I love discovering new bands that I otherwise would not have come upon, like ANIMA TEMPO. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Well, like life and business, there are ups and downs. However, we’ve achieved many great things that we never imagined so I’ll say we’ve passed our expectations.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-It was a little slow at times but we have learned to be patient, work, and wait until the last detail is done to release our songs. The result was awesome and the effect on the people was better than we expected.
Do you feel that you by now have found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it?
-As the band is growing, our sound is getting more solid and becoming a more characteristic sound of the band. We are always figuring out how to sound better and with a label that only we have.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Definitely, the lyrical content is as important as the musical one. Music is an art of expression and if we have the chance to be listened to, we better say meaningful things. ‘Caged in Memories’ is a concept album which is mainly about a family corrupted by money, power, and all the “bad things” about life. The album is also about how everything we do has an effect on other people’s lives and about our personal demons and how to deal with them. You are invited to give a chance to the lyrics and get into the story, as the music is related too. Our single “Primal Symmetry” is about all that we’ve lost in order to follow technology and how we are less and less humans by living in a technological world where humanity is left aside. It’s about finding your primal core.
How important is the cover artwork for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-Art will always be art. We spent a lot in ideas, concepts, and money, so we must have a decent artwork cover for our music, considering it’s related to the music itself. People who appreciate the music will do for the cover and as a result we hope will buy a CD.
What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-The way you think is very important as well as the mistakes you learn from them. In our case, we had dark times when we didn’t see the light, but we never broke apart. Our families and friends always supported us and we found out that helping others is a way to help yourself. We had been taught to be very competitive and at that point you lose lots of values and good things on the track. If a band doesn’t succeed, it could be because the way they treat other bands and public or the level of humanity and humility they have. Also, the technical and theory-driven sides of the music are important to keep on track and create a high quality level of production. It’s the whole package.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. What do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-As I mentioned before, every genre has its public. You just have to know how to get them. The use of digital media has helped a lot of people to reach fame and exposure, but it has to be used wisely. In our case, it has helped us to reach Asia which is one of the band’s highlights.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-The Mexican metal scene has grown a lot in a few years with bands becoming more professional and getting together to create collectives in order to spread their music. Unfortunately, there’s still not so good aspects about our scene, but it’s something we have to work on. Self management is growing as well so bands are taking more risks to tour within the country and internationally. Also, important brands have been now supporting bands like ours as they saw the impact we can reach.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70’s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-The awareness about metal is becoming more acceptable as people now are more open to new ideas and rhythms. Unfortunately, the trendy music is always closing doors while people don’t give themselves a chance to listen other things than the generic radio stuff. We are doing our best to induce that change.
What does the future hold for you?
-For us, this past year has been nonstop touring it seems. In May, we had a tour in Costa Rica an we are having a bunch of upcoming shows in Mexico too. In September, we’ll have a six-date tour in Japan. So we are very busy as we have some pretty important shows confirmed until December. Also, the new album is taking shape and the second single will be ready really soon.