Interviews: A Permanent Shadow

We have had the opportunity to interview the Electronic Rock band A Permanent Shadow from Spain. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or came out just like that?

I thought the name had a nice ring to it as soon as I read about Permanent Shadows in a magazine. Then I found out that the expression had many different meanings, and that most of them in one way or another would relate to my music’s mood. It was a no brainer and basically the name threw itself onto the project.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Again, I don’t think you consciously choose a genre, rather the genre chooses you, unless you make a conscious decision to play a certain style and cater for a certain audience. But that was definitely not my case. I make the music I like.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

A Permanent Shadow is basically a solo project with a band name. I do work with two amazing producers though. One of them I’ve known for years from the local circuit, and the other one used to be my girlfriend’s piano teacher until he got into production and movie soundtracks fulltime.

4. Each band member favourite band?

My all time favourite artist is David Bowie. I like his “lesser” stuff even better than the iconic records. I think I am among the half-dozen people on earth who actually like Tin Machine.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Anything can be an inspiration. Conversations with friends, books, Netflix. I like documentaries about natural disasters and conspiracies, as well as esoteric practices. These things always ignite the imagination.

6. Where was your last gig?

In Barcelona at a venue called Razzmatazz. It was actually the presentation of our first album, just days before lockdown. We had more gigs lined up but they were not to be.

7. Where would you like to perform?

I’d love to do a tour of Eastern Europe and Japan. I don’t know why, but these places seem very attractive to me.

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

John Grant, Mark Lanegan, The The, Manic Street Preachers, Psychedelic Furs. The list is endless.

9. Whom not?

The Backstreet Boys, probably. I loved the documentary though.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I think stage fright creeps in if you feel that you or one of your bandmates are not prepared enough and you know that you can at best manage to avoid major musical catastrophes but won’t be able to give an excellent show. Going out onstage under-rehearsed or worse for wear makes me very nervous.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, the Sacred Triangle. Their whole trajectories are a work of art. They’ve all made greater than great and then not so great albums, but what counts in the end is the whole body of work. Theirs will forever remain unequalled.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

To not promote my music on social media because it’s not good enough. He may not have been a fan after all.

13. What do you think of your fans?

I wish there were more of them. Other than that, no complaints.

14. What do you think of our site?

Very varied, informative and well written. As a musician you appreciate the support that comes from so called independent outlets.

15. Something to add?

We have a new single out called “This Energy”. You can check out our website for more details.

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