BITTER HEART

I have very little knowledge about the Tunisian rock/metal scene but BITTER HEART helps me getting to know it a bit better. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We started playing some Alice in Chains and Nirvana covers, but right from the start we wanted to play our own songs and pretty quickly we started jamming on Lose Myself.

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?
-It is indeed quite hard to come up with “your own sound”. In our case it is a mix between all the bands that we like: Alice in Chains for the grittiness, Nirvana for the accessibility, Queens of the Stone Age (and Kyuss) for the Heavy Riffs, and Type O Negative for the general mood.

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 always start from Guitar riffs that we jam together and then see what fits on the bass and on the drums. As for the recording it is indeed quite hard to produce a Metal/Stoner album in Tunisia because of the lack of recording studios/labels. Everything we do is with a Do It Yourself attitude, everything was recorded/mixed/mastered in my bedroom.

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?
-In our case we have no choice but to release music digitally as there are no CD pressing facilities here in Tunisia. We definitely prefer doing albums rather than singles

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?
-Sadly this is how the majority of people see music today; for a couple of bucks a month you get access to an unlimited amount of music, and they are happy with it I guess. But the thing is that you don’t get to physically have any of it (CDs, Vinyl…) At the moment nothing will replace a live concert, but that might change in the future (with VR)

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We JUST released our debut album, we don’t have many reviews yet, but the couple that we had are encouraging.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-YOU!! You are the first person with whom we’ve had contact from Scandinavia.

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?
-Definitely. There are good aspects like meeting a lot of people and developing and expressing your artistic side. There are also bad aspects like playing a genre of music that doesn’t really have a following where you live

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-It is sad to say but we never got to play our music live; there is a lack of venues here in Tunisia, and if there are; they’d rather have cover bands

What plans do you have for the future?
-We plan on releasing a music video in the near future. After that certainly continuing to make more music.

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