With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to SYR DARIA. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-Well, we have got into the habit of never anticipating too much in the long term. Of course, we look ahead to win beautiful dates, and each time we play, we measure the chance we have to live our passion to the full. In the end, I would say to you that we don’t ask ourselves too many questions. We play metal and we love it! But it is true that we did not imagine that this band, which at the beginning was a simple studio project between friends, would take this magnitude there.
How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-We took great care of this album. Many bands work so as to have countless numbers of titles to keep only ten.
We don’t. We are probably not good enough to compose so much lol.
In general, we meet with two or three, we work on ideas, we decide together whether they are good or bad and we deepen them.
For the sound we called on a young studio (KR NOYZ Studio) and Maxime helped us to have a more aggressive and more current sound.
To answer your question more clearly, we weren’t expecting anything specific, we were advancing step by step and we were surprised ourselves by “Tears of a Clown”.
Do you feel that you by now has found a sound that is the band and that you can build on it ?
-Over the albums we can say today that we have a color and an identity that is slowly starting to form. But nothing prevents us from having a totally different sound on an upcoming album.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-We are inspired by many subjects : Fantastic literature, great eras of humanity, everyday life and cinema. In fact, we do not set any limits in the various subjects that we wish to treat.
For me when I write a text, I think that it is important to make react the listener. Like for example the title “When The Roses Fade” which talks about the difficulty of living as a woman today.
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-When you take stock of a band after several years, beyond the concerts and the image that you have been able to convey, what you have left are albums. The product itself is something that matters to us. The democratization of Spotify, Deezer and other digital platforms is something that, culturally, represents a huge advance.
But the appearance of a booklet, of a cover will create a color with which to associate the titles of an album.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-We are working today by advancing step by step. Metal culture in France is not the same as in the United States or Scandinavia, or even that in Germany from which we are only a few kilometers away !!! It is undeniable that metal has been anchored in a culture or even an education for a very long time!
But it is clear that exporting our music to regions more focused on metal music is one of our goals.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-As I said earlier, digital platforms offer a very wide choice and it is something which, fundamentally, is a door open to a culture without limits. The way of listening to music has changed. We no longer let the vinyl spin until we reach the end of the album. Today we listen to a track, then we go to another album, another band. We don’t see it as competition … We do what we know how to do, what we like to do and we try to do it well. There is not much calculated.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-In the East of France we have a rather impressive emergence of current music and metal !!! It is with pride that we meet many talented bands in our country! It is difficult to know how to successfully export. I think that having a good product to present, to strive to shoot and to share your music are essential. But it is clear that there is a huge amount of luck!
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-As I told you, in France, metal is not yet an integral part of the cultural base. French song is something very important for a very chauvinistic country. But the customs change slowly, we keep hope lol
What does the future hold for you?
-Recent planetary events have held us back like many other bands. But we will not change our course of action by looking for dates, releasing
a fourth album (in the process of being written) and meeting people all more enriching than the others at the bends of the various concerts to which we can perform.
Best regards, Michel and Guillaume for SYR DARIA