GRORR

GRORR are new to me. I wanted to find oput qa bit more so I decided to interview them.Answers from Yoann and Sylvan. Anders Ekdahl ©2021

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
Yoann : Our music is based on metal / rock blended with instruments and musical aspects from all around the world. We craft our compositions through concept albums that feature their own universe and a clear-defined story for each of them. It is music that invites you to travel, a bit like 70’s progressive rock would do. But we want to remain accessible by offering relatively short titles with rather simple structures.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
Y : The name of the band came out of a joke. we cannot say it is very suitable for our music since it has changed a lot over time, but we got attached to that name and we keep rolling with it. It was just some kind of onomatopeia that fit with the music we used to make.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
Y : Back in the days I started out by listening to metal and grunge during the 90s, nowadays I listen to bands or artists regardless of the genre or style as long as I enjoy it. But I will probably listen to Meshuggah, Gojira and King Crimson for the rest of my life I think ! Also for our albums we get inspiration from world music, film music, and a lot of things that is not music such as arts in general.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
Y : At the beginning the project was to make death metal without over thinking, hence our band name born from a joke. It happened then that our will to make music evolved through time, that’s how we came up to have fun imagining our projects being filled with stories and more detailed music writting. It’s a growing passion that made those changes possible

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
Y : For our case we only do concept albums, so it would be a bit annoying … LP format was imposed by the physical medium, and that doesn’t mean that there is an ideal duration to release music. So I think it depends a lot on the type of music you make and the projects you have. In some cases, releasing just one song at a time can be artistically appropriate. Well, we’ll probably never get to that point.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
Y : As our music tends to be some kind of « visual music », artwork has a very important role to play in our process, it’s supposed to be a real guideline for listeners’s imagination… So we pay a lot of attention to that, it’s a proper piece to the puzzle we want to create. We’ve worked with really talented people to create our CD covers every time, as we are really proud of them we’ll always to so.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
Y : In fact, it didn’t change much for us, because we have always known these ways of promoting music. Even if we’re not really passionate about it, we trust our Label as they do an amazing job to make our music reach the right people who is interested in our music.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
Y : I don’t really have that feel of « belonging » in the way you’re asking, but it is rather the affinities that we can create with other people met at concerts that we remember. In fact, our music doesn’t really fit with any etiquette of the metal scene, but it’s a nice feeling to be the weirdo among the brotherhood !

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
Y : we are not the kind of band that does a lot of concerts. we don’t use gig-bookers services, so we have to organize everything and that is complicated as we all live far from each other. I think playing live is complementary to the way we broadcast our music for now. But it’s always a pleasure when you can talk to people that discover our music during a gig and share to us their feeling about it.

What will the future bring?
Y : we hope to be able to play our album on stage at least once for a massive release party if this world wide situation finally gets better, and also prepare some new music !

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