We had the chance to sit down and chat with AASAR, an Italian blackcore band, and they shared with us their story, their future plans and what they do when they’re not making music.
Hi guys! How are you doing this time of year?
AASAR: Fine thanks, we have a lot of meat on the fire and are very pumped up for this year.
Can you tell us a little bit about how the band came together?
AASAR: We started playing together kind of by accident, we knew each other for one reason or another, and it was only a matter of time before we started playing together. So when we were still mostly in school, we would play together on Sundays, doing some covers and a few songs of our own. Since then, we’ve been doing nothing but trying to improve ourselves, both underneath and on stage.
What projects do you have in store for 2024?
AASAR: Undoubtedly new material; after releasing our first EP, after all the time we’ve had those songs in the drawer, it’s time to go back into the studio and come out with something new and fresh. Also on the concert side, there will definitely be some interesting new things: it’s not the time for flames yet, but we’re working on it.
Your songs are very important, and in my opinion, they work even better live. Do you prefer playing in indoor venues or outdoor festivals?
AASAR: Playing in venues certainly gives a more intimate feeling it seems to be more in contact with the audience, but playing outdoors at a nice festival is a whole different thing. The atmosphere at festivals in general is different from a night at a club, you tend not to go there if you are working the next day.
Is the advent of social media, in your opinion, good or bad for the music industry?
AASAR: It is definitely a good thing because it still gives everyone a chance to promote themselves and their music. The sad side is that, unfortunately, as a musician you cannot afford not to have an online presence; otherwise, you will never get enough attention to make yourself known and you can never make a career out of it.
Share with us your best unpopular opinion (if you have any!)?
AASAR: There is someone among us who is an advocate of pineapple pizza; we won’t tell you who to avoid lynching.
Music is definitely an important part of your lives; may we instead ask what are your hobbies?
AASAR: Atryas and Exos are kings of cooking, as well as softair player one and handpan player the other. Hypnos is a skater and snowboarder, not a surfer only because we don’t have the sea in Trentino, while Herebus is into climbing and anything with a motor.
What questions do you not like to answer?
AASAR: The mundane questions, to pass the time. After all, the most interesting conversations often arise from the most curious questions, you just have to know how to listen once they are asked.
I wanted to play a little game with you. Since there is a spiritual strand in your songs, what subgenre of metal do you think the Egyptian gods Ra (god of the sun), Bastet (goddess of fertility) and Menhit (goddess of war) listen to?
AASAR: So, Ra definitely listens to New Wave of British Heavy Metal, so Judas Priest and Iron Maiden; Bastet probably listens a lot to Kiss and Motley Crue; finally Menhit is obviously a fan of Sabaton and Rammstein.
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview! Is there anything else you would like to add to Chaoszine’s readers?
AASAR: “From Nothing to Nowhere” just turned 6 months old, so go listen to it and let us know what your favorite track is!