With a new album to promote WITHIN SILENCE are back in full force. All answers by guitarist Martin Cico. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you have one or more records to your name and you release a new one do you feel like there is some sort of expectations on you?
Well certainly, I mean the pressure is on (laugh). I think that we have done our best with this new album. It is melodic, heavy and in some ways even progressive. Let´s hope that people who liked Galery Of Life will also be satisfied, because personally I feel that this is a more mature album and a great sequel to Galery Of life. Fingers crossed!
What would you say have they coloured your new album? How does this new one stand apart from the previous?
-Like i said in the previous question it is more mature, melodic, progressive in some ways and more mature overall. I personally feel it will attract a more broader audience, because it has some really heavy and fast songs, but on the other hand there are some slower paced songs with big melodic choruses. Let´s see what the fans will think about it. It is their opinion that is the most important after all .
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Yeah, of course. I mean faster songs are usually easy to play, because if you catch the beat at the beginning you are safe and sound through the whole songs. On the other hand, if you are playing and arranging slower songs you need to feel the whole vibe of the song. So it can be demanding, especially live.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-Well it depends on the situation. The key to play a good live show is in the sound on the stage. If I can hear myself and the other band members properly, I can become one with the band. That is the crucial moment of the show. This moment occurs right in the first chorus of the first song. If everything clicks, the show will be a good one.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Having a label is in my opinion a very important aspect in a release. The label can back you up in terms of coverage. You can get your music to a specific audience tailored to your needs. No online platform can do that, unless that I know of. There is another important aspect, that the label can give you valuable feedback. You tend to approach your music differently, because you are playing it. There is a difference between playing the songs and listening to that same songs. You are basically biased towards your own material. The label can give you some valuable feedback on what song would be the best fit for a single, video, etc … This is something that you certainly cannot do own your own.
Well the fans can get used to have the material immediately, which is not a bad thing, but you can get under unnecessary pressure, and the quality could suffer a bit. Some finishing touches are always required, and they can only be done after some time, so no need to rush there.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a badt hing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Well I think that the music business is over saturated right now. There just too many bands with good music that fans have a difficult time to catch up with all the bands, so they do become less committed to one specific band. But I personally don´t mind that. It just a natural turn of events. You need to push yourself harder to be better than other bands.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-That is a pretty difficult question. I think that a good front cover should represent the band, its music and style. On the same time, it must be attractive and mysterious, so you are compelled and curious enough to give it a shot.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Well we do play shows abroad, and we have a foreign label. But ultimately, I think this is up to our fans if they approach our music on an international level. For me, we are still the same band as 3 years ago, when this all started, from a country that people tend to mistake for Slovenia (laugh).
The climate for metal in our country is declining. I think that this is a common thing in almost any country right now. But the bright side is that people still attend metal shows. You just need to be known in your city, or be a big band and people will eventually come.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I am a fan of modern technology so I remain optimistic. Technology brings new opportunities for a band to spread its music to a much broader audience. The industry changed, so you had to adjust your approach to certain things as a band, but ultimately it is the music that sells. There will be always a demand for music, so people who are looking for something new will always find what they are looking for. Nowadays, it can be easier for them, because of digital distribution.
What lies in the future?
-A lot of hard work (laugh). The next big thing for us is to release the new album and wait for the reviews, play as many live shows as we can, so we could promote our new CD. Who knows, maybe it is high time to start and write som new material.