THE BROKEN HORIZON is band that I k new nothing about (as per usual) but I was impressed enough to wanting to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-We have always valued the sound’s quality of a record, and that has been our whim. We wanted The Broken Horizon to have a incredible sound, and to achieve it, the Metal Factory team, Alex Cappa and Pablo Rousselon are the main reference in Spain. That was our main goal.
From that moment, it has opened lots of doors for us, including the entry on the Dermai Booking & Management roster and the recent entry to the record label, Art Gates Records.
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?
-It’s easy to know what kind of sound you want for your band. The hard part is to get it and have a strong sound. That’s the reason why we work hard to make everything sound compact.
We have always wanted a very heavy sound, so we decided to change to a lower pitch tuning.
Lately, electronic effects and sounds have become fashionable in metal music, it’s something that we love and we decided to include it in Desolation.
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 modus operandi is to compose songs before taking them to the rehearsal room, and there we see what works and what does not work to make the appropriate changes for everyone’s cup of tea.
Difficulty depends on the predisposition of the band. You have to take it seriously if you really want to see big changes. Desolation took us months of recording, taking care of even the smallest detail. If the execution is not perfect, then it does not work. We establish the difficulty. We have worked hard but we have enjoyed.
On the other hand, all the people with whom we have gathered until the release of the album have made our work much easier.
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 is true, there is so much musical variety that it is difficult for anyone to listen to all the songs on the album. That leads you to study the release of the album, the choice of singles and what you think you may like more, although we often choose songs that are not our favorites.
We love each and every one of the songs of Desolation, but…welcome to the 21st century.
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?
-You have to adapt. There are many bands, many genres and a lot of high-quality. Its decline is in that great variety of music. It is not enough to compose a masterpiece. In fact, that’s the least of it. There’s a lot of marketing behind a song. If you want to make yourself known, you need to be part of a larger team.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-To date, those who have heard Desolation are people around us. They have encouraged and advised us in every step until today. The criticism of Desolation has been very comforting.
What has most attracted attention is the variety of the album, we don’t pigeon-hole ourself in a purist style. We move in many variants of metal. We have effects from symphonic choirs to electronic synthesizers. Maybe that’s that’s the reason which provide entertainment listening to the record.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-We come from a small city in Spain, so this same interview moves us a lot. Some of our songs have come to light on a German radio and a British one. We have also received mentions in Italy. They are small things but for us they are very important.
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?
-Step by step, we get to know more and more all that is behind the big bands, all that infrastructure behind a successful band. It is very interesting everything that as a fan you do not know.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-The live scene is fundamental and it is where we demonstrate all the work done. The public that does not know you will only give you that opportunity. You have to carefully work the staging, although if you go on stage, enjoy it and connect with the people, you got it.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We will take adventage of the summer to organize our first tou, we will make promotional dates in different media and we will do our best to enter the great festivals of 2019. On the other hand, we have the album at home since January, which will be released on June 15. We hope to make new songs for the next album.