I have interviewed MYSTICA GIRLS previously but that was a long time ago. So here is the latest on the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Mysticagirls started as “Mystica”, in 2004, as a cover-band, until 2007 we change to Mysticagirls. First of all we didn’t think so deeply about the importance of the name, but it is curious that it fits perfectly with all the things we usually study and want to say on our songs. We like to talk about inner concious, knowledge, magic, witchcraft, feelings etc.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-We know that music is a language, and as a language we are able to say anything we want, we love the energy in the music, we need that when we have a show, every song is like an outfit, so we love to mix any sound or element that could match better with every song, so, you can find different styles and arrangements in every song, but mostly in the metal, rock style. Heavy, trash riffs, some technical guitar solos, pop hooks and proggressive rythms, clean vocals, different types of lyrics, spanish and english languages, and even symphonic arrangements you can find too in every song.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-No, we think the song as a whole, we are working on an accoustic show, that songs must be down tempo, to get the right feeling for this. If we need a more aggressive song we think on the best sounds and arrangements for that, or if we need to compose a vals or ballad
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-We think perhaps that playing live is a lot more important than studio work, we know that and always try to give the best, every week we have 2 or 3 rehearsals and we try to have daily practice on our instruments, we are always recording our shows to study our movements and to listen our mistakes.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Mexico is the number one in piracy, we are an independent project, we have no label support, we only have a deal with Terraza records to print the cds, we compose, produce and pay all the business, here there no good specialized rock-metal booking agencies, so we need to build everything, even our shows, so it is sad to need 2 years or more to compose and produce our music and once you’ve already uploaded to be available on the on line platforms, in a few you realize that people can download it for free. People don’t think about all the work behind a simple cd. But, in the other hand, thanks to YouTube or other platforms, we know that our music have reached to many other countries far far away from us, we have lots of fans in Indonesia, Russia, taiwan, new zealand etc, that’s really amazing for us. That is helping us little by little to finally get some tours in other countries. We still trying and looking for that.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-It is fine, people engaged with us, we don’t have millions of fans but, our fans are very close and the are always looking our videos, promos and everything we post on our media, they are very active and we love to have contact and to know how our music really inspire them to think or to do something or to make their dreams come true. That’s only what really matters at all
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-We think an album is a whole being, the cover is the face of it, we think it depends on the type of concept the music is about, we love to give more than just music, the cover has to say a lot of what the album is or want to tell to the world, and a lot more if it is an instrumental album maybe
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Of course! Even that there’s a lot of bad things and a wrong concept of the metal- rock music in Mexico, we are sure that this country has really great bands in any music style you can imagine, we are all partners and we need to be strong enough to survive in this scene, but we can, we are a 13 year old band, we have met many bands, and they are looking the same like us, but Mexico has the “Malinchismo” and we are pretty sure that’s the source of the illness that stop us to reach a bigger level in the Music industry, we are like 20 years in the past compared with other countries like United States or Finland. There are very good bands like:
Agora (progressive metal)
Strike Master (trash metal)
Maligno (doom metal)
Voltax (heavy metal)
Erszebeth (gothic metal)
All misery (djent, metal core)
El clan (gothic rock)
S7N, cerberus, Koltdown, driven, anima tempo, tulkas, hada de beng, vía dolorosa, and many many more!!!!!
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-We need to understand where music is going and we know that a physical cd is starting to become a deluxe product, we have our music too on this platforms, we need to cover all the ways a fan usually hear any music. We are always studying all the movements the music industry make.
What lies in the future?
-We are finally finishing our dvd that will be ready in this 2018, we are still planning and looking for shows in other countries and we are planning an acoustic show with some new songs, and a symphonic shows, we have already 4 songs that have been played on the metallica & Iron Maiden symphonic tribute but we want our full show and mostly this year we will release at least 2 or 3 official videoclips on our vevo channel. So stay in touch for this