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 TERRAVORE. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-Basically, most of the music-making stuff in our band comes out spontaneously. We strive to stick to our style, but we are not limited to certain margins, we would introduce something new and interesting that will diversify the overall sound. There are no specific conditions which inspire us. It all comes from the desire to play and the love to the scene.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-If it is “Unforeseen Consequences” then there is no other issue before. This album was our debut. We are currently in the process of making a second album, and I can understand that the new material is much more complex and diverse than the previous one. We make the sound recordings in the same place with the same people responsible for the mixing and mastering. Ours and their opinions are very important and always help to improve the sound with every single edition we make.
Kalin: Each release has been recorded either in a different manner, or in a different studio. It’s all about practice and experience, both from our side, and the side of the sound engineer. We think, each following release is with an improved sound than the previous.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
Kalin: We don’t think much about the reactions. It all comes spontaneously while making a song. Often happens that a life experience or some current event triggers the muse in me and I write lyrics on the topic. We follow no concept yet. All the songs have diverse topics, from war, politics, violence and torture, to science, sci-fi and even emotions.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you identify with?
-We may be similar to a lot of thrash metal bands, but the closest to our style of playing might be some mixture between Kreator, Demolition Hammer and Slayer, with some death influences from Obituary, Unleashed and Master.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-This is one of the most complicated things in our band. We always have a lot of controversy and different ideas about covers and it is hard to come to the final version, or anything definitive. After all, we share the same opinion on the issue that the cover should be meaningful and detailed. We always associate our covers with at least one song from the release.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-We totally agree. The album art gives the first impression and should be well made, meaningful and representing what the listener will listen to. It should be designed in a way to grab the listener’s attention. We’ve also encountered a good album artwork, but poor quality content haha 🙂
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-Very simple actually, it is a part from the refrain and/or represents the lyrics’ topic. You may refer to question 3 as well.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I don’t think there is much to worry about. The technologies advance, but there are still people who buy physical copies, not to mention that the vinyl is still alive, and no other sound format could compare to it’s sound quality.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Playing live is the most important thing, in our opinion, for a music band. This is the real connection between the fans and the band, as well as the actual playing of their music. Another reason we started a band, besides the love of music, is the love of traveling and making new acquaintances. This is exactly what happens when a band goes live. There is nothing more awesome than seeing how many people appreciate your music and have fun listening to it.
What lies in the future?
-In short, our idea for the future is to progress with each edition and travel more and more. Improve our playing skills, create more interesting and diverse music (of course in the same style), and spread it to the world.