Band der Woche: Triddana

Aus Südamerika, genauer gesagt aus Buenos Aires, kommt unsere neueste Bandvorstellung. Gegründet wurde die Combo 2011, nun erobert Triddana auch die deutschen Konzerthallen. Am 27.07.16 spielen die Argentinier als Headliner beim Free & Easy Festival im Backstage in München. Vielleicht schaut der ein oder andere vorbei?!

Who is behind Triddana?
Triddana’s members are Juan José Fornés (Vocals & Guitars), Diego Rodriguez (Bass), Pablo Allen (Highland Bagpipes and Tin whistle) and  Maximiliano Valdez (drums).

If you had to put your music into a drawer and print a label on it, what would it say?

I’m not quite sure but it would certainly include some of the words Celtic/Folk/Power/Heavy/Metal. I have found that labels can actually be misleading sometimes, so I tend to avoid them a bit. We usually define ourselves as a folk metal band because of the Highland bagpipes, tin whistles and other traditional instruments, but on the other hand we use clean vocals, for example, which is uncommon in folk metal bands, which tend to have a more extreme sound. We are closer to power/heavy metal in #that sense.

Forget about genres for a second – Triddana’s music sounds like …?
I guess that I have to avoid the words from the previous answer… so I’d say… ours is, all at once, music for dancing, fighting, moshing, singing along and drinking. A combination of the hardest metal with the sound of the warring bagpipes and fairy forest-ish tin whistles that invite you to jump around and have a good time with your friends. Battle and party at the same time.

Triddana - Band pic - July
Which sort of mood produces the best songs?

Our music is optimistic. A heart-warming message I usually get from our fans is that Triddana’s music is spirit-lifting and helps them to get over negative stuff in life. Perhaps, the driving force behind our musical inspiration is that life has to be lived and fought through with joy, despite its sh***y aspects. As if living for battle and dying in battle were something to be enthusiastic about.

Which instrument will surely NEVER be heard on a Triddana-album?
That’s a hard question, as we are quite open to all possibilities. Maybe a saxophone would be the answer. Not that I don’t like the instrument, I love the sound actually, but I’d find it hard to fit it into the style. On the other hand, one could very easily say the same thing about pianos, but in our latest album, “The Power & the Will”, we’ve got a slow track with piano that sounds really cool.

Which record would you want to listen to when you leave the bathroom in the morning, while the beautiful girl from last night is still in your bed?
Lots of music comes into my mind for that kind of mornings, but not for the particular moment in which I leave the bathroom… I hope not to be missing the point of the question in some embarrassing way! But a few records whose songs come into my mind are Us by Peter Gabriel, some songs from A Passage in Time or Towards the Within by Dead Can Dance, or Bocanada by Gustavo Cerati, a great rock musician from Argentina who passed away a couple of years ago.

The Fairy-Godmother pops up in front of you and grants you a wish. What do you wish for?
I guess it depends on how powerful this Fairy Godmother has proven itself to be and where can she direct her powers! Leaving aside obvious choices like “put all kinds of human suffering to an end”, and assuming that I have to be the one benefiting from the wish, I’d say that I’d like to continue doing what I love through the rest of my life.

No alcohol is no solution either. What booze combination will definitely dissolve all your troubles and issues?
Does it have to be a combination? Straight Scotch will do the trick.

What shows you that someone is a true friend?
Many things I guess, but there’s a point when you can simply tell that someone truly cares about you and accepts you the way you are, as opposed to people who stick around because of some surreptitious interest. I really appreciate when someone has the capacity of putting the important, elemental things before the little quarrels that may arise in friendship.

 

Who was the hero of your childhood?
After scanning my memories, I can say I don’t remember any, luckily… not real life heroes at least. I mean, when I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut, a soccer player or a police man (not particularly original). So don’t know if an interesting hero can come out of that. Well, maybe an astronaut hero would work. Anyways, I grew to become a theoretical physicist and a Celtic/metal musician, which has little to do with my childhood fancies, except that being an astronaut can be thought of as a scientific activity. If we consider fictional characters, Lt. Ripley from the Alien films comes to my mind. I found the depiction of her character quite moving as a kid, how she evolved during the saga, righteous and determined in the toughest, most critical moments and the integrity with which she faced her destiny. And, oh, just noticed that she was… also an astronaut, in a sense. Well, enough said about astronauts, let’s see what the next question is about …

What is the most embarrassing/surprising record in your CD-shelf?
Well, I don’t believe that liking this or that kind of music can be embarrassing, on the other hand, listening to a wide spectrum of genres is rather healthy. My musical interests go beyond metal or folk, and I also like classical music (Beethoven, Schumann, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Poulenc, to name a few great composers), bands like Radiohead, old progressive rock (King Crimson, ELP), some electronic stuff (Prodigy, Massive Attack, Chemical Brothers), a little pop music. I’ve recently started listening to a band from Switzerland called Kadebostany which I really like. And many many other bands. Prior to Triddana, our bassist played in a very successful electronic pop rock band called “Adicta”, which was really good. I had not heard the band before he showed it to me and now I always carry it around on my phone. So, while there’s nothing embarrassing about it, people are surprised to know that I like some of this stuff. On the other hand, I sometimes surprise myself, for example, I’m not such a great fan of Latin American music, but recently I started listening to the late Nana Vasconcelos, awesome musician from Brazil. I’m ashamed to say that I started paying attention to him only after he died.

What’s next? Tour? Studio? Vacation? Something completely different?
A little bit of everything! The band will play in Germany this summer in a few shows which have been recently announced. This will be our first time in European soil and we are very excited about it. On July 27th in Munich (Free & Easy Festival at Backstage) and on July 30th Chaostraum Festival in Runzhausen. We are expecting a few more shows to be confirmed. We’ve been receiving a lot of support from European fans and our first live experience together is something we have been longing for!We are also working on an album which will contain acoustic versions of our two albums, Ripe for Rebellion and The Power & the Will. It will be released through a crowdfunding platform, to be launched soon and will be ready in august, after we return from our tour. We’ve also got some shows in Argentina, and we will also start releasing a few demo songs from our following album. So, there’s about everything in the near future except vacations.

Finally, thank you very much for your interest and for giving us the interview. We are looking forward to meet our German fans this summer!!

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