intervju med Mögel.

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Har ni spelat i några tidigare band?

Nej, Mögel var vårt första band.

Eva spelade senare i ett band som hette Underland.

Vad heter ni?/vem spelar vad?

Ulrika Malmgren - sång.

Eva Bergström – gitarr, kör.

Gitte Lilja – bas.

Vår trummis hette Marie Wrengler men hon gick tyvärr bort i cancer 2011.

Micke Maxymenko spelar nu trummor med oss. Han spelade tidigare i Kräldjursanstalten.

Vart kommer ni ifrån? Vi kommer från Farsta, söderförort till Stockholm. Eva, Gitte och Ulrika gick i samma klass i Gubbängsgymnasiet. Marie var barndomskamrat med Eva och Gitte.

Vilket år bildades bandet? 1978. Då var vi 16-17 år.

Hur kommer det sig att ni spelar just punk?

Vi var musiknördar och hängivna fan av David Bowie och T. REX bland annat. Genom David Bowie kom vi i kontakt med Lou Reed, Velvet Underground, MC5, Iggy and the Stooges. Vi gick mycket på konserter och lyssnade på nästan all rockmusik som fanns 1974 och framåt.

Punken kom 1976 och då var vi snabba på att upptäcka det. Vi tyckte att punken var spännande och låg helt rätt i tiden. Många band på den tiden var skickliga och pompösa band som Pink Floyd. Punken kändes modernare: mer rått, enkelt, direkt, slagkraftigt och mycket humor.

Parallellt med punken fanns en musikstil som hette New Wave med nyskapande rockmusik som till exempel Television, Talking Heads och Patti Smith. Vi gillade den musiken ännu bättre.

Hur kommer det sig att ni är tjejer allihop?, det är inte så vanligt i punk världen.

Både David Bowie och glamrocken var lite androgyn och som tjejer kände vi oss mer hemma där. I Punken och new waven fanns det sen en del tongivande coola kvinnor som Patti Smith. Vi blev inspirerade av dem.

Punkens budskap var – gör det själv. Det är viktigare att göra något, än inget. Det centrala är uttrycket, att du har något att säga. Mer viktigt än hur teknisk skicklig du är.

Vi kände en stor lust att spela egen musik och med tanke på punkens budskap bestämde vi oss för att våga. Det har vi aldrig ångrat.

Vilka punk band inspirerades ni av på 80? Vi gillade band som Sex Pistols, Television, Patti Smith, Siouxie and the Banshees, Clash, Ramones, Blondie, Skids, Iggy Pop, Ebba Grön, Talking Heads, The Stranglers, The Cure. Fast flera av dessa band fanns också i slutet av 70-talet.

Är ni lika aktiva nu som ni var på 70/80 talet?

Nej, inte alls. Vi spelade hela tiden då, cirka 500 spelningar. Mest i Sverige men även i Europa. Vi slutade spela 1983 och började spela igen i juni 2017.

Har ni gjort några nya låtar mer en mitt orange kuvert, sedan 1983? Vi har ett antal på gång som vi håller på att repa in.

Vad handlar er låt ”Mitt orange kuvert" om?

Det orange kuvertet är ett brev som man får från Pensionsmyndigheten. Brevet innehåller pensionsbeskedet, det vill säga hur mycket man kommer att få i pension varje månad. Det är ångestskapande att få det kuvertet. Vår generation kommer nämligen att få betydligt lägre pension än vi förväntat oss. Många kommer att bli fattigpensionärer och få svårt att klara sig.

Vart har och ska ni spela i år?

Vi har inte spelat ute någonstans än. Utan bara spelat in en låt i studio och gjort en video till.

Vi har fått många erbjudande om spelningar efter släppet av ”Mitt orange kuvert” men vi har hitintills tackat nej till alla. Vi vill helt enkelt göra fler nya låtar först.

Hur ser nästa år ut för er del på gig fronten? Vår plan är att spela ute våren 2019.

Vad heter era skivor? / vilka år kom dom? Vi har gjort en skiva 1980 som hette Mögel. År 2009 gav skivbolaget Massproduktion ut en samlingsskiva som heter ”Mögel 1978-1983”. I den ingick vår första skiva samt outgivet material.

Vad har ni för internet sidor?

Vi har Facebook: @mogelpunk

Instagram: mogel.punk

Twitter.

Har ni mer nytt material på g? Japp. Vi är igång och gör nya låtar. Det är jättekul. Vi har massa idéer.

Har ni något råd för dom som precis börjat spela i ett band?

Musiken och den kreativa processen är det viktigaste. Att man har roligt i replokalen. Det är bra att leka och pröva oväntade infall. Utgå från sig själv snarare än att försöka leva upp till en bild av någonting. Det märks på en gång när det inte känns äkta.

Det handlar om kommunikation. Att vilja berätta någonting. Det kan vara en känsla, en historia, vad som helst.

Det är självklart bra att bli skicklig på sitt instrument. Men man kan göra väldigt mycket med snäva ramar också.

Har ni något att till lägga? Nej.

interview with Roots From Above

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Have any of you played in other bands? 
Yes we all come from different projects. Bruno and Giulio (guitars)
have been playing together since 2005, before playing in a progressive
metal band. Duccio (bass) is currently playing on a separate project,
a progressive rock band (Profusion). Alex had previous experience in a
Rock Band
How is it that you started playing music?
beside the fact that there's a noticeable age gap (ranging from 21
to 31), We all started during high school. I think that playing in a
rock band was the main goal for everyone of us during that period in
life.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Alex, 24, vocal. Bruno 30 guitar, Giulio 31 - Guitar, Duccio 21 - guitar
Have you had other previous members? 
Yes, recently our drummer Mattia has left the band. We have found a
new member but we prefer to wait and see if this new lineup works
before unveiling his name
Did you make music even when you were young?
Well, everyone here started playing as a teenager, everybody had
their different projects but there was an entirely different approach
to "making" music, we prefer to let our previous efforts sink into
oblivion heh.
Where are you from? Center of Tuscany, different towns between Siena and Firenze. We
meet for reharsal midway so we can gather easily together
What year did the band form?
end of 2017, we started writing the first track at that time and
then at the beginning of 2018 we went on with the recordings and
performances
What's your style of genre?
Basically we mix some melodic death metal with modern djent riffs
and metalcore
What inspires you?
The opportunity to get people to listen and enjoy our music, that
and meeting new and old friends when performing
How often and where do you reherse? minimun 2 times a week, but often we can meet up to 4-5 times
How have you developed since you started with the music?
We have discarded some tracks because we thought they sounded too
"old school" then we've decided to add some elements influenced by
contemporary "core" genres, merging them with our cold atmospheres but
improving on the rhythmics
Do you have other interests of work outside the band?
We have different jobs and interests. Giulio for example is an
archeologist, Alex studies at the university, Bruno and Duccio aspire
to the upper echelons of Fortnight pro streaming (heh, joking). We
have very different routines but the band comes immediately after the
job for everybody.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that?
At the moment we have a promoter that helps us, we are looking
around, listening to many opinions before choosing our way
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that?
Why not? But the most important things to look for are the
contractual conditions and the benefits for the band compared to the
costs. Even if you're getting an offer from a big label be sure to
understand first what you're getting yourself into.
What made you decide to make this music?
Same interests, creating something new that we could appreciate as
well as the broader metal community. That and obviously have fun
touring and playing live gigs
What are your songs about?
Our lyrics encompass a wide range of topics, but the common theme
may be found in the comparison between what defined a not yet
forgotten past and the things that define our generation, and way the
world is constantly changing around us.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? 
Alex writes the lyrics, but for the music everything usually
starts from riffs developed by Duccio or Bruno
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Always music.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? At the reharsal room
Have you done any covers live? Not yet but we are thinkin of 1-2 songs from the band we take
inspiration from
What language do you sing in? English
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? For the moment we extimate something between 40 to a maximum of 250
What ages are most of your concert attendants? 18-45
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary?
At the moment we have a pretty solid setlist comprising the songs
we feel that our audience is willing to absolutely trash their necks
for!
Do you have a regular place you play live often?
No, it's actually very hard to find a venue nearby, you have to
constantly search for venues in a wider area
What was your first gig like?
It was a contest whose winners would end up playing in support of
a more famous band (Elvenking) in a bigger venue, we were very tense
about it before going onstage, at that time we hadn't played live for
a long time so after the performance we ended up summing all the
things we felt went wrong and eventually we agreed to not let that get
on our nerves for the night and grabbed some beers, enjoying the rest
of the event all blasé about the results since we had practically
accepted that we were not going to even position ourselves nearby the
top. But we were very wrong and overly critic of our show, people
really liked what they heard and after all, despite our pessimistic
view on the matter, we won that contest, heh.
What was your latest gig? An open air festival
Have you had to cancel a gig? Nope
Where have you played live this year? Mainly around Tuscany and nearby regions.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We would like to play abroad, maybe as an opening act to some
local big names
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We will start in few weeks with tshirts
Where can people buy your merchandise? At the moment directly contacting us on our main facebook page
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?
It's fine, people will always find new ways of doing what they're
passionate about without getting restrained by regulations, if this
helps spreading even more good music around we're fine with it, bands
can reach a wider audience and you can't know how this will turn out
in the future, it may mean less funds for bands that are used to
traditional marketing and promotion of their venues or it could mean a
widespread success for those bands that succeed in adopting more up to
date strategies or a powerful message that speaks to a worldwide
audience.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?
We think that bands nowadays can't just only make music, people
are not used to listen to a record just for the music anymore, when
was the last time that you've put on a record, relaxed and tried to
direct your attention towards understanding the music?
You just don't
have the time to do that anymore, people's lives are crammed with
gigabytes of junk information and the fact that everything is
available at any time means that:
1 you have to fight for the attention of the listener, and that is why
you have to nail the design of the package you're going to release,
meaning that you have to pick a consistent style (I can't stop
praising bands such as Wind Rose or Brojob for starting niche and
developing some extraordinary and witty content that is both original
and has a large appeal since it's message is very focused - Alex)
2 you have to make your music stand out from the even flow of
soundtrack-like music that merges with the background noise throughout
you day but doesn't really stick with you, you can't just make good
music, you must make music that would make people skip a "top 20 metal
songs of 2018" spotify playlist in order to listen to yours.
What do you think of my work? It's of maximum importance in keeping high the interest in undergroud music!
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business?
We think that the underground community has a peculiar view of
music that acts as a propellant for experimentation and innovation:
most bands in the scene that we know of usually don't expect an
immediate return of investment, they try to build connections and
inspire eachother mostly because they're really passionate about the
ever developing panorama, well don't take that as the rule, some
people in fact tend to see the underground scene as a pit from which
one has to emerge even if it takes talking shit about other bands, but
we prefer to look at the good will of those who are involved in
supporting wholeheartedly the scene, interviews like this for instance
give artists the opportunity to express their insights not only on
music but also on what it means to be part of the community.
Do you have any role models or idols?
We grew up listening to very different music genres but to sum it
up let's say that we were mostly inspired by bands such as Insomnium,
In Flames, Lamb Of God, Architects.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?
Yes, we look to older bands for their attitude and professionality
but we pay attention to newer band for ideas.
What have been your biggest obstacles?
It's been hard to find the right musicians with the right attitude
for our project, we are very demanding, yes, we're all good companions
who don't miss a chance to have fun and get along with fellow
musicians and supporters but when it comes to work, because this band
is like a second job, we're utterly serious about it, everyone has to
play his part and constantly show his determination, we've had very
talented musicians playing with us that weren't on the other hand so
reliable when it came to manage other parts of this work that don't
actually involve playing but are essential to what we deem our
standards of professionality.
What advice would you give other bands or artists?
Take any chance you get, pay more attention to criticisms than
compliments and don't stop improving, be respectful and professional
to other bands and agencies alike.
How do you get psyched for a gig?
We just rehearse our set until we can shift the focus on the
showmanship and work on our onstage presence
Do you have any new material?
After "The Forest" we're currently writing new songs and recording a
single for another music video.
What are your web sites? You can find Roots From Above on facebook youtube and soundcloud
What are your plans for the future? Live long and prosper \\//
Do you have something to add?
We wish to thank you for the opportunity you gave us to talk about
ourselves and share some of our ideas and thoughts with the
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