FRANCIS

FRANCIS might be a strange band name but that does not take away fact that the music is good. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
Kirill:The name of the band determines the motivational and ideological orientation of the band, conveying in general the whole meaning of the material.
Alex:We can assume that the correct statement “a ship named well sails better”, but there are many examples that this principle does not always work. For example, bands with long and complex names, for example, Bullet for my valentine, Bring me the horizon, etc., which are quite popular. Band’s name is not important as much as its relevance and how interesting it is for a modern listener.
Artem:The name of the band strongly influences the expectation of listeners. What material do listeners expect from a band with that name. Because of this, the name strongly affects who will pay attention to the group.

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?
Alex:The desire to create together with the team and carry their creativity into the masses prompted the creation of a group. It’s always interesting to work in a team, because it’s possible for each other to learn something and become better not only as a musician, but as a whole.

With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
Artem: There are many influences on our music, they are diverse, but all are well traced. You can not take them into account in any one subgenre and definition for our music, but the closest thing is the electronic metalcore and melodic death. Themes of texts are more characteristic for the second variant.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Alex: Working on the second album, each introduced something of its own, and we tried to unite it into a single whole. Since in the second album we had such instruments as pianos, electronics, violins, we had much more opportunities and interesting ideas for creativity. We took advantage of this. The sound engineer at the mixing stage suggested how to place the instruments in the mix better.
Artem: About the vocals: After the instrumental version of the song is ready, I write the outline of the text, decide which moments sound as “open” for the vocals as possible, give it the most place. Vocal should not interrupt parts of other instruments, but emphasize them, and vice versa. I choose which lines are most suitable for the mood of the song and I adjust it to the rhythm. After that I come up with cries and a manner of singing at every moment.

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?
Kirill: In favorite compositions of favorite bands and problems in life, which create anxiety and restlessness within us.
Artem: Life and the culture passed through your own imagination in all its
variety. In fact, every person has something that can be convert to innovative creativity. The process of this conversion can be called inspiration.
In general, it helps to not just focus on one thing, mix different influences.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Artem: For us music is primary, and graphics is only an auxiliary tool (ред.)

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?
Kirill: Definitely the era of physical media remained only in the hearts of special connoisseurs.
Artem: Rather, the digital format kills albums, and the extinction of album turnover is the reason for the increased popularity of digital formats. Music services, for the most part, only follow the views that have already been formed. And the opinion now is that the “unit of music” was a song, not an album. And the success of the group is measured by successful singles and separate tracks-bangers.

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?
Kirill: The ambiguous answer, the good consequences of the ability to download tracks selectively depends on the presence of the album of a single important message that is transmitted only to all in aggregate, complementing each other in incomplete logical sequence, in this case it is better to download the album completely, otherwise the ideological and the moral part of the metal scene, and this is unacceptable, since the ideological concept is one of the inalienable pillars of real metal.
Artem: The metal fan already looks different from his predecessors such as 80-90 years. The root of the phenomenon – the death of the album format – is precisely the change of audience. This is impossible to stop this process, you can only take a certain niche. Or go at her on the occasion (which is not always a bad thing) and master the newest methods of promotion and sale. Either use the old methods, but then realize that the efforts are directed at a certain group of listeners and are unlikely to bring mass success.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
Artem: Our country is almost in complete musical isolation , so in this sense we are practically on their own. There is no Metalcore “scene” in Moldova, as there is no prerequisites for its creation. We are not against cooperation, communication and mutual assistance with European and Russian metalcore groups, but so far there is no musical community in our region.
Kirill: We think for our group would be better suited scene where the guys come in thoughtfully and sensually appreciate the art, and not arrange a slam madness, we believe that this fan contingent is thriving in the northern countries.
Alex: Any place where the fans of Nightwish, Arch enemy, As I lay dying, All that remains.

What does the future hold?
Artem: Development and incessant change. There are certain prospects for our group , we intend to use them. Metal will not die, humanity, I hope, too.
Alex: And if so, then we will fly to Mars and play intergalactic metal for aliens.

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