With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to CRYPTA. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-At the beginning we had many ideas, but none of us really liked it, so we were always trying to find new things and discussing about it, till the day that me and Fernanda were in Czech Republic and decided to visit an ossuary in Brno, after taking some pics and walking around, I came up with the Crypta idea, everyone liked it so we decided to use it. The name is simple, sounds Death Metal and any other band was officially registered with the name. We wanted the name to be easy so everyone could pronounce it, read and write, and that we could register to be ofifcially ours. The name has all the things we were searching for.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-As a drummer I can’t name a single drummer, I have many influences and I took something from each of them, even the tiniest dateil came from one of my idols, I like Aquiles Priest, Eloy Casagrande, Kerim Krimh, Carlos Cruz, Dave Lombardo, they are all so great and inspiring. About the band, we all like different things, from all kinds Death Metal, mainly from Floripa and Sweden, to pop bands that we get a visual reference of something like that, the influences are coming from all over the place.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
Yes, I think when the the beat is too slow, you have insert much more details to the drumming, otherwise it can sound boring and empty, but this is not a rule, cause of course there is parts where the song just needs that very straight skank beat that everyone will headbang with, but I would say that most of the times I think of putting some fills and details if the beat is too flow. When it’s fast, a simple skank beat can sound so brutal, you don’t need much more, it will sound brutal anyways, I personally think that writing fast songs are easier, not playing fast, but writing the songs.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-All environments and stages, as long as we get to play live, we will be happy. We wanna make some kind of atmosphere on stage that matches the album theme, but for now we didn’t decide this very well, it’s still to early and we need to finish the songs first, but it will happen, and when we do it, we will probably think if it will fit for both small and big stages.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently?
-After every album that I recorded, I got unsatisfied with my work, hahaha, cause till the day I wrote those drumlines, to the date that the album is released, time has passed and I improved many drum skills that I was probably stuggling to play when I recorded, so I always listen and think that I could have done better. I usually try to write music with the things I’m practicing, so I will get to play it over and over till it becomes something natural, so when I write songs, I’m usually struggling to play them cause I’m writing while learning, this will always makes me think that I could have done better, haha.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be 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?
-It’s harder to make people listen to a whole album on Youtube now days, and like it enough to go there and buy it. There is so many bands and much super well produced/professional material out there, it’s difficult to be known just for the music now days, I think we should be consistent with the time we are living in now, and this is what we are trying to do. Music is important, the visual is important, the medias, the way you release things and the way you engage people to communicate with you and your band, and relate to this work, it’s much more work to be in a band that is seen now days. The three of us came from other bands that had our own audience already, so many people are curious to see what we are gonna do now, and this is also positive for us. We had a great immediate response from people on our first post, now we hope that they like our music and content too, right now we are more than happy for the response, even a bit shocked, cause we didn’t expect it to be so good.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-First of all, might sound obvious, but the cover art should match the music content and atmosphere of the whole work (music and lyrics), after that I think it’s about personal taste. If you have a front cover that matches your music, this already means that you’re not trying to fool anyone by listening just cause you have a great cover art, and then if you gonna make something black and white, or super colorful, or in any kind of art styles that can exist, it’s just personal taste. In our case, we don’t know yet, cause we didn’t finish the lyrics to know to which direction we will go.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Oh yes, the audience that I have now days came from my work with Nervosa, and that was currently a very emerging name in Brazil, the fact that I changed band but still play with other 3 brazilain musicians, makes it even more important to the national scene. It’s important to be recognized in the place you live , taking from that we can build an internacional scene and develop other things, but to me it feels very imporatant that the band is first recognized in our own country.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-We always had a great audience with Nervosa, but I also had other underground bands, and I do experience that the audience is not the same, at least not for the underground scene. I can’t talk for everyone, but I know that in Brazil and South America, many don’t have money enough to be going to the gigs and buying material at the same time, it’s one or the other. Everyone has a differente opinion about this, and differente conditions. I can just talk for my own and say that I do both, I usually get to know bands online, buy their merch online and everything, and then go to the underground gigs and fests around me.
What does the future hold?
-Right now we are taking it slow, cause it’s quarantine and we can’t do much more than promote our pics online and tell about the band, but we are writing songs and we have a good amount already, so as soon as this quarantine is over, we will record the first album and go touring, this is the plan, release and tour as much as we can, so everyone can have the change of watching us and creating their own opinion about our music.