BOTIS

In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with BOTIS. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The goal was to simply create dark, aggressive, and challenging music.

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’s not too difficult when each member has a wide range of influences. All those sounds coming together can easily turn into its own thing. The only hard part is being consistent with that unique sound once it’s been created.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Writing songs together is certainly a challenge. There’s a lot of arguing and nitpicking, and it takes a lot of time. However, in the end, all that stress is usually worth it. The same goes for recording and promotion. It’s hard work but it’s a necessary evil in order to reach the finish line.

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?
-Overall the breakthroughs in recording and digital distribution are certainly a net-positive when it comes to our band. The album is self-produced by our vocalist, Peter Hraur, which put much less financial strain on us than if we decided to pay for studio time and hire a different engineer. Peter’s work is stellar, so luckily there was no sacrifice in quality of the final result. We don’t plan on releasing one-off single songs that are not part of a larger work because we much prefer a longer listening experience.

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?
-I can’t say that I agree that music as we know it will change for the worse. It wasn’t too long ago that music could only be purchased as sheet music, so I think we are lucky to live in the digital age and have nearly the entire history of recorded music at our fingertips. Sales of the recordings themselves are down, but luckily there are still ways for fans to support independent bands if they choose to.

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We have a very small sample size of reactions to date, but look forward to the inevitable mixed reactions when Grand Abominations is released. We hope for the best, but the process was stimulating enough that we’ll keep forging ahead even if people think that it’s garbage.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-I can’t say that there is anything notable to report on that front. We are patiently awaiting Nic Cage’s invitation for us to play his birthday party, but until then will settle for a small group of people actually taking the time out of their lives to give us a listen to come to a show.

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. It’s great to play shows with your peers and get to know the people that attend those shows. A few of us in the band aren’t exactly social butterflies, so being active in the music scene helps us get out and experience the world.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-The live scene is great in Philly. There are a few very supportive venues that have given our band some great opportunities. We’ve definitely seen some repeat offenders at our shows, so playing shows has definitely helped us establish a following.

What plans do you have for the future?
-There are plans to branch out of our local scene into the rest of the US. We also have a solid amount of material in the works for a followup release.
Thanks for giving us a platform here to promote and talk about our band! We appreciate your efforts in keeping the scene alive.

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