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 TYTUS. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
we live in a world where there are literally millions of bands to check out. What do you have that sets you apart?
-I guess we can call it feelings, soul and an irrepressible urge to communicate. We go straight to the substance, without paying much attention to useless aesthetical superstructures. We got something to say and we do it with what we like to play. It’s a sort of hardcore attitude applyed to heavy metal, which (I hope) helps us in soundig “true” and go straight to the heart of people.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-Not much, actually. We were in a five minutes pause from rehearsal session and brainstormed a bit about the name. Somebody came out with “what about Tytus?” and everybody was immediately like “oook, that’s it!!”. It’s short, immediate,it sounds good. At the same time it’s somehow linked to something powerful, to ancient times… Later we found out that it is also the name of a giant fighter for the “good” side of Masters of the Universe series… Brilliant, ha ha!!
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-We all have been enlightened by the word of the prophets of heavy metal when we were teenagers. We were obviously into Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, early Metallica, some other more obscure NWOBHM acts… Then we moved on, exploring music 360 degrees for a whole life. At a certain point for some reasons we got back to the origins and we found out that a)we finally could actually play it properly and b)it was a lot of fun!! What inspire us today is still that same good old stuff, but with a completely new, inevitably more mature approach.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?*
-Well, it definitely looks like CDs are (or will soon be) the great losers. They are digital supports as well, but less practical than mp3s and stuff (which now can sound as good and therefore are unbeatable in this field), and too small to be enjoyed as a collection object if compared to vinyls. As a music passionate my choice is vinyl: if properly done and with the proper equipment nothing sounds like that. And it have a size where artwork is really fully enjoyable. So I guess the best thing is albums on vinyl WITH downloading possibility of its digital version. Which is how i buy most of my music now, and as far as i can see i am in very good company. This if I can chose, because I will always willinglu buy a CD from the band whose gig i have just liked so much, if they have nothing else available.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Not many, actually. Maybe the big records industry will fall down someday, but that’s not necessarily bad to me. For underground bands like us nothing really changes: it’s all about playing live! You go around with your own merch with you and if you do kick asses in gigs and people enjoy you, they buy your stuff and that’s ok. And properly sized cool labels will always have a base of passionate people that will support them enough to keep on going.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-As a figurative arts lover, to me an album artwork is a very important part of it as a whole. And yes, for us it has to convey visually what we are communicating musically. In this particular case, while writing “Rain after Drought” we concentrated on water: basis of life, generator of conflicts, means to achieve power by controlling it, measure of inequality through having it or not, agent of destruction. By extention we reflected on blind exploitation of our planet to perpetuate destructive lifestyles for the sole profit of greedy lobbists, and with complicity of corrupted governments on top of it!! This image of a tentacular capitalistic monster that leads the world towards an announced climatic catastrophe is perfect to me! It makes clear that the monster will rule on nothing in the end!! So big thanks to Solo Macello, the designer, for this great piece of art!!
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-Soc nets are so widespread you cannot even think to do without if you want to do your thing properly. BUT, as I said, it’s all about playing live and do it killer. And btw this is where the real fun stays, in playing loud around the world meeting people from everywhere. Some has already tried to build up things through socials only, but the bubble explodes very soon. So we do both, because social networking must be just the worldwide extension of playing live and word of mouth!
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
Here in Italy we are kind of white flies, because there is not a proper old school HM scene… We would be happy to be part of something akind! Maybe we will be sort of primemovers and someday something will happen here too.
About the rest of the world, the youtube channel called “NWOTHM full album” is getting more and more attention, lately, we are happy they supported us a lot. There are many similar bands around the world conquering more followers and more space in festivals and stuff, so we’re very curious to see what appens now.