With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to DISTORTED VISIONS. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name says more than thousand words, doesn’t it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-Deciding a name for a new band is one of the most difficult things to deal with at the beginning. It is a meticulous research on the meaning that can be related to the members combined with the fact that it must be captivating, direct and easy to remember for the audience; not to mention the research on the names of other bands in order not to have one already used by others.
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?
-Actually, we consider the moment after the end of the recording session, the real beginning of everything. Writing something that concerns us and situations that we experienced is relatively easy and surely fun. Anxiety starts to rise from the moment that we have to make other people hear our music by promoting it on social medias, radio, webzines and magazines … will they like it? What critiques will we receive? will we be able to hit the big time? But we believe that for any artist, famous or not, it is normal to experience anxiety and fear in addition to excitement at that stage.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-We didn’t record the entire album in a proper studio, only the drums were, the rest was recorded in our little home studio. These are two completely different approaches to work, at home you are in your environment, you feel more relaxed and cozy instead, when you record with professionals you fell definitely more pressure but, at the same time, you have the opportunity to learn many new things and it is super cool.
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?
-We have always been, since the very beginning, very active on social medias as it is the main channel nowadays to connect with people. Lately we have been supported by a press office that is helping us out with a lot of things that we have never been used to take care of like promoting our new single Paranoia in radio stations, asking for reviews, interviews and so on.
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?
-In any type of Art, the generalization of styles risks to block out the identity of the artists. Genres and subgenres, in our opinion, help fans to better understand what to delve into. For example, in painting, you will never find big similarities between Sisley and Van Gogh despite being both expressionists. The same thing happens in metal music, sonorities are pretty much the same but every band has its own style, more technical, melodic, classic, nu, etc…
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.
-For us being part of underground scene is very important, it means interact, day by day, with people to make new fans and create connections with other bands, contact venues and festivals, hoping that they will like enough your music to let your band play in their events, is part of the path that a band has to walk to arrive to the top, it is a long way as AC/CD were singing, we clearly know it, but, to us, the right way to achieve the goal.
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?
-From our point of view, as well, the cover plays a big part in the decision to purchase a CD, especially for underground bands. The artwork of ‘Paranoia’, our first single, drawn by the singer Marco Cicala, represent a skeleton fetus, we wanted a strong message strictly connected to the ‘Born Dead’ concept.
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?
-Having a label, nowadays, if it isn’t a major, it isn’t essential, at least for an underground band.. When you record a quality product, schedule in advance all the release dates and build a decent database with webzines and radios to promote your music, the rest is done by digital platforms. It is, maybe, more important to have a good press office/social media manager and a very good booking agency to achieve, day by day, a solid fan base until the moment, fingers crossed, that a major will notice the good work done and decide to add the band in their roster and invest on them good money.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-Every single gig is special in its own way, when you are a musician you appreciate every second spent on stage with your “family”, you don’t really care if there are ten or ten thousand people in front of you. You have to do the best performance in every occasion.. for us, for the audience and for the other bands you’re playing with.
What lies in the future?
-On 5th march our first album ‘Born Dead’ will be released, but before, shortly actually, another single will be out with a proper video. We’ll start then to promote the album touring around in Italy and Europe. Thank you so much for this interview, much appreciated. Check us out, see you on the road!