Previously known as just UNHUMAN this Italian band have now changed its name to UNHUMAN INSURRECTION Anders Ekdahl ©2017

I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-We had been specifically looking for something that represented the clear idea we had in mind: we “foresee” this future decadent world in which humanity is no longer the same and the concept itself of human being had been disrupted. We felt that UnHuman Insurrection wrapped all this, though without narrowing it down too much to a specific area, so that anyone can bring in whatever he/she feels like.

There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-We agree with you. Well, for us it was kinda “easy”. In an historical timeframe where it’s very easy to get stuck in a dead-end and not being able to express anything personal, we started from the very thing we knew about us: our backgrounds (which are completely different, ranging from the most extreme metal, to the cleanest and most technical power one). Starting from this point, we simply decided to write “ourselves” and create our blend, without paying to much attention what label could best stick on us. In other words, ours is a continuous search of authenticity, as we feel without it that can’t be good art.

What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-Daily life. Music is another way of expressing things, meshing them up and shooting them out with a different vision. Of course, music itself is our first inspiration, as each of us goes through a lot of listenings in order to be always as fresh and inspired as possible. Yet we seek a particular thread with the world that surrounds us; therefore life’s happenings are our source of inspiration.

How important is it to have a message as a band?
-Following the topic above, we think it’s vitally important. A band should identify itself into an idea, a message, a style before anyone could possibly feel represented or matched in it. That’s why we think and overthink about this often, cause it’s extremely important that everything revolving around UHI expresses the same message and goes the same direction. We couldn’t think it differently.

Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-Indeed it is. Or least let’s say it is for coupling and reinforcing the idea behind it. The appearance must have and keep a strict and logical connection between the band soul and how the members show to the audience and to the world. Therefore, it has not to be particularly stunning or minimal, unless it’s required to deliver the band’s message. But of course a good message without the right appearance for it, goes wasted.

How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-Deeply important. Almost all albums that made the history have a clear association in our mind with the image that was displayed on front. Therefore after the right sound is mixed and the album was musically produced, a proper graphic intense work is always requested. The cover is the business card, especially for emerging bands and many times (like it or not) the choice of buying it or not depends on how catching the artwork was.

What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-We must say that although, on a specific strategy and band decision, we didn’t play locally but just abroad, we can’t believe the warmth, enthusiasm and expectation we’re getting from our local scene. It’s remarkable besides filling us with pride and will to pay back this affection. For this reason we’re already working on a series of gigs that will hit our area.

How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-Of course there are a lot of great bands and good musicians that are out there longing for the same. However, with the proper professional material (like clips, video lyrics, graphics etc) and a strong management behind, a response is almost always achieved. That is to say that when work is done professionally, professionally working people always mind it.

Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Well, it is THE great way to get people discovering us. And metal remains one of those genres where a live gig is worth a lot, cause it’s based on the emotion and the breaking feelings that the audience will link to the band on stage. That’s why playing in every possible situation is our main goal.

What does the future have in its womb?
-Hoping that this womb’s capacity is quite extended, we have to say that what’s boiling up sounds really great. For sure we can say we’re targeting big shows and stages abroad to do a cracking 2017, besides the release of our album “Equilibrium?” will also accompany our gigs. Then, much more is being set and we are just… ready for it!

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