Monday, April 25, 2016

Area Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We founded Area in 2014, after our previous band kind of fell apart. We’ve decided to try something heavier and darker than before (we’d played old school thrash with our previous band). We also tried to introduce a different model of work (in short: more music, less screwing around), and to focus on writing more complete tracks, both in terms of music and lyrics.

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It’s definitely very raw. I’d say it reminds me of a debut album from Decapitated (especially the drum sound). I gotta say, I would’ve produced it in a slightly different way, but actually this way it has some character, and I think it also fits well to the overall raw feeling of the whole recording. Also we’ve introduced some electronic ambience and samples, especially in “Awaken…” to add a slightly more “cinematic” vibe, and steer the tracks towards the lyrical themes more accurately.

 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
When writing the lyrics, my goal was to write something unsettling and disturbing. The general topic of the whole thing would be misanthropy and hatred towards humanity. Personally I don’t hate mankind, although I am critical, but this approach is mostly an artistic choice, made to “darken” our image. Also this topic is represented in a different way in each song. We’ve got a general approach in “Human Distortion”, then something about human experiments, machines slaughtering men, nuclear warfare, and the final track (being sort of an outsider) is about a dream that I’ve had long ago.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Area'?
I don’t know if there’s any deeper meaning. None that I’d know of. We had some trouble agreeing on our name, and in the end we decided to pick up something very ambiguous that would make people think “What the hell?”. Having come to a conclusion that weird things make people uneasy, we named our band “Area”. Makes sense.

 5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Alas, we only performed once. The idea was to add some visual aesthetics to the shows to complete the feel of the music itself. We wanted to play wearing hoods and surgical masks. Unfortunately, we didn’t do it then, because it was too hot there. We still tried to play while being very still and emotionless, as that was the part of the aesthetic.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Right now, no. Don’t know about the future tho.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We’d love it if anybody were eager to release our tracks. Right now we’re sending out our material wherever we may, and hoping for some results.

 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
I don’t think we can talk about “worldwide level”. We’re a local band, barely anyone knows we exist. The few people that listened to our music seem to like our sound. That may be the start, and we’ll keep trying to reach anyone craving for some raw, brutal death metal.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I have honestly no idea. Right now, there’s not much going on in the band, so I can’t really tell where we’d be in the future.

 10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
There’s definitely some classic death metal in our influences. Bands like Obituary, you know. As a drummer, I also tried to add some technical vibe, not unlike Decapitated. Results were mostly limited by my skills. As for the musical taste, I can’t really speak for my bandmates. Personally, I listen to many various genres of music, especially progressive rock/metal, death or thrash metal, but also some ambient or shoegaze. I think having a broad interest in music, may get you far, regardless of the genre you want to play. The influences are everywhere if you look for them.

 11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Again, I’ll get personal here. Other than playing/composing music  I write lyrics, sometimes paint and engage in nearly pathological hoarding of useless items (claiming they have “a sentimental value”). I also study psychology, and play video games. A lot.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
To whom it may concern, stay creative!

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