I can’t really say that I had heard of REAPTER before I stumbled upon them one evening. But since Il iked what I heard I just had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-In the very beginning a lot of monikers came up, lot of ideas without anything interesting. Then when we found the name “Reapter” (a split between Reaper/Richter), we realized that was the right name. The band sounds like an earthquake when on the stage. I think a band’s name is everything, because helps to understand its attitude.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-We always wanted the most powerful sound possible. Since from the first rehearsals it was a common idea to get the most powerful sound from our instruments. During the years this aspect has been improved from us all. That’s why we haven’t an “idol” to follow about our sounds! Obviously we all have a musical reference, we try to melt our musical tastes in order to get the most original style.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-No, not really. We don’t change our approach in relation to the click. The only thing we want is to reach the right “emotion” in the song. Both slow and fast!
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-We strongly think that we can play our music in any kind of venue. For sure, our dream is to play in a large stage in an international festival. It’ s the dream of a every band and in 2012 we fulfilled it playing live with Testament, Dark Funeral and Sadist. But we also like to play in small clubs, because you can feel more closely all the energy from the audience. The more you give energy, the more you get it back!
Everybody seems to be disappointed with something once they have released a recording. What would you have liked done differently the last time around?
-Generally we’ re always happy with our work. We like to spend a lot of time in rehearsals and studio. If something’s wrong with a song, we immediately change it in order to reach the right mood. We don’t want to release a record with something wrong! For example, when “M.I.N.D.” was released, we were happy with that work because it was the best record Reapter could make in that period! Now with “Cymatics” out, we believe that we set the bar more higher than “M.I.N.D.” So we’ re happy with this!
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?
-It’s a though period when you get down to promote yourselves. But it’s a problem every band has. You know, there’s a big deal in terms of bands’ offer (thanks mainly to the Web), but also a little demand in terms of really interested people. We do every kind of effort to get visibility in a world full of valid bands! It’s not easy but we’re working with Revalve Records staff to reach the more visible position in this difficult market!
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I think that a good book starts from the cover. It’s the 50% of the entire work, it makes the record credible, appetizing, and meddler. For us a cover must be simple but attractive, with readable fonts and well-balanced colored. And obviously should tell to the listener what’s going to happen!
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for music in your country?
-You know, through the years we toured Italy from North to South, trying to get our music to as many people as we could. Italian metal scene is very diversified: there are so many venues to play in, but sometimes it’ s very difficult to fight against the cover-band phenomenon. Usually people don’ t have the patience to go to venues and listen to a new band that plays music that no one knows. And this is very disappointing, because the most of times people would rather go to watch cover-bands! But for sure in our country there’s a lot of bands that offer a very, very good music and it’s a shame that they remain in the underwood!
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-Just two words: playing live. The Internet thing is a secondary aspect of a band’s life. There’s also the merch aspect and things like that but the priority for a band is to play in every kind of stage. That’ s the best way to be promoted. People come home after the show with a sort of emotion, so they create that invisible thread between band and audience. It’s the best way to promote ourselves!
What does the future hold?
-We want to work hard as best as we can in order to make our third album at top of our skills. We are also about to start a tour in winter and another one in the late spring/summer. So stay tuned, we look forward to see you on stage!