MEDEN AGAN might have what seems like a strange name but as always is the case. Don’t judge the band by the name. Give them a chance and you might end up with a new fave. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
Since I don’t think too many of u shave heard of you guys could you please give us a short introduction to who you are?
-Meden Agan is:
Meden Agan was formed in November 2005 in Paris, France by guitarist Diman Koutsogiannopoulos. Their first demo was released in April 2006. Their first full-length album, Illusions, was released in November 2007, and contained progressive metal songs with male vocals. After a one-year hiatus as Diman returned to Greece, Meden Agan started working on new songs featuring lyric leggero soprano vocalist Iliana Tsakiraki and a new keyboardist (Tolis). the band entered the studio in order to record their album Erevos Aenaon. The album will be released in September 2011. In 2012 Philip Stone (drums) joined the band. During 2012 Meden Agan have shared the stage with Tarja, Epica, Visions of Atlantis and Septic Flesh. The band also participated in Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium (2012 edition) where they won the prize for the “Best Album Cover”.
I find it fascinating to find out what it is that has driven you to play the kind of metal that you do? Where did the idea for Meden Agan come from?
-Meden Agan’s sound and style is a compilation of our main influences: Dream Theater,
Symphony X, Dimmu Borgir and Nightwish. The name, on the other hand, comes from an ancient Greek motto which means “nothing in excess”.
When you come from Greece how easy/hard is it to ignore the cultural history when you write music and lyrics?
-Certainly our country’s culture and history affects our art (both, music and lyrics). It is part of who we are and it can not be ignored. You will notice that some titles of our songs, like Nemesis or Erevos Aenaon, are actually ancient Greek words!
I often return to this issue when I interview bands from Greece simply because I’ve heard so many great bands but never really seen any big break on an international scale. Why do you think that Greek bands don’t get bigger internationally?
-This is quite difficult to explain but I guess the main reason is the fact that Greece is not a big
country with millions of metal fans like USA or Germany. In this way it is much more difficult to have a breakthrough. Although, many Greek musicians and bands like Gus G (who is now with Ozzy Osbourne!) and Septicflesh have gained international fame. But we personally believe that soon this will change with the new wave of Greek metal bands!
How much of a scene is there in Greece? Do bands help each other out?
-There is quite a big scene in Greece. Although as I said before metalheads are few in numbers but there are many Talented Greek metal bands. Most of them cooperate well and there is much help to be offered to each other!
Like any other band you’ve been through changes. How much of a setback is it to have to make changes to the band?
-It depends on the changes. Of course all members of the band are important but some of them can not be easily replaced. But this kind of “setback” is only necessary for the improvement to come.
In this day and age independent labels could benefit from great distribution like any other label. How much more freedom does it allow you to be signed to a smaller underground label?
-It actually gives us a lot of freedom. The band has no obligations so we are more relaxed on working on a new album and have even more chances to get the best result. We also don’t have to perform unless we want to! So there is much more time to practise.
What kind of reactions have you had to your album so far? What kind of expectations did you as a band have on it?
-We received extremely good feedback. “Erevos Aenaon” was one of the top albums of 2011 in many websites and the fans who bought the record gave us very positive feedback. Back then, when we were about to release the album hen we weren’t quite sure how metal fans would react to this kind of music. Needless to say we were all positively surprised.
I take it that Meden Agan is a touring/gigging band? What have you found to be the hardest thing to achieve onstage compared to in a studio?
-We are not just a studio band, that’s for sure! The hardest thing to achieve onstage is our show. And when I say the word “show” I don’t mean the music performance (that we can manage) but the moves and the headbanging and all this stuff we need to do in order to keep the crowd satisfied and cheerful.
We still need to practise and get better at this!
What future lies ahead for the band?
-We are currently working on our new album which have to impress you all and leave you speechless so, we got a lot of work to do.