With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SIFTING . Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Please state your name and what you do in the band?
R: Eduardo Osuna Gil, I sing and play guitar. Richard Garcia, plays guitar; Winston Jarquin, plays bass; and Joey Aguirre, plays drums.
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
Eduardo:- I created this project back in 2001 when I was 16 years old. My vision of Sifting at that moment was for sure really different from what it is now. I wanted to create a mix of my favorite genres. I loved a bunch of bands but, for my 16 year-old me, they were always missing something, so I needed to create one myself with the perfect genre. I stopped the project in 2004 when I went to school in a different city. Then I restarted it again in 2010, with different members, different vision, this time, conquering the world and making a good deal of money 😀
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
Eduardo:- I guess it’s a thing of how much you analyze and study the different music genres and your favorite musicians, how many hours you put to your craft, and how far are you willing to get with your compositions without fearing that you’re going to be “too different”, or “too overkill”, or “too simple”, too this…too that… Judgement is the border of our souls. When I created Sifting I wanted it to have the thrustfulness of thrash, the melodic approach of classic rock and the variety and complexity of Progressive. It’s a hard thing to accomplish for sure, but every album gets closer to the target. This line-up is the best we’ve had for the job.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
Eduardo:- The creative process for this band has changed a lot from “Not From Here” album to “The Infinite Loop”. It used to be only me writing the 99% of the album, but on the last album, the other members engaged a lot in the writing process, specially Richard, who wrote a lot of the greatest moments in the album. Joey’s drums were absolutely astonishing. And for the first time in a Sifting album, a member co-writes lyrics with me on one of the songs and adds a spice to the record with some killer growls (Winston).
It used to be extremely expensive to record and release a song for us, but with the new technology we were able to record half of the album home and save a bunch of money and time. Releasing new songs is an extremely painful process, it’s a completely different game from music, the business side, which we’re not the best at. We’re lucky to have our label “Eclipse Records” to do this job flawlessly.
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so, is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
Joey:- I don’t think there’s any risk to it, if anything it’s allowed artists to make music without spending thousands of dollars in a studio like the old days but that’s a double edge sword, that’s why there’s so much shitty music out there today because it’s at everyone’s fingertips. Singles sometimes end up being in the album so it’s a great way to give the fans a taste of what’s to come and they can sort of expect a specific sound from the next chapter of the band which i think it’s pretty cool.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
Joey:-It’s not the people’s fault that artists don’t get payed shit from streaming services, i think those services are a great way to discover new artists and great music and if you really end up liking the band you will go to their show and support. I think what needs to happen is the owners of all the major streaming services have to agree that we need more income from all our music ultimately they’re the ones making all the money and are just sitting in an office collecting it getting rich of our talent, it sucks but it is what it is, as a musician i can only hope that things will eventually change.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
Richard:- There has a been a lot of positive feedback for this album. People definitely love the heavier style Sifting has embraced, but they are surprised when they hear clean melodic vocals. This is by no means something new, but perhaps not as common in metal these days since there are so many bands growling.
The song that has gotten the most attention is, “Stop Calling Me Liberty”. Jose Mangin (host of Liquid Metal on Sirius XM) has been playing this song for last several months now, and even included it in his Top 12 bands for 5 weeks in a row.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
Richard:- There’s been a few exceptional contacts for us. One is Derek Sherinian. We were able to get in touch with him and have him play a solo on our song, “Ghost Of A Lie”, which we thought was awesome. And the other two would be Maria from Adrenaline PR, and Jose Mangin as mentioned before. Maria is a very integral part in our success with Liberty. She put us in contact with Jose, and Jose has treated us very nicely putting us on Liquid Metal.
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
Winston:- It definitively has. There’s this strange thing about being in a band that almost automatically makes people spark something in their brains, a sense of curiosity, the stigmas and stereotypes attached with it but its in a good way knowing we work hard and put in a lot of effort into our music that when they realize we are just normal people working on what we love we get very positive responses. The community itself amongst musicians its unlike other. There’s no drama, no jealousy it’s a very powerful thing knowing there are other bands out there regardless of where they’re from that are equally putting ton of work and seeing them succeed is gratifying and refreshing to see. See if one wins, we all win being a metal musician. It’s a narrow genre almost a niche at this point. So it has brought a lot of positive reinforcement and amazing people that we would otherwise have met if we weren’t in a band or even were musicians at all.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
Winston:- We love playing live! Being on stage, playing our music, and having people sing along to our music is fantastic.
Knowing that there might be just a single person in that room enjoying our songs and connecting with them is a win on my book.
Playing live shows absolutely does build a stronger following. Having a dedicated fanbase that connects with our music is awesome and we want everybody to know that we love our fans. We love waiting for people at the merch table to chat with them have a few laughs give a hug its really cool.
What plans do you have for the future?
Winston:- We are going tour more for sure and get thunderstorm of energy ready to destroy the scenario. We have already started working on early stages of newer materials as well.
You can expect heavier, faster, stronger and meaner. Theres a lot of energy we want to channel into our next record that will eventually be showcased in our future performances perhaps lucky people who come to a show will get to hear a fee new songs when they’re ready!