With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to BLACKHEARTH. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
(Alex) I suggested the band name. We wanted to go with a short, punchy band name. We didn’t think too much about the relevance the album title has to the music but as a concept throughout it seemed fitting.
(Asier) When Alex proposed me the name blackhearth, we didn’t hesitate for a moment, it was the perfect name.
What was it that made you want to be in a band in the first place?
(Alex) All of the bands I grew up listening to have really had a lasting impression on me and I think I subconsciously try to replicate it.
(Asier) Music has been a part of me since I was a child. Everything that included a band has always interested me a lot (albums, concerts, presentations…) It was clear that I wanted to be part of it.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
(Alex) I don’t think I had any strong musical inspirations on the album. I just tried some things I thought could sound cool, and it ended up as this album in the end. Some of these songs have taken several years in the creation process. We have gone through several different edits to find the right result. I feel as though our various influences can be heard in different places of the album but it is also something different enough to entice people to listen to it. I’m very happy with it. In this album I do most the work surrounding the band, but I get great help from Asier (Drummer).
(Asier) From the ideas that emerge in the rehearsal room, we compose the basis rhythm of the songs. Once written, we focus on the details to enrich the songs and ensure that they have our personal essence.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
(Alex) That question is hard to answer. It’s been a long way, from the very beginning of the band when we used to work on our demos on the rehearsal place to the materialization of the sound we wanted to create to spread our ideas with this album. We believe in the material, we created it together and now we’re finally giving it the ‘send off’ it deserves.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
(Asier) I think the first impression that people have of the band is very important, so the first impression is essential. As we say, an image is worth a thousand words. I think that is a very good saying. After all the work and the hours invested in creating the album and during the recording it is important to create an image that represents the band, hence the importance not only of the promotional photos but also when choosing a logo that will represent you from now on.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
(Alex) Inspiration comes in many forms. We simply took inspiration from our own lives, and from what we see around us. We tried to write so that everyone could identify themselves and relate their own experiences or difficulties. I find it interesting how the same thing or topic can bring so many different interpretations from so many different people.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
(Alex) It seems that digital music is the most convenient way to listen to music today, whether it’s obtained legally or not. Yet, there seems to be a large revival of vinyl records. There’s no doubt that having a vinyl or CD of your favorite album is both satisfying. For me, I like the warmer sound of vinyl but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better. If I love an album enough, and not worried about spending money on a physical record, then I will.
(Asier) As Alex says, nowadays most people prefer digital music. Personally, I still prefer to have the physical album or vinyl of the bands that I admire, to see the presentation of the album through the cover, to be able to read and understand the lyrics better … I think that all this set makes a record special.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
(Alex) Nowadays almost everyone is downloading albums digitally, even though we are fans of analog ways of listening to records, such as vinyl for example, which is maybe more an old way of thinking, though is increasing even in these days. At the end, our ears are the final judges of what we like most, and this is the ultimate purpose, to listen to something that you really enjoy. So it’s really up to you.
(Asier) I hope that the records in physical form will return little by little, either in CD or vinyl format and that, like music, all the creative and artistic work in the making of the cover, book … is valued as it deserves.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
(Alex) When we play shows, I have no idea what it looks like. Even if people record the show with a video camera, it never gives the true recollection of standing at the show and watching it. It is just a weird thing for me to deal with. I want to go back to gigs one day, but I think this is impossible right now.
What lies in the future?
(Alex) We are focused on writing material for our next release. I want to record as many albums as possible and write a lot of music.
(Asier) We are working very hard on the new material for the next album, seen what our current health alarm situation is, concerts are ruled out in a short term.