ATHROX

ATHROX is a band that I am familiar with. Read this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The band was born in 2014 and the first album was released in 2016. Our purpose is to make our music known to as many people as possible and try to transmit what we have inside

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?
-Finding a personal sound is very difficult, but it is necessary because today there are so many bands and we must try to be recognizable. To do that we were meticulous, we knew what we wanted and we were inspired by our favorite musicians, creating and amalgamating a sound that we think is quite personal

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-We are on the second album, which will be released on November the 9th. For us at the moment it is quite natural because we have a lot to say and a great desire to make ourselves known, the determination means that everything can come out as we like.

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?
-We prefer to release an entire album, the creative process leads us to compose new songs of different nature, from the fastest to the slowest, so we think that an entire album is congenial because it shows our full potential.

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?
-We don’t know and we don’t even ask, otherwise it would only create depression. Let’s say that from this point of view we are naive, we hope that the music will return that of the past and that the free download is just a method of promotion.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-When we play live people have fun and respond well to our music, we hope that with the second album this can happen even more

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Actually, we don’t like it very much. In fact, our first album talk about this. It talk about of the lobotomization of our minds to new media, to social media and to everything that makes us slaves without realizing it.

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?
-Yes sure. It allows you to meet new people, who are often very nice and competent. We can learn a lot from everyone.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-We did some important concerts and this certainly brought us greater visibility, so the answer is yes.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Our plans are to keep playing as much as possible and grow, because music is our life and makes us happy. Thanks for the interview and a greeting to everyone!

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