OPERUS have a name that makes my mind wander off to opera houses. Not being too sure that my mind was right I had to interview them. Answered by Oscar Rangel. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-It wasn’t, I (Oscar) wanted something that screamed “Classical music” and “theatrical performance” so the word Opera, and Opus kept wandering in my head, at the end I just combined them and then I thought “Operus”. I instantly knew that was is, the “us” at the end make it sound somewhat arcanic and for me that’s metal.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-If I understand the question right:The music is heavily influenced by metal bands like Haggard, Rhapsody of Fire, Testament, and Nightwish, and classical composers like Bach, Mozart, Wagner, Vivaldi, and some contemporary ones like Danny Elfman, John Williams, Nikita Koshikin, and Agustin Barrios.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Absolutely, sometimes even in songs with the same tempo. We adapt the arrangement and/or orchestration to suit the musical intention, sometimes you can sound more aggressive by going slower or more serene by going faster etc.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-We try to deliver the same feeling people would get when they go to see a symphonic orchestra, there’s a lot of different passages in out set and we put a lot of time and effort in creating a set that feels like a journey and not just a high energy show. That way the heavy passages (and we do have some brutal stuff in the set) feel even heavier that they would if we always played at the same tempo.
You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
-So far we have only released our debut EP titled “Opus I”, so that would be the one we’re most proud of by default (hehe).
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-So far we have been doing a lot of promotional work through social media, metal webzines in Canada and other countries and radio shows and magazines in Mexico since our guitarist recently had a guitar clinic down there, Oscar did a lot of interviews with radio stations and magazines during his time there this last winter. We are also working with Jon Asher with good results reaching some media over seas. It hasn’t been that hard but I think you’re never truly satisfied with the amount of attention you get since you just want everybody to be into it all the time.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-For me (again Oscar Rangel) A great front cover should be a piece of art that portrait the band’s essence and be a visual representation of what the listener is going to experience when listening to the album.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-We do, there is a lot of very dedicated and talented bands in Canada that we are lucky and proud to call friends, I think there is a circuit in this country that truly supports and celebrates each others successes, and I believe that is key for Canada to have produced some very interesting international talents.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-We can but speak for ourselves and we are trying to promote Operus through our music and finished products (for example the lyric video and the playthrough one) as opposed of trying to get people involved in each small step of the process.
What does the future hold?
-Operus is currently working on the pre-production of our first full length album, we are doing some regional touring in the not so distant future and hopefully some shows in different countries. We are also working on setting up an exciting way to share more of the band members through music but I rather keep that a mystery for now.