It should not really matter where a band is from but in my world it does. So when Spain’¨s DEMISED dropped in on me I knew I had to interview them Answers by Adrián Hidalgo Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
–We play metal. What kind of metal? Hard to say. It has powerful riffs and melodic arrangements wrapped in a dark, sad atmosphere. That’s what we try to transmit and what we’d like people to feel.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Well, it was quite easy indeed, since Demised was a friend’s suggestion. We liked how it sounded, the way it looked written, and of course, the meaning. At that moment we were playing death metal and it suited perfectly, which is an important thing.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We started to listen, when we were kids, to the top bands of that time. Metallica, Megadeth, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, etc. Through the years we discovered different sides of metal. Aggresive thrash with Sepultura, Slayer…, technical and powerful death metal like Death, Morbid Angel, or more melodic like Dark Tranquillity…, greyish doom (My Dying Bride, Anathema, Paradise Lost…), furious black metal (Dark Funeral, Samael…), gothic metal with Type O Negative on the top, as well as many other genres out of metal. Nowadays, we try to play some “freestyle” metal music, with no labels, but unavoidably, you can find hints of some of that bands.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-We only knew that we wanted to play metal, like our idols of that time. Our music grew up and evolved naturally (and still does), and so did the name of the band, “Valhalla” at a very first thrash metal stage and finally “Demised” when it turned into death metal. Now, we’ve left behind extreme music but we keep the band name because we still feel identified with it.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Digital format will be more important through the years in our opinion, but we don’t know if that could make disappear the cd and vinyl format. We hope not. But for emergent bands, the possibility to listen to a single song at Spotify, iTunes, etc, for free with just one click is a good thing, since it gives you the chance to reach more people and, as a result, they could buy the album if they like it. Otherwise, with only physical distribution there are more costs involved, less people ready to spend money in a cd of an unknown band, and finally, it turns into a bad business because nobody listens to your music but you pay a lot.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-Not a deal closer, but specially art-work is such an important part, for it is the first thing people see of your music. Needs to reach its highest point with a design that must relate what lyrics and music are about. It’s not easy, but in the last album, Martínez Cánovas did a magnificent work. He is pretty gloomy so it was clear he was the man!
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Absolutely, times change and it’s becoming harder each time, even though you can reach more people. It was easier for us to reach people twenty years ago with just a flyer, a letter and a stamp, than now with all the technology at our disposal, so you have to try different things to stand out.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Probably when you are playing live and feel like rising up in the air or making people feel with a melody, it’s only then when you’re part of a special scene next to them. The rest of the time we are just four guys playing instruments and enjoying making music.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Of course, not only the best way for spreading the word, but for financing the band with merchandising and so on (as much as possible).
What will the future bring?
-Nobody knows, this is all about writing music, working hard and enjoying with the process. Now we have a new album and it’s time to share our feelings with the audience. Then, let’s see what happens. Thank you!