AGRESIVA

AGRESIVA sounds like the name of a flower to me. A very aggresive plant nonetheless. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-I think the feeling we have right now is absolute satisfaction with the record we´ve done. It´s been a hard and long recording due to different reasons, but when you listen to it, all the effort is worthy.
This time we have found a good balance between power and catchy choruses in our songs, which was what we intended for this work since we started to write new stuff.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-When I (Samuel) joined the band back in 2009, the name was already chosen. I believe it describes the style we want to play sending a straight message to the audience about the music we intend to do.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-If it wasn´t because the people and followers, who wait for our records, gigs, etc, we wouldn´t be here. We are perfectly aware of that and absolutely committed to them. They are the fuel running through Agresiva´s engine.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image is always an important factor for the band. We don´t have an especial outfit such KISS or our Spanish brothers Omission, for instance, but we consider we have to keep an image on stage. And so we do.
We want our audience to see a band according to the music we play and its followers. Besides, we are metal heads, so this is our wearing style.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-For us, the art work is a very important matter, along with the album´s presentation in general. No in vain, we´ve been using the same mascot from our first work until now, while we have tried ever since to make an attractive booklet for the releases, with nice pictures and a cool design inside and very generous in the number of pages.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-Good or bad, right now, it is an important and unavoidable tool for the bands. Personally, I prefer the classic media means such specialized webzine, magazines, radio shows, etc, but right now, we have to deal these new elements too, many times, strangers to our culture and music.
But I agree with you that it has brought something good, socializing with our followers. Cool and practical.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Absolutely. Although nobody in the band listens exclusively to heavy metal, this style is home and where we belong. This is our way of living and we are extremely passionate about our culture.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-I think that, although there are metalheads almost everywhere where we go, it’s almost impossible not feel how our music´s popularity has decreased during the years. Apart from that, the discography crisis has damaged seriously the record companies, an its conscuences has affected directly bands, radio shows, specialized magazines and webzines, studios, productions, number of gigs, and all that comes from the lack of investment.
Right now, it is really hard for any new band to get a proper production, with a proper promotion, if they aren´t willing to pay for it, and not only in metal, but in every music style. There is a mainstream scene, very far away, ahead from the rest, and an underground scene full of small bands struggling to find its place.
Until this music crisis has been fixed, until there is a balance between the cost of the music and the returning profits after publishing it, there won´t be a healthy scene in metal or rest of music.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We are that kind of band that belongs to the road, we love to visiting new cities, or returning to cities where we´ve been before and all that comes with it. We have always played as much as we could since our first album came out and still we try to keep it that way. We have done most of Spain, and visited foreign countries like Netherlands, Czeck Rep. and, recently, UK.
To leave the country is always difficult in economic terms, but if you plan it well, normally, all goes all right.

What will the future bring?
-Well, actually we don´t have any plan now beyond playing as much as we can for the two or three years and, eventually, return to studio. Bring our music as far as we can. That´s what we intend to do. Thanks a lot for the interview and I will like to invite to all readers to follow us on our Facebook page, our YouTube Channel, to dig in our music.

https://www.youtube.com/user/AGRESIVAMETALBAND

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