PRIMA NOCTE is a Spanish metal band that you ought to check out. I know that I didn’t regret it. Answers by Jordi Ribas. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-I wasn’t in the band when the band name was chosen, but the old members told me that they look for a good sounding name, not a good meaning name. When they decided the name they were looking for a Latin name because they like how this language sounds. Prima Nocte means when in the middle age the feudal lords could have sex with the bride in the wedding night. We use this name like a complain of this ancient custom.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-I like the process of recording and I love the studio work. When we finish recording an album the only thing in my mind is “I want more”… and I feel a little melancholy.
After finish the recording process I enjoy with the result and I wonder if the public will enjoy it as I do. But I don’t have any feelings of anxiety, It’s more like feeling of hope.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-To be in a studio recording is one of the best things for me. I have my own home studio but when you record in a professional studio is more exciting.
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-Yes, today the bands in Spain do by themselves all the process of the music production.
Only if the band pays to other professionals can it be released from some kind of promotion or other work.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-It’s a way to take work away from the public. Nowadays we have become accustomed to make things easy for us. The more we specify what the music is like, the easier it is for our audience to find us.
These labels have their logic because the metal has become very broad.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-I imagine that this can be very different depending on the person who answers. In my case the biggest sensation is to feel that people are listening to the sounds of my soul. In the direct attempt to reflect what I feel with the music we do, the sensation of fame is not as important as the sensation of being listened to.
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?
-I think it has an important role because in some of the reviews we have read, the reporter admits to being attracted to listen to us for the art work. In addition, most of the buyers of CDs are collectors and they like their purchase to be visually attractive. In our album, searching for the ideal cover has been an important step.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
-Like everything, it has its positive consequences and its negative consequences. The positive ones are that not always the most wealthy musicians do the best works. The negatives are that there is no filter and you can upload very unprofessional works.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-Our concerts are very dynamic. Many of the stages are too small for our staging. We would like to be able to play in many festivals because the stages are bigger and you enjoy watching other bands.
What lies in the future?
-Our plan now is to try to take our music outside our borders. We want to play in Europe, touring the most important cities.
I wanted to show you my bad English level, showing as bad is our education, but my dudes told me that I had to correct the interview a little.