DISORDER

This is not any of these Discharge influenced crust/hardcore bands we saw a lot of in the 90s. This DISORDER are from El Salvador and they are METAL. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
[M.Q.] I think in a way it helps as the first impression for a person that has never listen to a band but I think the content is more important I mean I think the music and lyrics makes in long term how important a band name could be. This is the first band I put together on early 90s and at the beginning there were songs written in English and also in Spanish and maybe that is why the name is in English and represented at that time the chaotic way to try to create metal music in that era in El Salvador.

I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
[M.Q.] I am not a “guru” on this but of course is difficult to find people with the same energy and passion that you put into a band, most of people I think with time they loose interest or loose that fire and end running away from playing in a band. Also I have noticed that with time priorities are changes and that is why you see line-up changes in a way. I think that the shorter line-up you can use for studio is the better and then you form a line-up for live performances this is the best way to handle it. What made me wanting to form a band? Since the early beginning it has been always about trying to create metal music in a metal scene that is not recognized internationally and also is a necessity in my life, I need to keep creating music for the bands I am involved, after 20+ there is still that fire burning that motivates me to keep doing this.

With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
[M.Q.] I am not sure, I think you will find elements from thrash, death and black metal but I do not bound my creativity on this band thinking about to respect certain genre, it is just how it feels right for this band, lately for sure you will find less death metal elements because I have left them for other bands that I think fits better.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
[M.Q.] I try to do it naturally and by ear, I do not compose by following music theory I just put a drum machine at certain speed and start riffing around with the guitar, normally I have some ideas and start playing with that until there is a structure and then I think about lyrics and a which riffs could be good for the singing until I get the song finish.

I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
[M.Q.] As said before it just come naturally, I get riffs and ideas in my head and then try to replicate them in the guitar. The inspiration maybe comes from outside when we talk about lyrics, I feel inspired for some topics in which I have been involved or that I have been reading.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
[M.Q.] I spend a lot of time thinking and creating all the illustrations for this band, I want to be sure is linked with the lyrics and content of the whole album and music so it is very important and it takes months to define them for sure.

I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
[M.Q.] Of course digital downloads have affect music industry and album sales, I think that is why you now days see the big bands are doing more touring because sales on records is no longer enough. I think Internet has improve communication and also has made the promotion for a band cheap but on the other hand it has killed the passion and romance we had in the 80s and 90s on which the only way to listen to music was by having it physically on a cassette, VHS, vinyl or CD. As a band I think making albums is still important because its like a curriculum you build through the years.

Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
[M.Q.] I am not sure about it but I think we have reached like equilibrium point on which both types of releases (single tracks versus albums) and fans will still exist but for sure it will never be as in the 80s or 90s.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
[M.Q.] Of course because we come from a latin american country we could be included as part of the central america metal scene but to be honest I am not interested by been part of any scene, I mean I am concentrated in the music and lyrics we are doing and the rest is up to the people to speak about.

What does the future hold?
[M.Q.] I will continue to promote and distribute the new album “Fuego Negro” and at the same time I am putting together some ideas for the next one so for now that I feel the creativity and inspiration we will start working also on the new stuff for the next album, as far as there is motivation we will continue to do it without stopping. Thanks a lot for the interest in the band and for this interview, cheers from El Salvador!

This is not any of these Discharge influenced crust/hardcore bands we saw a lot of in the 90s. This DISORDER are from El Salvador and they are METAL. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
[M.Q.] I think in a way it helps as the first impression for a person that has never listen to a band but I think the content is more important I mean I think the music and lyrics makes in long term how important a band name could be. This is the first band I put together on early 90s and at the beginning there were songs written in English and also in Spanish and maybe that is why the name is in English and represented at that time the chaotic way to try to create metal music in that era in El Salvador.

I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t find the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
[M.Q.] I am not a “guru” on this but of course is difficult to find people with the same energy and passion that you put into a band, most of people I think with time they loose interest or loose that fire and end running away from playing in a band. Also I have noticed that with time priorities are changes and that is why you see line-up changes in a way. I think that the shorter line-up you can use for studio is the better and then you form a line-up for live performances this is the best way to handle it. What made me wanting to form a band? Since the early beginning it has been always about trying to create metal music in a metal scene that is not recognized internationally and also is a necessity in my life, I need to keep creating music for the bands I am involved, after 20+ there is still that fire burning that motivates me to keep doing this.

With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
[M.Q.] I am not sure, I think you will find elements from thrash, death and black metal but I do not bound my creativity on this band thinking about to respect certain genre, it is just how it feels right for this band, lately for sure you will find less death metal elements because I have left them for other bands that I think fits better.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
[M.Q.] I try to do it naturally and by ear, I do not compose by following music theory I just put a drum machine at certain speed and start riffing around with the guitar, normally I have some ideas and start playing with that until there is a structure and then I think about lyrics and a which riffs could be good for the singing until I get the song finish.

I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
[M.Q.] As said before it just come naturally, I get riffs and ideas in my head and then try to replicate them in the guitar. The inspiration maybe comes from outside when we talk about lyrics, I feel inspired for some topics in which I have been involved or that I have been reading.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
[M.Q.] I spend a lot of time thinking and creating all the illustrations for this band, I want to be sure is linked with the lyrics and content of the whole album and music so it is very important and it takes months to define them for sure.

I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
[M.Q.] Of course digital downloads have affect music industry and album sales, I think that is why you now days see the big bands are doing more touring because sales on records is no longer enough. I think Internet has improve communication and also has made the promotion for a band cheap but on the other hand it has killed the passion and romance we had in the 80s and 90s on which the only way to listen to music was by having it physically on a cassette, VHS, vinyl or CD. As a band I think making albums is still important because its like a curriculum you build through the years.

Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
[M.Q.] I am not sure about it but I think we have reached like equilibrium point on which both types of releases (single tracks versus albums) and fans will still exist but for sure it will never be as in the 80s or 90s.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
[M.Q.] Of course because we come from a latin american country we could be included as part of the central america metal scene but to be honest I am not interested by been part of any scene, I mean I am concentrated in the music and lyrics we are doing and the rest is up to the people to speak about.

What does the future hold?
[M.Q.] I will continue to promote and distribute the new album “Fuego Negro” and at the same time I am putting together some ideas for the next one so for now that I feel the creativity and inspiration we will start working also on the new stuff for the next album, as far as there is motivation we will continue to do it without stopping. Thanks a lot for the interest in the band and for this interview, cheers from El Salvador!

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