This week I am doing a Inverse Records interview special. If you haven’t checked out the quality metal this Finnish label brings us now is the time. I present to you Sapata: Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Sapata means a dancing bear in native Miwok’s language. Coming up with the name was a quite long prosess with everybody spit balling ideas back and forth and eventually when we came up with it the name suited our music well.
As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-We are the dancing dead from Tampere, Finland.
Saara Šamane vocals, Felix Voltti guitar, TT Suosalo bass, Anttu Puutio drums.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-We can’t name a single influence to our sound as all the band members create it with their individual influenses which are very different and versatile.For example, Felix has influenses in Leprous, Guthrie Govan and Judast Priest, Saara’s influences are in blues and ethnic music and bands like Jimi Hendrix Experience, Dead Can Dance and Electric Wizard. Anttu’s main influenses are in Witch Mountain and the Hellacopters. And for TT, it’s Devin Townsend, Type o Negative and Motörhead. The last one mostly because he follows Lemmy’s way of playing the bass.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-The heavier scene and the music scene generally is very powerful in our city Tampere and in Finland in general. When we plan our shows it is a good thing that there are many bands from the heavier side and also other genres that we have the pleasure of playing with. In general we don’t see the band being a solid part of any certain scene, we do things our way and as a result of that, you can spot many kinds of subcultures from hippies to hipsters in our audience.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-It is a great feeling to play and move people with your music and maybe you can say that we are a part of something bigger in the moment. Music can create a strong bond between players and the audience and they can feed each others energy in a very hypnotic and therapeutic way.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-You can have anything you want on the cover of the album, there’s no limits. You are the artist and you decide. The album cover is supposed to attract a possible listeners attention and follow the album’s theme. Beautiful album covers to us are for example Death Hawk’s Death and decay and Kvelertak’s and Goat’s album covers.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-The digitalisation of music opens better opportunities for smaller bands to get their music heard. On the other hand 95% of music is crap because it is so easy to get a hold of music. To our band digitalisation have been a good way to share our music worldwide and let people to discover us. And of course, dedicated fans will buy the CD’s Or vinyls of their favourite artists just to give them support. Basically digitalisation is bad for the pop music industry, Justin Bieber fans no longer need to buy a CD full of crappy filler songs just to hear the one hit song. So if anything, digital is killing this commercial shit pop to the masses. And it is really hard to see that being a bad thing.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-In Tampere there are a few places for band like us to perform live and many more across Finland. In the Summer there are also many great underground festivals, for example last summer we were playing front of this old mansion in two day festival called the Magical Theatre. The performing artists were a secret to the audience and they were released after the festival, so people didn’t really went to see any particular bands but they went to enjoy the whole event and the magical atmosphere. In Tampere there is a very strong underground culture at the moment which organizes free musical events for example in old abandoned factories.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It’s a bit of both. People listen very mesmerized to our slower songs and party to more groovy ones. Like we do on the stage, we live our music and every show is always different. It depends on the mood that every person in band have. To some it’s a party, to some it’s a ritual.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-In the future we will record a new album later this year, make more hypnotic shows and we would like to expand people’s knowledge about our music from all around the world.