ATREIDES is a Spanish band that play heavy metal. It feels like Spain is an untapped country for metal and that more attention should be concentrated to that part of Europe. Interview answered by Dany Soengas & Ivan Lopez. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it? How true are you today to what you wanted to do in the beginning?
Dany: The band started as a studio project of my own, then became a real band with the current line up, about 2 years now.
Ivan: Well, I think that the main purpose was the need of a change in our sound into something more personal and maybe darker than what we’ve been doing before and I think we did a good job coming out of the previous Atreides to this new one, with more personal sound.
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?
Dany: I make the creative process, at least at the very beginning of a song. Most of the times in front of a computer, and playing the guitar. Once the structure, the lyrics, and the main melodies are writers, we arrange the full song as a band, and it changes quite a bit. I try to stay true to heavy-power metal, but everyone have influence on their own so…
Ivan: It’s a question of hard work and sharing with the other members of the band. Everyone have their influences, their knowledges and their things to contribute and I think this is the main thing to make a great sound. For example, Iván has lots of influences like Leo Jimenez, Edguy or Kamelot and Dany has influences like Stratovarius, which combined with the others, make that kind of personal sound.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Dany: For now on we record in my small studio. For me It’s not painful really, the creative part, and seeing a song of your own grown up, and really sounding the way you like it’s great.
Ivan: It’s so fucking annoying sometimes hahaha, couse the process is kind of stressful. You have to record so many things and everything has to sound perfect. One day you like what you’ve recorded but the next day is a totally ball of shit, so reach a sound that satisfies you it’s so hard, but after this you have to release the songs, another headache, couse in Spain the music market wasn’t good enough to survive as a heavy metal band
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?
Dany: Yes, most of the people don’t even listen to the full albums, only the singles on YouTube etc… But I’m an old school guy. I like the albums, on CD with his booket. YouTube and social networks are ok, but I like the old thing.
Ivan: There are always risks when you’re recording, of course you have to please in some kind of way they actually demand but I think here is where the importance of having clear what your sound enters.
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?
Dany: The future is dark, at least if you want to make a living out of this. We have no economic support. Maybe, in the future, crowdfunding could do the trick. At least for releasing the albums.
Ivan: You can see it in two ways: In a really fuckin dark way, where artists are condemned or as a way to improve new ways to release our music and adapt us to the new things that are coming.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
Dany: Most of them are really good, but I am aware that some people think that we potentially suck. I think that our latest video ¨Frágiles¨ got some attention. It´s not our best song in any way, but it´s a nice single.
Ivan: The truth is that we receive answers of all kinds. There are people that like what you do, and other people that compare you with other bands or even the ancient classics. It’s something to live with.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
Dany: With this band and my other one (Skydancer) I´ve got some good fans talking to me about Facebook, mostly on South America. It’s very satisfying.
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?
Ivan: I think we make music couse we love what we do, not to form part of anything. We only want to make heavy metal and that’s what we’re gonna do.
Well, the thing is that music is what has joined us as a group and what complete us, in other way we weren’t here.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
Ivan: It’s something necessary. Of course you make music to yourself, but there’s always another part, and that’s the audience and for sure that playing live helps, in other way, you will be totally unknown, people easily forget what have heard in the radio or in Youtube, and the experience of seeing live music is something you can’t pay.
What plans do you have for the future?
Ivan: Our most important priority now is to release our album “Neopangea” and do some concerts to present it to the audience.