KRULL is a Brazilian band that impressed me enough to wanting to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-We started the band with a dream of school, we had no notion of the difficulties we would face, we thought that in a short time we would be the Iron Maiden of Brazil rs .. Unlike today, in which we see that everything is based on daily struggle and permanent. That we will always be rewarded for our efforts, just as we are today. The band has always been focused on their songs about battles, we have transformed the struggles of our REAL lives into songs, but always in the figurative sense. The only thing I ever wanted with my music was and still is recognition. For only “we” of the band know what it was to go through these 20 years of KRULL, and to continue standing.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Here in Brazil yes, there is a lot of attention here for artists and bands from other countries, and they despise local bands/artists. Events of local bands that play authorial music, are never well valued as bands from abroad (other countries). You can ask this to any underground band/artist from Brazil, it’s one of our biggest difficulties. We do not see as much “union” as if it preaches in social networks rs … Unfortunately here in our country there is still a certain type of prejudice, within the Metal scene.
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-Not only the good comments, but also the bad ones, we follow through the internet, social networks etc … And for us the band is super satisfying when fans like and recognize our work. Because after all, we worked hard for the final result to be what we expected.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-First we create the concept of the album, of what it will actually speak, the story, plot, theme, concept, etc. So the ideas start, I create the songs, the melodies and lyrics .. (Usually at night in the morning, preferably in silence), But for me, the biggest challenge, as I do not play any instrument and just sing rs, is to pass the idea of a song (melody) the way I imagined it, but we always find a way, and the result is always what we want.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-Yes, we recorded it in analog format. We do not see many problems about this. But of course we can see that in the digital format we have more features and quality, but we still like this sound of the analog, because it combines with our theme and proposal of a raw, eighteen-tone sound.
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-It’s great to see an album ready and finished, a sense of mission fulfilled. Of course, our thinking is always that people accept and enjoy our work. But we have our feet on the ground and we know that many will not like it, and this is just a matter of taste, it will be like learning, for our musical evolution. Because we dedicate the band for hours, days and months, we do our best to make the album the way we want it to, and that is without doubt the most important thing for us.
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-I think melody is the soul of music and the letter the body, both are very important and necessary in an album. And in our songs, we always try to carry the message of strength, struggle, perseverance, and determination, what difficulties and problems exist, for all of us, for our personal learning, and for overcoming.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-The cover of an album is a great motivation for you to listen to it. Many albums of bands we do not know, call attention to the cover first, you see a shocking image and have the desire to listen to the album hoping that the sound is as good as the cover art. And that works great on metal. But many covers with an exceptional art do not match their songs, or on the contrary, I believe that an Art of a cover of an album is very important, but its interior is the most valuable, its content is like a book, to be judged only by the Cover, the interior, the content, and the feeling, is worth much more than seeing.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Yes, of course we realize, because the fans know the history of the band, and every step, every achievement, fans rejoice as much as the band, and recognition grows. And with each show, more people get to know the band and become fans, followers, every year, every time we go through a certain city, and for us that is very rewarding and inspiring.
What do you see in the future?
-In the future I see many victories and achievements for KRULL. For as I always say, when you fight, you do the right things, without stepping on anyone’s head, victory is certain and it comes, it comes with work, with your sweat, with honesty and humility above all else. And we of the band KRULL, we are fighting so that the band has its deserved space, and is recognized around the Metal world that we live.