HELLNITE as a band name do bring up certain expectations. And to some extent they are met with the metal this band plays. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
A: I (Paolo Belmar )was probably 10 or 11 I don’t remember clearly, but these dreams and ambitions started long ago. My vision of myself in that moment was being the frontman or lead guitar player of a band, having fun with my band mates, my first band was a happy punk/rock band, with the time my vision probably became colder, or just more serious. I want to do these as a living and not only for fun, I am trying to do these in a professional way. Hellnite is not a band anymore, it is a musical project that I own and lead by myself. In general I think I use to see myself in a band as a rockstar, now I am trying to put myself in the position of a professional musician/artist leading a project, not necessarily a band if that makes sense
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big? That you had to come from a certain place to be sure to make it.
A: I would say it is definitely easier if your location is somewhere in the biggest music markets in the world, in other places it is more difficult but not impossible, I think we always need to have a game plan or a strategy to overcome any adversity. Myself, I am from Mexico and I had to move to Canada to try to get better support or opportunities for my projects and so far is working really smooth.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
A: The first time I toured outside of my country was mind blowing I cannot describe that with words is something that you have to live to understand the feeling, but definitely made me stronger and I learned a lot after that, sometimes can be disappointing and sometimes can be better than you expected, the point is to keep doing it doesn’t matter what, In general I can say it feels really good being part of a REAL band that is having opportunities like that one.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
A: We have heard that is really good because it is an aim to the old school and classic metal, we have heard from other people that our music is not a trend anymore because it is generic and we sound the same as everyone, nothing unique. I would say, feedback can be relevant or irrelevant depending your aim, for me it is really important to understand what is people looking for these days or what catches their attention, I know some bands don’t want to please an audience, they want audiences to appreciate what they do so maybe they don’t care much about feedback.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
A: The most of the times after I write a song I think it is a master piece, then after recording it and listening it carefully I basically don’t like any of my songs. I truly realize when a song is a hit after the audience response to it, if they are sharing it in the media, listening it for themselves calling that song in the concerts, then you realize you wrote a “Hit” Song
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
A: The analog domain is the closest representation of hearing an actual musical instrument playing, for example tape or Vinyl recording are loyal audio captures and give a more accurate reproduction of the real sound.
The digital domain it is basically digital information translated by computers into sound, sometimes it is said that digital audio is not audio, it is information or code converted in sound; Although, with today’s technology we are able to hear really good representations of sound in the digital domain and it is what is happening more often, because it is easier to sample sound of drums for example, it is easier to manipulate the sound and put it into a computer than recording it analogically with microphones. Some of the advantages in the digital world can be the expenses, can be cheaper and easier, but sometimes the quality can be easily identified as “computer generated” when you hear it. On the other hand, the analog domain can be more real and accurate but harder to control in an audio capture and more expensive to afford for young musicians like myself.
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
A:That is one of the best feelings I have experienced, when someone you don’t know, knows you for what you do, makes you feel that you are doing ‘something’ in life, even if you are not doing well or you sound like shit, at least it means you are trying it and you are pursuing your dreams, when people knows you for something like that feels really pleasant.
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
A: Not so much, I am more concerned about the music so I have written the music first and then I try to make the lyrics match the music, I think I should care more about lyrics, I am experimenting and trying different approaches for our new release.
Yes there different messages that we are trying to speed and make people understand but honestly I am not sure if that is well reflected in our lyrics.
What does the future hold?
A: Yeah the future scares me sometimes, but I think so far the cover still very important cause sometimes that is the first step to catch people’s attention if the person is more visual, there are other ways to do it of course and with all the new features of the music market can be debatable but in my own experience I have found myself listening an album cause the cover caught my eye. And it is hard to say what will the future hold, I only expect that music still being performed mostly by people or living beings and not by machines.