I don’t get to hear too much power metal so when I stumble upon a band like INSATIA I gotta know more, ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce us to the band?
-Heyas! We’re INSATIA, a Canadian/American power metal band.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-I would say the catalyst was getting together a truly substantial production team after our lineup change in 2014… Fabio D’Amore from Serenity and his partner Ivan from Pathosray became our producers, along with Staffan Karlsson who has worked with acts like Arch Enemy and Roxette. These three men really helped the band blossom into what it is, and I am learning new things from them all the time. I think the other thing that really changed our sound was giving the vocals a more central place in the writing process, because we built the songs around the central melody, the vocal lines this time, instead of building vocals around the instruments. Our first album was not written this way.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It’s not hard, per say, but the barrier encountered by most bands is finances. This is just the honest truth; a professional release is expensive, like a business investment. Some people have done a decent job learning recording at home and releasing their own material, and I respect that- we did that for our debut release, the one I think of as a demo. But even that has it’s expenses.
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Absolutely. The digital era is a fascinating development for the music industry. Not always a positive one, but definitely a convenient one.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-Not necessarily with our band- our producers and management would probably stop the earth’s rotation before letting our music be released in an unfinished state. 😉 but I think some bands have definitely been in a hurry to release in the digital era and gotten something half-polished out there merely for the sake of releasing. Good things take time.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-I have to say I was surprised by how positive the response was to the self produced debut, Asylum Denied. I hadn’t expected it to travel digitally across the globe and get the attention it got, especially from people like our producers in Europe who wanted to help with our second album and invest their time like they have. The single we released this past year, Sacred, got an even more positive response- people loved the production quality, the strength of the melody, and the violin elements. It’s just a teaser for the things to come next year with the new album, really. I can’t wait to see what people think of Phoenix Aflame, given how strong the reception tended to be for the other releases.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Haha! Well, I’m not sure I can talk about *the* most surprising one right now… There are some secrets we’re keeping at the moment. But I would say our producers, as well as our manager Milton Mendonca from Infinity Concerts have been among the most interesting contacts we’ve connected with and later worked with.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a metal band?
-Absolutely yes. The metal community is my favorite on this planet. This is my family. I’m privileged to share my music with them.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-It really depends on where you play and when you play. A band needs to select it’s live shows carefully, because it’s a huge time and money investment to sound really polished and professional. And if you’re not going out there and sounding professional, or going out and playing for the right crowds, chances are you’re not really building a solid following. Playing live can bring amazing opportunities for growth, but you have to make the right choices.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We plan to release our new album, Phoenix Aflame, in 2016, and spend a busy year on the road here in the states. Possibly we’ll be on the road elsewhere this coming year as well- The next few years are, in no uncertain terms, shaping up to be what we always wanted to do with our music, and we couldn’t be more grateful.