In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with TARGET. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
(Luis) I’ll talk on behalf of each band member, I’m pretty sure that we feel a huge sensation of success and satisfaction. We worked really hard to get the best sound possible, repeating each time that we felt we didn’t get the best of us. Now I know that we took the right decisions in terms of production and art, as soon as we released the feedback was amazing, everyone loved it and that’s something that makes you feel that all the hours invested were worth it.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
(Luis) Well, I’m kinda sorry but there’s nothing special in the history behind it. We only searched for a name that were easy to remember and straight to the point. We started as a death metal band with melodic influences, so we felt that “Target” represented the way that we used to make music by that time. We have talked a few times about change it but, we have been working so hard all these years so we didn’t want to lose all the hours of promotion and live performances.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
(Luis) That’s something great to me, I make music for my own and to make people have fun with it, to enjoy it and to travel with us. That’s why I’m a huge fan of music above styles. The chance of being in the same place of the musicians that created such great music is a great opportunity of understand what was happening in their mind in that special moment. Sometimes you find comfort, solace, sadness, despair, sorrow…there’s always a place where you can go and be with yourself. To me that’s something beautiful.
I know that we have something to say, and if there’s people that pays attention to our words and music we are able to say that the job is done.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
(Luis) I don’t want so sound (or read??) politically correct and to go with a straight “Yes” because I feel that I would be lying to you, we’re not that kind of people that is constantly searching for an unique image. We’re normal humans and that’s the kind of image we want to show to our fans. I want the fans judge us for our music and for the message behind each song, to me that’s all that really matters.
Image has become more important than music and that’s a huge mistake, it takes out all the substance and makes music disposable. But please don’t get me wrong, I love all the black metal atmosphere (as an example) but we must understand that the more makeup and the more “image”….the more you should be concerned about what your music is giving to the world.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
(Luis) It’s probably that we consider art work as the half of the album. We love to say that music are images, and both has to tell you what the album is about. For Deep Water Flames we decided to work with Dehn Sora, a huge name in the metal scene, because we felt that we needed an art work that allowed us to show you that there’s something inside the album that will take you into a journey and I’m sure that each one of us were blown away as soon as we received Dehn’s first ideas.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
(Luis) There’s always a bad side in all the aspects of our daily lives. There are so much benefits using social media sites but we have to be careful with what you say and what you write. That’s why we use them only for band announcements and news to our fans. I understand that we all have our opinion regarding what’s happening in this world, but as soon as you become a social justice warrior you’re done, in minutes you could be on each screen and that’s something dangerous for you and for the people related to the band.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
(Luis) Exactly, you cannot be in a band and feel that you’re a part of the world. Metal music is by definition a massive community and we try to give the best to them. I can’t deny that when you read a good review and a good feedback fuels you to work harder and do things better that before.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
(Luis) I can notice that there are a few ailments and illness, but like everything in this life is just a personal opinion. There are thing that I don’t like of this world and I have to live with them. But, I would like to talk about what’s happening in Chile in terms of ailments. As a local band, it’s extremely hard to leave small gigs, fans are more likely to pay US$100 for a ticket to watch Slayer or Iron Maiden every year than a US$7 for a local band. That’s something bad about Chile but it’s becoming in something good because local bands are taking actions and making better records, investing in production and playing more produced live gigs, so maybe in a few years we will be able to say that we have a healthy scene.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
(Luis) Not so much to be quite honest, we’re currently doing only local gigs. We’re not a full time musicians because metal doesn’t pay the bills at the end of the month jajaja. Answering your question, it’s quite hard to get gigs out of Chile, you have to work with months of anticipation but it’s something we’re working on. We want to tour over South America and Europe but it will take time to do it.
What will the future bring?
(Luis) Well we’re already working on the new album, and there will be a few news that we will be revealing in the proper time but I know that it will be something good for the band and our fans.
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