RAINOVER are new to me. But they impressed me so much that I knew I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2014
How important is the band name to you? What is a great band name?
-The band name is what firstly identifies the band. You know, you sometimes find great bands with terrible names, or names that suggest they might be playing an entirely different style than what they do.
For us, a good name would be the one that sounds nice, isn’t too complicated to pronounce and remember and, over all, that is capable of somehow capturing the feeling of the music you play and what you want to transmit to your listeners.
In our case, we found that “Rainover” served to complete the concept of our music and sound; it speaks about rain, water, which is a cyclic element that connects us all in a way since we all have it inside; it speaks about renovation, about dying and being born again, and this is also one of the main ideas behind our new album, “Transcending the blue and drifting into rebirth”, behind life and behind our story as a band. It’s a part of the overall concept of the band, so you can see how it important it is to us!
Just so we know what we are dealing with could you please give us a short introduction to the band?
-We are five members in the band: Andrea Casanova on vocals, Arturo Hernández on the keyboards, Antonio Perea on bass guitar and male singing duties, Anthon Lo on guitar, and Quini Pelegrín behind the drums.
Musically, we get a sound which is influenced by those gothic metal bands from the 90s, together with a more modern flavour and production. The songs are pretty varied, with both dark and bright moments, full of melodic hooks, powerful rhythms, atmospheric ambiances and some electronic touches. Vocals are a focal point of the music, and we get the female ones, which are pretty powerful, suggestive and ethereal at the same time, and the male counterparts which mostly do grunts, but not only. In short, we would say that our music is intense, emotional and evocative.
How do you find your sound? Do you take a whole bunch of influences and mix them together to make it your brew?
-Well, we all have many different music likings, so we kind of pour them all into the music unconsciously, but we have these couple of common tastes which influence the music in a more important way and it shows. In the end, everything flows and comes out by its own, generating what we believe is our characteristic sound.
I guess that most bands go through one or two lineup changes. How do you as a band contain your sound when one member leaves and a new one arrive?
-Well, we went through a couple of changes, the latest of them at the vocals front, but, until now, every change we have done has meant improvement of the band and our sound. Furthermore, the main people behind the composition are in the band from the very beginning, so we always kept the core of the band together. Yet, everyone leaves an imprint in the sound and this might be most visible when we speak about vocals, but we are very happy with those changes, which upgraded the band to a new level, and we feel that maybe the band wouldn’t even exist without those decisions we made. Sometimes you need it to evolve, to adapt the band to a new sound, to keep it cool between the members.
How important is playing live today? Is there still a live scene to talk about? Do people still go to shows? To me it seems that it is all big tour packages or festivals that are left.
-Given the state of the musical industry nowadays, playing live is quite vital if you want to make some money to invest on the continuity of the band. There are bands which decide not to play live, maybe in the Scandinavian scenes, but that’s not a valid choice for everyone. A band needs money to keep on going, and you need to play live in order to get it and get people involved with your band in your own local scene.
But sadly, we constantly find bands (sometimes very good bands) playing in front of just a few people. It’s happening in our country, which is undergoing a very bad situation in economy and spirit, but we continuously read reviews from shows in other countries and it seems to be happening everywhere.
The big bands or festivals still work though, even when the tickets’ cost is considerably higher. They might be considered as a sure shot to spend your money on, but the thing is that people are sometimes just too lazy to check new bands, and they end up missing great acts, so only a few underground bands get a good reception from the audience.
In spite of all of this, we do not think that live shows will disappear because absolutely nothing can match the feelings of a live show, both for the band and the audience. We’ll see how things will turn out in the future, when the classic bands aren’t active anymore and when the economical situation gets –hopefully- better.
How do you best utilize the interest you get on social media to actually have it mean something in real life?
-It actually means a lot, from people getting to know your band to contacts, album sales, show promotion, or getting direct communication and feedback from fans. Of course, you still have to work on the real side of things, but virtual presence is a key working tool nowadays. It’s clear that not every “like” on a social media means that you get someone buying your album, which might be one of the more direct ways of supporting a band, but sometimes that means that person is going to help you promote your band and get to others with similar taste, or let lots of other people know about your next show, people who actually show up at your gigs, and if that effect gets multiplied, then it ends up making a considerable impact on the success of your band and is a very valuable asset for any band today.
How pleased are you with your latest recorded work?
-Completing and perfecting our new album, “Transcending the blue and drifting into rebirth”, took a lot a time (over two years in the making, not counting the time spent in composition) and psychological exhaustion with the mixes, mastering, design, etc., but we are actually very satisfied with the results in general and with the reviews and reactions we are getting so far, so the effort has been totally worthy. You always find little details to improve of course, but it’s good to see you’ve got room to evolve and make an even better record next time thanks to the experience and knowledge you gain in a production like this one.
When you work in the studio what kind of process do you go through? Do you come in all prepared or do you improvise?
-We have limited money resources, and we aren’t working in a home studio but in a professional one, so we have to make the recordings fit a tight time schedule. This means that we can’t leave details for the last moment, so we experiment all we wish in our rehearsal room before going to the studio, and then we get there with everything ready. Still, sometimes you do get new ideas as you record, especially when you’re working with a producing team like we did this time. But generally, we get to the studio with everything ready to maximize the time you’ve got and use it to get the best performance you can.
What part would you like the producer to have? How important in is the producer?
-We believe there should be mutual trust between the band and the producer, and both must be flexible and at the same time understand the role of each other. In our opinion, a producer must know how to explore and exploit the best features of the band and guide them to get the best version of themselves, while understanding what the band wants to achieve and the kind of sound they want to have, being a person with considerable musical sense, used to working with the style you play but also nourished with other influences.
This is quite an important function, since the band members themselves usually can’t be too objective with their own songs, and a producer provides the perspective of someone who is outside the band but, at the same time, close to it.
We guess each band finds out what works best for them, since some people can’t stand the idea of a third person touching their music, but for us it has been a very good experience and we appreciate a lot the contribution of our producing team, consisting of Carlo Bellotti and Jonathan Mazzeo, into the album.
What would you like to see the future bring with it?
-We would love our music to reach as many people as possible, people who might feel identified and touched by it; we’d love to play a lot to promote our album everywhere and reach all those cool venues, festivals and countries out there, and would also like to perpetuate our career putting out better records each time, setting the bar higher and aiming for new objectives. Nothing too extravagant we guess, but that would be it!