I have no idea what this band’s name stands for but I do find ANDROMEDA ZOO to be a really cool name. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
Andromeda Zoo: It wasn’t really hard to find a band name. Frank, our drummer, is very imaginative and inventive, so he came up with a list of about 10+ names and we decided to choose Andromeda Zoo, because in our opinion, first and foremost a band name should sound good and interesting and should have a high recognition value. Correspondingly our band name compares humanity with a Zoo, which is observed by a higher power (Andromeda). But everybody is free to make his own vision of it.
Who would you say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
Andromeda Zoo: The ingredients of our sound are a blending of the big heroes of classical hardrock of the 70’s and Heavy Metal of the early 80’s. We are trying to create a sound that is organic and heavy, but doesn’t sound like all the other Hardrock-/Metal-Bands today. We have all been making music for so many years now, so that everyone in the band has his own understanding of what a band should sound like. The result is what we do together as a trio, and we think, it must sound like a trio and not like a full orchestra. Musically, our influences –like above said- are a mixture of great bands we like personally and of music, which moved us through all these years.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
Andromeda Zoo: We think that fast songs are written in a more intuitive way and after they have been composed, they don’t change a lot anymore. Slower songs need more time to unfold and a bigger room for interpretations. In our case, slower songs do need longer to get us satisfied than the faster songs.
As an example, Daniel (our bass player) plays the bass in a more direct way, when it’s a faster song. The slower the song, the more he has to pay attention to the feeling and to creating an atmosphere of the song.
How does your music work in a live environment?
Andromeda Zoo: First of all: Try it out!
We think that it works well, because we want to present ourselves pure, organic and as what we are, a rock band with 3 musicians, who want to have fun on stage. That’s the major thing, and if you see it in our faces and if we can transport it to the crowd, that’s the best thing for both the musicians and the people.
But we are optimistic, that the attentive listeners AND the party animals are happy with our live perfomances. At least we hope so.
You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
Andromeda Zoo: Andromeda Zoo !!! Our time is now! Forget about the past.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
Andromeda Zoo: It is hard to stand out of all the bands that exist and that are pretty good today. It’s a big competition out there and there are a thousand ways to reach the people. In the past, bands wouldn’t have the opportunities as we have them today, e.g. Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, asf. So the times are in one way easier and in another way harder, because nowadays, everyone can try it this way in the web-biz.
Also, you have to distinguish between cover bands and bands, who are playing their own music. Cover bands have it a lot easier than the others, because they play the songs, that are already known and famous. That’s why most of the bands started as cover bands. We didn’t, but that’s something we decided for ourselves.
Sure, the new media allows us all to compete differently and to present us in the best way possible. Even we do. But in the end, we think it’s all about the well-known rule of Rock’n’Roll-music: you have to be in the right place at the right time! We’ll see….
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
Andromeda Zoo: In our opinion, a great cover should present the music and the band in the way, what it is. It should fit with the music and the character of the band. Also should there be enough room for interpretations and imaginations, as we think. Otherwise, there are so may great albums with bad covers. That’s the big question of “taste” in the end.
Our favorites are:
Daniel: Thin Lizzy – Johnny the Fox, Voivod – War and Pain, Iron Maiden – Killers, Mercyful Fate – Melissa
Frank: Rainbow – Rising, Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
Thomas: Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Muse – The 2nd Law, Rush – Moving Pictures, Slayer – Reign in Blood
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
Andromeda Zoo: No, we don’t think so. But generally, we don’t bother about country’s frontiers or limiting things like that. We feel ourselves as a part of the Rock’n’Roll nation.
The climate for rock, hardrock and metal music is very good in our country (Germany). You see this in the number of people, that are attending concerts, as well as in the number of people, that are downloading/streaming music today. People are interested in new bands that are significant and you have the opportunities to get all you want through the new media. We think the usage of music will never ever stop. So, not only in our country, we think all kinds of music all around the world will be loved for many many more years.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
Andromeda Zoo: Auffallen, spielen, label und Management hilft, weil die Kollegen Netzwerke haben. Ohne die bekommst Du flächendeckend keine Reaktion, egal wie gut Du bist.
What does the future hold?
Andromeda Zoo:You never know.
Kismet, new songs, sessions and beer, getting our asses up on stage and in the studio, making the next record as soon as possible. Having a good time having a great fucking rock band, being good friends and doing what we wanna do!!! That’s the main thing.