Mexican metal is something I’ve been enjoying since the 90s. Unfortunately I don’t get to experience it as often as I like but now and then a band like INTROTYL comes my way. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-R- Is funny because we never thought about it. Introtyl is a hard word to remember ‘cause is an invented word (by the known mince core band Agathocles) so yeah, I think it would be easier for people to remember our name if it were usual, but at the same time, being an usual word wouldn’t represent what we wanted to. I think the meaning represent us, (in-trotyl) we consider that our music is very explosive, it makes you move your head and headbang a lot.
As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
R- We’re a Mexican death metal band born in 2009, we have been working hard to be known since the beginning to spread our music and reach all possible places, we love playing music that makes us happy and we love to know that someone likes it. We don’t pretend to be a “tough metal band” and look evil, we just love to play as loud as we can and enjoy this!
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
R- It is hard to define that because each one of us have different influences and taste in music but, I must say we converge in death metal bands such as Suffocation, Cryptopsy, Severe Torture, Bolt Thrower (at the beginning) and a big contrast: Hatebreed, most of all in guitars and bass sound because we love it. Our drummer loves Fleshwood apocalypse and Behemoth so he has different influences too. If you put all that in a blender it may be Introtyl hahaha.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
R- There are so many bands in Mexico and in Mexico City that has been real hard for us to have a respected place in the scene. We’ve been playing with several genres and to reach the respect we think we have now in (let’s be honest) a men industry was hard but totally worth it! We’re pretty known in Mexican death metal scene and we feel happy to achieve this!
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?
-R- Of course! We are part of some important musical movement. When we know that someone, or few, or many people like our music we know we are being a part of someone’s life! It means so much for us, watching the mosh pit in every show we play is an amazing feeling, we realize then that someone is enjoying this and sharing our feeling! We think we could reach more people if we keep on working hard and having the support of the fans and media like you guys.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
R- Hahaha we know that! Even tho we are girly haha. But yes, you have to keep a relation between the music gender and lyrics vs. artwork, for example in our first album the lyrics talks about a woman who has psychological disorders, so the artwork was definitely that way.
What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
R- We don’t think so, is a great tool to reach more places, but it depends what do you want. If you want to sale all your cd albums in physical and be exclusive is ok, but if you want to be listened everywhere and spread your noise (with our without revenues) is an amazing tool. Digital gave larger life to music maybe. And as we wrote in the last question, there is a relation between music and artwork, I love to open a booklet, read lyrics, look at the artwork and the smell the printed paper while the music is playing, I think you can get a specific idea of the band this way.
What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
R- The metal scene is huge in Mexico, there are so many bands (even if they last a short time or many years) that sometimes is so hard to know all of them, plus, there are so many awesome bands! We have been working hard to have a better organization, to make a better show for the audience, but the main problem are some promoters (of course there are super professional teams also), but the bad organization & the equipment in bad condition never helps, we think that here in Mexico there are awesome promoters and their professional work make bands sound great at shows, sometimes in Mexico City is not like this, but in general looks like live scene is getting more professional every time.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
R- At the beginning you can’t help to feel nervous and anxious to make a great show and to play great, then, when we’re standing on stage it seems that everything turns great, quiet and then a rush comes, we play like to party, we enjoy every show and people share the same feeling so, most of our shows are great, they’re fun, with lots of mosh and energy.
What would you like to see the future bring?
R- We want to play outside of Mexico. We’re setting everything to start our first tour in June – July outside of our country so we’re super excited and hopefully this will bring more awesome things for the band, we want to spread our music all around the world and to keep working hard in order to achieve a place in metal world.