APOPHANOUS is a Brazilian metal band that impressed me so much that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The band started on 2015 with the purpose of making authorial and heavy songs carrying lyrical themes about psychological sickness and humanity dark side.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Our first songs were a big experimentation of many styles and personal influences. We manage to mix these elements and add our personality to the songs. You can find Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal influences such as brazillian folk music (like baião) and tribal elements in our songs.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Record and Release metal songs in Brazil is a challenge for every band since the things here are very expensive if you want to release with quality. We want to release songs with the best quality available, which sometimes makes our releases slower.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-It’s a two-edged sword scenario. You get the technology and the easiness of doing things by yourself but you must constantly release singles and other materials to stay atop. We try to combine these modern ways to the traditional album release model. For our EP we made a digital release on most popular streaming services (such as Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music) and a lyric video release on Youtube.

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-It’s a new generation and bands need to adapt to it. We have streaming platforms and social media to deal with and we need to use these tools to interact with people. The music isn’t dead. The traditional way of doing it has changed but the essence stills there…

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Due to all the experimentation and the variety of our songs we’ve received many different responses of many different kind of metal fan. We were been worried about people’s response because of this variety but the reception was good!

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Our EP was reviewed by a Czech Site and we’ve been interviewed by them! Since we are a small Brazilian band this was the most surprising contact so far =)

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Make you feel like you are one with the crowd. Makes you feel like an army marching forward. I can’t imagine how can I get these feelings without playing in a band.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
The Brazilian fans are known for being one of the most extreme headbangers out there! Our gigs here are always insane. Playing live stills the best way for growing our fanbase.

What plans do you have for the future?
-We’re composing songs for our first full length album. We want to release it worldwide in the next year and are looking forward to a tour for promoting it.
Tnx for the interview and stay tuned in our facebook page for news and stuff!

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