I’ve watched too many movies in my days so to me CRIMENA sounds like an Italian crime syndicate. Which fictitiously could be a very cool idea for a band. But that is my mind. This is the reality. To find out more about the band read this interview. 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?
-Well, when we started the band we started it as a joke. We did not intend to form a big band to get signed and all that crap. We just started playing for fun. We did not take ourselves very seriously but as we began composing songs we soon discovered our potential and stuck with what we did.
As for the sound, it came pretty naturally. We had a rule… do whatever we liked and whatever we wanted, with no rules. The end result is a mixture of what we like to listen and play. That’s about it.

As I haven’t recorded anything I have no idea what that is like but are you ever 100% satisfied? How pleased are you with your latest recording?
-Hehe, good question. We, as musicians have a duty to never be satisfied with the end result. Besides that, we are also control freaks. Whenever someone else touches our music, we start bitching and complaining. We take it very personal and the studio we worked with (Esoteron Studios in Athens Greece) we are pleased to say that they respected that and worked close with us. So yeah, we are pretty satisfied with the end result. Of course we will always find something to bitch about but the album sounds very good and we are pleased with the work they did on it.

To me a band name is the first thing I notice. If it feels cool then I’ll check the band out. How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-For many people it’s the same thing. The band name should sound awesome but at the same time it should always represent the idea behind the band. I don’t know how cool CRIMENA sounds but it really defines us. When we chose the name, we argued for more than a month over what we should call the band. Nothing seemed to fit. We found this name one night when we were all together at a concert. The word CRIMENA means hidden in the greek language. It represents a part of our music that not everybody pays attention to. I am of course talking about the message that we take pride in for having in every song we put out.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Well, as far as image and marketing goes, we don’t really pay that much attention to it. For us is a matter of “what you see is what you get”. What you see on stage is what we are in real life. Same people, same attitude, same clothing and same lame jokes ). I don’t think we will ever try to put out an act and try to be theatrical and shit like that.
We are what we are and we display just that. I really like tha fact that we are honest when it comes to these things.
We don’t really try to have those “professional photos” and to have choreographed moves on stage. The only part where we really pay attention to the image is on the videos because they need to reflect the music and the idea behind the songs.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Thank you. I think it’s very important to have the right artwork on the album. It needs to tell a story before you play the first song. We had the artwork done for the album from the very beginning. The name of the album was chosen before the name of the band . You should see the original drawing we had. It’s amazing. Kudos to Irina Tinca for that. The final version is very very simplified because of the printing process and the materials chosen for the digipack but the idea is exactly the same. Buy us a few beers and we’ll show you the original )

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?
-You are absolutely right. Everything happens online now. The problem is that there is too much information available and many people get confused and don’t really know how to handle that amount of info. This is the reason (we think) for the superficial part. And this is the downside. Because everything is so easily available, because everyone is doing something, you really have to try to be inventive and stand out in some way or another. The bad part is that when it comes to bands, this becomes an image problem. You need to focus highly on the image. And, at this game we kind of suck

Something I often wonder about is when you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
-Absolutely. We absolutely love the fact that we are part of a very big community. And metalheads really are a community. As a band you can feel this more than as a fan. And it’s beautiful. It’s a strong reason why bands keep pushing even when there is no money and everything works against them. You just have to play a good show and enjoy a night with your brothers and sisters there and you instantly get the energy required to continue.

How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-Because of the internet and social media, file sharing is extremely easy. But, as I said, the amount of info is mindblowing. A record label still has the right channels to promote a band and still is quite important in a band’s career. You just have to find the right one that can promote you and help you in your journey.They are crucial in promotion and in distribution. For us, in Eastern Europe it would be pretty difficult to find a distribution chain in Asia for example or in America. A record label has partners there that can handle things like that.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-Up until now we were touring Romania for the most part and a bit the close countries (Bulgaria, Serbia, etc) Now we feel that we are prepared to conquer new territory and will start touring more and more. This autumn we have a tour set that will take us to Italy and we are working on a second tour before the end of the year. Next year we have much bigger plans but I can’t say more about that at this point. Keep close for an interesting journey

What will the future bring?
-Hookers, drugs and rock’n roll
I can’t say for sure what the future will bring but I can say what we will work to achieve. You will hear our name and music more and more so keep your ears and eyes open and you will very much like what we’ll deliver

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