I am quite obsessed with band names. GIAN didn’t strike me as a very strong name for a metal band but as they say; don’t judge the dog by its hair. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
Lassi: We originally formed in 2005 and after a series of demos and line-up changes we’re now in the tightest form possible. Musically we lay somewhere in the field of death and thrash with a little hints of hardcore and black metal.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Lassi: Wasn’t that hard, we just came up with a short and cool sounding word for a name. It has no meaning in particular.
Konsta: It has a meaning if you go and Google it. Some sources indicates a Gian to be ” a man with anal tearing so vast they call his asshole the “Black Hole” because he shoves anything in it.”
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
Lassi: For me the band that got me playing metal are Iron Maiden (well duh!), At the Gates, The Haunted and Finnish bands Mokoma and Stam1na to mention a few. Nowadays I’m inspired by everything that sounds good (not necessarily even music) but from the field of metal my main influences are maybe The Haunted (still), Shining (SWE) and Slayer I think.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of digital?
Konsta: Advantages: Instant listening, cheaper price, spreads faster over the place. Disadvantages: No proper artwork, the loss of quality, the actualy experience is not that great and it doesn’t really feel that you own the album.
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
Konsta: Well I hope not. I personally buy a lot of vinyls and CD’s and sometimes digital downloads as well. But since we are living in the year 2015 we have to accept the fact that things are different today than it was for example 10 years ago. Nowadays the music has to be available instantly for listening and nobody wants to pay for it. Though in my opinion streaming services such as Spotify has driven down the piracy quite a lot because now you don’t have to go and download it illegally when you can stream the song officially online. So actually it’s also helping the industry. But the problem is that it’s not free (for everyone) to do music. So what happens when nobody wants to pay for the music anymore? Where does all the money come for making the music? Though honestly I really don’t care if someone goes and downloads our album for free. The main thing is that they enjoy it and someone actually goes and listens to it.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release songs digitally?
Konsta: In digital world you could go for digital booklets but it isn’t the same thing, you know. That’s the biggest thing that gets lost in the digital world. There’s some good examples how you could do it for example what Trent Reznor did with Nine Inch Nails’ and How To Destroy Angels’ albums where there was a different artwork for each song in the mp3 tags so they switched in your player while you were listening the album. Also there was a lot digital art included with the download. But what I find nice today is that when bands release single tracks for example in YouTube they have started to focus on the video side as well so that there’s also something to watch along the music.
Is it a whole different way to promote a digital track than it is promoting a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
Konsta: Yes, with digital single you could go for Sponsored links in Facebook and things like that and have plenty of viewers for the song. To me it seems really hard to have a complete album well promoted. Basically today you have to rise the songs you really want people to hear above the others with music videos or something. The industry has changed, nowadays it’s all this social media stuff and people really LISTEN to much much less than it was before. They just listen the singles, not the big picture.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
Konsta: Well local scene at least. We are not much in the scene (yet) nationally and internationally. Though I really hate all the scene polices and scenes in general.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Konsta: I think so yes. I personally love playing live, whether it is with this band or another. We really love to play live and that’s where it is easiest to recruit new fans for the band.
What will the future bring?
Konsta: Hopefully plenty of gigs, a new album some day, rock and roll life and ultimately rock and roll death?