VANDROYA have a new album out. I wanted to check in with the band so I fixed this interview with them. Answers by Daisa Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It was kind of spontaneous as a matter of fact. It’s based on Michael Kiske’s character in Avantasia. We started as a heavy metal cover band, not worried about composing. Then invitations to play started popping up and we still didn’t have a name. So this friend we used to hang out with, who was a huge Avantasia’s fan, suggested Vandroya. At first we thought it was weird, because it didn’t have significant meaning, but we loved the sonority, and I think it is a very strong name.
What can we expect from your latest recording? How does this follow in the trail of your previous?
-We are pretty excited about Beyond the Human Mind. We see it as a natural evolution of ONE in a matter harmony, lyrics and technique. It is natural that we become more mature as time passes by. We put a little more progressive scent without letting our power metal backbone aside. I believe all of us had exceeded our own limits to bring the best of us to this work and for our fans. So far, it has been well received by fans and specialized media, which is indeed a very good and inspiring sign.
We all carry baggage with us that affect us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Power/melodic metal bands for sure. It all started with power/melodic metal.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-The metal scene here is rich, as rich as any cultural movement that takes place in Brazil. We have amazing metal bands from huge metropolises like São Paulo to Amazonia, all kinds of genres and sub-genres and one of the most amazing metal audiences of the world. I am optimistic about our scene, even though it is not easy for us to spread our work regionally. Anyway, there are lots of awesome bands and musicians working hard to make it happen for Brazilian heavy metal in general, but we know it takes hard work, a good amount of investments and patience. I believe it is possible for a band to flourish in a place without scene thanks to internet and digital media in general. On the other hand, playing concerts locally would be difficult and it would take some investments to play abroad most bands are not able to. The ideal scenario is to have a good and strong scene in which bands can grow together and cooperate, and then spread their work abroad.
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?
-Part of a movement, definitely, and it’s big and great because it is art, and art is luminous. It’s just that any kind of art is indeed fascinating and intriguing and above anything is a cultural manifestation fed not only by the artists but also by the supporters. Personally, I feel lucky to be born this close to the art of music. Music saved me from the abyss several times.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Besides the aesthetic beauty, which is very personal and can change according to the way our taste evolves or even to the message you want to transmit with that work, a great artwork must express the whole concept of the album somehow. I see beauty when the message is well transmitted.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I don’t think so. Although I’m the kind of old fashioned person when it comes to technology, I have to admit that this is the course our kind is going through (they say it’s evolution… hahaha… oh, boy). Ok, so jokes aside, perhaps it is just a matter of generations and the way we deal with the new technologies that come to sight over the years. There are always bright and dark sides of everything, but I believe we are taking profit of it after all. We all need to get used to it, which means the music market will have to pass through another great transformation. So maybe digital can hurt the music market, not the music itself.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-For smaller bands, like us, is never that easy. In general, the underground scene supports these bands, but the scene itself has limitations. The biggest problem here to small bands concerns “the concerts” and the relation between producers-bands-audience. It feels like a union is missing, so that the concerts become satisfactory for the producers, the bands and the audience. Despite that, I think Vandroya is very lucky. We have been supported by our Brazilian fans since we released our EP and that makes all the difference so the band doesn’t get discouraged. Also, you have to keep in mind that building a career in music today can be very tricky and demands patience, demands hard work, no matter where you are.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It depends on a lot of things. For me, I see it as a happening in which I can have fun. Also, it’s art, and art is supposed to bring to the surface lots of emotional contents to both artist and audience. But it’s a job that requires seriousness and hard work like any other job.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-I would like to keep going on this path, composing new songs, seeking to evolve in each album and being able to tour far and far away from our origins to spread our work. People all over the world are being very receptive with us and with what we did so far, and it would be awesome to be able to perform to them.