TRAGODIA is a band that I wanted to know more about. And I think I am a little bit better off after this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Tragodia is a band with a long history and life: more than 20 years are passed from our first demo tape. The band’s name was born in a natural way since the beginning when the founder members attended the high school. Our studies were focused on the classical and Greek literature, so the name was born from the most important page of the Greek art. The name had that gothic sound that featured our sound at that time.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
-You’re right, there are a lot of bands in the music world today; like everyone else we have influences; but sometimes nowadays bands are very similar to other bands; we think in Tragodia’s album you can feel the influences, but the band has its own I.D. What makes you say “oh yes, they are Tragodia”; is this that makes the difference.
Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-We are a small band in terms of ‘well-known’, and every effort is for growing up and reach most people we can. In our ‘little world’ we had a very warm and passionate feedback this time about ‘Before the fall’; a lot of new fan on social, new contacts, new messages, and it was a very cool to know that someone preordered the album.
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
-About the genre, we don’t think we decided which one to play, but we tried from the beginning to put together ideas, riffs, and what you can hear now, is the result of all this work. Through the years, our sound is changed but there is an echo of our original gothic stile in our songs that was predominant at that time, and it’s nice feeling it also if the new stuff is very different from the first one.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-More than being part of something, which is true in certain way, it’s the fact of communicate something, something of truly yours, internal, which you cannot externalize in any other way. When you feel inside a song that wants to come out, you have to leave it free, create it, and make others listen to it, because in the end, they are listening to your message. All the other stuff come after.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Unfortunately, it’s not so simple, eheh; you have to face a number of details: the artwork has to represents something, something from the lyrics, from the title of the album; it has to be nice, well done; it also has to fit the project, to direct more or less to the genre the album contains; a lot of aspects; for this reasons we always want (so far) a custom artwork, where the artist can listen to the music and be inspired by every aspect of the work. We very much like the art of talented modern artist; Costin Chioreanu (Arch Enemies, At the gates, Empreror, etc..) made the artwork for ‘Before the fall’ and in our opinion he did a superb job; he took every aspect and fit it at the project. We like also Travis Smith (the artwork for Katatonia’s album ‘The fall of hearts’ is very atmospheric and dark); Seth Siro Anton (Paradise Lost ‘Paradise Lost’ is a very strong and desaturated image); Eliran Kantor (Testament’s album ‘dark roots of earth’).
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-We are open minded about the ‘net’… we think that the important thing is that music reaches most people possible. Digital can be a powerful tool if used properly; it can kill music from the moment the digital is used incorrectly; nowadays is simpler for people to listen, stream, or download music without money, but is not the way to support and allow the music to keep going on; unfortunately to play needs always more money; you need money to buy instruments, to rehearsing, to record professionally in a studio, to master the album, to organize and promote a release, to touring around, to play with bigger bands, etc… but if at the end of the work, your songs are used always for free, you cannot afford to start the cycle again. So, we hope that people understand this, and try to living the music in a much proper way.
Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-The great arena tours are also for today, but most of the time are for the very big names; bands like ours plays in smaller venues or touring with bigger bands but not for the arenas. We usually play in clubs of 200-500 people, but the coolest thing is to meet the fan after the gig and talk with them or simply drink a beer together. The touring circuit today I don’t think is so different from the past; what’s different is the amount of bands trying to do it, and this create a competition for taking part, and that means higher price for touring.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We love to play live. We could say that until the time of the gig, it’s a happening; we try to play professionally, stay focused before and on stage; but after, it become a party, yes, we enjoy very much also the hours after the show.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We are planning to touring through Europe during the next months. We have in the drawer 4 new tracks so we hope to enter the recording studio during the end of the year and record a new album. Maybe a new video clip for a song of ‘Before the fall’ will be filmed in the next month. A lot of things are in the pipeline; from this we hope to see the band growing up and up; the hope to can reach the bigger music business never dies. In our little, we do our best.
Hope to see ya on the road; we’d like to thank you and your readers for the time; stay tuned for every news and contact us on our social; it’s very important to us know that you crowd are alive.