symbols Magazine: For those that are new to you, what is the overall message of September Mourning? What do you want to portray with your art?
Emily Lazar: September Mourning is a dark cultural fantasy told from the perspective of a supernatural girl named September. Her story is an all beguiling, passionate experience that toys with the two plains of existence; that of the living, and of the dead. The story unfolds to the ears through music, and to the eyes, through graphic novels and other visual media. Upon entering the world of September Mourning, you will find yourself in a paranormal dreamscape that is September's existence, fully under her control. She welcomes you--but beware, your soul and destiny may never be the same.
sM: What is it about your band mates that made you choose them? What magic do they supply to SM?
EL: Each band member plays a part in the overall story line of September Mourning. Each of the four members take on a name of a character (one of the reapers in Mortem) that is pivotal in some of the story arcs of September. Their names are Riven, Wraith, Twitch, and Shadou. Musically, they embody the theatricality of SM perfectly, providing an intense backdrop to the stage performance that we bring every night.
sM: Can you describe the process of change between Emily and September? How do you prepare?
EL: September, the character, is so much a part of who I am. I created the character from all different parts of my personality. Her plight is a supernatural one at the heart of the story, but if you really examine it, September is just a girl who was unfortunate in her circumstance and, at no fault of her own, she finds herself in a unique position to do good or evil on a grand scale.
That being said, it's quite easy to become her. I have a specific regiment on show days with costume and makeup and warm ups that acts as a weird meditation transformation into the mind of the character. It's pretty awesome to do every night.
sM: What qualities in September do you find to be the most inspiring for Emily and vice versa?
EL: September has a unique perspective on life because she is half reaper and she is able to see things that we cannot see or determine because we are alive with a specific viewpoint. Because of this she has a greater sense of compassion, understanding, etc. for the living in general. She knows how hard it is out there in that world. It's almost like she has an ornate sense of positivity on levels we cannot understand. I think that is inspiring. I think being able to allow yourself to feel on such an intense level, especially in a positive direction, gives you strength. I try to bring that into my daily life.
sM: Word on the street is you guys recently got signed. Why did you decide to go with that label?
EL: Virgin/Capitol is a tremendous label with an incredible roster and an outstanding track record for artists. I feel blessed to be working with Mr. Fair and all of the people at the label. It's beyond exciting.
sM: Any plans on touring soon? If you could create your dream tour who would you open for and who would open for you?
EL: We will be going to Download festival in the UK in June and perhaps have some more dates around that festival. We plan on having a very busy year after the album is turned in. There are so many incredible theatrical artists out there in Pop/Rock. Any of them would be a gift to share a stage with.
sM: Your music video for Before the Fall was visually stunning. Will you ever release a series of music videos as an addition to your albums?
EL: We plan on doing something very special for the album. If you liked Before the Fall you will love what's coming next.
sM: We, at deVour, know why we love you, but what do you think it is about September Mourning that people relate to?
EL: For those who know the story, I think they relate to being someone who is torn down the center in a way--always making tough decisions. I think the theatricality of the music and the project brings a breath of fresh air to the rock/pop world because it is done with purpose, not just to provide shock or awe, but simply because the project could not exist without it and never has.
sM: What do you think is the most important thing to remember as an artist and musician?
EL: Folllow your heart. It's really quite simple. When creating follow your heart. Don't be in it to get paid or for girls or guys or stardom. Be in it because, if you weren't, you couldn't survive.
sM: Will September be making an appearance at ComicCon this year? What else can we look forward to for both Emily and September?
EL: There is so much in the works for SM this year and we keep things very tightly under wraps. But I can promise you this, you will see us a lot more this year, at comic con and beyond. Lots of love to everyone at devour and our fans for being so incredibly supportive and awesome. We promise you, great things are coming.