BLOODHUNTER is a truly magnificent Spanish band that I just recently discovered. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-To be honest, the band name came first during a class at the University. Then the music came, but we never tried to fit both things. It just happened.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We are BLOODHUNTER, a Death Metal band from Galicia (Spain). We have released 1 album named “Bloodhunter” and we will release our second album called “The End of Faith” next October through Xtreem Music. We have been opening for bands like Nightrage (Sweden), Methedras (Italy), Hemdale (USA), Holy Moses (Germany), Avulsed (Spain), Ancient Rites (Belgium), Rise to Fall (Spain) or Aposento (Spain). Also I won the chance to participate in the “100 GUITARS FROM HEL” event, travelling to Finland to play with guitar shredder ALEXI LAIHO from CHILDREN OF BODOM among other artists.
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?
-I just listen as many different styles of music as I can, and influence comes itself when I start writing new songs. It is not about to pick the parts you like from one song or band, it is more like introspect what you like and let it come.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Everybody has a band nowadays and it is very hard to stand out. I have been in bands since I had 16 or 17 and the only thing I want is to write and play my own songs. The best feeling is when you hold in your hands your new release for the first time, or when somebody tells you that loves it.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-All these things are very important because you can introduce your band with just an image. Nowadays that’s almost the most powerful thing. We spend so much time researching about good artists, photographers, producers… in order to create high quality stuff.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Our lyrics deal with freedom, occultism, philosophy… and sometimes we use a metaphor to illustrate a personal experience. They help to put in words what we are saying with our music.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Nowadays there are too many bands, so this album is just one more into that jungle. It could have been more relevant 10 or 20 years ago when there was a filter made by the record labels, but today there are a plenty of bands, albums… and it makes hard to find something interesting. I don’t think the digital era would be killing music, but since it is easier to anybody to record an album (even if they are not able to make it sound on stage) and release it, we are overloaded. Everybody has a band and everybody wants to be next Black Sabbath (thing that will never happen again)
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I think people wants to return to vinyl. It has been always a special format for everybody, and nowadays you could add a CD or a code in order to download a digital copy of it, so you can listen the album in the car, in your iphone or anywhere.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We love touring, it’s the best way to get people’s attention so they can see that we are able to recreate the atmosphere of our albums live. We always try to give our best on stage, just become completely different guys focused in our fans.
What lies in the future?
-In the near future, we want to play this album live as soon as we can and, of course, release it and see the fans reaction. In the far future, we already started writing the next one.