ATROPAS

I know that I write this a lot but ATROPAS is a blank to me. So in order to get to know them better I decided to interview them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

Could you please introduce us to the band?
-Atropas is a modern metal band from Zurich, Switzerland, consisting of guitarist Dave Colombo, Bassist Kevin Steiger, Drummer Sandro Chiaramonte and myself. I do vocals and I play guitar.

What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-Mainly other bands’ music and the happiness it brings to us like nothing else. When I started playing guitar, I would play it for 6 to 8 hours straight, locked in my room. At that time I didnt even think of forming a band or even writing music, it was just fun to play my favourite songs.
Now the fun lies in finding new sounds, effects and new ways to convey the feelings in our hearts and thoughts in our heads. So the catalyst changed over time, but the reasons kind of stayed the same. Music makes us happy and as long as it does that for us, we will continue.

How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-I try not to pressure myself with it, although it is constantly on my mind. Working with Jonny and Lorenzo of Mathlab Recording Studio has made the recording aspect much more fluent and easier, so no worries there anymore.
Same goes for releasing. We work out a plan with Carlo from Wormholedeath and after that it’s smooth sailing, as long as we do our jobs properly.

Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Yes, definitely. A huge chunk of expenses always goes to the physical side of releasing a CD, so this definitely has helped keeping the cost down. On the other hand, anyone can download our music for free, so no revenue there anymore. Yet again, as long as that gets more people to check us out, listen to us and maybe even come out to a show on tour, it’s cool with us.
I still prefer the physical copy of a CD, though. If you gave me a choice of owning a physical or a digital copy of an album, I will take the physical, 10 times out of 10.

If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-I don’t think so, no. The marketing plan is usually in place before the mastered product is even finished, so nothing should be out “too soon”.
The difficulty lies in actually surprising the fans with something fresh and new without overwhelming them with information. Marketing in such a saturated business as this is difficult.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-Episodes of Solitude has gotten lots of praise from press, friends and fans alike. We are very happy that our hard work has resonated so well with so many. I would like to take this chance and thank everyone for the nice words. Keep sharing our music!

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-There’s a couple. We have had people order our CD from Texas, which is ridiculous. Thanks to every supporter who took the time and money to support us!
One other point would be Eluveitie, Switzerlands biggest metal band, picking us to open their annual festival “Eluveitie and Friends”. Thanks, Elu!

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater conmunity playing in a metal band?
-Oh, yes, absolutely. No doubt there. The bands we regularly play with have become good friends of ours and we always support each other, share each others music, see each others shows. Hell, I’ve given some friends my guitars to play cause they broke a string on their floyd rose bridge. Sandro has broken his snare and gotten a friend’s snare within a minute. We all love and support each other whenever possible.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Facebook and the internet only gets you so far. If you, as a band, want to connect with people, playing shows is the only real way to do it. People will remember how you made them feel on a specific night more than anything, and that’s our goal.
We are always giving 100% on stage and even if we only reach one new person that digs our music, that could very well be one new die hard fan and supporter.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Playing shows, writing music and having fun on tour. We are looking forward to seeing you on the road!
Keep yourselves up to date on our facebook page or via atropas.com.
Thanks for this interview and the cool questions, Anders, take care!

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