SINIESTRO might have a name that is pretty hard top pronounce correctly but once the music starts you forget about the hardship pronouncing the name. Answers by Commander. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We wanted a band with no restrictions, no boundaries and no rules at all. We do not create music to fit into a specific genre or style. We do what we want and let the music speak for itself
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?
-If you keep yourself away from the limitations of a specific genre or style then you are free to create something coming from your inner self. Of course there will always be influences and elements from other bands that you have listened to in your life but If you take a little here and a little there and out it all together then you can create something unique that is from within your soul.
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-First you need to believe in the material that you wrote. When you get the feeling that this is solid and pure, then all you you need is to channel the energy and push the rec button in the studio. We have always believed in doing things fast and pure. No overproducing and not a million different overdubs etc. We want to keep that raw energy intact. The so called ”live” feeling.
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?
-I believe that is only for the mainstream music bullshit. Release one song and play it until everybody pukes and then release the next one and play it until everyone is so sick and tired of that same bullshit. Metalmusic has always been more to the fans. You want to create something that means something for people. If you make a great album it will last for years and years and years to come.
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?
-Yes I believe that it will be very hard to make a living out of selling albums. The only way to make it is by touring a lot I think and that is the way music should be presented to the people. You can never get the same experience by listening to an album and to see the band performing the songs live. That is the true experience
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Our music is a mix of thrash/black metal & GG Allin styled punk so there are a lot of different people showing up to our gigs and that is awesome. That is a great response for us to see such a different variety of people in the crowd banging their heads and going crazy. Not a lot of bands have the guts to do these sort of mixed-styles and that has given us some attention.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-It is so great that you can communicate with fans worldwide 24/7 . I mean one day you get a message from someone in Romania telling you that our latest album was amazing and the next day you might get a message from someone in Chile that our first EP was better than the album haha! You know its all good. Its fantastic to be able to get instant response worldwide.
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?
-Everyone is born with a different talent or a different call in life. I don´t think that you are greater than anyone else just because you are musically talented or whatever. Not everyone can become a musician but its not like everyone has the desire to play music either. Music has given me a lot and has helped shaped me into the person I am today so for me it has a great importance in life and will always be important. I will probably die with the guitar in my hands.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Absolutely. Playing live is extremely important if you want to build a crowd. That is the only way to present the true identity of the band to the fans. We love to get the energy from the crown and we always give 100% at our shows. Without the fans we wouldn’t be here.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We are currently working on the pre-production of our next album and we are also touring Czech Rep in May and Bulgaria & Romania in September . We are also planning more shows in Spain, Germany, Italy and hopefully South America next winter.