Leading up to Emalyth INFNITI, I got to interview Surdus
1) What are you most looking forward to at the Emalyth Arts Expo?
We love playing shows, so obviously we can’t wait to hit the stage and blow minds.
2) What are your thoughts on the local metal scene?
This is a tough question and cannot really be answered tactfully. In general, I feel there is a lack of support for bands and usually the worse culprits of this are bands themselves. What I mean by this is: bands complain that there is no support for them but then when other bands are playing they refuse to make the effort. This is a generalisation but it’s what happens more often than not. So I reckon we could improve the scene a hell of a lot, if bands help promote each and show up to watch the earlier bands. Also fans that proclaim proverbial undying love for you while you’re throwing out shirts from the stage but then refuse to actually buy merch after the show. Bands are self-funded, we don’t make a lot of money from playing shows and getting merch made is expensive. So buying merch is important and freebies cost us. This obviously is a massive generalisation. And there are some people that are exceptions to the rule and they make it worth it.
3) Do you have any favourite gig experiences?
My favourite gig as the original line-up has to be the Wacken Metal Battle 2014 – everything was perfect and the crowd was truly awesome. With the new line-up, I would say it’s tie between “The Massacre” at Iron Tusk and “M.A.X. Take A Stand” at Wolmers.
4) What does 2016 hold for Surdus?
A new EP/album incorporating our new sound that uses symphonic elements over groove metal. The first single of the EP/album is up: http://surdus.bandcamp.com. A new drummer. Perhaps some music videos – why not?
5) What advice can you give to people wanting to start a band?
Just start and practice. Some people find it easy to be unstructured and jam. We prefer structure, so we write our songs in Guitar Pro and then learn them.
6) If you could go back in time to any musical period, what would it be and why?
I guess the late 70s/early 80s. Metal was fresh and new then, providing less saturation of the market and more room to pioneer the genre.
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