IDEOGRAM is not just another female fronted metal band. Grand Guignol answered my questions. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-We wanted a monicker that doesn’t define any musical genre, just because this is a project without mental block. The “ideogram” represents a cohesion of all that we are , represented by different aspects of the human being and expressed through various musical and theatrical styles.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Ideogram are composed by Opera (voice), Kabuki (guitars and growl), Grand Guignol (keyboards and screams) and Absurd (bass). The band was born two years ago with the intent to combine original music with a strong visual and theatrical scene. The debut album “Life Mimics Theatre” perfectly represents what we are today but, given the unpredictability and innovation of this project, is only the birth of a being in continuous evolution.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Ideogram have endless musical influences, but also litteraly , artistical and theatrical . Musically we hear everything, then no one musical genre influenced us more than another one. We can say that we left the Gothic, Melodic Death and Symphonic Black bases and we have passed all musical borders, peppering our sound with every kind of music that we admire.
What is the extreme metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-The Italian metal scene has many excellent bands, which unfortunately are suffocated by too many bands who don’t dare and don’t offer anything new. Certainly we are part of this scene, but in reality we are part of all the scene who have the courage to experiment with new sounds and that propose intelligent music.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We don’t play for being a part of a movement, and even we don’t want to be innovators. It is gratifying to know that there are people who appreciate our music, but only we play for express our emotions and our art in the most possible freedom way . The true greatness is not in what we are, but in what express.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Our ideal cover is something absolutely unusual, full of details to discover, suited to the genre we propose, experimental and strongly linked to the themes of the lyrics.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Even if we are fan of physical copies, it is impossible to reject how much the download help young bands to publicize their music more than they could do in the past and, even if many people exploit it illegally, is a great vehicle advertising and promotion. Only ignorance can kill the music, and not certainly a music format.
What kind live scene is there for bands like IDEOGRAM?
-The live concerts of Ideogram aren’t appropriate to the classic Metal pub, but intead in theaters or places where you can have a setting apt to the image of the band, given that the visual component for who coming to see us is as important as the musical aspect. Ours music is for the ears and eyes, a kind of soundtrack visionary, and all aspects of our live are critical to better understand our concept.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-When we play we want to be in front of people who are really interested in what we do. No matter it’s a big event or a small private concert for a few people, the important thing is that who is present at the concert is completely involved in the mood of the event, and we will always endeavor to engage the public and not to disappoint.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-All we want for the future is to continue to express ourselves in a totally free and make more and more people appreciate the uniqueness of this band. We have various projects in way to do, but it is too early to reveal. Know that who followed us until now will not disappoint. Follow www.ideogram.it to stay informed on all that we do. Thanks for the interview and a greeting to the readers!