HEARTACHE

I guess that everybody once at least has suffered from HEARTACHE. But this is one time that you won’t cry for the loss but for the gain. Andres Ekdahl ©2016

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-The name of the band is mostly linked to the topics covered in the lyrics, which are linked to the social reality in which we memebers of the band live. Choosing this name wasn’t particularly hard… it dates back to our teenage years when these kind of feelings were even more evident than today, and less projected towards society but more on ourselves.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-We are a progressive rock band that tries to summarise through our sensitivity the influences of great bands of the genre with modern sounds. This way we are trying to create the right balance between technical performance and the quality of the contents, both distinguishing elements of our style.

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?
-Just like any language, music is a form of expression. We don’t “pick parts” from bands that influence us, but we’d rather learn their musical language, made of sounds and arrangements, and then use it to express our vision trying to understand the context, instead of imitating it.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-Every musician is part of a movement. Music is a way to express feelings, and despite all the different kind of styles and genres, artists usually share a commong goal: to inspire.
But this movement does not involve only the artists themselves, even the audience is part of the movement, every person we can reach with our music becomes part of something, and we hope this can help to improve ourselves just as much as others.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-Appearance is probably the most important aspect today, given the hectic pace at which new things are proposed, and the speed with which we are able to judge products. On our part we are trying to adapt to these kind of demands, giving importance to the aesthetics of the band even if our main goal is to stay ourselves and not creating a fake image.
All of our graphics are obviously at the service of the themes of the album but we also tried using iconic and eyecatching images.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Our lyrics are directly influenced by our surroundings, and are surely a key component as the upcoming album is a real concept album narrating the experiences of a man who represents a symbol of our times, who finds himself facing various kinds of scenarios in his technological trap.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-In today’s global market the physical copy of an album has probably lost a great part of it’s value, but for passionate listeners CDs and vinyl records remain key elements as in most cases the artwork and lyrics are a complement to the whole creation, that also help to understand better the world of a band or artist.

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-We don’t know exactly, technology is optimizing and scaling everything down, but what will surely never change is the experience of listening to a band live and creating connection among people.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experiencevwith you like?
-We have yet to take part in a real tour, we often play live shows but mostly at local venues. During our concerts we try to offer the audience a complete experience from a listening point of view, trying to replicate faithfully the sound of our album, but also visually, completing the exibition by playing videos.

What lies in the future?
-We are about to publish our first album “Skyscrapers and Firefalls” with the label Sliptrick Records, our objective is to play live as much as possible in places we have yet to visit and trying also to reach as much a people as possible with our music.
Thank you for the interview, we hope to see you soon at one of our shows!

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