The name CORPSE GARDEN is to familiar for it to be a coincidence. I think I have a 7” or CD by them somewhere in my coillection. Answers by guitarist Esteban Sancho. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-The name actually came up long time before I joined the band. Corpse Garden is intended to represent the way we see this physical world, we are all corpses going through the tribulations of existence in this garden we call earth.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-Influences we have a lot, almost impossible to name and even harder to select a few of them. We can say however, that Corpse Garden’s sound is inspired by the fathers and pioneers of the death metal sound, old school raw metal, as well all the great artists we have had in all the other music genres, for we don’t limit ourselves to just metal, psychedelic progressive music from the 70s has a big weight on our sound, but it’s not just a matter of sound, but a matter of vision and philosophy of work.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Our music is inspired by strong feelings, a strong message and strong intentions. If we go fast or slow it’s not a matter of thinking on arrangements differently, but a matter of expressing our emotions, if it calls for a slow part, then so be it, if it calls for a fast one, its done that way as well. So no, we just express what we feel and want to say.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-You could say it’s very atmospheric. Our intention is to capture to a 100% the attention of the public, we have a more musical, focused on atmosphere approach than just wanting to create madness among the public (of course, we always like that, at the end we play death metal). We always try to deliver more live than on our studio recordings, we want people to enjoy the studio but to be impressed when they see us live, trying to make both experiences completely different.
You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
-We are proud of them all. However, we could say that Entheogen is our most mature material so far. We had a clearer vision of what we wanted to do.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Internet is one of the most important allies nowadays in matters of promoting your band. However, we believe that you connect better with the people when you are on tour. The more you go to places, the more people pay real attention to you. Since that is not always possible, we rely as well on the distribution we have from our label, and promoting our Bandcamp and Facebook profiles properly. It is a little bit hard when you are from Costa Rica, however we don’t hold back because of that, music is universal therefore it shouldn’t have these geographical prejudices and limitations.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Nowadays a lot of people decide to listen to an album just because of its front cover. It is not new to people that there is a trend going on. Using the same artist for a lot of different artworks, which is ok, every artist deserves the recognition for their work, however we think the artwork should go along with the music. If the music doesn’t express something crazy and exaggerated, then we don’t think the cover should be that way. It should depend on the music. So, if the front cover reflects perfectly what the band is trying to offer, then a front cover from a simple photo to a great peace of artwork would be great.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-We don’t limit ourselves to just Costa Rica. If you really want to make a difference and actually impact the world with your message, you must have no limitations of any kind. Metal scene in Costa Rica, even if there are a lot of great bands that we really like, is dead. There are no places to make good local concerts, no people going to the shows, and most of the attention metal heads have is delivered to bands that share a completely different vision. We are a country that has a lot to offer, there are a lot of new bands coming that are really great, but knowing the conditions of our context, we are forced to think outside of our borders and not be limited by the lack of “scene” that we have in Costa Rica.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-Just make sure you don’t do anything half-way. Always do everything as good as you can, thinking outside the box, don’t settle with any mediocre work. As long as its honest, it will prevail and find its way through to people. Of course not to forget all the new tools that we have nowadays like PR companies, management, bandcamp, facebook, etc. But a good and honest presentation will always do the work.
What does the future hold?
-A lot of work. We are already at least 50% through our new record, sadly I can’t comment a lot on that. But we are now focused on finishing our creative process to then pass along to production and recording of our new work, we have big things planned for the band music wise and touring wise, they will be revealed to our followers along time passes. We have a coming concert in Nicaragua and that’s everything we have so far for this year.
Thank you very much for the interview.