ABINCHOVA is a Swiss death/folk metal band that sing in German. It gives them an edge that is very suitable to the music.Anders Ekdahl ©2018

I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-The band name was chosen because it is the old Latin name from the 9th century of the village Ebikon where Abinchova was founded as a band. We thought it would be a cool and unique name to have as band and have stuck with it since.

There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-A tough question! We have started, like most bands, by playing and listening to songs from bands that excited us at the time: Ensiferum, Wintersun, Nightwish, and more. Gradually, we realized what worked for us and what didn’t and we are pretty confident now that we have found our own style. Still, we consider ourselves primarily a melodic death metal band with a touch of folk and symphonic metal influences.

What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-The best influence is to just be open to all kinds of music and to not focus to hard on what the “genre” demands of you as a musician. If you like the music that you make, then that enjoyment will also be heard and felt by the listeners.

How important is it to have a message as a band?
-I don’t think that it is necessary to have a message. I respect bands that want to have one, but for me it is not a requirement. I feel like that it is more important for a band to feel genuine in what they do and play, especially during live shows. You can tell if a band is at it with their heart and soul.

Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-I guess it shouldn’t matter but it definitely does in the music business. Having a coherent band image helps people to recognize your band and to an extended also to remember you, but as always, you need to be careful not to be too generic in how you present yourself. I don’t think it hurts to put in a bit of an effort in your image in order to further your own brand recognition, but always try to be true to yourself.

How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-Sadly, I think it is becoming less and less important since more and more music is consumed digitally. However, I hugely enjoy a kick-ass album cover and we still try to have good album covers for all of our releases. You want your output to be perfect in every way, even if some aspects don’t matter to as many people as they used to.

What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-We surely have some fans in our hometown of Lucerne, but we made the conscious decision to not play too often on our own home town. Instead, we tried early on to play far and wide throughout Switzerland and abroad, which has given us the chance to gather new fans all around Europe and even further abroad.

How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-We’re always thrilled to be able to go places we’ve never been before and it’s also one of our main drives as a band: We like to write music and play shows! The more we get around, the happier we are. We are nearing almost 150 shows played throughout our band career so far and we’ve been lucky enough to play some incredible shows with awesome bands at really great locations.

Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Playing live is absolutely the best way to connect with people. It’s a chance to meet the people that have been listening to your music for years and also to reach new fans and we absolutely love it.

What does the future have in its womb?
-Too much candy and beer, for sure!

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