interview with Stained Blood

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, we all had or have other musical projects. David and Narcís (last incorporations) used to play in Bloodhorn. Raul has been in several hardcore bands playing drums, guitar, etc… Miquel has even played reggae, or metal, and myself, I’ve been playing with an endless list of bands of all genres.

How is it that you started playing music? I started from an early age. Being 4 years old, I was already asking for a drumkit, and my parents only got me one when I was 10. From there on, I haven’t stopped playing. It is curious because I don’t come from a musician’s family. It’s a mystery to be solved because since the beginning i wanted to play drums and I haven’t got tired of it yet.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

RAÜL: bass, 37

MIQUEL: guitar, 24

NARCÍS: voice, 24

DAVID: guitar, 21

SALVADOR D’HORTA, drums, 37

Have you had other previous members? During this 13 years, many members have been through our doors. I think it’s normal that in such a long-timed project, there have been lineup changes. As in every lifeform, ones come, others go.

Did you make music even when you were young? From hardcore, to punk, folk, jazz, pop, noise, thrash, and the list goes on…

Where are you from? From Mataró, a city close to Barcelona.

What year did the band form? Stained Blood was formed in 2006.

What's your style of genre? We use the generic. Extreme Metal, but some people define us as Blackened MeloDeath.

What inspires you? Anything can be inspiring. It all depends on your ability to absorb. For this last album, we have inspired in life and death. The void that one feels when trying to find a meaning of existence. In human fear and weaknesses.

How often and where do you reherse? By schedule, we rehearse weekly, in the neighbourhood of Bellvitge in Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona.

How have you developed since you started with the music? I guess i did ok, i have 4 extremities, two eyes, etc… and most importantly, they haven’t sacked me out of the band.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? I work for a company in labour reintegration of the mentally ill.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? In the past, we tried working with some booking agencies, with very bad results, so we decided to go for self-management in tour booking. We are not against agencies, but if we have to buy their services, we want it to be as professional as possible; and we know that good agencies are worth some money that we don’t have. So for now, we can keep going thanks to people who help us in every country we play in. Lack of economic resources has to be compensated with people’s good will.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? I have to give you the same answer as for booking agencies. We’re currently self-editing our albums and dealing with the expenses ourselves. We are not against working with labels, we even dream with working with certain names. But for now they won’t care for us, so we’ll keep working it ourselves along the way.

What made you decide to make this music? The same reason as with the other genres I play. I like all kinds of music, and I think every style gives you different feelings when playing it. For me, the most important part is to play, no matter what.

What are your songs about? Our songs talk about existence and its legal empties. Unanswered questions that fill us with fear and uncertainty. About assuming the weight of the world or flee into obscurity of a certain death. Anyone who is self-conscious of its own existence, might empathize very well with our music.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Our music is written by all of us through line work just like a car factory. Raül and David bring in raw materials to start with. I am in charge of giving it some groove. Miquel is chief in embellishment department, and Narcís writes the lyrics and decides the model name.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? We always begin with the music. For no particular reason, but we’ve always worked this way and it hasn’t gone that bad for us.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? We compose in our rehearsing place, the only creation environment we have. What could be better than 8 sqm room, destroyed, full of cockroaches, pee and vomit. What could be more inspiring than that?

Have you done any covers live? Last years we haven’t played any cover live. In past tours we had played some, like “Deathmask Divine” from THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER or “Unanswered” from SUICIDE SILENCE.

What language do you sing in? We sing in English.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? In all this years, we’ve seen many things. But if my memory doesn’t fail me, I’d say that as few as 10 people, and up to 2000.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? More or less between 16 and 45.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We make up a setlist for every tour. We only change it when we take out a new album.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? A while ago, we used to play a lot in Barcelona, but last 5 years we haven’t played regularly anywhere.

What was your first gig like? My first gig with Stained Blood was with DESPISED ICON. And truthfully it went very well. I even hooked up.

What was your latest gig? Latest gig was in Aalen (Germany), at Rock It venue. We played with a Metallica tribute band. And as you’ll understand, being the end of the tour, we got rather wasted.

Have you had to cancel a gig? Damn… I’d say we didn’t, but it has been many years, so I can’t assure you 100%.

Where have you played live this year? This year it has only been 3 gigs in Germany.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year?

In October, we are touring through Europe with our new album ‘Nyctosphere’. If you have a free day, here you have the dates in case you want to come and see us.

1/10 - Lyon, France - Rock'n'Eat 2/10 - Milan, Italy - Tba 3/10 - Maribor, Slovenia - Gustaf Pekarna 4/10 - Novi Marof, Croatia - Stara Skola 5/10 - Budapest, Hungary - Kvlt 6/10 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Kulturak Klub 7/10 - Brno, Czech Republic - Kabinet Muz 8/10 - Vienna, Austria - Replugged 9/10 - Wroclaw, Poland - Dk Luksus 10/10 - Berlin, Germany - Koma F Kopi 11/10 - Greifswald, Germany - Juz Klex 12/10 - Falkenberg, Sweden - Downtown Rockbar 13/10 - Oslo, Norway - Blitz 14/10 - Copenhaguen, Denmark - Tba 15/10 - Barbecke, Germany - Rrc 16/10 - Geleen, Netherlands - Cafe De Meister

17/10 - Tournai, Belgium - L'embuscade 18/10 - Birmingham, UK - Scruffy Murphys 19/10 - London, UK - The Dev 20/10 - Paris, France - Cirque Electrique

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We have a nice merch catalogue. Feel free to come and see if you want to get yourself something. https://stainedblood.bandcamp.com/

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It’s a new way of consuming music and we need to adapt to it. Me, as a musician, I’m interested in people listening to it, as many people as possible. Of course I’d like more people to but our physical record, but if every download serves for another person to show up at our gig, I’m all right with that.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? If we focus in the basic things, nothing has changed. Some people are still getting big money and others aren’t. Digital music is a new way to do the same as with Vinyl, CD, etc… Being DIY as we are, we life in a different reality. Money? What money?

What do you think of my work? I think it’s great!

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Honestly, I don’t know… If thanks to this interview we get a millionaire contract we’ll give you 15% of the benefits.

Do you have any role models or idols? My narcissist nature bans me from paying attention to anyone else aside from myself.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? I guess everything can be a source of inspiration. But whatever the path you choose, don’t forget that the best inspiration is in yourself.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? The most important thing is to enjoy what you do, practice a lot and don’t rush.

How do you get psyched for a gig? I have some beers and some cigarettes. There are traditions that are very hard to give up.

Do you have any new material? This past March we released our last record called “Nyctosphere”.

What are your plans for the future? The new album is still warm and we want to keep enjoying this moment. And for the future, we are focussed on the tour this October. 20 gigs in 20 days is not something to take lightly.

Do you have something to add? Only that it has been a pleasure to answer your questions. And what I said, we hope you come and visit us some day!! And bring some beers.

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