MINOTAURO

You don’t have to speak the language to understand the music. Together we are united by the love for the music. I don’t speak MINUTAURO’s language but I do speak their music. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
-First of all we are symphonic power metal band and we’d like that people feel the energy of power metal combined with the melody of the orchestrations.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Giving a name to the band is important and usually a hard task, for us this was no exception. We searched for it in the historical mithology from where we get inspired more then often.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We are six band members and everyone’s got their own preference and is influenced by a different branch of metal as well as other styles of music, from the great composers of the 18th and 19th century, to the contemporary music of the 21th centuary, not letting out anything in between. But most important is to connect six threads into the head of a needle.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-We should say that we knew what we would play, we had a pretty detailed image of the sound we were aiming to create. Usually ideas are born in the minds of the guitar players and then they grow on at the rehearsals and finally they get its final shape in the studio.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-Of course we’d like to sell CDs, vinyl… but these days bands must addapt to digital. Nowadays releasing single tracks is often good for listeners because they can purchase only one track but unfortunataly this way they don’t get the chance to listen to the whole album, and they might leave out songs they could enjoy. Unfortunatelly releasing single track is unfavourable for the band but it’s a must since the album sale has drastically decreased in the modern age.

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-The art-work is the first contact with the customers and therefore it’s of great importance. Even though they say you don’t have to judge the book by it’s cover, the first impression and the impact that the cover gives to the potential listener is crussial, as a lot of times it will make him decide whether or not to buy the album. As well as the music, art-works really demand great abilities and talent and have to be admired. But sadly the digital era is killing the art-work too. It’s a very difficult task to figure out what will catch people’s attention. It is in fact quite challenging to create a suitable cover that will fit the music and attract the customers eye.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Probably the social media has not re-written the rules on how to promote the music. We’d rather say they added new forms of promoting, that must not be left out, but of course the long estamblished promotion tactics still haven’t got out of style. This is why we joined all our knowledge and forces with our label, which is doing a really great job, and toghether we aim for the best possible exposure.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Being a musician is a gift, playing in a band is a pleasure and fusing on stage with the music, lights and the crowd is our mission. It’s much more than being part of the scene it’s a way of life.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Gigs? Tours? That’s why we became musicians. Playing live is in the blood of every musician and we are not an exception. We spent a lot of time touring presenting and promoting our first album Master Of The Sea. We recieved a magnificent feedback wich became a challenge for our second album. Reading reviews of world’s most important hard/heavy magazines we realized that we’re on the right way, in fact our second album Apocalyptic Sense has reached extraordinary marks. And of course we want to tour as much as possible, that’s what every band should be doing at every moment of their musical path.

What will the future bring?
-People say that the future is such as you create it, so we’ll do our very best to reach our objectives. First of all we’re working on our new video clip, we are in contact with bookers preparing plans for touring and we are already working on new material.

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