TEMPESTAT is a band that I really like. So I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-It feels like home, it’s our commencement, it determined our direction in musically terms, it’s now a memory too, part of our lives. We still loving it, we’ll see in ten years, haha.
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?
-We wanted to do something related with the ocean and its natural violence, the idea of the sea storm and the boat lost inside, works as a metaphor and we thought it described our music pretty well too, so we named the band with the same concept of the first recording, the storm, we are! (Tempestat in Catalan means storm in English)
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It means everything; all of this is nonsense without them. We want to express ourselves; creating is just the first part of music, we want to share our art with everyone who likes it and establish a connection with the audience, we share ideas and feelings and that’s the most powerful thing to share with all of these people.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We would say first music, but it’s obvious that image is part of the show, and it may be more or less important depending on the type of band, in our case we tend to be raw, our formula is to be true to what you’re feeling in the moment, and reviving the energy of each song in the show delivers the final image of the band, the attitude means a lot in this kind of music.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It could be the first contact, so it’s really important; it’s complementary with music and gives another layer to the creation, it can affect the way you perceive the album, it can give you a world or ambience around the music, it can really make the LP more complex and profound.
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?
-It’s definitely a powerful tool, and gives the opportunity to anyone to share its art around the world with very low resources, in the past it was controlled by markets and limited to local shows and stores, so it was really more difficult to find great and unknown artists who hadn’t commercial success. The downside of this is that you’re almost compelled to be on social media, if not, you don’t exist as you said. Also in social media feels like the “magic/mystery” the artists had in 90s for example is missing, it’s more personal now.
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?
-Yeah, you can get out of the mainstream and the routine, you leave all the generic imposed things and you share a time with the ones you choose, people who actually understand you, so you are in communion with all of these beings.
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 suffers from some ailment?
-I’d say that we’re few but true, extreme metal music is not a mainstream genre neither is rock actually, so it’s expected to be a little community but we don’t think it’s dying.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We like to play all the shows we can, the difficulties in touring are always related to money, it’s hard to finance touring for bands, best scenario expected is not to lose money. But you can always contact with other bands out of the borders and find solutions and help, you just need to be your own manager and time.
What will the future bring?
-Who knows, we don’t have a crystal ball haha, but shows for sure, we’re looking forward to do some shows in Europe next year. Our next record will be out soon too, we’re working on it.