THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY

THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY is a cool Italian band that I just had to interview. So read this interview and then continue to check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guy?
-Well first of all we want people to feel satisfied when listening to the product, like feeling in the right place, possibly headbanging! Secondly we don’t want people to plainly label us as a deathcore band (or deathmetal) with nothing new to say. On the contrary we really believe that if people will take a moment to analyze all the songs they will find out that there’s actually something particular in this album: our sound!

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-You know, it was not that hard. The name of the band is like a business card you give to someone who doesn’t know you, it has to catch attention. Our monicker is quite long but can easily be shortened with “TMAS” and the idea it stands for is (unfortunately) always alive, today as in the past, because every era has its own kind of slavery. The modern one we’re leaving now has different kind of slaveries like being slaves of social networks, of the phone, of everything is electronic, not to mention the society we live in that forces us to live a working and obeying life, spending money on useless stuff, constantly, never enjoying the most precious thing we have: time! As for the music we think that if you listen to the desperate vocals and heavy riffing while you read the name you’ll fell like it is a perfect marriage.

Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We are sons of the 90’s death metal, bands like Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, etc… but still we have an open mind and ear for the new music out there, we try to learn from everything surrounding us, so we could say we are inspired by metal music in general 😉 Of course every band member has his own favorite styles and idols and probably the heterogeneity of our musical tastes ended up in what you hear on Stygian, especially after the line up changes we went through in the last years.

When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
-TMAS was born after the dissolution of an old hardcore metal band. In the last moments of that band life the music was changing and going towards a more extreme concept, both in riffing and vocals parts. After that break up it was quite easy to keep on walking on the death metal path that led us here today.

I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-There are pros and cons, like in everything else. For sure what you mentioned has to be seen as a con, together with the fast and not so pondered consumption of music. Still, the digital format can allow musicians to reach every corner of the globe in just a few seconds and by so building a bigger fan base. Surely, without those billions websites where you download music for free musicians life would be better 🙂

What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-That’s not an easy question to reply to. With all modern drawing techniques you can practically get all kind of images and so it becomes maybe even harder to catch people attention. For this album we carefully chosen the artwork because it had to tell a story at first glance, maybe to instill a bit of fear, to create an image that could perfectly reflect the main concept of the songs. So we can say it played a very important role.

Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Social media definitely changed the rules of promoting, maybe making life harder instead of making it easier as technology should do. Especially in the past year it has changed a lot, now free promotion with posts or images or even official track is a mere memory, everything costs money, whatever you do you have to pay if you want people to see it on their social walls (another modern age slavery, money!).
We do our best to promote both in the old and new ways, the important is that our name can travel as far as possible.

When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
-Playing makes you feel good, music makes you feel good, no matter what. Being in a band is like a relief valve, while on stage or at the rehearsals everything else turns off and all energies and focus are on the notes. It is a wonderful feeling! In addition to that being in a band is a way to talk to people, to deliver a message, to show what you’re made of… it’s a complicated idea to explain by words but it’s so fuckin great!

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We all are working people so we can’t go on tour whenever we want (intended as long tours) so we always try to find the perfect balance in between music and jobs. As for short tour or single gigs we don’t have any problems and we try to be on stage in different cities and countries as much as possible.
The live act is of course fundamental in order to see the real band’s value, now more than ever! With modern recording technology every singer and musician can sound perfect on the record, then you get the chance to see the band live and it terribly sucks or you just see people extremely focused on their instrument like if they’re practicing some technique exercises in their private bedroom, forgetting the energy and pathos of the live set. Luckily this is not always true, sometimes you see bands live that are even better than their records and so you come to think “shit, these guys really kick asses!” and you try to learn from them in order to deliver a better show in the future. The stage is the best place to show if you’re worth something or not!

What will the future bring?
-A lot of work, perseverance and hopefully some satisfactions 🙂 If you feel curious keep an eye on our social medias, we will be releasing stuff and good news in the next few months!

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