THE MATTER OF CHINA

I remember „China in My hand“ but THE MATTER OF CHINA is a whole new thing to me. So I had to find out more. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Could you please introduce us to the band?
-Normally we start to answer this question with things like: we play Metalcore, we are from Germany, bla bla bla. But this time we would love to explain who we really are… in a more personal way.
We were and still are the ugly guys from the street nobody wants to talk to. Only the haircuts changed. We love music deep from our hearts, our friendship is like a family and we aren’t good at playing football. We still sit together, listen to the old “Kill ’Em All” stuff and drink beer.

What has been the greatest catalyst in shaping your sound?
-We shape the sound of our music directly from our hearts which is fueled by Metal music since we were teenagers. There are hundreds of bands, old ones, just as modern ones that have an influence on us all the time. They are kind of idols for us, so we have the mission to be a positive influence on the following generations. Our catalyst is to leave a footprint of love in this world.

How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-It’s easy to push the record or upload button, but in general it is and was always hard to record and release songs. The recording process itself needs a lot of concentration, precision and time until everyone of us is in love with the result. The most important and time consuming thing in our eyes, besides the knowledge and equipment, is to experiment with all the components, conditions and your style to generate a unique sound that all will remember.

Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-For sure it’s easier to release music through digital media. There are tons of platforms to publish everything in a very fast and easy way. The bigger challenge is to get heard and to stay in the listeners head. So in fact you need two things: great songs and awesome songs.
Nevertheless it’s a special feeling to pass your whole passion from one hand to another, what makes it essential to release physical CD’s. We decided to join the label 7hard to spread our upcoming Album “ZILA” in both ways – digitally and physically.

If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on CD?
-In our opinion it’s important to release minimum one song as a music video or something else before publishing a CD to create tension and anticipation. People will talk about this. You have to be careful with the amount of stuff you throw out because otherwise the tension could be lost.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-We never had any responses. Everyone who had listened to our music died because of “eargasm” and happiness. Every negative post will be deleted automatically by a really complex algorithm, hahahahaha.

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 participated in the German Impericon Next Generation Contest. Through this a studio from Italy discovered us and listened to our first EP. They wrote us to keep our holidays in Italy and to record a new album. No sooner said than done: spontaneously we decided to take a trip to Italy in summer. This decision led to an extraordinary friendship with the producer of our upcoming album “ZILA” and an unforgettable journey and time for us all. Immediately after our trip a band from Munich visited the studio and the guys were nearly as crazy as we are, maybe also a bit more, who knows? Our producer made a contact between the bands and nowadays there exists a magnificent band friendship in addition.

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
-We don’t feel greater or better than anyone else, but it’s an amazing feeling to be part of the metal scene because you always make new awesome friendships inside the crowd or the bands after a show. All these crazy people are on the same wavelength and driven from the same musical passion, anywhere you go.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Playing live is the most important thing a band can do. Only by this the crowd and the bands are able to experience and feel the true reaction from each other. Today it’s easy to get a lot of followers by investing some money into social media campaigns. But a hundred likes is just a number. One fan that truly likes to see us on stage and gives us an honest feedback is worth a thousand times more than any like.

What plans do you have for the future
-That’s easy. We go on writing the best songs in the world (no tributes), create new masterpieces and for sure we lust for playing concerts and own sunglasses in our merch store!

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