If you have an interest in metal you’ll know that Brazil has produced some really cool bands beyond Sepultura. This is another of those. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
What is INDISCIPLINE?
M. CALS: Indiscipline is more than a band. It is a dream, in which we work every day so it becomes our full-time reality. It is a lifestyle.
How hard was it to come up with a band name that both sounded and looked good?
M. CALS: We wanted a name that sounded good both in our native language (Portuguese) as well as in English. Besides, that also embodied, in some way, the spirit of rock n’ roll. Indiscipline means breaking all the rules, doing what society judges “wrong”. Acting from your heart.
How do you as a band find your own sound? How much does environment play a part in how you sound? Is there a specific sound for your region/country pertaining to the style you play?
A: We play what we are and who we are. Influences come mainly from metal and rock n’ roll, but in our music one can also hear hard rock and grunge. Indiscipline is a band that can’t be sound-labeled and we love that!
We write about our daily lives, and it’s natural that environment plays a huge part in our songs. It’s not easy to do rock n’ roll in Brazil, since it’s not really a part of our music culture. We don’t think we’re influenced by any regional music style stuff whatsoever. It’s not something conscious, though. But it just doesn’t happen.
What would you say has been your greatest sources of inspiration?
M. CALS: Having to balance our lives between work, studying, home, and Indiscipline. Our souls are in each and every song of Indiscipline, appearing in themes such as relationships, feminism, etc.
How important is playing live today? Is there still a live scene to talk about? Do people still go to shows? To me it seems that it is all big tour packages or festivals that are left.
M. CALS: Nowadays artists can’t sustain themselves just on selling albums, so it’s ADAMANT to play live, since it’s the opportunity to both showcase your music and sell merch. However, it is a fact that small gigs have less and less people these days. Which is bad because it’s impossible to have big tours like that, so the future reserves touring with a lot of days off for artists…
Shows will be less frequent, but bigger events. This is a significant change that is happening already.
Is it important to have an album cover that grabs people’s attention? How do you get people to go from looking at the cover to actually listen to the album?
M. CALS: “An album cover that grabs people’s attention”, I find that a very abstract concept. What grabs my attention may not grab yours. 😉 And I’m glad it works that way. What I find important is that the album cover is true to what the band/artist is. People can feel it when you’re being genuine and honest about what you do, and then they naturally listen to your album. It really happens that way.
Are there any limitations to digital? What are the benefits of a physical product? I’m not too hot on digital. I want to be able to hold and feel my record, turn it around and touch it.
M. CALS: There are limitations to digital, of course! The benefits of having a physical product is that you can see the booklet, read the lyrics, see the art. Touch it, like you said. I like that too! And like me, I see a lot of people, especially those who are into rock music. We’re lucky enough to have fans who like the physical copy, who value it, who buy them at our gigs. That makes things like vinyl – which cost a lot of money to produce – possible.
Do you agree that digital is killing the music scene as we know it now?
A: No. Digital format makes it possible for us to reach places we wouldn’t be able to with the physical copy of the CD alone. I probably wouldn’t be talking to you right now if it weren’t for digital! I love the fact that our music is now getting to places like Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Russia, etc. As an underground band it would be very difficult for us to reach that level only with the physical copy of our album. For me, that is the biggest advantage of the digital format and it’s one hell of an advantage. Music scene will never die. It will adapt to the new reality. Always. We need music to live.
How easy is it to get blinded by Facebook like when you know that you can buy them or by countless hits on Youtube and think that you’ve made it big?
M. CALS: I don’t believe the audience buys it. It’s an “industry” issue, really. We’ve heard from many people, even experienced ones, that a band/artist’s success can be measured by its Facebook likes and YouTube views. Even mainstream artists appeal to this kind of strategy. We know it doesn’t work that way and believe that what matters is to be close to the people who like you. We know our fans, we talk to them every day. It doesn’t matter if you have 5 or 5 million likes, you’ve gotta be approachable. Take Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, for instance. She’s always talking to her fans both on social media and on her shows. She rocks and her band is one of rock and roll’s most prominent bands these days.
What do you seen in the future?
A: At the present time, we’re working very hard to write new songs for our upcoming full-length album and also talking to people so we can play in Brazil and abroad. Our future is for sure gonna be filled with a lot of rock n’ roll! We have a lot of faith in our work!