Brazil is a hot bed for new cool acts. And even though this band has a name that in Swdeish means lightning, BLIXTEN are very much a part of the Brazilian metal wonder. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
– Every song has a feeling. We try to never have songs that talk about the same subject and the same way, you know? Maybe that’s what attracts people to listen to our songs, because that’s exactly what we’re looking for in the new bands we’ve heard, escaping from the same over and over
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Well, the name was chosen by a former guitarist who was in the band but never got to live perform. It captures the essence of the band’s proposal, and where I wanted to go. And Blixten is just that: a flash followed by a thunderous sound.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
– Each member of the band has different inspirations, in the end we share the same interest. We never want to sound like the bands we like, they’re school. But all our passion comes from Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Dio, Ozzy, Led Zeppelin, Scorpions, Angra, Warlock, Chastain, Savatage, Metallica, Kiss, Angra, Sabaton, Anthrax, Amon Amarth. Just a summary of everyone’s inspiration from the band. Already the inspirations in the lyrics we do not choose. It’s something you need to feel to write, nothing is forced.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-The sound came first. I’ve always been in the band, but I never got anything that was “my face, my heart”, something that ran in my veins, but that was also true for everyone in the band. The idea always was to have a band that rescued all the weight and melody that the bands had in the 80s, but without having the same sonority. We took elements that were used in the 80’s and we brought it to the 21st century.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I’ve always been an “old” person. I’ve always been surrounded by CD’s, LP’s and tapes, there’s a different pleasure in buying physical media. However, I also listen via streaming, as it is a fast-consuming option. But when you’re part of a band, you need to dance to music, right? When we released our single “Like Wild” (April 2017) it was just for the internet, it was only when we released our “Stay Heavy” EP (March 2018) that it went to the physical media. Today, CD’s are just for spreading, the internet is a great tool to make our music arrive in various parts of the world.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Music not only to be heard, somehow it needs to be visual, many people end up attracting to a band because of the design that the cover has. Iron Maiden is an example of this. In the ’80s, there was no way you could listen to a song if you did not buy the album (unless you were at a party, right?), So the album was totally eye-catching, many bought from the mascot Eddie , for having a macabre drawing, different, then you knew the music. The cover of our EP “Stay Heavy” is totally simple, it is “our skull” that was part of the logo. When our FullLenght is released, the cover will be more worked, with a drawing that represents what’s “inside.”
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Our form of disclosure has changed a lot when we enter into an press office (Som do Darma), they send our physical media to the press, and they take charge of this webcast. In social media (Facebook, for example) is the same thing, every time is posted our songs by Spotify, videos of shows we do, and news that the press releases. We are always recording our rehearsals, taking photos, and having close contact with the audience to keep them connected to what we are doing.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
– I’ve been a part of the music world since I was 13 years old (today I’m 24 years old). Particularly when I sing I feel bigger, I feel on another planet, even rehearsing. When I get on stage, it’s like an orgasm. It’s very difficult have a band in Brazil, you have to do it for love, and have been in a band for 6 years, keeping your truth, and seeing that your music is crossing borders, is priceless.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
– We try to make as many shows as possible. However, as I said, Brazil is a difficult place to keep a band. We never travel for many days doing shows, which is something we really want, we fight for it. Shows will always be the best way for audiences to know who you are, what the band is. Next year, we plan to release our album and do more shows than we did this year.
What will the future bring?
-We’re working hard to keep our music alive. We are composing for the new album, studying, perfecting us to bring the best of Heavy N ‘Hard to the world. We’ll never stop.