In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with REVEAL. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
Tino Hevia.-In my opinion the band name is a hallmark and in the case of Reveal is a statement of intent. After many years with other bands I wanted to “reveal” what I could do for myself, write all the music, lyrics and do the production for the songs.
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?
Tino Hevia.- No, I start to work from the first demos made by me, I listen the ideas of the whole band and in this way the songs have grown up, all is a long way and I follow it step by step. In my opinion, the “final product” is only a evolution of the first ideas. For example for this album I wanted a sound that reminded the albums of the end of the 80s, without editions, samplers, using less compression, that sound like a real band and as natural as it´s possible, and this is the sound of “Overlord”
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
Tino Hevia.- My studio is my secret refuge, in it I do not hide my feelings, sadness, happiness, anger … and everything is combined in our music. Many musicians dream of being the best and that’s fine but I’ve always focused about writing songs, that’s my way, the path of Reveal
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?
Tino Hevia.- In my opinion is very important the contact with your followers and to try they share your publications, In the past the people only can find information about the bands in the magazines or their official websites but now people can see you in live when you record or something like that (for example Facebook live). This kind of action is really cool, we did a crowdfunding for this album and we find our goal in only 10 days, thats crazy!, many people shared our post in Facebook, Instagram, etc..
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?
Tino Hevia.- It is really a good question, but to be honest I don´t have the answer, I play metal, Just metal, somethings, fast, sometimes melodic, aggressive, what is the Reveal Tag?, Power Trashmetal, melodic metal..speed metal, I don´t know.
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.
Tino Hevia.- In Reveal, the only Swedish is Rob, the rest of the band is from Spain. Rather we would be part of the scene of both countries. We also have many followers in Germany, USA and Japan, many listeners from different places of the world
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
Tino Hevia.- A very important part, it’s like a window to see our music. You can see our influences and inspirations for the album.
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?
Tino Hevia.- Now the rules of the game have changed, before you could only make an album if you had a deal with a company. what previously was considered a demo tape, now it is for many musicians a record and that is not the true. An album has to be promoted, to be in the market and to do a great job to convert it in a real album. Today that work is getting harder and harder
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
Tino Hevia.- A Reveal show is pure energy, we do not care if it’s a festival or a club, we love to play. Our song “It’s only a Show” talk about this, if you listen the lyrycs you will understand us, It´s not important the kind of gig, the important is our actitud in the show.
What lies in the future?
Tino Hevia.- Without any doubt, more songs, more albums, more gigs, play Metal, no limits for us…In fact I love writing songs, and I already have written new material, I am a kind of workaholic.