SYSTEMIK VIØLENCE

If you like your metal dirty and punky or your punk metal-tinged then you should check out SYSTEMIK VIØLENCE. Johnny Küso answered. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The main purpose was to bring back something that was lacking about the punk scene in Portugal, a real sense of threat and a direct message. It is all fun and games in this scene and this brings nothing real to the table. Punk is protest and what we have here is shitty poser bands talking about their girlfriends and having fun in the sun. That is absolute shit. How is it any different than any pussy ass hipster indie band? We want to make people think and our outlet to do so is to show how violent this society is.

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?
-Our sound is the sum of what we like and what surrounds us. Every aspect of the everyday live seeps into the music that we do. We mainly like to pay homage(or blatantly rip off for that matter) to the bands we like and this helps to define the sound that you make, which should ultimately be what you want to hear as a musician. But at the end of the day, in a punk band, what matters most is not the sound, but the message. This is where the real strength of a punk band lies. Getting into peoples faces and speaking the truth. Words are weapons.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Our creative process is pretty basic and straight-forward, we just go into our rehearsal room and play as loudly as we can and record it straight away using our shitty 8-track recorder. No song changing, no final arrangements, what you hear is what came out during the session. Keep it real, keep it raw.

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?
-It was never our goal to be accepted or to stay on any tops. That means nothing to us. We just like what we do. If we were worried about that, we would play a more accessible style of music. We only record analogically as we try to emulate what the old school bands would do back in the day. Technology is a double-edged sword, it can be both a blessing and a curse. It is up to you and your free will to determine how you use it.

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?
-In my opinion, the music industry as we know it should be killed off. Suits and ties getting all the hard earned money of musicians is an affront to any sort of art. Nowadays you get more control over what you do and how you do it. You can release your music easily to the whole world without anyone being in the way. Music, in general, is getting more plastic and having sorted lifespans but there will always be an underground music scene that keeps sweating love for music and art. This is something that money can´t destroy.
FUCK THE MUSIC BUSINESS. NO GODS, NO MANAGERS

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We don`t really care about third party opinions about our music. We either like it or not and this is what matters to us. We get the most attention out of our live shows because they are not your regular punk shows. Anything could happen, anyone can get hurt and this is very exhilarating for both us and the crowd. It is like watching a car crash, you can`t stop looking at it.

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 very jaw-dropping how you can communicate with the people that you look up to.Our most proud moment was when we sold out our records in Japan, which is our main source of musical inspiration. This was done thanks to the cool dudes in Framtid, one of the best Japanese hardcore bands in recent times.

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?
-Music certainly allows you to connect with like-minded people more easily, as well as sharing ideas.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is an obvious outlet for all the built-up tension one carries from the day-to-day routine. It is like going to church, but in our case, we like to burn down the figurative church.

What plans do you have for the future?
-Release more records, play live abroad, tour with Sarcofago, offend more people, point fingers and kill posers.

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