It is once that you start digging deeper than the mainstream that you find the really interesting bands, like ANIMAE SILENTES. Answers by Riccardo (Guitar). 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?
-“Suffocated” means a lot for us. It’s our first Lp so we are very proud of course, but there’s a lot more behind this album. The final work is the end of a long journey made of various things such as friendship, hard work, various lineup changes, fights and dedication. We are very happy with the result and we are looking forward to start working for the next album while we are focusing on getting better every day.

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?
-Actually our name is the final piece of the puzzle on which the concept of the band is constructed. We wanted to create something dark, melodic and almost mystical both musically and with our image. Animae Silentes are two Latin words that basically means Silent Souls. We think that this name well represents what we are doing as a band and also represent us for what we are in everyday life.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means all for us. Getting a good fanbase and being able to speak and communicate with people through the music is what keeps a band alive. Seeing that there’s people out there that are truly hyped for what we are doing is incredible and gives us the strength and the determination to keep going on.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-I think nowadays the image plays a really important role in a band’s life. If a band has a really solid and particular image it’s easier for the audience to remember it and to immediately associate that image to that band. The style of our image is based basically on goth culture and symbology. We want our fans and the people to associate us and our look with our melodic, moody and dark sound.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-I think that the artwork topic is linked to the previous question: having the right artwork is part of the general image of the band. Besides that by the way, the artwork is also the first thing that catches the eyes of the fans. Having a catchy, interesting and unique artwork is a fundamental step if you want to distinguish your band from the others. I Think that Diego, our Graphic designer, made a fantastic job: he collected our ideas and created a great artwork that suits perfectly the general mood of “Suffocated”.

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?
-Social medias are an integrating part of our lives and we can do nothing to change this situation. If a band uses them wisely they are really useful instruments, that will help to communicate with the fans and give them constant informations regarding the band itself. However we as a band are always happy to know people personally. If you have the chance to see us live don’t be afraid to came and talk to us after the show, it will be a pleasure to meet you.

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?
-Of course we feel it. Be a part of a community made of musicians with your same passions and your dreams it’s a great thing.

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?
-Speaking of Italy we feel like the scene is slowly dying. When you go to clubs to see bands performing live you can notice a complete lack of younger generations between the audience. Often you will play in front of friends and fellow musicians but we’re afraid that’s not enough to support the whole underground musical scene. That’s really scaring and quite overwhelming. We feel that outside our Borders the situation different and still alive, even among younger people. For this reason we are focused to tour abroad a lot.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Basically we are trying to tour as much as possible. We recently tour Latvia and it was a great time for us and we will be playing at Metal gates festival in Bucharest o November 17th. We think that playing live is still very important if you want your fanbase to grow constantly. Actually we found out that’s almost easier to book shows abroad compared to Italy, and that’s a really good thing for us.

What will the future bring?
-Certainly a brand new album, maybe next year, Who knows?
We hope to contiunue for a long time with this project because we all deeply belive in it. As we said we will try to tour as much as possible to establish ourselves as a band outside our borders and we will work hard everyday for our fans.

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