CELTIBEERIAN

celtibeerianI didn’t know a single thing about this band before I ordered a CD of theirs but what I heard impressed me so much that I wanted to interview CELTIBEERIAN. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When you formed the band with what intention did you do so? How easy was it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going?
-When we formed the band one thing was clear… we wanted to show the world the ancient culture of our land and drink and have party as hell. When we started we were looking up for a new sound, of course it’s Folk Metal, but closer to our traditional sounds and not close to viking or pure celtic sounds.

You use violins, bag pipes and other non metal instruments in your music. How do you make these instruments sound metal?
-It’s easy, playing them with balls haha. When you feel our music you can realise that traditional instruments can be Metal indeed. We think it’s a matter of feeling.

To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. You got beer in your band name. How do you explain the meaning of the band name? How much of party band is CELTIBEERIAN?
-Yeah! you catched the joke in our name! hahaha It fact, the name started as a joke. As we told before, the band started with two clear ideas: history and drink. So one day we were rehearsaling and this name came up to Gus’ mind, nothing serious, but we realised that this name mix our two passions and the aim of the band, so… why not? haha
In Celtibeerian albums you can find both history and party, but in live concerts you can find the biggest party on stage! We play to have fun and we feel confortable partiing on the stage and making the audience join our party… this is the best part!

Today we got all sorts of different subgenres in metal. Where do you see CELTIBEERIAN fit in?
-Talking about our sound and lyrics… we are Folk Metal. We’ve got a particular sound but fits inside Folk Metal… you know, violins, bagpipes, whistles… and a pure Metal base. Of course we’ve got a lot of influcences of different genres which it’s a big goal when we compose our new stuff because we can include different arrangements and make them sound Folk haha. So yes, you can call our genre Folk Metal, Celtiberic Folk Metal, Spanish Folk Metal, Folk with Balls, Panty Dropper Folk Metal… or whatever! hahaha

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It’s very important to have the right artwork, of course. Nowadays people look at the artwork before listen to your music, so if you don’t show your cards on this, you’re screwed. Despite of this, as the classic metalheads as we are… we like to have an artwork according to the whole album, something that show you the spirit of the things that you are about to listen. So we choose carefully all the details on it, and our great designer, Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove) make our thoughts come true hehe.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook.
-Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
In general, social media has been good for us, even more for a band like us, that started without any resources. Social media gave us the chance to show the World our sound and contact with lots of people, that’s cool because maybe without them.. we will continue playing only in our town haha. In the other hand, maybe the negative point it is that nowadays with social media there are a huge offer of bands, bigger o smaller, but a lot of… so it’s even more difficult to shine on. But we don’t see it bad at all, everybody deserve the chance to be listened, so if you wanna shine, you must keep going and do your best. Social media help at the begining, but when you want to stay, all depends on you.

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Yes, that’s true, we feel like that when we’re on the stage. We enjoy making the audience taking part in the show.

Today there is a huge potential to be DIY all the way but how important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-Of course, at the moment we reached big goals for us… and we are still a Do It Yourself band hahaha. We think that if your try to do your best, you can fly high in that way. But sadly the aim is not all that matters in this little World called music. If you want to grow up as a band, sadly or not…you must be signed to a label. Why? because if you want to play in the biggest festivals, be well known or offer high quality sound, videos or merch… you need a huge quantity of money, contacts, and this kind of shit…You can do it yourself if you are a rich band…. but in our case we are a humble band… at the moment! hahaha

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-In fact we’re a road band! Nowadays we live in different places, so we’re always on the road haha. But even more, as you can see if you look at our last tour… we played in a lot of places, having a new album is a excuse to hit the road again and do what we love to do, playing on the stage and live adventures from one place to another!
Get gigs outside our borders it’s still difficult for us, because to do it you need to do a lot of effort and of course sometimes it requires a lot of money too. So sometimes we can afford to do some gigs because of that. It’s difficult only because of that, because we have a lot of offers to play abroad, and we would like to do it! It’s a beautiful experience when you are playing in another country and people supports your band… just amazing!

What will the future bring?
-We always think in possitive, so we hope that future will bring us a lot of good things… and if not… fuck the future! we’re living today! hahaha
One thing is for sure…next year will bring the new album and of course, the new tour…. so it can’t be bad! We hope to see all of you in one place or another, keep tuned and grab your beer, because Celtibeerian is coming again!

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