Good day Concrete Eden! How are you guys doing these days?
Keeping in mind that together we count just over 200 years we are doing fine!
First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
Hannes is responsible for the rhythm section / drums. Erwin is creating the hard and brutal guitar riffs while Tom supports the guitar with his bass foundation Mike fills in the gaps with raps, shouts and vocals.
I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all. Also, is there any special story behind the band title?
Back in the 90s, the, now indestructible, hype about skateboarding came up. We saw a documentary on MTV (which was real music TV at that time) about a skate park in Sao Paolo. This one was called Concrete Eden. We were very fond of the name, in connection with our favorite sport at that time and decided that it should be our band´s name. Thus music became our primary hobby. Well, if you do something good, you should stick to it…so that’s why we’ve been making music for over 20 years now. The skate park probably does not exist anymore, but Concrete Eden is just getting started!
I expect a long reply for this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?
We have always been making music. Each of the band members started his career in various other projects. Starting as a 6-year-old entertainer, entertaining guest by singing playback with a tennis racket as a guitar from or as a drummer for a folk music group. Everybody has his dirty secrets in his of musical evolution. The current texts are grammatically simple and at the same time we try to bring our quite political and social contents tor the young people of today. (Back in the days, we were the young people and tried to enrich our fellow teenagers in this way – especially the female fans (loud laughter)).
Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
With our concept, we always try to try new things, and yet remain true to our basic concept. Since all band members actually come from different genres, this results in the current “Concrete Eden Sound”. We do not want to commit ourselves to any particular genre, but most likely to hit “NU Metal” (to which we confess) while bringing in new influences, especially from completely contrary music styles such as jazz or funk.
How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?
Creating music is a creative process, followed by the sweat-drenching work of perfection. This has a strong influence on the making of the album. That’s why we constantly re-think old versions over and over again, because you cannot assume that the first ones were the best.
Your upcoming album “Left” to be relased on January 2018 via NRT Records. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?
We have our own record studio which Mike (vocals) runs himself. So we know each screw in the wall as well as every note in our album exactly. So it the studio became like a clubhouse us where we met regularly to rehearse, write new songs or just hang out together.
The following entertaining evening sessions were absolutely unique experiences. The album was even recorded twice for technical reasons, and said DIY studio.
You guys are still underground/underrated, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?
Mainly because the genre NU Metal has reached its lowest point in recent years, which hopefully will change now that we could escape from the swamp of Austrian music culture with the help of our new label. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer “real” fans. People go to concerts and appreciate the bands, but more than a “Like” on Facebook is rarely in for the bands. This is partly due to the oversaturated music scene. Real innovations are rare. The organizers are also happy to pay for the location through the bands. And to stand out from the crowd is difficult. Of course we hope that this will be possible with the support of NRT-Records.
Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
It was a long road with many detours. The Internet was only starting to become big when we were already at an age when other people get children. Now it is these children who determine if you are part of the music market or not. Back in the days we were free, and less dependent on global trends, but rather by what the local record market demanded, rather than the big internet audience. The sullenness in the world of the music business that we are now facing has thrown us back some time. But now we think we can move move forward and looking forward to a brighter future.
Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from metal/rock soil?
Many of those bands are not well known today anymore. Most of our fans today do not know our idols anymore. And you do not have to look far back. Who knows today, for example. Biohazard, Life of Agony, r oHelmet. Of course, there are also greats like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Rage against the Machine or Sepultura (with Cavalera) but we also liked the first albums of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Linkin Park or Crazy Town.
How is the metal scene going in your country?
Really bad. There are temporary trends in certain styles of music. Our generation really enjoyed themselves at concerts, moshed or did Pogo..but this is not happening anymore. Young people are usually too lazy to go to a concert and are too stingy to pay even € 5 for 5 bands. Unfortunately, this is a trend that has been going on for several years.
Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?
At the moment yes. But we are a little uncertain, because a music video is always a statement and we want to avoid stereotypes. It requires the input of a professional company. At least that´s what we think.
Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:
* Park – bench
* Death – Warming
* Nu – Metal
* Bill – sadresse
* Destruction – Marshall Plan
Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
Peeps – come out. Do not hide behind social media and Youtube. Concerts are loud. They cost money and sometimes the sound is shit. But what you can have fun. You get to know new people and can celebrate youth culture. Not to mention the great experience of news and innovative bands.