Plamenech. The crowd was amazing, so interactive and they gave us a very warm welcome.
Alan - What interesting things will you bring to the "South of Heaven open-air" festival? Pyrotechnics, new songs?
Rudy - Well, we're definitely cooking up some surprises for the "South of Heaven open-air" festival, but we can't reveal too much just yet. Let's just say that we're always looking for ways to push the boundaries of our live shows and create an unforgettable experience for our fans. So, stay tuned and come prepared for a wild ride!
Alan – You don't make music for a living, that's for sure. So what do you do? And how did you come together as a band?
Rudy - Despite having daytime jobs, we never let that stop us from pursuing our passion for music as Phenomy is and always will be our number one priority. I am a drum instructor in a music school, and nothing brings me more joy than seeing my students develop their skills and love for music. But when it comes to Phenomy, we put all our heart and soul into creating and performing our music. It's a feeling like no other, and we can't wait to share it with our fans at the "South of Heaven open-air" festival.
Alan - What do you get the most entertainment for at concerts or festivals? Beer and sausage? And what was your top food memory at the festival?
Rudy – For us, the most important thing about playing at festivals is being able to connect with our fans. We love meeting them, hanging out, having some drinks, and just enjoying the festival atmosphere. One of our most memorable experiences was at Wacken when we had the chance to hang out with Thomas Jensen, the festival's founder. He was grilling some sausages, and we had a great time chatting with him about music and life over a few beers. It's moments like that which make playing at festivals so special.
Alan - You play outdoor festivals. Have you ever played in a quarry? Or in another interesting place?
Rudy - Playing at a festival in a quarry will be a unique experience for us, but we've had the opportunity to play in some really interesting venues in the past. We played at an abandoned factory once, and also at a Roman amphitheater surrounded by ruins in Romania, which was a really cool setting for a show.
Alan - What's new with the band? Carrier, video clip, .....?
Rudy – We are always working on new material and ideas, constantly pushing ourselves to evolve our music and take it to new heights.
Alan - Thanks for the short interview. And what do we wish for the "South of Heaven open-air" festival? Maybe good weather?
Rudy – Thanks for having us, we're ready to bring the thunder and melt some faces! And if the weather gods are on our side, it'll be a killer show. Can't wait to see you all there
Alan – What band or bands shaped you to the work you do? And what bands do you like?
Rudy - Metallica has been a great source of inspiration for us over the years, and continues to be to this day. Personally, I'm also a big fan of bands like Pantera, Parkway Drive, Bullet for My Valentine, and Lamb of God, just to name a few.