Golem was a really cool record by German Protector. GHÖLEM is a really cool band from Mexico. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-Naming anything is one the most difficult things, because it’s the identity if something that will be born, it’s the structure to be built and the beginning of a path. Nowadays, Claudio believes in numerology and the importance of each number as a representation related to the destiny of a name combined with the day of your birth, and other astrological alignments. In 1998 He just tried to find a strong name, influenced by the bands of that time, probably if he has to search again for a band name, it will be completely different. I think Ghölem fits for all these years, any music can fit with any name if you not label genres to the lyrics, it’s something more universal.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We are a death metal band from Mexico City, active since late 200. Now that we are in our mid 30’s we didn’t want to waste any more time, so we have just released our first Full Length recording in seventeen years of intermittent career and we are very proud of it, we hope you listen to it, and we hope you like it.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Well, basically I just go with what sounds good to my ear, more often it’s the stuff that sounds a little bit like the bands that I like, that goes on to start a song, after that first idea comes around, the other pieces are there to try and give it a form and a development to the song,
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Each band in the world has his own vision about music and genres, as one musical gender exists the possibilities of a worldwide movement becomes more real, more specifically it’s what happens in stadiums and big concerts with bands like Iron Maiden, as they can summon big audiences.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-It’s like the seal of your message, like a frontal punch printing your fist in everywhere, what are you trying to communicate. The visual part of our band is really important, art always has to be manifested with a strong speech motivating sensation and textures along the musical part and the meaning of it, has to be related with the graphic side of the band. In the case of the artwork of the new album it’s about genuine manifestation of art without any conception of judgements and concepts only primitive expression.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-The lyrics are under the same process, it starts with a little rhythmic idea that complements the riffs, after that Geronimo tries to put some words to it that talk about how some situations made me feel, or it may come from books, movies or even random thoughts about what could be an interesting lyric.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-Nowadays it’s important to have a certain degree of popularity in social media, and an outstanding number of reproductions on YouTube, sadly the physical part of an album is in extinction, and only a few still buy CDs and perform the ritual to push play in a player. Digital is killing the album.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-Sadly, the ritual of buying a CD or a physical format is now only for die-hard fans or collectors, right now streaming music is one of the safest ways to be heard and become known internationally since even TV is dying and there are fewer Metal TV shows every day.
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
-We’ve had many concerts here in Mexico City and quite a few dates around the country, we’d love to tour internationally, however our day jobs make it a little difficult. We’ve just opened for Borknagar a couple weeks ago and it was a great experience, we gained a few fans that day and sold merchandise, it was tight and raw, pretty much like our CD.
What lies in the future?
-We are planning on shooting two video clips, and the official presentation of our new album “Matter without form, Body without soul”. And it would be great to do a small tour in some part of Europe