DESCENT INTO MAELSTROM

DESCENT INTO MAELSTROM is an Italian one-man machine, or it was to begin with. Andrea Maelström Bignardi answered the questions, the guitarist and founder of the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
– Hi there! Well, the name of a band should be a metaphor, about the “poetics” of the band. But I think that the best way to get interested in new music is to listen to it.

When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
– I remember, when I recorded my first album, that I was impatient to listen to my music mixed and mastered. After some time, I started to understand what was working and what wasn’t, in my music, and I think that this is the most exiting thing about recording a new album. I’m not anxious about what people could think about my work.

What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
– I’m always thinking about how I could express my music in better ways, and usually I’m not totally satisfied of my job. It helps me to find out always more interesting ideas for my music.

Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
– Promoting is important, I think that the best “strategy” is to promote with social networks and through specialized agencies, in order to reach as many people as possible.

Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
– Well, maybe sometimes people goes too far with these tags. We decided to tag our new songs untagging them. We do dodecaphonic metal, because we use some composing rules of dodecaphonic music, but we didnÕt wanted to use any other kind of metal “tag”, so anyone could give his own reading.

What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger?
– I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
Unfortunately, the Italian underground metal scene, is quite ÒcomplicatedÓ. For now we’re happy to share the stage with a lot interesting musicians and friends.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
– Our artworks are always realized by Jarno Lahti, a Finnish artist with which I work very well, and I like the idea that this aspect of the band comes from a single mind.

How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online?
– With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
I think that today the label itself isnÕt important, but the people with which I work are so much. My friend Andrea Curse Vag of the Maculata Anima Records and me have a great way to work together, and I think that this is the best way to work in this environment.

What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
– I personally prefer the gigs where I found people that already came to our shows before. This is the best way for us to be supported.

What lies in the future?
– In 2019 we’ll release our second album, I cannot tell the title for now. But as I said before it will be dodecaphonic metal, and the only way to know how it sounds like, is to listen to it. Cheers, thanks a lot!

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