CYDIA is one of these bands that sneak up on you invitingly. All of a sudden you can’t get them out of you head. For that reason I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
– To us, CYDIA is a combination of beauty and destruction. The name, just like our music, unites melody and agression. CYDIA – is a codling moth; our name has no connection with the iOS application, as many might suggest. The idea to call the band this how was brought in 2007 by our bassist (he quit the band soon after this); we found such a name good both in a way it sounded and in respect to its meaning.

What was it that made you want to do the band?
– We think first of all it was our relations and similar tastes for music. By that moment we knew each other well and even used to work with each other on different temporary projects. CYDIA was one of such projects which later had turned into a full-time band. Those were the great times. We played just the way we wanted to play – and that resulted into what CYDIA actually happens to be now. We hardly had any strong influence and would easy go for the experiment – no one even thought of what it might have become one day.

What is your definition of the music you play?
– It’s hard to say. Our music involves different styles – Thrash, Death, Modern; but we are usually noticed as Melodic-Groove Metal band, though everyone has a right to define our style in his own way. Our main feature is simplicity. We don’t want our music to be too complicated and difficult for understanding, neither we make the music for musicians. Sometimes it takes getting rid of some cool riffs for the sake of the final product. Also, with all due respect to a heavy sound the melody is a critical element as well, along with some electronic effects to create the proper atmosphere.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
– This is very serious. First tracks are usually ones that we consider as potential hits. Then it is all about how it feels – we try to arrange the tracks so that the songs with different tempos and intros were following one another to attract the listener’s interest.

Where do you find your inspiration to create?
– Everywhere – from books, films, different music. It’s been long since we stopped being fans of certain bands and genres; we are open for the new things and have never been confined within the style limits. The only criteria is that all of us like what we do. Yes, we are mostly the old-school metal fans, nevertheless we are fine to experiment and stick to the modern trends.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
– No doubt, it is a very important side, and we treat it really seriously. The cover, the design and all other art are on our singer. Then we sit down and discuss the cover sketches. The cover shall be in line with the musical content; and this is one of the core principles of the album creation.

Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
– The digital samples add some extraordinary features. We may try different sounds. This is interesting, but not a number one goal. The samples just add to the final product, that’s it.

Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
– Probably, the stylistic limitations. In fact, we can do everything, should there’s a need for.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
– Our audience are people listening to metal. It’s quite a task to define where exactly we fit in, as we combine many different styles, including electronic.

What does the future hold?
– We’ve got gigs and clip filming in the list; also we are working on the new songs. We can even reveal the secret – we are now about to start writing the English lyrics and singing in a clean voice.

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