AZTEK

The first time I saw the name AZTEK it didn’t really grab me by the balls. But I returned to the band and dug deeper. What I found made me wanting to interview the band. Anbers Ekdahl ©2016

You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-First of all we don’t really consider ourselves a metal band, per se, but more like a prog rock/alternative type-thing, even though we are clearly influenced by metal and hard rock. We struggled for some time finding a name and in the end we just ended up with “Aztek” – it sounded cool to us.

Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Aztek is best described as a reverb-trenched progressive-rock band who seamlessly jump in and out of grandiose bursts of energy and transcendental grooves. We’ve merely played together for two years and are in many ways still experimenting with our sound which makes for a great variety in the songs on our debut album “Dream Dealer (out on November 18 on Mighty Music).

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Even though our influences span over a wide variety of artists, we’re undeniably rooted in 70’s rock, especially the alternative and progressive acts of that time.

What is the scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Yes, for sure. There is definitely a potent rock and metal scene in Denmark and the surrounding countries that we of course would like to be a part of. But at the same time we strive to have a personal identity as a band sometimes alienating us from being very genre specific. This perhaps makes it hard to put a label on our style, which is both a great and sometimes an obstacle.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We feel like a part of the underground upcoming music scene in Denmark. In a time where efficiency and profit are on everyone’s agenda, it feels good to contribute with different values such as writing music. Sharing emotions. We’re not a political band and we’re not trying to change the world with our music but writing music together and sharing it is the best feeling ever.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Why not, haha. We’re not saying that there will be birds and bees on the next album-cover but we don’t view our music as something that has to be pictured through skulls and stuff like that even though there’s heavy riffing and drum bashing going on. Of course it could be a possibility but we don’t see it as the only way to design an album cover. Like our preferences in music we kind of like “the classic greats” – an example is Pink Floyd’s “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason”.

What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digitalization is the future of the music business for sure, there’s no turning back now. The business is changing not dying, the important thing is to make sure that the money finds its way back to the artist and not only to record companies and streaming services.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-It’s limited but it’s very much alive and vibrant. It sounds basic but the trick is to get yourself out there and let people know that you exist and then put on a hell of a show!

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It differs – but for the most part people tend to listen more than jump around at our concerts.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We would like to play a lot of gigs, maybe even tour a little bit – and then record our second album, for which we’ve already started writing. And of course a whole lotta’ sex, drugs and rock n roll!

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