- Hi Target! What’s the meaning of your band’s title? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?
Luis (Guitar): This could be funny but there is no secret meaning behind the band’s name, the process was simple because we just though in a name easy to remember. We have though a few times about whether change it or not, but at the end of the day we’ve been together for some many years that we feel tied to the name, in a good way obviously.
- “Deep water Flames” release date is closer! Any previously unreleased info about the album could be unveiled?
Luis (Guitar): Well, one thing that I love about DWF is that the band let me act as a producer in terms of all the musical arrangements included in the album. My newborn son was a huge change in my life, so when I was creating the tracks for “Emerge” at my home studio I decided to use the sounds of his heartbeat at the end of the track, the guys loved it so I feel happy to have had the chance to do something like that.
- What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
Luis (Guitar): It’s kinda hard to me answer we’re related to only one genre, we are connected to all extreme and atmospheric music, it could be death, black, doom or prog; we try to put all these genres at the creation process. I am sure that we are happy with a song only when it is passing through different moods and sections.
Our mayor influences in the moment of making music are diverse: from Pink Floyd to Morbid Angel, from Yes to Sepultura, from King Crimson to Meshuggah. We are really into music like Cult of Luna, Tool and Neurosis, they have become huge influences when we think which good elements of music we want to consider to our future songs.
- How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Luis (Guitar): With the current line up probably 5 years, but we all have been closer friends before being in a band. We met each other being inside the Chilean music scene.
- When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
Luis (Guitar): TARGET as a band started by the year 2006, inspired by all the great names in the melodic death metal scene. Today we have been constantly evolving regarding our sources of inspiration, but after a few years we defined them in just one word: music. I think that the main reason to be together is that we all are open to make music that sounds and feels good over any other reason. It sounds heavy and aggressive because we choose that way.
- Are you a member of any music organizations?
Luis (Guitar): Not for the moment…
- What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?
Luis (Guitar): in my case, I am playing with a Mayones Duvell Elite 7, a great guitar for all kind of styles, that is what I love, but I’m looking for a company to work with. I received some offers but nothing closed to date, so If you (guitar brands) liked our music, let’s talk about it. For our last record, I used an EVH 5150 III with EL34s, a sick amp with a killer tone.
- Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Luis (Guitar): well, we are not a band with extreme requirements; we just want to feel comfortable at the stage and being able to see the people that came to watch us play for them. We have several gigs under schedule but the closer is on March 23th here in Santiago with great bands like Timecode, Sobernot and Equation of Darkness.
- Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
Luis (Guitar): Due to we’re beginning the promotion of our new album “Deep Water Flames” we play it in its entirely and of course we also include some songs of our first record “Knot of Centipedes”. We want to include covers, but we are extremely respectful with that. We need to prepare something that pays a fair tribute to the song and the original band.
- Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Luis (Guitar): most of the music starts in my head and then we develop a demo with our drummer Rodrigo “Pelayo” Arias. Andy (vocals) is the man behind the concepts and he is a great writer as well; he is always thinking in stories that evoke what are we living through, so most of the songs are representations of what is happening in our daily lives. I do not think that we will change our way to create music, reality is way over fictions and it brings you many different topics and sources of inspiration that is hard to leave it.
- Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Luis (Guitar): as I described before, most of the times it starts with an idea based on a riff or a drum pattern and then all of us have the chance to include ideas and changes. We have only one rule: If it sounds good, let´s do it.
- What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
Luis (Guitar): I would love to be able to rehearse each day of my life but you know, metal music does not pay the bills. We are in a great moment of our lives with wife and kids at home, so now we need to be extremely well organized (and we are) so our rehearsals are more focused in weeks before gigs or when we have time late at night. Everyone has to do its job at home and practice for the band’s practice, we need to be accurate and get the best of us at our rehearsal room.
- How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Luis (Guitar): We are a band that is always looking for new sounds. I feel that is a never-ending journey that moves and pushes you straight forward to something new. When we started the band the only thing we wanted to do was to play it faster and louder; but as soon as we grow old we became slower, that is a fact (and wiser as well haha) so now we want to enjoy what we are playing and do not feel at the extreme of our technical skills.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Luis (Guitar): the biggest challenge is to keep creating great music; we are in the search of transcendence, so the only way to do it is keep making music and keep working hard in all the administrative aspects needed to keep a band alive.
- What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
Luis (Guitar): What is fame and fortune? We are already rich, we have families, we have each other and we have music with us, nothing could be beat that. If there were a chance to live of our music royalties, we would be happy to do it.
- What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Luis (Guitar): my only advice is: “think different, as soon as you see music going in a direction, do the opposite”
- How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
Luis (Guitar): you can contact with us through all our social media sites. Our albums are available through all music streaming sites and if you liked our music, find all our merch at our bandcamp, with our record label Australis Records and/or email@example.com
- Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
Luis (Guitar): Not a specific one, but I know there are a few humans able to help each other when they are in need. Even if you want an advice, just write to us, we love to make friends all over the world.
- Any last words?
Thank you so much for this interview, keep the good job and be prepared because we will have a lot of good news in the next months.