ARGOS

Ever since the 80s I have had an eye for the Spanish metal scene. It has been an on/off relationship but right now it is very much on. ARGOS being the latest evidence. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-At the beginning, we only had the intention of playing some covers from our favorite bands. After a while, we started playing our own songs that finally came through our first demo called “Alma Negra”.

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?
-We all have our own likes in metal and rock. Different bands that influence our music.
When you start with a new song, the first idea is easy. Normally, it is something that comes on suddenly. The main problem after that is being able to keep going with the track in a correct way. Many times, you may a good idea for a melody and nothing else comes after it. This is the hardest thing of a song composition.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It´s a long time after you have an idea until you finally finish the track. We had been composing for 4 years until we finally had our recording set. Many processes were involving in that time: melodies, riffs changes, vocal changes, different tunes, etc.
The recording process is also hard. For this album, we decided to record our parts in different places. We tried New Life Studios in Madrid for drums and Tres notas for the rest of instruments and vocals. It´s been a hard process because we have been very critical with our recording sessions.

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 is true that you can easily record your own track at home and release it in a digital way. In our case, we only record our tracks to have a initial demo of the album. We don´t think that releasing albums as single songs is a way to kill your album because it is also something that can be seen in a different way: more chances for your band to impact people than only with one big release.

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?
-Well, obviously there has been an important revolution in the industry that can give us the impression that the market is going to be destroyed, but we think the main problem is the lack of knowledge to adapt the product to the new consumer. Traditional industry players try to keep controlling the market as they have been doing during the last 50 or 100 years but this has to change. The industry has to innovate and embrace new platforms that offer free music completely legal, like Spotify. It’s about finding the correct formula, and this is not only happening with the music industry, films and tv are in the same situation and new digital platforms like Netflix are making their own proposal with good results.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We are having different responses related to our last album “Rompiendo el silencio” but in general we are very happy. The best critics talk about a very particular sound that identifies the band and our progression during the last 14 years. This is the best part of all, when you can feel the evolution of your work. Of course, there are other not so good critics, but we try to learn from them and pay attention to what can be improved.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-It’s incredible, if 10 years ago someone would tell us that we wound be asked from the other side of the world to send our CDs we wouldn’t believe it, but today we are sending our CDs to Argentina or Japan for example, and it is amazing.

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?
-No doubt, musicians are a big family and you will always find a good topic to talk and share with, but don’t forget than in all families there is always a black sheep, and this world is not an exception. But in general, we feel glad to be part of it.
We think that the most important thing that being part of a band brings to you is the opportunity to be in a stage sharing your own songs, your creation, with people that enjoy them, it doesn’t matter if are thousands of them or just a single person. This feeling has no price

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-As we mentioned before, playing on a stage is the most wonderful experience that you can have (after sex, of course) and we try to transmit this to our public. And if you reach this, most of the public will follow you to the next gig.

What plans do you have for the future?
-We would like to expand our music outside of Spain, and we have a good chance to do so with our latest album “Rompiendo el silencio”.
Pending confirmation in 2018 we will tour Spain and, after this, who knows… but one thing is sure, we will keep doing our best writing and playing songs until we die!

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