EMQ’s with TARGET
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile based Experimental/Death Metal band Target! Huge thanks to Vocalist Andrés Piña for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Andrés, but everyone who knows me in my family, work or the music industry, calls me Andy.
I’ve been singing at Target since the band was formed in 2004 in Santiago, Chile. Over time the band has been mutating in search of its own style. This year 2019, we have just released the “Deep Water Flames” album that has opened us many doors in the world.
How did you come up with your band name?
Very naively, many years ago we looked for something short, effective and easy to be remembered, and I think we got it. Now, in recent years we have deciphered a concept based on our desire to show our music to the world in a professional way. Basically that is our Target.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Chile, South America. Our scene is a diamond in the rough. There are many good bands but only some have plans to go international. It is a scene that lives to be validated internally, without causing a side effect of border expansion. It is something in which as a Chilean musical culture we have to work, since there is a lot of potential.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our Latest release is “Deep Water Flames” LP 2019 available in our Social Media platforms and via Australis Records.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Mainly the music of the world, but with the unconscious tendency to be sad and melancholic! Happy music definitely doesn’t go with me. Metal, Trip hop, doom jazz, experimental music, OST are my favourites. In these moments of my life strongly influenced by bands like Bohren & der club of gore, The Killimanjaro Jazz Ensemble, Radiohead, Black Chamber, Deaf Center, Ulver, Ion Dissonance, Daylight Dies, DSO, Subheim, Klone and obviously the classic pillars of metal world.
What first got you into music?
I remember when I was a child I listened a lot of rock with my dad; Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Ten Years After, Credence, also abounded a lot of classical music in my house. But what really marked me was without a doubt; Soda Stereo (Argentinian Iconic Rock Band) and later thanks to a friend from the school, Sepultura; the band that changed my life forever.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Good question since here I appeal directly to utopia! Haha! There are many people that I admire for their artistic ability to convey ideas, thoughts, feelings; Maynard from Tool, Yorke from Radiohead, Reznor from NIN. But realistically, the dream would be to do something with Cult of Luna, the people of Converge, Carl Michael of Ved Buens Ende, Garm & Ulver or definitely talk with people from Bohren & der club of Gore, my greatest influence these days.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I think the obvious answer would be great metal festivals like; Wacken, Hellfest, etc …, but multi stylistic festivals have always attracted my attention. Massive events where many styles, cultures converge! Places where respect is the fundamental thing.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Mmm, nothing fancy, beers, weed and a lot of alcohol which is always a good gift. Haha!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Now I sound like my dad haha. Daring to do different things, trying to innovate, abandoning comfort zones is part of self-knowledge as human beings. Be very professional, responsible and punctual. Always with your feet on the ground, keep things good, eliminate what hurts. Do not stay in the past, evolve. Never give up! Only hard work will lead you to fulfil your dreams.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Steve Hurdle from Gorguts/Negativa without a doubt! We talked several times, and in addition to his enormous musical influence, as a person he gave me some advice that I will keep in a very special place in my heart.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
What I love; the creativity definitely. To create something from nothing and transform it into sounds, music, a concept. Share with friends, camaraderie and respect. Meet people, talk to them. Listen to what they feel when they discover your music, many times on the other side of the world, and How you affect their lives, that is priceless. What I hate; Envy and ignorance.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I know it’s impossible, but clearly the business itself. Money and profits are above creativity in many cases. That’s sad. In Chile, closed circles are a way in which you can access to be visible. Be a cocksucker to get benefits over the work. It is very common these days!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
This is difficult! Just one! I have many! Mmm, not in the exact order and maybe I forget some, but here I go;
Sepultura – “Arise”
Opeth – “My Arms Your Hearse”
Radiohead – “Amnesiac”
Ulver – “Perdition City” & “Shadows Of The Sun”.
Death – “Symbolic”
Soda Stereo – “Sueño Stereo” & “Confort y música para volar”.
Bohren & der club of Gore – “Sunset Mission”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
It depends a lot on the context, but I am definitely a CD and vinyl collector. I see it as a way to transfer culture to my children. A legacy! Downloads are for times when quality is not something important.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I remember several. Outside Santiago de Chile, it’s always the best. People approach without ego to hear from you. They buy your merch and connect with a show you prepared for them. They give it the value it deserves.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would probably be training UFC, or dedicating all the time I dedicate to Target, to my family.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Maynard James Keenan, David Fincher, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Viggo Mortensen, Carl Michael Eide. A Chilean barbecue would be great!
What’s next for the band?
We continue working to bring our music to the world, because with “Deep Water Flames” and its results we are convinced that it can be done. Compose new music and why not; Take an international tour in 2020.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
“Deep Water Flames” – Streaming Platforms;
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They are not sold in Chile. I recommend the “negritas”, the best chocolate cookie in Chile, by far.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you very much for this great interview! And we invite you to discover Target and our new album “Deep Water Flames”, where we fuse death metal with the atmospheric and cinematic climate of a trip without return.
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