EROTIC PSYCHO has a pretty schizo band name but don’t let that turn you off from checking out this Spanish band. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-It was Nando Saints, the lead singer, who came up with the name and we all loved it at once, because it reflects perfectly the duality between sex and sleaziness that our music has.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-We´re really into the late 80s American Hard Rock bands, especially those from the L.A. scene, and this influence can be noticed in the sound we have. We can´t help it, it´s all about dirty-sexy-funny-sleazy rock ´n´ roll.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Well, slow songs usually require a certain amount of extra feeling and faster ones tend to be more adrenaline-fuelled, so, yeah, you have to think a little differently when approaching them.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-Live performances are our strength and natural habitat. Our music makes sense on stage, since it´s made to make people have a good time and forget about their daily issues, at least while they´re at an Erotic Psycho´s show.
You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
-We are very proud of our first release, a video-single called Lost Boyz, since it was the very first song we wrote as a band and it opened a lot of doors for us (we got signed by American label Demon Doll Records thanks to this song, for example). On the other hand, our first E.P. Sex You Up!! contains some highlights of our music, which we are extremely proud of, too.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Obviously, you have the face-to-face experience of the live performances, which is the most intense and successful way for the people to get to your music, but that´s not enough. Nowadays there are a lot of tools and schemes to reach an audience and bands have to be aware of them and use them properly. Things have changed a lot in the music business in the past few years and we cannot rely on major labels and record companies anymore, there´s a lot of Do It Yourself now. It may be through the Internet, social networks, on-line and physical press, radio stations, etc.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-The cover of an album must reflect the musical content in some way. In our case, the cover of Sex You Up!! had to be sexy, lusty and a little kinky, just like our music, and I think it is.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-The scene is alive and well. There are plenty of great bands in Spain; the problem is the venues (they are few and most of them too expensive for the quality they offer) and some of the people, supposedly supporters, who prefer complaining about everything in front of a computer screen to supporting bands when they come to their city to play live.
Erotic Psycho in particular doesn´t belong to any national scene as we are the only true sleazy-glam band in the state.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-Being honest with what you´re doing is the most important thing. If you pretend to be something you are not, then people will notice. You have to make the music you have inside and try to make as many people as possible get to it and hopefully they will like it.
What does the future hold?
-So far we´ve had a very positive response by the people who have listened to our music and attended our gigs, all that with hardly economical means and taking into account that we are a very young band. So we feel very confident about our future as a band. We know there´s a lot of good times, nice girls, great shows and crazy nights waiting for us!