Saturday, April 30, 2016

CardiaC Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
bastien: Well we just came back from a 8 day acoustic tour in New York in february, and now we're focusing on our new electric album Sangrar Hasta Logralo, released in may through Tenacity Records. We are also trying to expend geographically as we've got band members living in switzerland but also in spain and in the UK. So we're trying to gig everywhere possible basicaly!

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
bastien: We definitely tried to keep the same spirit that CardiaC has always had, even if the line up changed a bit. I joined in 2014, Cedric (bass) just on time for the recording of Sangrar in 2015 and now we're also happy to have Mariano as a permanent guitarist. He has always been a member of the extend CardiaC familia but he's now 100% part of the line up! Mariano and Elric (from Promethee) recorded guitar solos for Sangrar too!
But to answer to your question, I think we're still playing the same kind of shit! A kinda groovy hardcore crossover, maybe more straight to the point than before though!
Soundwise, Drop (Downtone studio), Boulard and Didier (Ignition Prod) and finally Greg (studio du flon) did all a great job and we're really happy about the result, it sounds definitely actual, but you can style feel the guenine vibe of CardiaC.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Ricardo: I like to talk about perseverance in life, about stuff that makes you grow up as a person, it's important for me to talk about things that are meaningful to me. When I sing I put my heart into it, so it has to be real. The world is full of shit, we all know that, so when I write lyrics I like to think that there's hope left in us, and this hope has to stimulate all my fights in life. CardiaC is a positive project and we care about each other and the future of our kids, despite the fact that we like to party a lot and we don't take ourselves to seriously. Even if we dream to put in jail lots of politicians and bankers... Who doesn't?

4.The band is from Switzerland but writes their songs in Spanish, what was the decision behind using this language?
Ricardo: Well i'm spanish so I guess it's easier for me to speak in Spanish. Plus, I don't see why we should sing in English like anyone else, we felt that everyone is trying to fit in something mainstream and we simply don't. It brings something special and we are proud to be from Geneva, a city where all the different community's come together in the metal/rock/hardcore scene! Nobody cares if we sing in Chinese or Portuguese. We simple are used to it, and it define us, I hope, as an open minded band,  music is still music you know…

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'CardiaC'?
Ricardo: Our music comes from our hearts, and the heartbeat is the beginning of life, the beginning of music, rhythm is everything, is pure "Vida". The CardiaC sound is supposed to be organic and not artificial, no effects. This is an artistic project made with an old-school mentality, we don't care about fashion or the name of the band at the top of the billboard. CardiaC is a family affair and we like to be surrounded by people we care about and love. CardiaC is us but it could be you if you like to party and enjoying life as much as we do. Welcome on board!

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
bastien: Wow… since I started playing with CardiaC I think we always put a huge emphasis on the live performance. Personnaly gigs are the best moments of my life, so I'm trying to give as much energy to the crowd as I can honestly! The best shows… hard to say, we had so many amazing moments! personally I would say the 15th anniversary last october as we had the whole crew with us and everybody went mental during the set. We also had lots of guest, that was great to gather all these friends on stage! But also I'd like to mention the first gig we played together in spain as I met the whole Spanish crew and forget to sleep for a couple of days hahaha!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
bastien: We've got a bunch of gigs planned in switzerland and in spain, we also are working on a few other shows in the UK and we're still waiting on confirmations for two main festivals this summer. We're also trying to tied up a nice tour in october…

8.The new album was released on 'Tenacitty Music', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
bastien: Randy and Olivier are amazing! I think them and a few other promoters in Geneva are just the hardest worker I know! So yeah we're happy and proud to be officially part of their team!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal, stoner, and hardcore?
bastien: I would say that it depends on the place really. We never experienced horrible feedbacks (because our bassist is a proper colossus maybe hahaha) but usually people are nice! In live situation, I think that the audience get pretty involved and they seems to have a good time! But yeah there's always "purists" who would not like the clean vocals, or the spanish language or the lack of blastbeats or whatever…

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
bastien: That's a good question… On one side we will continue to play and compose hardcore music until our death cuz that's what we do! But on the other side, we like experimenting! The unplugged album was a thing really important for us and we had a lot of fun doing it, so maybe we will continue to experiment as well in another direction on the side!

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
bastien: There's so many of them! And we're really eclectic as well! Personally I tried to get in John Otto's shoes for the recording of Sangrar, this dude got the right sound! Our influences could go from Cypress Hill to the Buena Vista Social Club, with Poison and Mastodon somewhere in between hahahah.
Nowadays I'm really attracted by the whole UK hardcore scene, No Second Chances (Check their 7" Cursed), xRepentencex, and the last Knuckledust, it's a killer album! But also the new Madchild "Silver Tongue Devil", the beats on that record are siiiiick!

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
bastien: Mojitos, BBQ, hang out with our families and the NBA hahaha! Actually we're trying to arrange a basketball game between us and the Promethee crew, but I think they're to scared of the legendary free throws of Ricardo hahahahah

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
bastien: Yep just a quick thank you to our extended familia for the support… you know all those guys taking on their time to help us out every time, We love you guys! Also thank you for this interview and yeah have a listen on our music!

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